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Non-Immigrant Visa Information

Important Non-Immigrant Visa Information

Between 24 March and 28 April 2014 the U.S. Embassy Gaborone Consular Section will have reduced non-immigrant visa interview appointments available.  We request that all visa applicants plan accordingly by submitting applications and scheduling appointments well ahead of planned travel.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

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:

  1. Successfully complete the application form (DS-160) on-line and print the application confirmation sheet.
  2. 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:

  1. Bring all required and supporting documents according to the application instructions
  2. 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.

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