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To schedule a visa appointment, please visit our appointment website at:

APPLY EARLY. Processing times vary but most qualified and approved applicants will receive their visa and passport about 7-10 days after the appointment.

Information on the Visa Waiver Program: 


We cannot guarantee that you will be issued a visa.  For this reason, please do not make final travel plans or buy tickets until you have received your visa.


What exactly is a visa?

A U.S. visa entitles the holder to travel to the United States and make a formal request for entry at a U.S. port of entry.  A Customs and Border Protection inspector at the port of entry makes the final determination of the visa holder's eligibility for admission in the United States and determines how long the visitor can remain in the United States.  (For example, a traveler with a 10-year multiple entry visa can travel back and forth to the United States using the same visa for 10 years but can only remain in the United States for the length of time permitted by the port inspector).  

Do you need a visa to travel?

If you are traveling for fewer than 90 days, for tourism or certain business purposes, and with a Spanish passport or a passport from another Visa Waiver Program participating country, you may not need a visa.  Instead, you may be eligible to travel using the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) program.  To see if you qualify for ESTA, please visit this website.  To apply, please visit the ESTA website.     

What types of visas does the Embassy offer?

  • Nonimmigrant Visas: Nonimmigrant visas cover temporary visits for tourism, business, work, or study.  Please see this site for a complete breakdown of nonimmigrant visa types and purposes.  You may apply for a nonimmigrant visa at U.S. Embassy Madrid here.  
  • Immigrant Visas:  Immigrant visas allow the applicant indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.  Upon entry into the United States, an immigrant visa holder will receive a Permanent Resident Card (PRC), commonly known as a “green card.”  


  • On January 21, 2016, the United States began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015. Additional changes were announced on February 18, 2016. More information

    If you are a citizen of a Visa Waiver Program partner but have received notice that you are no longer eligible to travel to the United States under that program, you should apply for a nonimmigrant visa at least three months in advance of your desired travel. If you do not have imminent travel plans, you should pay the nonimmigrant visa application fee, fill out the DS-160 nonimmigrant visa application form at, and schedule a visa appointment at If your travel is imminent, you may request an expedited visa appointment on the appointment website after you have first selected an available appointment. Please include in your expedite request the date and purpose of your travel, as well as a copy of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection message you received regarding your ESTA status. 

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