How to Apply

The U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo is accepting in-person visa interview, interview waiver, and renewal application appointments. Appointments can be made online via our scheduling system HERE 

Labor Certification – Some temporary worker visa categories require your prospective employer to obtain a labor certification or other approval from the Department of Labor on your behalf before filing the Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Form I-129, with USCIS. Your prospective employer should review the Instructions for Form I-129 on the USCIS website to determine whether labor certification is required for you.

Petition Approval – Some temporary worker categories are limited in total number of petitions which can be approved on a yearly basis. Before you can apply for a temporary worker visa at the U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo, a Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Form I-129, must be filed on your behalf by a prospective employer and be approved by USCIS. For more information about the petition process, eligibility requirements by visa category, and numerical limits, if applicable, see Working in the U.S. and Temporary (Nonimmigrant) Workers on the USCIS website. Once the petition is approved, USCIS will send your prospective employer a Notice of Action, Form I-797.

Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States, unless exempt by country-specific agreements.
If more than one person in your family is traveling, each person needs their own visa and their own appointment.

  • Completed Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160

You will be taken through a series of questions which you must answer truthfully. Please note that you must answer EVERY question on the application form. If the answer to a question is “none,” please write “none,” do not leave it blank.

When finished, print the final “Confirmation Page” with the barcode. This page MUST be presented on the date of your visa interview.

If you choose to use a visa preparation service, such as travel agency, it is your responsibility to ensure the information they enter into your DS-160 application is complete and accurate.  You are responsible for all errors in your application, which may jeopardize your qualification for a visa.

Incomplete or incorrect forms may be rejected on the day of your appointment, and you may be required to schedule a new interview appointment.

The DS-160 must be fully completed and submitted before an interview can be scheduled.

Only a valid passport, DS-160 confirmation page, a 2 x 2 (5x5cm) inch color photo not older than 6 months – with a light or white background and without eyewear, and the forms listed in Step 2 are required for the visa interview.  Additional documents may be requested to establish if you are qualified.

  • If you are included in an L blanket petition, you must bring Form I-129S, Nonimmigrant Petition Based on Blanket L Petition, to your interview.
  • Form I-129, or Notice of Action,
  • Form I-797, from USCIS.

We recommend that you schedule visa interviews appointment at least one month before you intend to travel. It is your responsibility to ensure that there is enough time to complete the visa application process before traveling to the United States. Processing wait time does not include the time required for additional administrative processing or special requirements. In such cases, processing wait time will vary based on the individual circumstances of each application.

We strongly urge that you do not purchase tickets until you have your visa in hand.

You can schedule your appointment online by visiting the Visa Information Service Website https://ais.usvisa-info.com/. Register for visa services by clicking on the “Create Account” button. Follow the steps outlined to pay the visa processing fee either by Credit/Debit Card (Visa or Mastercard) or Cash.

The nonrefundable visa application and processing fees are: $ 185 for B-1 (Business) and B-2 (Tourism & Visit) nonimmigrant visas; $ 205 for H, L, O, P, Q, and R visas; and $ 315 for E visas. Fee information for other classes of visas can be found at travel.state.gov.

The visa processing fee can be paid either by Credit/Debit Card (Visa or Mastercard) or Cash.

If you choose to pay by cash, after creating your account at Visa Information Service Website. Print the two (2) deposit slips to make your application fee payment to any branch of Finabank. Finabank will stamp one copy of the deposit slip as “paid.” Retain a copy of the payment slip for your records.

If you paid by Credit or Debit Card, you will be able to access the appointment scheduling calendar immediately via your registered account at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/. 

If you paid by Cash, you will obtain access to the appointment scheduling calendar within two business days of paying your visa processing fee at Finabank. Log in to your registered account at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/ once your payment is validated to schedule an appointment.

Applicants who need scheduling assistance may also contact the Visa Information Center via toll free numbers: 001 800 759 6313 (Calling from Suriname).  If you are in the United States, call 1 703 831 3420.  Call Center hours are Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

We recommend that you schedule visa interviews appointment at least one month before you intend to travel. It is your responsibility to ensure that there is enough time to complete the visa application process before traveling to the United States. Processing wait time does not include the time required for additional administrative processing or special requirements. In such cases, processing wait time will vary based on the individual circumstances of each application.

We strongly urge that you do not purchase tickets until you have your visa in hand.

Please bring the following documents to the Consular Section at the appointed date and time:

  • current valid passport (previous passport with last issued visa if applicable)
  • Printed DS-160 confirmation sheet (with barcode on it),
  • current 2 x 2 inch (5x5cm) photo not older than six months – with a light or white background and without eyewear. View the  Photo Composition Template for more size requirement
  • Bring the approved Blanket L petition (Form I-129S, Nonimmigrant Petition Based on Blanket L Petition)
  • Form I-1-129S (Page 1-7)
  • Bring the L visa fraud prevention and detection fee (generally $500 USD, also payable in cash USD or SRD only) – for principal applicant only. For more information, see: 
    https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/fees/fees-visa-services.html

If your visa is approved, you will be notified of the date and time at which you can return to the Embassy to collect your passport and visa.