Third Country National Visa

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

6. Do I need an appointment with the U.S. Consulate before my Third Country National visa interview?

Yes, an appointment is required in order to meet a U.S. Consul and have a Third Country National visa interview.


7. If my application for a Third Country National visa is approved, how long do I need to wait until I obtain the visa?

If your visa application is approved, you often have to wait for one or two days to get the visa.

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8. Are nationals of any country excluded from applying for a visa as Third Country Nationals?

Yes, the U.S. State Department does not allow foreign nationals from certain countries, which have been identified as sponsoring terrorism, from applying for Third Country National visa. These countries are North Korea, Cuba, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, and Libya.


9. What is the difference between obtaining a visa as a Third Country National and Visa Revalidation?

Visa Revalidation is the process by which you renew your nonimmigrant visa without leaving the U.S. whereas obtaining a visa as a Third Country National is when you go to a country that is not your home country, to obtain a new visa.