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5 Jun 2019
11:09 am

US urges SA travellers to apply early for visas


Heavy demand for visas has reportedly led to a longer-than-usual wait time in South Africa. 

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The US Mission in South Africa on Wednesday said it encouraged all residents of South Africa considering travel to the United States to apply for their visa “as early as possible” in order to secure an appointment for an interview in time for the planned travel.

“All visa applications at US Consulates in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban are processed as efficiently as possible, and the US Mission aims to keep the wait time for appointments at a minimum,” said the embassy in a statement.

“However, heavy demand for US visas has currently led to a longer-than-usual wait time in South Africa.

“We encourage all potential travellers to apply for their visas at least three months before the planned travel date. The US Mission does make every effort to accommodate emergency travel and humanitarian situations, though not every request for an expedited appointment can be accommodated.”

For those already with valid visas, a renewal application can be submitted at any time, and the embassy encourages these travellers not to wait until their current visa has expired to apply for a new one, said the statement.

If a visa is still valid or has expired within the last 12 months, the traveller may be eligible to renew by mail without an interview.

“Advance travel planning and early visa application are important,” said the statement.

If you plan to apply for a non-immigrant visa to go to the United States as a temporary visitor, please review the current wait time for an interview using the tool available on this department of state website:

– African News Agency

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