Non-Immigrant Visa Information
Limited Non-Immigrant Visa Appointments December 5, 2014 to January 5, 2015
The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana highly encourages all non-immigrant visa applicants to plan well in advance of your intended travel dates. Between 5 December 2014 and 5 January 2015 the Embassy will offer only a few non-immigrant visa interview appointments.
We regret any inconvenience during this period. If you have a truly urgent need to travel, please contact the Consular Section at:ConsularGaborone@State.Gov or via telephone at: 373-2322
Applications may be submitted at any embassy or consulate worldwide but it is important to understand that it may be more difficult to establish visa eligibility when applying outside your home country or country/district of permanent residence.
To apply for a visa, all applicants must:
- Successfully complete the application form (DS-160) on-line and print the application confirmation sheet.
- Successfully schedule an appointment on-line
For most visa classes application must appear at the U.S. Embassy to:
- Pay the application fee
- Be fingerprinted
- Be interviewed by the U.S. Consul.
All visa applicants should:
- Bring all required and supporting documents according to the application instructions
- Be prepared to discuss their purpose of travel and their ties to their home country
Normally, approved visas are available for collection within two (2) business days after the interview.
Visa applications are carefully reviewed and, in rare cases, are subject to additional administrative processing which can take several weeks to complete.
We cannot guarantee that you will be issued a visa. Do not make final travel plans or buy tickets until you have a visa.
Every effort is made ensure that appointments are readily available and cases are processed quickly. Our appointments are scheduled in 3 blocks of 10 appointments on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 08:00, 08:30 and 08:45. These appointment times reflect the time you should arrive at the Embassy to begin the interview process and applicants will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis within this framework.
Each case takes time to process and wait times between your arrival and the actual interview can be more than an hour. Some cases requiring additional processing can take several weeks to resolve. All visa applicants are encouraged to plan ahead and allow enough time to complete the process well in advance of their planned travel.