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 at: NIV Appointment System (

To be eligible for an appointment, you must be a:

  • Surinamese citizen; OR
  • A French citizen normally living in or residing in French Guiana; OR
  • A third-country national legally resident in Suriname or French Guiana. 

Please note that if you are not among one of these categories and make an appointment, you will not be interviewed.

We are not accepting any E visa applications at this time.

Fill out the online DS-160 Non-immigrant Visa Application Form and print the “Confirmation Page” with a barcode.

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 on line clicking here. This link will also provide instructions on how to fill out the form.

To schedule an appointment, you must be prepared to provide the following information to the Electronic Non-Immigrant Visa Appointment System:  your name, passport number, telephone number, and (if possible) an e-mail address. You should have a printer connected to your computer to print out an appointment confirmation sheet, or, if you do not have a printer, you should hand copy appointment confirmation information onto a sheet of paper. If you need to cancel an appointment, please do so at least a day in advance, so that we can give your appointment slot to another applicant.

IMPORTANT: At the end of the appointment scheduling process, the system will generate an Appointment Confirmation Sheet.  This sheet has your personal data, the time and date of your visa appointment, and your appointment confirmation code. Should you need to cancel your appointment, the system will ask for the confirmation code.  If you do not have the code, you will not be able to cancel your appointment.  If you do not cancel your existing appointment, the system will not allow you to make a new appointment until after you scheduled interview date is past.

On the day of your interview, please pay the following nonrefundable visa application fees: $ 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.

You are encouraged to pay your fees with Surinamese dollars (SRD). Due to Surinamese bank restrictions, the U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo is unable to accept U.S. dollar banknotes of any year which are worn, torn, or defaced. If you intend to pay with U.S. dollars, please ensure the banknotes are in good condition.

Important! If your visa is approved, you may also have to pay a visa issuance fee, depending on the country of which you are a citizen and the type of visa issued.  If applicable, you will be notified at the end of your interview.

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

  • Non-refundable visa application fee, payable in U.S. dollars or the equivalent in SRD
  • Your passport (valid at least another 6 months from intended date of departure from the U.S.)
  • Bio data confirmation page with a barcode of visa Application Form DS-160
  • Appointment confirmation page that the electronic appointment scheduling system will give you once you have scheduled your appointment on line
  • 1 unmounted 5 x 5 cm, full face color photograph without any eyewear
  • Proof of your economic, social, family and other ties to Suriname

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.