Presidential Proclamation 10014, entitled “Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Present a Risk to the United States Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak,” was rescinded on February 24, 2021. While the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo aims to process cases as soon as practicable, the Embassy has not resumed regular visa processing and there are likely to be increased wait times due to substantial backlogs.
Per current U.S. government regulations, any person who has travelled across international borders in the last 14 days is barred entry to U.S. Embassy Sarajevo. (Travel from Croatia, Serbia, or Montenegro by private vehicle is excepted.)
Entry restrictions for travel to the United States remain in place per Presidential Proclamation: Entry of non-resident foreign nationals who were present in or transited through the Schengen Zone (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland), the People’s Republic of China (not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau), the Islamic Republic of Iran, Brazil, the United Kingdom, or Ireland and South Africa within 14 days prior to their arrival at the port of entry in the United States will not be permitted. and they will not be allowed to travel.
MRV fees are valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at Global Support Services (GSS) to request an emergency appointment.
Admission to the United States requires a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of travel and remains subject to a determination by Customs and Border Protection officers at ports of entry and subjects may be required to quarantine upon arrival.
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.
Travel to the United States on a temporary basis, including tourism, temporary employment, study and exchange.
For foreign citizens who want to live permanently in the United States.
What is a Visa?
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
Phone: +387 33 943-955 (For all Visa inquiries)
SarajevoVisas@state.gov – All Visa related matters
SarajevoACS@state.gov – American Citizen Services
Customer Service Statement
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.
Interview Waiver Program
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).
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)
- 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.
- 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.