Please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories. The NIV visa application processing information as well as the information about all visa categories is available at the website of our Visa Support Contract Partner. Applicants under the age of 14 or those aged 80 or over may be eligible to apply for a visa by mail. Applicants applying for diplomatic (A-1 & A-2) and official/International Organization (G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4) visas are not required to appear in person for an interview with a consular officer. C-3 visa applicants who are accredited officials are also exempt from the interview process. A & G visa application information is available at: Diplomatic and Official Visa.
Attn: Non-Immigrant Visa Section
Fax: (+43-1) 512 58 35
Visa Information/Visa Application Appointment hotline
(Live Operators): Tel.: (0043) (0)72011 6000
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (local Austrian time)
For callers from the U.S., Tel.: 1 (703) 520 2562
Monday – Friday, 7:00 am – 3:00 pm EST
Appointments and General Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Same Sex Marriages
For U.S. Visa and Immigration purposes, all legal marriages are now considered equal. Following the Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor, the U.S. State Department will immediately begin to recognize same-sex marriages for immigration and visa purposes. A same-sex marriage is valid for U.S. visa purposes even if the applicant is applying for his/her visa in a country in which the marriage is not considered legal. If local authorities recognize legal partnerships as separate and different from marriage, such partnerships cannot be the basis of a visa or immigration benefit at this time. Lastly, same-sex partners of U.S. citizens may apply for Fiancé nonimmigrant K-1 visas to wed and file immigration paperwork within the United States. Nonimmigrant Visa (NIV) Policy Beginning immediately, same-sex spouses and their children are eligible for NIV derivative visas. Same-sex spouses and their children (stepchildren of the primary applicant when the marriage takes place before the child turns 18) can qualify as derivatives where the law permits issuance of a visa to a spouse or stepchild. Some NIV classifications require certain documentation before a visa issuance can take place. For example, family members of F and M student visa applicants (F-2 and M-2) need to obtain an I-20 prior to issuance. Spouses of exchange visitors (J-2) need an approved DS-2019. Immigrant Visa (IV) Policy A spouse of a U.S. citizen, as well as a spouse of a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR), may apply for an immigrant visa once the Office of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approves an I-130 immigrant visa petition. The validity of a marriage will depend on whether it was legally valid in the place of celebration, rather than the place of domicile. Stepchildren of same-sex couples may be included as beneficiaries on the I-130 petition. In addition to family-preference categories, same-sex spouses and their dependents may also qualify as dependents of employment-based categories, and as follow-to-join derivatives. Finally, persons participating in the DV program (Green Card Lottery) may include same-sex spouses in their initial entry or add a spouse if the marriage took place after their initial registration. Many same-sex couples live abroad in countries where they are unable to marry. Starting immediately, same-sex partners of U.S. citizens may apply for Fiancé(e) nonimmigrant K-1 visas to wed in the United States. Once the union is contracted in a state permitting same-sex marriage, the foreign spouse may apply for adjustment to Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) status through USCIS, or the U.S. citizen may file an I-130 with USCIS. Detailed information about K-1 visas is available at our homepage at: Fiancé(e) Visa.
- If a child (under the age of 18) is traveling with only one parent or with someone who is not a parent or legal guardian, what paperwork should the adult have to indicate permission or legal authority to have that child in their care? Due to the increasing incidents of child abductions in disputed custody cases and as possible victims of child pornography, the Department of Homeland Security/Customs and Border Protection (DHS/CBP) strongly recommends that unless the child is accompanied by both parents, the adult have a note from the child’s other parent (or, in the case of a child traveling with grandparents, uncles or aunts, sisters or brothers, or friends, a note signed by both parents) stating “I acknowledge that my wife/husband/etc. is traveling to the USA with my son/daughter. He/She/They has/have my permission to do so.”DHS/CBP also suggests that this note be notarized: Notarial Services
- Please note that foreign notaries (“Notar”) are not accepted in the U.S.
- More information can be found at: https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/268.
SEVIS Fee for J, F and M Visa Applicants
I-901 SEVIS fee for “F,” “M,” & “J” Nonimmigrant Students & Exchange Visitors
The Department of Homeland Security collects a Congressionally mandated fee to cover the costs for the continued operation of the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). International students and exchange visitors are subject to this fee which will be used to administer and maintain the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), support compliance activities, and establish SEVIS Liaison Officers. Liaison Officers will serve as local resources for schools and students, providing timely and accurate program and reporting information and assistance. SEVIS, the automated system for collecting, maintaining and managing information about foreign student and exchange visitors during their entry to, stay in, and exit from the United States, will be used to record and track the I-901 fee payment. Who pays the fee? Those who wish to enter the United States either as a student or an exchange visitor with a Form I-20 or DS-2019 dated on or after September 1, 2004. The fee is nonrefundable, regardless of whether the visa is issued. Participants of federally sponsored exchange visitor programs, which are designated by program codes beginning with “G-1,” “G-2,” or “G-3” are not subject to this fee. Spouses and dependent children (“F-2,” “M-2”) of students or exchange visitors (“J-2”) do not pay this fee. How much is the fee?
|For students (“F-1,” “F-3,” “M-1,” or “M-3”)||$ 200|
|For spouses and dependent children (“F-2,” “M-2,” or “J-2”) of students or exchange visitors||None|
|For exchange visitors (“J-1”) unless participating in:||$ 180|
|Federally sponsored exchange visitor program (program codes start with “G-1,” “G-2,” or “G-3”)||None|
|Summer work/travel program||$ 35|
|Au pair program||$ 35|
|Camp counselor program||$ 35|
When do prospective students or exchange visitors pay the SEVIS fee?
- Applicants who require a visa to enter the United States must pay the SEVIS fee before going to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate for their visa interview.
- Applicants who are citizens of Canada, Bermuda, Bahamas and residents of certain other islands (see 8 CFR 212.1a) wishing to apply for “F-1,” “F-3,” M-1,” “M-3,” or “J-1” status at a port of entry into the United States must pay and process the SEVIS fee before appearing at the port of entry.
- Nonimmigrants currently in the United States who apply for student or exchange visitor status must pay the fee prior to filing their change of status application.
How is the fee paid?
- Through the Internet at https://www.fmjfee.com/index.html by using a credit card and completing the online Form I-901 (Fee for Remittance for Certain “F,” “M,” and “J” Nonimmigrants); or
- Through the mail by submitting a completed Form I-901 and a check or money order drawn on a U.S. Bank and payable in U.S. currency; or
- By a third party such as a school or sponsor; or
- Selected sponsors of an exchange program by submitting a bulk or group payment.
- The fee cannot be paid at the Consular Section.
When must the fee be paid? The fee must be paid to ensure that the payment can be deposited and recorded in SEVIS prior to the scheduled visa interview. The interviewing Consular Officer will confirm that the fee has been paid by accessing SEVIS. To allow for adequate processing time the fee must be paid:
- At least three business days prior to the visa interview date for electronic submissions;
- At least three business days before the scheduled visa interview for mail submissions to allow for delivery at the DHS address listed on the Form I-901. This time frame allows the fee payment to be deposited and recorded in SEVIS.
How will the payment be verified? The payment will be recorded in the SEVIS system. However, it is recommended that the paper I-797 or the Internet generated receipt be brought to the visa interview.
- DHS will issue an official paper receipt (I-797) for every payment received.
- Individuals who file electronically will be able to print an electronic receipt immediately at the time of payment.
- Individuals may request Express delivery service for the I-797 receipt at an additional cost of $ 30.
When must continuing students (“F-1,” “F-3,” “M-1,” or “M-3” nonimmigrants that have begun, but not finished, a program) pay the SEVIS fee? Continuing students must pay the SEVIS fee before:
- Filing an application for reinstatement when they have been out of status for more than 5 months; or
- When applying for a new visa or returning to the United States after an absence of more than 5 months that did not involve authorized overseas study; or
- When filing an application for a change of status to an “F,” “M,” or “J” classification except for changes between “F-1” and “F-3” or between “M-1” and “M-3.”
When must continuing exchange visitors (“J-1” nonimmigrants who have begun, but not finished a program) pay the SEVIS fee? Continuing exchange visitors must pay the SEVIS fee before:
- Filing a reinstatement application after a substantive violation; or
- Filing a reinstatement application after they have been out of status between 121 and 269 days; or
- Applying for a change of exchange visitor category unless the new exchange visitor category is fee exempt (federally sponsored programs with program codes that start with “G-1,” “G-2,” or “G-3”).
Additional information at:
- SEVIS Fee Fact Sheet – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
- Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
- List of SEVP-certified schools