How to Apply

Please be advised that all applicants must fill out the DS-160 visa application before scheduling an appointment.

Please note that interview appointments are not available on Mondays; Mondays are reserved solely for drop off of visa renewal applications.

If you plan to apply for a visa in Minsk, please read the following:

Please complete Form DS-160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application.

You must:

  • Complete the online visa application, and
  • Print the application form confirmation page to bring to your interview. Barcode must be readable! Applicants must bring the DS-160 Confirmation Page to the Embassy on the day of their interview. If you have not filled out the online application fully and accurately, you may be requested to return for a second interview with a newly completed application.

You can fill out Form DS-160 by accessing it from your home or work computer or by visiting an Internet café, a post office or library that has Internet access in your hometown.

The DS-160 is available in Russian.  To read the Russian translation of the English fields of the form, select “русский” in the “Select Tooltip Language” box at the top right corner of the page.  After you have done that, a box with a Russian translation will appear each time you point the cursor to English text.  Here (PDF 150 KB) you can find a Russian-English glossary of most common professions and occupations that may help you translate your occupation from Russian into English for “Occupation” field of the DS-160 Application Form.

Photo – You will upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160. Your photo must be in the format explained in the Photograph Requirements.  Please note: thanks to the new DS-160 form, you only need to bring with you a printed photo if your digital upload failed.  Should you need to visit a shop in order to have your photo printed, please consult the following list of shops that can make appropriate passport photos.  The U.S. Embassy in Minsk provides this list for information only; any photo that meets the above criteria will be accepted.

Passport photos can be taken at:

  • 3 Kiseleva St. (Metro “Victory Square”, bus 100, 18)
  • 74 Surganova St. (trollybus # 46, 53 to Bangalor Square)
  • 15 Internatsionalnaya St. (behind the GUM Department Store, near ‘Pobeda’ Movie Theatre)
  • 20 Moskovskaya St. (Dom Byta, Metro “Istitute Kultury”)
  • 5 Kulman St. (Dom Byta near Komorovski Market and ‘Parking’ Mall) trolybus # 29, 40
  • 78 Miasnikova St. (Dom Photo, near Independence Square),  trolybus # 29, 37, 46, bus 38
  • 44 Skaryny Ave. (near the ZUM Department Store)
  • 4 Kirova St. (near the Railway Station)
  • 9 Romanovskaya Sloboda St. (Metro “Nemiga”, “Frunsenskaia”)
  • 40a Skaryny Ave. (Dom Byta)
  • 1 Kirova St. (Railway Station)
  • 7 Bogdan Khmelnitski St, Office 314 (Metro “Akademiya Navuk”, behind OKTIABR Cinema)
  • 91 Nezalezhnasti Ave  (Foto Studio COPY COLOR, Metro “Cheliuskentsy Park”)
  • 91 Nezalezhnasti Ave  (Foto Studio FotaKrama, Metro “Cheliuskentsy Park”)
  • 8 Moskovskaya St (Foto Studio FotaKrama, Metro “Institut Kultury”)

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. For Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Electronic Appointment System click here. To schedule an appointment for a nonimmigrant visa interview, you must first complete, electronically sign and send Form DS160.  You will need to enter the barcode number from your DS160 application in order to view the appointment calendar and schedule an appointment.

To schedule an appointment, you must be prepared to provide the following information to the Electronic Non-Immigrant Visa Appointment System:  your DS-160 barcode number (can be found on DS-160 confirmation page that will appear on the screen after you have electronically submitted our DS-160 from), 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.

You can schedule a visa appointment yourself either by accessing it from your home or work computer or by visiting an Internet café, a post office or library that has Internet access, even if you do not speak English. You can also have a friend or relative here or in the United States schedule an appointment for you.

Our appointment system does not have an option for family interview scheduling. If you intend to travel with your family member(s) and you would like to be interviewed together, please make separate appointments for each family member on the same day during the same appointment time block.   When you come to the Embassy, be sure to arrive together at the appointed time to submit your applications together at the cashier window.

There is no single document the Consular Officer will look at that will determine whether they approve your visa application. Consular Officers consider all information presented and return your supporting documents at the end of the interview. Additional documents may be requested to establish if you are qualified. For example, additional requested documents may include evidence of:

  • The purpose of your trip;
  • Your intent to depart the United States after your trip; and/or
  • Your ability to pay all costs of the trip.

We do not require invitations for business or private trips.

If you choose to present an invitation or letter from your relative, friend, or business contact in the U.S., please bring it with you on the day of your interview. Please do not send invitations or letters directly to the Embassy.

Because invitations are not required documents, they may be presented in any format, such as email or fax.  There is no need to notarize an invitation, and there is no standard format.

If you would like to travel to the United States for medical treatment, please bring the following documents with you to your interview:

  • A statement from your doctor diagnosing your ailment;
  • A translation of that document into English;
  • Evidence that treatment of your ailment is available in the United States;
  • Evidence of your appointment;
  • Estimate of cost of treatment;
  • Evidence of ability to pay for the cost.

There is no guarantee that you will be issued a visa.  The above documents will assist the Consular Officer in making a final determination of eligibility.

At the appointed date and time please go to the Embassy’s Consular Section entrance on Kommunisticheskaya St. (the postal address for the Embassy is Staravilenskaya 46). You should bring the following documents with you:

  • $160 non-refundable visa application fee, payable in U.S. dollars [Please note: non-refundable visa application fee when applying  for petition based visas (Categories: H, L, O, P, Q, R) is $190 – see Temporary Workers page for more information about the categories]. We request that all applicants bring $160 (or $190 if applying for a petition based visa) in exact change. If we do not have enough bills of small denomination to give change, we may ask you to come on a later date to complete your visa application.
  • 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
  • if you were unable to upload a digital photo to your application (see digital photo requirements here),  please bring 1 unmounted 5 x 5 cm, full face color photograph (see example photo)
  • proof of your economic, social, family and other ties to Belarus (except H, L, and O visas)

If you are applying for a visa for the first time, or are getting a visa in a new category, then you must appear in person for a visa interview. The exception is children under the age of 14, who do not need to appear in person at the Embassy. Visa applications of children under 16 are submitted by one parent or guardian, the child’s application should be accompanied by the child’s birth certificate, photocopies of parents passports and notarized letter authorizing the child’s travel outside Belarus from the absent parent.   If the child is traveling with the grandparents, the parents do not need to come in, his/her application can be filed by his grandparents with an authorization letter from the child’s parents and appropriate birth certificates to show the relationship between the child and the grandparents.

If you are renewing your visa, you do not have to come to the embassy in person. Someone may come in your place.  When we accept the passport, application and application fees, we will print a receipt and give it to the person who provides those three items to us. Please note that we will not provide change for application fees. It is up to the person filing the application to make sure that they provide the correct amount per case. You do not have to bring in your own documents. We just need to make sure that we have the passport, confirmation sheet and $160 for each case. One person may bring in more than one case. The person who brings your application does not have to be a family member or to be applying for a visa him/herself. However, each applicant should make an individual appointment, even if one person brings passports and applications of several people.  We are required to interview a certain number of people, even if they are eligible for a waiver of the interview. Sometimes other issues arise which require a personal appearance of the applicant. If we need to interview you, we will contact you by telephone or e-mail within three working days after we receive your application.

Important Notice: Due to issues related to security screening, no electronics (laptops, tablets or other electronic gadgets) or bags will be allowed inside the consular section. In order to save time, we recommend you do not bring a cell phone or any other electronic items with you on the day of the interview.