Are American consulates open?

The coronavirus pandemic led to the suspension of U.S. visa services around the world. As restrictions start to ease, most U.S. embassies and consulates have resumed certain immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments.

How do I make an appointment for U.S. visa in Johannesburg?

Please follow the instructions at to schedule an appointment or to submit your visa application via courier. Approximate wait times for appointments can be found by visiting .

Do you need an appointment for U.S. visa renewal?

The process to renew a US visa is nearly the same as when you first applied for it. You have to: Complete the online application form (Form DS-160). Schedule an interview appointment at the US Embassy/Consulate.

How long does it take to get a U.S. visa in South Africa?

5 to 15 working days
A visa can take 5 to 15 working days from application to approval. We do however recommend that you apply for your visa as soon as possible to allow for any unforeseen circumstances such as needing to supply additional paperwork or an application refusal.

How long does it take to get an appointment for a U.S. visa in South Africa?

Current US Visa Appointment Wait times in Johannesburg

Non-immigrant US Visa Type Appointment Wait Time
Visitor Visa 60 Days
Student/Exchange Visitor Visas 14 Days
All Other Non-immigrant Visas 21 Days

How Long Does U.S. visa renewal take?

Though visa processing time is typically one week, processing time for specific cases may vary due to individual circumstances and other special requirements. Nonimmigrant visa applicants are encouraged to apply at least three (3) months in advance of the intended date of travel.