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Non-Immigrant Visa Information
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How to Apply

The DS-160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application form, is for temporary travel to the United States. Form DS-160 is submitted electronically to the Department of State website via the Internet. Consular Officers use the information entered on the DS-160 to process the visa application and, combined with a personal interview, determine an applicant’s eligibility for a nonimmigrant visa.

Visa applicants must submit a completed DS-160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application for all nonimmigrant visa categories.

Review the Frequently Asked Questions for instructions about using the DS-160.

Access the online DS-160 by clicking: Consular Electronic Application Center website.

Important Notice to Visa Applicants: After you have completed the DS-160, you must take these next steps below:

Schedule an Appointment

 The U.S. Embassy in Eswatini is accepting and processing non-immigrant visa applications from individuals physically present in Eswatini, including third country nationals.

Non-immigrant visa applicants can check for available interview appointments through our online reservation system.  Applicants should continue to check for appointments even if none are immediately available, because earlier appointments often become available when others cancel. We encourage visa applicants to schedule visa interviews well in advance of when they anticipate they may need to travel to the United States.

Eswatini students, exchange visitors (J visa applicants), and petition-based non-immigrant visa applicants can also request an expedited interview appointment if they cannot find an open appointment online before their start date. To request, please schedule an available appointment date then email your name, your schedule appointment date, a brief summary of the reason for your request, when you are hoping to travel and a picture or PDF of your I20, DS2019, or non-immigrant petition to prove that your start date is before the next available appointment. We will respond within 48 hours. Send emails to ConsularMbabane@state.gov.

Each applicant, including children, must have their own DS-160 application form as well as their own appointment. Every applicant (including children) must be present at the time of interview. We hold visa appointments on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings between 7:30-11:00 am.

 

What To Bring

After you have made a visa appointment at the US Embassy in Eswatini, you will bring the following with you to your appointment:

  • DS-160 confirmation page with barcode 
  • Your passport valid for at least six months 
  • Visa Photo (taken within the last six months)
  • Exact payment ($185 or 3700R in cash)  
  • All applicants, including children, must appear in person for their interview. 
  • Required documents for your visa class (ie. DS-2019, I-20, I-797, etc)
  • Any additional documents to verify your qualifications (previous passports, financial statements, etc)

 

Payment Method

On June 17, the Department of State will increase visa fees worldwide. 

  • The application fee for visitor visas for business or tourism (B1/B2s), and other non-petition based NIVs such as student and exchange visitor visas, $185.
  • The application fee for certain petition-based nonimmigrant visas for temporary workers (H, L, O, P, Q, and R categories), $205.
  • The application fee for a treaty trader, treaty investor, and treaty applicant in a specialty occupation (E category), $315.

Payment is only accepted on-site at the U.S. Embassy at the time of your appointment. We do not accept payment through third parties, and applicants should be wary of third parties who ask for money in exchange for visa services. Payments can be made in USD, Emalangeni or Rands. We do not accept any bank cards or EFT payments. Exact change is appreciated.

Security and Location

When visiting the Embassy for your appointment, you will pass through several security checks. To speed up the process, we encourage you to greatly minimize the number of personal items, to include jewelry and metal items you bring with you.

The User is not permitted to enter the US Embassy while carrying any of the items below:

  • Electronic or battery-operated devices such as cell phones, digital calendars, smart watches, pagers, cameras, audio/video cassettes, CDs, MP3s, floppy disks, laptops, or portable music players
  • Shoulder bags/large purses – only bags that can be carried by hand will be permitted
  • Bags such as travel bags, backpacks, briefcases, suitcases, leather bags, cloth bags and zippered folders – the applicant can carry plastic bags containing papers related to the application
  • Food and liquids
  • Sealed envelopes or packages
  • Cigarettes, cigars, matchboxes, lighters
  • Sharp objects, such as scissors, pocket knives or nail files
  • Weapons or explosive materials of any type

This list is not exhaustive. Other items may be prohibited at the discretion of security staff.

 

Our location:

Visa and Passport Collection

If your visa is approved, you may pick up your visa and passport on Tuesday and Friday mornings between 10:00-11:00 am.  You will need to bring your receipt with you to the embassy to collect your passport and issued visa.

The average nonimmigrant visa processing time is two to five days, however in some circumstances, this processing can last up to 90 days or may take longer.  We realize that these extended time periods can cause frustration and we are sensitive to the fact that you may have plans to travel to the United States soonNonetheless, we must adjudicate visas in accordance with the provisions of the law. Please plan your travel accordingly. 

 

Reasonable Accommodations

If you need reasonable accommodation for your appointment, we encourage you to request your accommodation immediately once you schedule your appointment. We make every effort to provide accommodations to persons with disabilities and medical conditions. Reasonable accommodations vary, depending on the situation and the person’s needs.
Examples of accommodations include, but are not limited to:

  • If you require a private appointment due to a medical condition or disability, we may schedule an alternative time for you to come in for your interview.
  • If you or your child has special needs that requires a private appointment in a quiet space without distractions, we may schedule an alternative time for you or your family to come in for your interview.
  • If you are unable to speak, you may be allowed to respond to questions in an agreed-upon nonverbal manner such as using pen and paper.
  • If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may bring a sign language interpreter to translate during the interview if needed.
  • If you have low vision, we may provide you with communications in large print.

If you are unable to provide fingerprints because of a medical condition, including birth defects, physical deformities, skin conditions, you may qualify for a fingerprint waiver for certain fingers.

  • Interview waivers are only granted in extreme situations, such as having a medical condition that requires flying in an air ambulance.

The waiting room of the Consular Section and its restroom is wheelchair-accessible.