Visas

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General Information

The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.

See our Directory of Visa Categories to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.

Nonimmigrant Visas

Travel to the United States on a temporary basis, including tourism, temporary employment, study and exchange.

Immigrant Visas

For foreign citizens who want to live permanently in the United States.

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.

(Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit.).

To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:

U.S. Embassy Consular Section
1 Robert C. Frasure Street
71000 Sarajevo
Phone: +387 33 943-955 (For all Visa inquiries)
e-mail:
SarajevoVisas@state.gov – All Visa related matters
SarajevoACS@state.gov – American Citizen Services

The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States.  We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known.  Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.

We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:

  • We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.
  • We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.
  • We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.
  • We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.
  • We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.
  • We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.
  • We will provide information on non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on Travel.State.gov.
  • We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.

Furthermore, if you are a:

  • Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
  • Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.
  • Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.

At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:

  • Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible.
  • Complete your application fully and accurately.
  • Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.
  • Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.

Applicants renewing a full validity visa in one of the following categories:  B1/B2, C1/D, F, H1B,  J, M, L, R whose visa is either still valid or expired not more than 24 months ago, are entitled to apply for a visa without an interview (interview waiver program). Additionally, applicants who are under the age of 14 and whose both parents/guardians also possess U.S. B1/B2 visas, and applicants over the age of 79 may apply for a B1/B2 visa via the Interview Waiver Program.

To apply for a visa, please visit Official U.S. Department of State Visa Appointment Service. (https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-ba/niv)

See frequently asked questions at Official U.S. Department of State Visa Appointment Service – Frequently Asked Questions. (https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-ba/niv/information/faqs)

What does full validity mean?

To be eligible for interview waiver your last U.S. visa should be full validity.  For example, B1/B2 full validity is 10 years, and C1/D full validity is one year.

For a full list of visa validity periods for citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, check Travel.State.Gov page (https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/Visa-Reciprocity-and-Civil-Documents-by-Country/BosniaandHerzegovina.html)

Please note:

  • The estimated time between sending in your passport until it returns to you is six weeks.
  • Only send in your passport once you have sufficient time to wait for processing.
  • For minors under the age of 14, applicants must send in a photocopy of both  parents/guardian’s U.S. visas with the application.
  • Participation in the interview waiver program does not guarantee visa issuance.
  • If the consular officer has questions for you, we will call you in for an interview.
  • Do not buy a ticket or make firm travel plans until you have your renewed visa in hand.

Applicants should only mail the required documents, specified below. You may need to mail specific supporting documents depending on visa classification such as I-20 for F, M and DS-2019 for J visas. Please refer below. Note: other documents will not be returned and will be destroyed.  

All applicants:

  • Passport
  • DS-160 confirmation page
  • Previous passport with U.S. visa (original, not photographed pages)
  • One color photograph taken within the last six months against a white background, and 5cm x 5cm in size. Wearing eyeglasses is no longer allowed in new visa photos; see photo requirements here.

Applicants under the age of 14:

  • Passport
  • DS-160 confirmation page
  • One color photograph taken within the last six months against a white background, and 5cm x 5cm in size. Wearing eyeglasses is no longer allowed in new visa photos; see photo requirements here.
  • Copy of parents’ valid U.S. B1/B2 visa(s)
  • Previous passport with U.S. visa (if applicable)

Applicants over the age of 79:

  • Passport
  • DS-160 confirmation page
  • One color photograph taken within the last six months against a white background, and 5cm x 5cm in size. Wearing eyeglasses is no longer allowed in new visa photos; see photo requirements here.

Mailing in your visa application/Receiving your passport

Courier Service

You will need to visit DHL office to arrange shipment of your visa application/delivery of your passport at the price of 25.00 KM per shipment.

Members of a family living in the same household may send their visa applications/receive their passports in one shipment at the price of 25.00 KM.

Locations of  DHL offices in Bosnia and Herzegovina:

DHL Sarajevo

Rajlovačka cesta bb
71000 Sarajevo
working hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 – 18:00

DHL Mostar

Dr Ante Starčevića bb
8800 Mostar
Radno vrijeme:
Ponedjeljak-petak 8:00 – 16:00

DHL Banja Luka

Bulevar Desanke Maksimović 18
78000 Banja Luka
working hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 – 16:00

DHL Tuzla

Miška Jovanovića bb, prostor br. 7
75000 Tuzla
working hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 – 16:00

Background

The Summer Work Travel (SWT) Program provides university students with an opportunity to work and travel throughout the U.S. during their summer vacation. The SWT program is also an exciting opportunity to learn more about American culture, improve English language skills, and gain marketable job skills. SWT is incredibly popular in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and thousands of students from Bosnia and Herzegovina have participated over the past several years. It is also a great way to see the U.S. – in the past, students have worked in hotels, restaurants, and national parks in locations like Lake Placid; Martha’s Vineyard; and even Denali National Park in Alaska!

What are the Requirements?

  • Participants in the program must be post-secondary school students in an educational institution outside the United States who have completed at least one semester or equivalent of post-secondary academic study.
  • Additionally, they must possess sufficient proficiency in English and must be pre-placed in a job prior to entry. U.S.-based exchange visitor sponsors will issue form DS-2019 once they accept applicants into their program.
  • Participants are allowed to work up to four months during the period May 28 to October 1 and are generally allowed a grace period (usually 30 days) to travel in the United States after the end of the exchange program.

To learn more about the SWT Program, please visit BridgeUSA website here.

SWT Program Agencies in BIH

Throughout the year, SWT Program sponsors work with SWT Program agencies in BiH to facilitate student participation. A complete list of official SWT Program agencies in BiH are located here (PDF 93KB) and is subject to change.

Guidelines on How to Apply for SWT:

  • Applicants can apply directly to a SWT Program agency in Bosnia and Herzegovina, starting in the fall.
  • Agency representatives schedule visa interviews through the U.S. Embassy, typically from March to May.
  • Prepare for the visa interview at the U.S. Embassy.
  • Students must possess several documents prior to the interview:
    • Completed DS-160 (online application);
    • Proof of SEVIS fee payment;
    • Original DS-2019; and
    • Proof of active student status.

Know Your Rights

All program participants must read and understand the Wilberforce Act pamphlet located here (PDF 2.5MB), which explains the rights they have while in the United States. During the visa interview, the Consular Officer will verify that applicants know and understand their rights under the Wilberforce Act.

Visit the U.S. Department of State web site at: http://j1visa.state.gov/ to view frequently asked questions and other additional detailed information about the program.