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.
Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo.
To apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen seeking to immigrate generally must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident immediate relative(s), or prospective U.S. employer, and have an approved petition before applying for an immigrant visa. The sponsor begins the process by filing a petition on the foreign citizen’s behalf with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). You may wish to review our Directory of Visa Categories to learn about the different types of immigrant visas to the United States, including our Diversity Visa Program. Then, follow the steps on the Immigrant Visa Process, or on the Diversity Visa Process, on usvisas.state.gov to begin applying for an immigrant visa.
Once USCIS has approved your petition and you have completed pre-processing with the National Visa Center (NVC), or if you have been selected in the Diversity Visa Lottery and completed processing with the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), review the instructions given to you by the NVC or the KCC, along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.
The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.
Please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information on applying for a U.S. visa. This site has Nonimmigrant Visa information–including information on the different Nonimmigrant Visa Categories and General Fee Information–as well as Immigrant Visa information including how to register for your appointment.
All U.S. visas for residents of Bosnia and Herzegovina are processed at U.S. Embassy Sarajevo, at 1 Robert C. Frasure Street. Visa interviews are conducted by appointment only in the embassy’s Consular Section. When you arrive for your visa interview, Embassy guards will direct you to the consular waiting room.
Please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:
Learn more about the interview process.
Applicants renewing a full validity visa in one of the following categories: B1/B2, C1/D, E, F, H1B, I, J, L, M, O, P, Q, R whose visa is either still valid or expired not more than 48 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 nonimmigrant visa, please visit Official U.S. Department of State Visa Appointment Service and see Visa Appointment Service – Frequently Asked Questions)
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.
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.
Applicants under the age of 14:
Applicants over the age of 79:
Mailing in your visa application/Receiving your passport
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:
Rajlovačka cesta bb
working hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 – 18:00
Dr Ante Starčevića bb
Ponedjeljak-petak 8:00 – 16:00
DHL Banja Luka
Bulevar Desanke Maksimović 18
78000 Banja Luka
working hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 – 16:00
Miška Jovanovića bb, prostor br. 7
working hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 – 16:00
The Summer Work Travel SWT Program provides university students with an opportunity to study 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?
To learn more about the SWT Program, please visit BridgeUSA website.
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 and is subject to change.
Guidelines on How to Apply for SWT:
Know Your Rights
All program participants must read and understand the Wilberforce Act pamphlet, 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 website to view frequently asked questions and other additional detailed information about the program.
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 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.
The waiting room of the Consular Section and its restroom is wheelchair-accessible.
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