Labor Certification – Some temporary worker visa categories require your prospective employer to obtain a labor certification or other approval from the Department of Labor on your behalf before filing the Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Form I-129, with USCIS. Your prospective employer should review the Instructions for Form I-129 on the USCIS website to determine whether labor certification is required for you.
Petition Approval – Some temporary worker categories are limited in total number of petitions which can be approved on a yearly basis. Before you can apply for a temporary worker visa, a Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Form I-129, must be filed on your behalf by a prospective employer and be approved by USCIS. For more information about the petition process, eligibility requirements by visa category, and numerical limits, if applicable, see Working in the U.S. and Temporary (Nonimmigrant) Workers on the USCIS website. Once the petition is approved, USCIS will send your prospective employer a Notice of Action, Form I-797.
Step 1. Check the Validity of Your Passport
Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States, unless exempt by country-specific agreements (PDF 57 KB). If more than one person is included in your passport, each person who needs a visa must submit a separate application.
Step 2. Complete the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160
- Completed Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160
Please note that you must answer EVERY question on the application forms. If the answer to a question is “none,” please write “none”(Do not leave it blank). Incomplete/incorrect forms will be returned and will require you to schedule a new interview appointment.
Important! Many of our visa applicants are completing the DS-160 incorrectly, causing us to postpone their planned visa interview dates.
Step 3. Collect any Supporting Documentation
Only a passport, DS-160 confirmation page, a 2 x 2 inch color photo not older than 6 months – with a light or white background, the forms listed in Step 2, and the Receipt Number for your approved petition as it appears on your Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker (Form I-129) or Notice of Action (Form I-797), from USCIS.
L Visa Applicants – If you are included in an L blanket petition, you must bring Form I-129S, Nonimmigrant Petition Based on Blanket L Petition, to your interview.
All visa applicants, except H-1B and L, will generally need to show proof of compelling ties to your home country to demonstrate your intent to return after your temporary stay in the United States. Examples of compelling ties include:
- A residence abroad which you do not intend to abandon
- Your family relationships
- Your economic situation
- Your long term plans
Step 4. Schedule an Interview Appointment
To schedule an appointment for a non-immigrant visa (NIV) interview, please consult the Embassy’s online NIV Appointment System. Please have your DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form Confirmation Number handy. It is located on your DS-160 confirmation page, in bold print.
Entry of aliens who were present in China, excluding the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, within 14 days prior to their arrival at the port of entry in the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation. If you reside in China, have traveled to China recently, or intend to travel to China prior to your planned trip to the United States, we recommend you postpone your visa interview appointment until 14 days subsequent to your departure from China.
Step 5. Submit Your Passport and Visa Application Forms
When you come in for your interview at the Embassy, you will need to submit a completed DS-160 confirmation sheet, forms listed in Step 2, a 2 x 2 inch color photo not older
than 6 months, and a valid passport.
Step 6. Pay the MRV Fee
On the day of your interview, you will pay one of the following nonrefundable visa application fees:
- $ 190 for H, L, O, P, Q, and R visas
- $ 205 for E visas
- $ 160 for B-1 (Business) and B-2 (Tourism & Visit), and all other non-immigrant visas categories
- For certain visa categories there is also a visa issuance fee based on reciprocity (i.e. what is charged to U.S. citizens for Slovenian visas/residency). See reciprocity fees for Slovenia.
- L visa (intra-company transfer) blanket petitions: For L visa applicants who are applying based on a blanket petition (i.e. a petition that benefits multiple applicants), there is an additional fee of $500 for the principal applicant in a family. If the petitioner employs 50 or more individuals in the United States and more than 50 percent of those individuals are in H-1B or L-1 non-immigrant status the fee is instead $4,500.00. Note that these blanket petition fees are separate from the $190 application fee and any issuance fees.
- 500 euros banknotes are no longer being printed and will eventually be removed from circulation. For this reason we are no longer accepting the 500 euros banknotes for payment of the MRV Fee.
Step 7. Interview for your visa with the Consular Officer
During your visa interview, a consular officer will determine whether you are qualified to receive a visa, and if so, which visa category is appropriate based on your purpose of travel. You will need to establish that you meet the requirements under U.S. law to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.
Ink-free, digital fingerprint scans will be taken as part of your application process. They are usually taken during your interview, but this varies based on location.
Step 8. Return of your Passport and Visa
If you are issued a visa, we will return your passport, with visa, via post to your Slovenian address or a Slovenian post office you select. Please provide a padded A5, self-addressed envelope (podložena kuverta) with 1.67€ in postage. Please note that we do not mail passports outside Slovenia.