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Nonimmigrant Visas

Important Notice

The Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our passport and visa system.  We are operational, but currently issuing documents at a reduced capacity. This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category. We apologize to applicants who are experiencing delays or are unable to obtain a passport, Report of Birth Abroad, or visa at this time. We are working urgently to correct the problem and expect our system to be fully operational again soon. Routine passport services are not affected at this time.  We will be posting updates to Travel.State.Gov as more information becomes available.


Temporary visitors to the United States must apply for and obtain a nonimmigrant visa before beginning their journey. 

We always recommend that individuals schedule appointments for visas well in advance of their proposed date of travel.  Since no assurances regarding the issuance of visas can be given in advance, final travel plans or the purchase of non-refundable tickets should not be made until a visa has been issued and received via the courier service. 

Who needs a visa?
All travelers who are not eligible to enter the United States without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program, must apply for a non-immigrant visa.

How to Schedule an Interview Appointment
Please visit “How to Apply” for more information regarding the application process.

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  • For information about how to apply for U.S. non-immigrant visas in Panama, please contact our call center between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturdays, at 833-9393.  Or visit our new visa information website for the most recent guidance.