Nonimmigrant Visas: Tourism & Visit

Applicants under age 14 and 50 years of age and older may apply for Tourism & Visitor visas in Pristina. Married couples may apply together as long as one member of the relationship is 50 years of age or older. Please follow the application instructions below.

U.S. Embassy Skopje, Macedonia, is the Department of State designated venue for Business and Tourist (B1 and B2) visa services to all other citizens residing in the Republic of Kosovo.

For more information, please visit their website or call the consular section in Skopje at (+389) 2 317 1042 from Kosovo or (703) 439-2346 from the United States. Information about their hours, location, procedures, holidays, prohibited items, who can attend the interviews, and requirements can be found on their website. E-mail consularskopje@state.gov with further inquiries.

Residents of Kosovo who hold a nonimmigrant visa (still valid or expired no more than 48 months ago) and provided a complete set of fingerprints, may be eligible for the Visa Reissue Program.  Applicants must be in Kosovo at the time they submit their application.  If you hold a valid visa, you are not required to wait until it expires before applying for a new one.

There is no additional fee, but applicants must pay the regular MRV fee, which varies by visa class. MRV fee payments made through local banks will not be accepted for cases processed in Pristina.  Applicants must pay in the Pristina Consular Section and will not be refunded bank fees paid in error.  If you have already paid through Raiffeisen Bank, schedule an appointment at the U.S. Embassy Skopje.

A Consular Officer reserves the right to request that any applicant appear in person.

You are required to furnish the following forms and documents in support of your visa application.

  • Confirmation page of the application form DS-160;
  • Appointment confirmation page. Please schedule your Pristina interview appointment here;
  • MRV fee to be paid in cash (dollars or euro, but not a combination of currencies) at the consular section on the date of interview.  Click on All Fees to learn more;
    (Applicants who have already paid their MRV fee online or at a Raiffeisen Bank cannot use this fee to apply at Embassy Pristina – they must either apply at Embassy Skopje or pay a new fee).
  • A valid passport containing at least two blank pages;
  • One 5 x 5 cm (2” by 2”) color photograph taken within the last six months: Please follow photo requirements carefully. Photos taken by cell phone, of poor quality, with colored background, or otherwise not meeting acceptable standards will result in a delay in visa processing;
  • Evidence of any previously issued U.S. visas: If you are no longer in possession of the passport(s) containing the visas, you may advise the consular officer at the time of your interview;
  • Evidence of sufficient funds to cover all expenses while in the United States;
  • Evidence of compelling ties to your home country demonstrating 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, and your long-term plans;
  • Applicants under age 14 must also provide a notarized statement from parents granting permission for the child to travel to the United States, specifically listing which, if any, adults will be traveling with the child and explaining their relationship to the child.  This notarized statement must also include a notarized copy of the identity document that the parent(s) showed the notary (passport, national ID card); applicant’s birth certificate; and, if available, parents’ marriage certificate;
  • If you you have ever been a member of a military or paramilitary group (including the KLA), you must declare it on your DS-160 application;
  • If you have ever been arrested or convicted of a crime you are required to declare it;
  • If you have a medical condition that could have a bearing on your eligibility for a visa, furnish a letter from your physician which discusses your current state of health;
  • If you have been denied entry into or deported, or removed from the United States, furnish documents relating to this.

IMPORTANT POINTS

  • Applicants should arrive no more than 15 minutes before the time of their interview.  Large bags or weapons are prohibited at the Embassy.  To facilitate security screening, applicants should consider leaving electronic devices at home.
  • Access to the Consular Section involves steps and uneven surfaces.  Because of space limitations, individuals who are not applying for visas may not enter the Embassy.  Visa applicants with limited mobility or who require the assistance of a family member should consider applying at the U.S. Embassy in Skopje.
  • Married couples may apply together in Pristina as long as one member of the relationship is over the age of 50.  All other B1/B2 visa applicants between the ages of 14 and 49, who do not otherwise qualify to apply in Pristina, must apply at the U.S. Embassy in Skopje.
  • The Consular Section has limited appointment capacity.  Applicants should be patient if their desired application date is unavailable.  Visa applicants with urgent travel should consider applying at the U.S. Embassy in Skopje.

Approved visa applicants can generally return to the Embassy to pick up their visa one working day after the interview. Please note that some cases may require administrative processing – we recommend that you do not purchase airline tickets until you have received your visa.

If your visa application is denied and you have further questions, please visit Visa Denials for more information.