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(The following procedure is subject to change. If you reapply in the future please visit this web page for the new possible procedure to schedule your appointment.)

Dear non-immigrant visa applicant:

To schedule your non-immigrant visa appointment (e.g.: business, tourist, visitor, student, work, etc.), please follow the steps below:

Complete the Online Application

Each visa applicant, regardless of age, must fill out his or her own nonimmigrant visa application form “DS-160” and print out only the confirmation page with the barcode. (Once you complete the online application, there will be a button that says “Print Confirmation.”) The barcode on the printed page MUST be clear and legible. In order to complete the online application, you will need to have a photo that conforms to the visa standards to upload. Please refer to the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs webpage “Digital Image Requirements” for detailed guidance on using a digital camera and requirements for scanned images.

Once you complete the DS-160, you will be prompted to print the confirmation page containing the barcode for your application. This page must be presented to consular staff when you appear for your visa interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Tirana.

IMPORTANT: Please be sure to complete accurately all the information on the DS-160. Married women must list their maiden names when the form asks about aliases or previous names. All applicants with incomplete information, incorrect information, or missing maiden and other former names may be required to resubmit a new form and this will delay the processing of your visa application.

2.  STEP TWO: Pay the Application Fee and Schedule an Appointment.

Each visa applicant, regardless of age, must create an account using one of the options below in order to pay the fee and schedule an appointment:

Once you created an account or signed in, please follow the instructions and choose a payment method (PDF 181 KB) for the visa application fee. After paying the fee you need to schedule an appointment as instructed.

Visa Renewal by Mail: In order to qualify for visa renewal by mail, you must answer correctly the questions at Here you will find a sample of the questionnaire (PDF 208KB).

3.  STEP THREE: Gather your Documentation

For a list of documentation you need to bring at the time of your visa appointment, please see our webpage “Required Documentation to Apply for a Non-Immigrant Visa.” In addition to any documentation that you wish to present in support of your application, you must bring all current and expired passports, the DS-160 barcode confirmation page, a photo, and the Appointment Confirmation page.

IMPORTANT: Your appointment time that is printed on the confirmation letter denotes the time when you will be allowed to queue outside of the Embassy's Consular Section gate in order to gain admission to the Embassy. It is NOT the time of your visa interview. Once inside the Consular Section, our staff will call you and they will check your appointment letter and the required documentation. Please make sure that all the documents are placed in the specified order:

  1. passport;
  2. the DS-160 barcode confirmation page;
  3. a photo, and
  4. the Appointment Confirmation page.

Your interview will take place after the initial paperwork and processing are complete. We strive to interview all applicants within one hour of arrival, but please be prepared to be at the Embassy until as late as noon for your visa interview. Reading materials are permitted, but electronic devices (including mobile phones), food, beverages and large bags are not allowed into the Embassy. Electronic devices can be checked in secure lockers at the Embassy entrance.

Due to space limitations in our waiting room, the primary applicant will be the only person allowed into the building unless the applicant is a minor child (age 17 and under) accompanied by a parent or legal guardian or is disabled and requires special assistance. Other parties (including relatives, friends, co-workers, employers, lawyers, etc.) will not be allowed to enter the building unless specifically requested to do so by a Consulate official.

Application Steps

Additional Information

  • DS-160 Barcode Sample
    Barcode Information

    Unacceptable barcodes (those that cannot be read by our scanner due to poor printer quality and other factors) will not be accepted. Applicants will be asked to exit the Embassy and return with a readable barcode.

  • U.S. Embassy's Consular District Map
    "Out of District" Visa Applicants

    Applicants from outside the U.S. Embassy Tirana's consular section district may apply for visas.  However, applicants should be aware that language difficulties and interviewing officers' unfamiliarity with local conditions in their countries may make it more difficult to demonstrate their qualifications for a visa at our consular section than in their home district or at a post designated for their applications.

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