Information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus: As of March 16, the United States Embassy in North Macedonia is cancelling routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments. From March 23, the United States Embassy is not accepting applications through the interview waiver program. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. The MRV fee is valid and may be used for a visa application in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please email ConsularSkopje@state.gov to request an emergency appointment.
The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in North Macedonia is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.
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)
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 or +389 2 510 2460
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’m a Kosovar citizen. Where should I apply for a tourist visa: Skopje or Pristina?
Starting October 1, 2019 all residents of Kosovo are eligible to apply for all visa services at the U.S. Embassy in Pristina. Click here to schedule a nonimmigrant visa appointment in Pristina.
Residents of Kosovo applying prior to September 26, 2019 should follow the following procedures:
If you are under 14 or 50 or older, you should apply for your tourist visa in Pristina using this link: Schedule a visa appointment in Pristina.
If you are between 14 and 49 and are renewing a tourist visa, you may be eligible for Pristina’s Visa Reissue Program. See this page for more details.
If you are between 14 and 49 and applying for a tourist visa for the first time, or were refused for a tourist visa the last time you applied, you should apply in Skopje.
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