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For visa appointments please call:

Local telephone: (+34) 91-123-8866

From outside Spain: 703-543-9306

Web page:

Information on Visa Waiver: 


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.”