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Non-Immigrant Visas

The Consular Section issues visas for Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu residents to visit the United States. A visa constitutes permission to apply for entry to the United States at the port of entry, where the immigration officer will determine admittance and length of stay. All Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu residents need visas in order to apply for entrance to the United States. Visas are issued in accordance with the Immigration and Naturalization Act, as amended, enacted by the United States Congress.

The Consular Section provides visa services only on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Issued visas will generally be ready for pickup the following day.

As of May 1st, 2010, all applicants must have submitted their application electronically prior to the day of their interview. Further information is available in the “How to Apply” Section.

The J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) provides opportunities for nearly 300,000 foreign visitors a year to experience the United States, its society and culture and connect with Americans.  Through one of fifteen different types of J-1 Visa exchange programs, EVP participants may teach, study, conduct research, share their specialized skills, or receive on-the-job training for periods ranging from a few weeks to several years.  These programs are sponsored by over 1,450 for-profit, non-profit, or federal, state, or local government entities designated by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). 

Additional Non Immigrant Visa Information

Related Websites


VISA Application Online

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