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Non-Immigrant Visas

General Information

All visa interviews at the U.S. Embassy in Singapore are handled on an appointment basis only. Individuals seeking general information about U.S. visas or needing to schedule a visa appointment should visit Apply for a U.S. Visa or you may call +65 3158 5400 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm) from Singapore or +1 703 520 2238 if you are in the United States.  You may also email these questions to support-singapore@ustraveldocs.com.

Inquiries about individual cases where the applicant has already appeared for a visa interview may be sent to SingaporeCon@state.gov.

 

Changes to the Visa Waiver Program

On January 21, 2016, the United States began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act).  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) welcomes more than a million passengers arriving to the United States every day and is committed to facilitating legitimate travel while maintaining the highest standards of security and border protection. Under the Act, travelers in the following categories are no longer eligible to travel or be admitted to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP):

  • Nationals of VWP countries who have traveled to or been present in Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria on or after March 1, 2011 (with limited exceptions for travel for diplomatic or military purposes in the service of a VWP country).
  • Nationals of VWP countries who are also nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria.

These individuals will still be able to apply for a visa using the regular immigration process at their embassies or consulates. For those who need a U.S. visa for urgent business, medical, or humanitarian travel to the United States, U.S. embassies and consulates stand ready to process applications on an expedited basis. Please visit  http://www.ustraveldocs.com/sg/ for information on the visa application process in Singapore.

Beginning January 21, 2016, travelers who currently have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorizations (ESTAs) and who have previously indicated holding dual nationality with one of the four countries listed above on their ESTA applications will have their current ESTAs revoked.

Under the new law, the Secretary of Homeland Security may waive these restrictions if he determines that such a waiver is in the law enforcement or national security interests of the United States. Categories of travelers who may be eligible for a waiver include:

o   Individuals who traveled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria on behalf of an international organizations, regional organizations, and sub-national governments on official duty;

o   Individuals who traveled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria on behalf of a humanitarian NGO on official duty; and

o   Individuals who traveled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria as a journalist for reporting purposes;

o   Individuals who traveled to Iran for legitimate business-related purposes following the conclusion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (July 14, 2015); and

o   Individuals who have traveled to Iraq for legitimate business-related purposes.

Whether ESTA applicants will receive a waiver will be determined on a case-by-case basis.  In addition, we will continue to explore whether and how the waivers can be used for dual nationals of Iraq, Syria, Iran and Sudan. 

Any traveler who receives notification that they are no longer eligible to travel under the VWP are still eligible to travel to the United States with a valid nonimmigrant visa issued by a U.S. embassy or consulate.  Such travelers will be required to appear for an interview and obtain a visa in their passports at a U.S. embassy or consulate before traveling to the United States.

The new law does not ban travel to the United States, or admission into the United States, and the great majority of VWP travelers will not be affected by the legislation.

An updated ESTA application with additional questions is scheduled to be released in late February 2016 to address exceptions for diplomatic- and military-related travel provided for in the Act. 

Information on visa applications can be found at travel.state.gov.

Current ESTA holders are encouraged to check their ESTA status prior to travel on CBP’s website at esta.cbp.dhs.gov.

Announcement

  • Applicants for consular services are advised that the Embassy does not accept U.S. currency as payment for consular services. The Embassy will only accept payment in Singapore currency or by credit card (Master Card, Visa Card, or American Express). Please note that credit card charges will be made in US$ and foreign exchange charges may apply.

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    Singaporean passengers and passengers from other countries eligible for travel to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) must obtain authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA™) and pay a US$14 fee prior to initiating travel to the United States.  The public is encouraged to file their applications through the cbp.GOV site, and avoid the excessive fees charged by “.com” sites.