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The Consular Section of the United States Embassy in Madrid is conducting as many visa interviews as possible. However, given the overwhelming demand for work and student visas, continued Covid-19 crowding restrictions, and staffing limitations, we regret that we will not be able to interview all applicants before their desired travel dates.
For November, we can only approve requests for earlier visa appointments for medical emergencies, urgent student visas, and critical business travel. We will keep adding more appointments in the following weeks as capacity allows. We encourage applicants who need an earlier appointment to regularly check the appointment scheduling website: https://ais.usvisa-info.com/es-es/niv
Applicants for student and work visas who cannot find an appointment before their originally planned travel date should speak to their university or employer to discuss their situation and options as soon as possible. For those with a DS-2019 or I-20, this discussion should include requesting an updated report date on the DS-2019 or I-20 to a new, achievable date as we cannot issue a visa for a program report date that has already passed.
We hope this information allows applicants to make informed decisions about their travel plans.
Passports and/or documents will be returned solely via MRW with payment (cash or debit card) on delivery. A Spanish address and mobile telephone number are required to complete the delivery. Please bring an envelope already completed with your delivery address to your interview.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Embassy Madrid continues to have reduced capacity to process nonimmigrant visas. We are currently offering as many appointments as local conditions, resources, and safety considerations allow. While U.S. Embassy Madrid aims to process visa cases as soon as practicable, there are increased wait times and substantial backlogs, and we will be unable to accommodate many requests for expedited appointments. We encourage all applicants to be mindful of the constraints and apply early. Appointments will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis as capacity allows.
The health and safety of both our visa applicants and workforce remain our highest priority, and we are enforcing strict social distancing measures and require masks covering mouth and nose while in our facility.
The U.S. Mission to Spain and Andorra understands that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment. We are working diligently to restore routine visa operations as quickly and safely as possible. In the meantime, rest assured that the U.S. Embassy Madrid will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2022, to allow all applicants who have not been able to schedule a visa appointment to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee. Please continue to monitor the visa site for updates on our visa operations.
See also Visas for travel to the United States by the State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs
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Featured image (scanned original US Visa issued in 2013, and edited with Corel PhotoPaint)/Zboralski, PD
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