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The date of the new NIV fee increases is now June 17 rather than May 30. On June 17, the Department of State will increase visa fees worldwide.

  • The application fee for visitor visas for business or tourism (B1/B2s), and other non-petition based NIVs such as student and exchange visitor visas, has increased from $160 to $185.
  • The application fee for certain petition-based nonimmigrant visas for temporary workers (H, L, O, P, Q, and R categories) has increased from $190 to $205.
  • The application fee for a treaty trader, treaty investor, and treaty applicant in a specialty occupation (E category) has increased from $205 to $315.

Other consular fees remain the same, including the waiver of the two-year residency required fee for certain exchange visitors. Applicants who have already paid a visa application fee that is currently valid and non-expired, but who have not yet appeared for their visa interview or are waiting for their case to be processed, will not be charged any additional fees.

Mozambican passport holders are eligible for three month validity visas only. Travelers ineligible for visa waiver issuance are encouraged to begin looking for appointment availability 2-3 months prior to your date of travel.

Overview

The U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides several categories of nonimmigrant visas for those who want to visit or work temporarily in the United States.

You can find out more about each type of visa from the travel.state.gov website, or by clicking on the Visa Types below. To Apply for a Visa, follow the steps above.

Tourism & Visit Visa Type

Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay, or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. Visitor visas are nonimmigrant visas for persons who want to enter the United States temporarily for business (visa category B-1), tourism, pleasure or visiting (visa category B-2), or a combination of both purposes (B-1/B-2).

Here are some examples of activities permitted with a visitor visa:

  • tourism
  • vacation (holiday)
  • visit with friends or relatives
  • medical treatment
  • participation in social events hosted by fraternal, social, or service organizations
  • participation by amateurs in musical, sports, or similar events or contests, if not being paid for participating
  • enrollment in a short recreational course of study, not for credit toward a degree (for example, a two-day cooking class while on vacation)

Visa Waiver Program

You may use VWP if you meet the following criteria:

  • Plan to travel to the U.S. for 90 days or less;
  • Starting January 12, 2009, have an approved Electronic Travel Authorization (ESTA). ESTA is an automated system that determines the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP); note that multiple ESTA applications can be submitted at the same time for persons traveling in groups.
  • Are traveling for tourism or business;
  • Carry a machine-readable passport which, in most cases, must be valid for at least six months after your expected departure from the U.S.;
  • Have a return ticket or onward ticket to most non U.S. destinations;

You will need a visa, and may not use VWP, if you any of these criteria apply to you:

  • Want to remain in the United States for longer than 90 days;
  • Have a criminal record; NOTE for drink driving convictions, according to USCBP applicants with a single DIC/DUI conviction is NOT grounds to deny entry into the U.S;  however, multiple DIC/DUI convictions or a DIC/DUI conviction in combination with other misdemeanor offenses can make a person inadmissible and require a waiver prior to entering the United States.
  • Intend to travel by private/charter aircraft or sea carriers;
  • Want to work or study in the United States, including working as a foreign journalist.  This includes attending secondary or tertiary school, and paid or unpaid employment (including au-pairs, interns, working journalists, and government representatives on official business.) For more on the appropriate visa classifications for these activities, please see travel.state.gov;
  • Have been deported or refused admission to the U.S. before, or failed to comply with a previous VWP admission or visa. This includes overstaying a previous admission by even one day.

Travelers With Criminal Records

  • Convictions for certain crimes may make you ineligible to travel to the U.S. The only way to know for sure if your criminal record makes you ineligible is to apply for a visa.  Only a consular officer can determine your visa eligibility.
  • You need to bring a copy of your Criminal History Report with you to the visa interview.
  • Even if your conviction makes you ineligible to travel to the U.S., you may be able to obtain a temporary waiver of this ineligibility. You should discuss this with the consular officer at the time of the interview. Waiver processing can take 6 – 8 months, so if you think you may require a waiver, please apply early. We always recommend you do not make any financial commitments for travel until you have received a visa.
  • A special note about applicants with DRINK DRIVING convictions: According to USCBP applicants with a single DIC/DUI conviction is NOT grounds to deny entry into the U.S; however, multiple DIC/DUI convictions or a DIC/DUI conviction in combination with other misdemeanor offenses can make a person inadmissible and require a waiver prior to entering the United States.
  • If you have had any minor traffic offenses which did not result in an arrest or conviction, you may use the VWP, provided you are otherwise qualified. If the traffic offense occurred while you were in the United States, and you have an outstanding fine against you or you did not attend your court hearing, it is possible there may be a warrant out for your arrest. You should resolve these issues before traveling by contacting the court where you were to appear. If you do not know the address of the court, information is available on the U.S. Courts website.

How to Apply

Interview Waiver Eligibility

Mozambicans and Mozambican permanent residents applying to renew a visa of the same category (e.g. B1/B2, C1/D, F, etc.) not more than 48 months after the date on which the prior visa expired may be eligible for the interview waiver.  Interview waiver eligibility also extends to any applicant (first-time or renewal) who is under 14 years of age or over 79 years of age.
This program waives the in-person visa interview requirement for eligible applicants. All applicants must still complete a DS-160 Non-Immigrant Visa Application and pay any applicable visa fees.

To confirm eligibility, please email MaputoConsular@state.gov with your full name, date of birth, the category of visa for which you are applying, and expected date of departure. All emails must have the following text in the email subject line: IWP Request: Applicant Name.
If eligible, applicants will receive an appointment to visit the Embassy in order to pay visa fees and drop off the required passport and passport photo. Visa fees are only payable in cash and must be collected at the U.S. Embassy before an application can be processed.

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, 24 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, and the forms listed in Step 2 are required for the visa interview.  Additional documents may be requested to establish if you are qualified. For example, additional requested documents may include evidence of:

  • The purpose of your trip;
  • Your intent to depart the United States after your trip; and/or
  • Your ability to pay all costs of the trip.

Note: Visa applicants must qualify on the basis of the applicant’s residence and ties abroad, rather than assurances from U.S. family and friends. A letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support is not needed to apply for a nonimmigrant tourist visa. If you do choose to bring a letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support to your interview, please remember that it is not one of the factors that we use in determining whether to issue or deny a nonimmigrant tourist visa.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Mozambican passport holders are eligible for three month validity visas only.  Travelers ineligible for visa waiver issuance are encouraged to begin looking for appointment availability 2-3 months prior to your date of travel.

Step 5. Pay the MRV Fee

As of June 17, 2023, the application fee for U.S. visitor visas and other non-petition based NIVs will increase from $160 to $185. Petition-based (H, L, O, P, Q, and R) visa fees will increase from $190 to $205. E visa application fees will increase from $205 to $315.

Step 6. 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 7. Pay the Visa Issuance Fee

If your visa is approved, you may also pay a visa issuance fee, depending on the type of visa issued.

Step 8. Return to Collect Your Passport and Visa

Approved visas are generally available for pick up within three business days.  To collect an approved visa, please present the visa receipt.  Someone other than the applicant may collect approved visa with a valid visa receipt.

The pick-up hours are: 

  • Tuesday: promptly at 2:00 pm
  • Thursday: promptly at 2:00 pm

Day of the Interview

Arrival Time: On the day of your interview, please do not arrive more than 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment. Conversely, arrival more than 30 minutes following an applicant’s scheduled appointment time will result in the cancellation of their appointment.

Prohibited Items: You are not allowed to enter the U.S. Embassy with any of the following: phones, electronics, food, liquids, weapons, sharp objects, luggage, bags, or purses.  Only application-related papers carried by hand will be permitted.  Other items may be prohibited at the discretion of security staff.  There is no facility at the U.S. Embassy to store personal items.

Security Screening: To enter the Embassy, all persons must go through an airport-security type of screening. The Embassy does not provide lockers or storage bins for personal items. Any person refusing to comply with all security screening procedures will be denied entry to the Embassy.

Required Items: Please refer to Steps 3-6 on our “How to Apply” page.

Visa Photo: Photos must have been taken within the last 6 months and must meet all requirements.  Approved applicants will encounter processing delays if photos are out of compliance.

Interpreters: Interviews are conducted in English and Portuguese.  An applicant must bring an interpreter if he or she does not speak English or Portuguese well enough to participate unassisted in the visa interview.

Special Needs Visitors: Applicants may bring one person to help if they are elderly or disabled.  If you have a medical or other condition requiring a wheelchair or special accommodation, please alert the guards to your needs as you enter the building.

Accompanying Persons: Due to the limited size of our waiting room and the time required to screen consular clients, only applicants and the parents of minor applicants are admitted to the Embassy. Drivers, friends, and other relatives will not be permitted to enter and will be asked to wait for the applicant after the interview is completed.  Attorneys will not be permitted to accompany anyone into the Embassy.

Be truthful.  At each window and during the interview, it is important you answer each question honestly and provide as much information as you can.  If you do not provide honest answers, your visa may be denied.  Do not attempt to conceal or give inaccurate information.

Fees: All fees for visa services are non-refundable and collected only inside the Embassy.  Do not pay any fees except to the cashier inside the Embassy.  Fees must be paid in cash (U.S. Dollars or Mozambican Meticais).  If paying U.S. Dollars, please note we are not able to accept bills with marks, tears, and or disfigurement of any kind.  If anyone other than the consular cashier requests a fee, please inform the consular officer during your interview.

Case Status

You can check the status of your visa application on ceac.state.gov.

Some visa applications require further administrative processing, which takes additional time after the visa applicant’s interview by a consular officer. Applicants are advised of this requirement when they apply. Most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days of the visa interview. When administrative processing is required, the timing will vary based on the individual circumstances of each case.

If your visa has been denied, you may find useful information on Ineligibilities and Waivers on usvisas.state.gov.

Traveling to the United States

Entering the United States

A visa allows a foreign citizen to travel to a U.S. port-of-entry (generally an airport) and request permission to enter the United States. A visa does not guarantee entry into the United States. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials at the port-of-entry have authority to permit or deny admission to the United States. If you are allowed to enter the United States, the CBP official will provide an admission stamp or a paper Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record. Learn more about admissions and entry requirements, restrictions about bringing food, agricultural products, and other restricted/prohibited goods, and more by reviewing the CBP website.

Extending Your Stay

See Extend Your Stay on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website to learn about requesting to extend your stay beyond the date indicated on your admission stamp or paper Form I-94.

You must depart the United States on or before the date indicated on your admission stamp or paper Form I-94, unless your request to extend your stay is approved by USCIS.  Failure to depart the United States on time may also result in you being ineligible for visas you may apply for in the future. Review Visa Denials and Ineligibilities and Waivers: Laws to learn more.

Change of Status

While in the United States, you may be able to request that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) change your nonimmigrant status to another nonimmigrant category. See Change My Nonimmigrant Status on the USCIS website to learn more.

Requesting a change of status from USCIS while you are in the United States and before your authorized stay expires does not require that you apply for a new visa. However, if you cannot remain in the United States while USCIS processes your change of status request, you must apply for a visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Additional Information

Visitors are not permitted to accept employment or work in the United States.

We cannot guarantee that you will be issued a visa. Do not make final travel plans or buy tickets until you have a visa.

Unless canceled or revoked, a visa is valid until its expiration date.  Therefore, a valid U.S. visa in an expired passport is still valid. If you have a valid visa in your expired passport, do not remove it from your expired passport. You may use your valid visa in your expired passport along with a new valid passport for travel and admission to the United States.