Immigrant Visa Update: U.S. Embassy Tirana has resumed immigrant visa services for all categories of immigrant visas according to the Department’s prioritization framework. For more information, please visit: https://al.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/
Please note that appointment availability will continue to be limited due to resource constraints and the continued impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. We appreciate your patience. Immigrant visa applicants will be contacted directly once their case has been scheduled for an interview.
Nonimmigrant Visa Update: Routine nonimmigrant visa scheduling resumed on November 8, 2021. Capacity for routine scheduling remains severely limited at this time, but will increase as conditions allow. For more information, please visit: https://al.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-visas/. 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
All non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States are required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.
Effective December 6, 2021, all air passengers, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the United States. Please consult the CDC’s guidance for International Travel Requirements to learn more about this change, or other particular requirements that may apply to you.
Exceptions may only be granted by the CDC and will be considered on an extremely limited basis. Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.
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:
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.
What is a Visa?
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
Customer Service Statement
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.