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The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.

See our Directory of Visa Categories on to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States. Not sure what type of visa you need, try the Visa Wizard.

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.).

Visa Confidentiality

Visa records are confidential under Section 222(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), so information can only be provided to visa applicants. There are some exceptions, such as providing information to U.S. sponsors, attorneys representing visa applicants, members of Congress, or other persons acting on behalf of the applicants. 

Attorneys must submit a signed form G-28 Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Representative when requesting information about a visa application.  

Visa Application Questions

The answer to your question(s) can found on the nonimmigrant and immigrant visa pages. Please review them carefully. Check the status of your visa application on the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) webpage. You will need your immigrant visa case number (RNGXXXXXXXXX) or you visa application ID or case number.

If you have a question regarding your NONIMMIGRANT VISA appointment, please email Please include your full legal name, visa you are applying for, and your question. 

If you have other questions not answered by these websites or the nonimmigrant visa appointment mailbox, please email us at Please include your full legal name, visa you are applying for, your case number (if applicable), and your question. 

Our phone line 95-1-536-509 is open for visa questions Monday through Friday from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Due to the high volume of calls, our phone lines are often busy.

Changes to Form I-94

To increase efficiency, reduce operating costs and streamline the admission process, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has automated CBP Form I- 94. Travelers will no longer receive the paper form upon arrival except in limited circumstances. The traveler will be provided with a CBP admission stamp on their travel document. If a traveler needs a copy of their I-94 (record of admission) for verification of alien registration, immigration status or employment authorization, it can be obtained from

Contact Us 

110 University Ave
Kamayut Township
Rangoon, Burma

Tel: (95)-(1)-536-509
Fax: (95)-(1)-650-480


Note: For security reasons, taxis are not permitted to park adjacent to the Embassy’s outer gates while waiting for visa applicants. If you plan to use a taxi, please make sure the taxi moves along afterwards. Taxis may not park or idle for any length of time. If you’re visiting us via taxi, please be sure it waits farther down University Road or diagonally across the street. Thank you for your cooperation.

Important Information for Visa Applicants

Important Information for Visa Applicants

Important Notice



    During the summer months (June – August), the Consular Section receives more inquiries for visa appointments. Wait times for an interview sometimes grow longer, and occasionally applicants consequently miss their dates of travel. Don’t let this happen to you! In order to ensure you realize your travel aspirations, please plan to apply for a visa well in advance of your date of travel, particularly if you plan to travel this summer.

Defense of Marriage Act

  • On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.  The U.S. government is working to interpret this decision and implement policy and procedural changes as soon as possible. Information about how this ruling may affect the visa application process for affected families can be found at