Urgent information for visa applicants regarding Coronavirus:
Entry into the United States is generally suspended for foreign nationals who were present in the 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Zone (including Slovenia) within 14 days prior to their arrival in the United States, per Presidential Proclamation. U.S. Legal Permanent Residents, crew (C1/D visas), and diplomats (A, G, NATO visas) are permitted. New visa applications for certain specific immigrant and temporary worker visa categories are currently suspended to protect the U.S. labor market. Please see these notices which contain detailed information about visa restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Travelers with existing valid visas or who are eligible to travel on visa-waiver (ESTA)
All travelers with existing visas or ESTA may travel to the U.S. if they first spend 14 days outside the Schengen zone (and also outside Britain/Ireland, China, Brazil, and Iran) and then travel directly to the U.S. without transiting the Schengen zone. However, students (F and M visas) with existing visas may travel directly to the United States from the Schengen zone. See the Department’s announcement of National Interest Exceptions. In addition, the Embassy may be able to grant exceptions for others to travel direct from the Schengen zone for:
- Emergency medical treatment in the U.S.
- Those working on the Coronavirus
- Academic professors/researchers (J visa)
- Investors & treaty traders (E visa)
- Certain business travelers
- Certain professional athletes
If you already possess a visa, or your travel is eligible under visa-waiver, and are seeking an exception to allow travel direct from the Schengen zone, contact the U.S. Embassy at LjubljanaVisa@state.gov, providing:
- Date of Birth
- Country of Birth
- Passport number
- a copy of existing visa (if applicable)
- purpose of travel
- travel dates
If your request is approved, it is valid for one entry within 30 days from the date of approval; any future travel to the United States will require another approval. All individuals are reminded that their admission remains subject to a determination by Customs and Border Protection officers at ports of entry and that they must follow U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines upon arrival.
Travelers needing to apply for a new visa
The U.S Embassy in Ljubljana is providing very limited visa services.
- For students, and travelers in one of the other possibly excepted categories mentioned above, first email the Embassy at LjubljanaVisa@state.gov to request an appointment, explaining the purpose of travel. Please let us know if you have been outside Slovenia within the past 14 days, noting which countries.
For your appointment: Facemasks are required. If you experience any Covid symptoms (fever, shortness of breath, cough), have been in contact with someone diagnosed with Covid, have been to a hospital or nursing home within the past 14 days, or if you traveled outside Slovenia within the past 14 days, you should again email us prior to your appointment (at least one day in advance).
Although travelers will be issued full validity visas, the exception is valid only for 30 days from the date of approval and is valid for a single entry to the United States. An individual who departs the United States and wishes to return must be re-assessed for a national interest exception. All individuals are reminded that their admission remains subject to a determination by Customs and Border Protection officers at ports of entry and that they must follow U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines 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 on usvisas.state.gov to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to 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.).
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 http://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.