Nonimmigrant Visas

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Colombo is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.

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.

Please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information about the various ways to contact our service provider.

The Nonimmigrant Visa Unit aims to provide a comfortable application process for visa applicants. Part of this effort is requiring applicants to arrive at the US Embassy entrance ONLY 15 MINUTES before their interview appointment. Strict enforcement of this rule allows applicants to avoid waiting and lining up unnecessarily outside the Embassy for long periods of time. There is also no advantage given to an applicant who arrives hours before the interview appointment.

Electronic Devices Not Permitted on Embassy Grounds:

For the safety and security of all applicants and employees, visa applicants are NOT PERMITTED to bring the following into the Embassy:

  • any kind of electronic and battery-operated devices (mobile phone, digital camera, laptop, music player, portable game consoles such as PSP, USB thumb drive, mobile tablet, etc.)
  • lighter and any flame-generating device
  • sharp objects
  • any device with an On/Off switch

Applicants who bring such devices will be denied entry and will be requested to book a new interview appointment.

Please make arrangements to leave your electronic equipment in a safe location off Embassy grounds before your interview appointment. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your cooperation.

Repeat travelers to the United States may, under some circumstances, renew their visas without appearing at the U.S. Embassy for an interview. If you meet the Interview Waiver Program qualifications, you will be able to drop off your visa application at the Embassy during the designated hours. If found qualified for a visa again, your passport and new visa will be available for pickup within a few days.

To know the qualifications, visit our Interview Waiver Drop Box Program page.

Due to the large demand for visa interviews, we cannot accommodate all requests for expedited appointments. However, we will do our best to grant them for urgent medical treatment, death of a family member, business reasons (in limited circumstances), or for students with strict travel deadlines.

To request an Expedited Appointment, follow the steps in the Expedited Appointment section of our appointment web site. Call Center agents cannot grant expedited appointment requests, but they can help guide applicants through the online process.

The Embassy call center and the online appointment website can also provide general information about visa application procedures and technical assistance related to requesting and scheduling an appointment.