Visas

Updated December 10, 2021 

***UPDATE: Starting December 6, all air passengers two years of age or older are required to show a negative pre-departure viral COVID-19 test result taken within one (1) day of travel to the United States prior to boarding, or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days before they board their flight.  This applies to all travelers, regardless of nationality or vaccination status – U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPRs), and foreign nationals.  Additional information may be found on the CDC’s website. 

***Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

Please check the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/proof-of-vaccination.html  for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

The United States Embassy in Skopje has not yet resumed routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services.  We are currently offering as many immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as local conditions, resources, and safety considerations allow.  Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a significant backlog of visa applicants awaiting their visa interview.  With respect to visa services, immigrant and fiancé visa applicants are our highest priority.  Remaining capacity for nonimmigrant visa services will be prioritized for C1D, F, M, J, E, O, P, R, H, and L categories for citizens and residents of North Macedonia. At this time, we are still not able to offer routine B visa appointments.

The MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased until September 30, 2023. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at  https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-mk/niv to request an emergency appointment.

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms or believe you may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, you are strongly encouraged to postpone your appointment by at least 14 days.

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.

Nonimmigrant Visas

Travel to the United States on a temporary basis, including tourism, temporary employment, study and exchange.

Immigrant Visas

For foreign citizens who want to live permanently in the United States.

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.).

To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:

Telephone: Please contact a customer service representative using one of these telephone numbers:

  • Callers in North Macedonia: Call +389 2 551 7475
  • Callers in the United States: Call +1 703 520 2257.

Skype: To use Skype to speak to a customer service representative during regular hours of operation, add a new contact to your Skype account with the Skype name USVISAMACEDONIA.

For more information regarding the Nonimmigrant visa process please visit https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-mk/niv/information/niv

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.