Rhode Island

Visa Requirements


Millions of foreign visitors travel to the United States each year temporarily for business and pleasure. They come as tourists or to visit family and friends. Others come for specific purposes, such as, medical treatment, a conference, business meeting, or certain types of training.

Citizens of certain countries, traveling for visitor visa purposes for 90 days or less, and who meet all the requirements, can travel to the United States for tourism or business under the Visa Waiver Program. Additionally, certain citizens of Canada and Bermuda do not need a visa to visit the U.S. Many of these temporary visitors, traveling for the business and pleasure purposes, may need visitor visas to enter the United States. The type of visa you must have is defined by immigration law, and relates to the purpose of your travel. If you are planning on traveling to the United States to study or to work, you will need a different kind of visa.

The U.S. government made some changes in visa procedures after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.


They made changes in various procedures to make sure that both U.S. citizens and visitors are safe. Advance planning by travelers is essential, for them to have their visa when they need it to come to the U.S.


For most visa applicants, an interview is required as a standard part of visa processing. Visa applications are evaluated very carefully and take more time now than in the past.


Some applications require additional security screening. Improved and automated procedures have considerably sped up visa clearance procedures.

US Visa Requirements
Depending on your country of origin your visa requirements will be different. Some countries have special agreements with the U.S. allowing for expedited visa approval, while others do not. A visa doesn’t permit entry to the U.S., however. A visa simply indicates that your application has been reviewed by a U.S. consular officer at an American embassy or consulate, and that the officer has determined you’re eligible to enter the country for a specific purpose. Consular affairs are the responsibility of the U.S. Department of State.

A visa allows you to travel to the United States as far as the port of entry (airport or land border crossing) and ask the immigration officer to allow you to enter the country. Only the immigration officer has the authority to permit you to enter the United States. He or she decides how long you can stay for any particular visit. Before making any arrangements for travel to Rhode Island, plan your trip through your local consulate!