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. 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. Prepare Documents for your Interview
- A valid passport
- DS-160 confirmation page
- passport photo – 2”×2” (5×5 cm) against a white background and without glasses, not older than 6 months. There are several photo studios close to the Embassy that are familiar with our passport photo requirements.
- Notice of Action (Form I-797) from USCIS or the Receipt Number for your approved petition as it appears on your Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker (Form I-129)
- For “L” Visa Applicants: If you are included on an L blanket petition, you must bring four copies of the Form I-129S, Nonimmigrant Petition Based on Blanket L Petition, to your interview.
- stamped, self-addressed A5 padded envelope, with 1.67 euro in postage, that we will use to return your passport via registered mail. If you do not have a residence in Slovenia we can mail it to your nearest Slovenian post office, but we cannot mail it outside of Slovenia.
- Cash (euro or dollar) for the Application Fee and, if applicable, an Issuance Fee. (For issuance fees for nationals of countries other than Slovenia, see Reciprocity Schedule by Country.)
Note for “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 application fee and any issuance fees.
Additional Documents: Applicants should be prepared to show evidence that they have the requisite education, skills, and experience for the work in the United States. All visa applicants, except H-1B and L, will generally need to show proof of compelling ties to their home country to demonstrate their intent to return after their 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.
Step 5. Interview at the Embassy
Bring the documents and cash stated in Step 3.
On the day of your appointment, come to the Embassy chancery at:
Prešernova 31, Ljubljana
The U.S. Embassy does not provide parking but there is paid street parking in the neighborhood. Public bus stops are also close by. Arrive a few minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to allow time for security screening. Cell phones may be stored at the gatehouse during your interview but other electronics, along with large bags, are prohibited. Only the applicant is permitted entry; contact the Embassy if you require special assistance or an interpreter if you do not speak English, Slovene or Serbo-Croatian.
When you are inside the Consular waiting room you will pay the required fees, and provide digital (ink-free) fingerprints. 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. The consular officer will let you know at the end of your interview if your visa is approved. For approved visas, the passport will be returned via mail in the envelope you provided.