Visas

DV-2020 Update: For more information about the rescission of Presidential Proclamation 10014 and DV-2020 applicants, please visit the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs webpage “Rescission of Presidential Proclamation 10014.”

Immigrant Visa Update: Following the rescission of Presidential Proclamation (P.P.) 10014 on February 24, 2021, U.S. Embassy Tirana will resume limited immigrant visa services for all categories of immigrant visas according to the Department’s existing phased resumption of visa services framework.

Please note that appointment availability will continue to be very limited as we take precautions to ensure the health and welfare of all Embassy employees, as well as those we serve.  We appreciate your continued patience, and your cooperation with all required safety precautions. Immigrant visa applicants will be contacted directly once their case has been scheduled for an interview.

For more information about the rescission of Presidential Proclamation 10014, please visit the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs webpage “Rescission of Presidential Proclamation 10014.”

Nonimmigrant Visa Update: Presidential Proclamation 10052, which temporarily suspended the entry of certain H-1B, H-2B, J (for certain categories within the Exchange Visitor Program), and L nonimmigrants, expired on March 31, 2021.  For more information, please see Travel.state.gov here.

Routine nonimmigrant visa services remain suspended at this time.  Please continue to monitor this website for updates.  We will provide additional details as we are able to resume additional services.

If you are an Albanian visitor to the United States with a non-immigrant visa, and because of the COVID-19 crisis will be unable to return to Albania prior to the expiration of your permitted stay:  You must apply to extend your stay directly with USCIS by filing a form I-539.  Please see more information here: https://www.uscis.gov/i-539.

Urgent Information For Visa Applicants Regarding Novel Coronavirus

Presidential Proclamations on Novel Coronavirus: Entry of foreign nationals who were physically present within the following list of countries within 14 days prior preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 9993, 9996 and the Presidential Proclamation issued on January 25:

  • South Africa;
  • Brazil;
  • The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe;
  • The Republic of Ireland;
  • The 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland);
  • The Islamic Republic of Iran;
  • The People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau.

There are certain exceptions to the suspension of entry, including exceptions for U.S. lawful permanent residents and certain family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, among other exceptions listed in the proclamations. If you reside in, have traveled recently to, or intend to transit or travel the above list of countries prior to your planned trip to the United States, we recommend you postpone your visa interview appointment until 14 days subsequent to your departure from the subject country(ries). Additionally, if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or believe you may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, you are strongly encouraged to postpone your appointment by at least 14 days.

Please visit the following link for additional information: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/presidential-proclamation-coronavirus.html

CDC Expands Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement to All Air Passengers Entering the United States

Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions. This requirement is separate from the visa application process. All Presidential Proclamations restricting travel due to COVID-19 remain in place, and continue to apply to subject potential travelers regardless of their test results or vaccination status. Travelers holding a National Interest Exception also remain subject to all applicable pre-departure testing requirements.

For additional information on this requirement, please visit:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

For the latest COVID-19 information, please visit: https://al.usembassy.gov/updates_covid19/

For questions about rescheduling a pending consular appointment, please contact us for specific guidance at:

Email: esee_contactus+al+info+en@visaops.net,
Web: https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-al/niv/information/contact_us, or
Call center: +355 (0)4 530 2222.

U.S. Embassy Tirana is only processing visa applications from Albanian nationals or those who have an Albanian residence permit. Appointments made by third-country nationals who do not meet these requirements will be cancelled.

The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.

See our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.

(Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit.).

To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:

  • Email: To reach a customer service representative via email, please write to TiranaUSConsulate@state.gov.
  • Telephone: Please contact a customer service representative using one of these telephone numbers:
    • Callers in Albania: Call +355 4 4500037
    • Callers in the United States: Call +1-703-520-2498
  • Skype: usvisaalbania

The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States.  We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known.  Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.

We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:

  • We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.
  • We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.
  • We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.
  • We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.
  • We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.
  • We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.
  • We will provide information on non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on http://travel.state.gov.
  • We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.

Furthermore, if you are a:

  • Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
  • Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.
  • Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.

At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:

  • Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible.
  • Complete your application fully and accurately.
  • Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.
  • Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.