What is a Schengen Visa?

A Schengen visa is a short-stay visa that allows a person to travel to any members of the Schengen Area, per stays up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes.

The Schengen visa is the most common visa for Europe. It enables its holder to enter, freely travel within, and leave the Schengen zone from any of the Schengen member countries. There are no border controls within the Schengen Zone.

However, if you are planning to study, work, or live in one of the Schengen countries for more than 90 days, then you must apply for a national visa of that European country and not a Schengen Visa.


What is a Visa?

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship. Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States. (Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit.).

Nonimmigrant Visa

Welcome to the Consular Electronic Application Center! On this website, you can apply for a U.S. Nonimmigrant Visa; apply to renew an A, G, or NATO Visa; apply for an Immigrant Visa; or check the status of your visa application. On this website, you can also pay certain fees associated with your Immigrant Visa application.

Immigrant Visa

Please note that, in most situations, submitting your application is just one of the steps in the application process. Please select the appropriate application for more information.

To learn more about obtaining a United States visa or passport, please

Embassy & Consulates adress

For questions about the application process, including cancelling or rescheduling an appointment, or adding a family member to an appointment, contact

Apply for a U.S. visa

Check My Visa Application Status


visa to Canada

A visitor visa (also known as a temporary resident visa) is an official document that we put in your passport. It indicates that you meet the necessary requirements to enter Canada. Most visitors need a visitor visa to come to Canada

Visit Canada

Find out what document you need to travel, visit family and friends, do business, or transit through Canada.

Immigration and citizenship

How you can immigrate to Canada, how to protect yourself from fraud and what to expect after you arrive in Canada.

Study or Do Research in Canada

More than 721,000 top international students and researchers choose to study in Canada each year. Choose Canada for academic qualifications respected around the world. Experience a unique multicultural environment in a safe and beautiful country. Take the first step to success. Come study in Canada.

Visa offices outside Canada

We deliver services through a global network across Canada and around the world. Use this page if you live outside of Canada and are instructed to contact the visa office for your area.


New destinations

Australia is a country and continent surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans. Its main cities, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide, are built on the coast. The capital, Canberra, is located inland. The country is known for the Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, its vast wilderness and desert called the Outback, and its unique animal species such as the kangaroo and the platypus.


The United Arab Emirates is a country on the Arabian Peninsula mainly located along the Arabian Gulf. It is a federal state made up of 7 emirates. Abu Dhabi, the capital, is home to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, boasting crystal chandeliers and a capacity for 40,000 worshippers. Dubai is home to the state-of-the-art Burj Khalifa tower, gigantic shopping malls and extravagant entertainment attractions

Emirats Arabes Unis

China is a densely populated country in East Asia. Its immense territory presents varied landscapes: prairies, deserts, mountains, lakes, rivers and more than 14,000 km of coastline. Beijing, the capital of modern architecture, also preserves historical sites, such as the Forbidden City Palace and Tian Anmen Square. Shanghai is one of the largest financial centers in the world and has many skyscrapers. The iconic Great Wall of China divides the north of the country from east to west.


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