Updated October 2022
The United States Embassy in Skopje has resumed processing all non-immigrant visa categories. Currently, we are offering nonimmigrant visa appointments in all categories for citizens and residents of North Macedonia. Appointments for all visa types will be available on a first come, first-serve basis as capacity allows.
Applicants renewing their visas in one of the following categories: B1/B2, C1/D, F, H, J, M, L and R whose visa is either still valid or expired not more than 24 months ago, are entitled to apply for a visa without an interview. Additionally, applicants who are under the age of 14, and applicants over the age of 79 may apply for a B1/B2 visa via the Interview Waiver Program (IWP).
- Applicants who are renewing their visas must submit the passport with the old visa to the Consular Section.
- The estimated time for processing your application is 2 weeks.
- If the consular officer has additional questions, we will call you in for an interview.
- Do not buy a ticket or make firm travel plans until you have your renewed visa in hand.
All nonimmigrant visa application fee payments (also known as the MRV fee) made on or after October 1, 2022, are valid for 365 days from the date a receipt is issued for payment of the MRV fee. Applicants must schedule an interview appointment or submit an interview waiver application during this 365-day period. Please note applicants must only schedule their interview or submit their waiver application within the 365-day period. There is no requirement the interview must occur during the 365-day period. All receipts for payment of MRV fees issued before October 1, 2022, were extended until September 30, 2023, and remain valid until this date.
Please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.
How to Apply
Take the following steps to apply for a U.S. visa:
Step 1. Determine the type of visa you need to travel to the United States
Information about visa types can be found at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en.html
Step 2. Complete the DS-160 online visa application form
The DS-160 is an on-line form and can only be completed at https://ceac.state.gov/CEAC. Each applicant must complete this form before scheduling their appointment.
Step 3. Schedule your appointment
Go to https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-mk/niv and schedule a consular section appointment:
- Create a user account
- Enter the DS-160 confirmation number for each applicant applying for a Visa
- Complete the courier document return process
- Pay the nonimmigrant visa (MRV) application fee(s)
- Schedule your appointment by choosing a day and time for your appointment with the Consular Section
Step 4. Attend your interview
After your interview, please follow specific instructions provided by the consular section or check this website for visa status and delivery information.
Note: Applicants of a certain age group or those who are renewing a previous U.S. visa may be eligible to apply for a visa without attending a consular interview. Eligibility for the “Interview Waived” program will be determined as the applicant goes through the process of scheduling an appointment through this site. The determination will be made based on the answers provided to the qualifying criteria.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Updated August 2020
How do I apply for a visa?
Please see “How to Apply” on this page.
I am having problems with filling out the DS-160. Can you help me?
You should contact the call center for assistance at the numbers below.
From North Macedonia: +389 2 551 7475
From the United States: +1 703 520 2257
I have submitted my DS-160 form. What is the next step?
Go to https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-mk/niv and schedule a consular section appointment. For more information, please see “How to Apply” on this page.
I have a valid visa, but my passport has expired. What do I do?
If your visa is still valid you can travel to the United States with your two passports, as long as the visa is:
- not damaged
- the appropriate type of visa required for your principal purpose of travel (example: tourist visa, when your principal purpose of travel is tourism)
- both passports (the valid and the expired one with the visa) are from the same country
- both passports are of the same type (example: both North Macedonia regular passports, both official passports, etc.)
When you arrive in the United States, the Customs and Border Protection Immigration Officer will check your visa in the old passport and if s/he decides to admit you into the United States, they will stamp your new passport with an admission stamp along with the annotation “VIOPP” (visa in other passport).
Do not try to remove the visa from your old passport and stick it into the new valid passport. If you do so, your visa will no longer be valid.
I have damaged my passport, but my visa is undamaged. Can you tell me if I can travel with the passport?
If your passport has been damaged in any way, we strongly suggest that you obtain a new passport from your home country before you travel. If the visa is undamaged, you may travel with both passports. See the question “I have a valid visa, but my passport has expired,” above.
I have a nonimmigrant visa that will expire soon and I would like to renew it. Do I need go through the whole visa application process again?
Yes, you will have to go through the entire visa application process each time you want to apply for a visa, even if your visa is still valid. There are some situations where a visa applicant may not need to be interviewed when renewing his/her visa. Eligibility is determined based on the answers provided to questions during the appointment scheduling process. However, consular officers reserve the right to require an interview for any visa applicant.
I changed my last name. Is my U.S. visa with my old name still valid?
If your name has legally changed through marriage, divorce, or a court ordered name change, you will need to obtain a new passport. Once you have a new passport, the Department of State recommends that you apply for a new U.S. visa to make it easier for you to travel to and from the United States.
I need to travel immediately to the United States due to an emergency. Can I get an appointment quickly?
Go to https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-mk/niv and schedule a consular section appointment. Then, immediately request an expedited appointment at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-mk/niv. You will need to submit a reason for your request. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that your request will be approved.
For information regarding how to apply for a nonimmigrant visa or for scheduling an appointment for nonimmigrant visa please call:
- From North Macedonia: +389 2 551 7475
- From US: +1 703 520 2257
For more information regarding the nonimmigrant visa process please visit https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-mk/niv/information/niv.
Visiting the Embassy
Access and Security Notice
Only applicants with scheduled appointments will be admitted into the Embassy, except children under 18 years of age who may be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and assistants for the disabled.
Please note that the following items are prohibited inside the U.S. Embassy:
- Food and beverages
- Weapons or tools
- Backpacks, luggage, or large purses
- Electronic or recording equipment of any kind, including, but not limited to: laptop computers, cell phones, PDAs, CD’s, MP3 players; and pagers; and oversized strollers;
- Nail files