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Welcome to the Visa Unit!

Dear Consular section clients, please be advised that our regular pick-up/drop-off service between 4:00- 4:30 p.m. at the main entrance will be moved to 2:30 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, 2016. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

We are pleased that you are interested in traveling to the United States.

The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria processes applications for both nonimmigrant and immigrant visas and our staff is dedicated to facilitating the travel of Bulgarians to the United States.  All Bulgarian citizens traveling to the United States require a visa. 

Nonimmigrant visas are for people with permanent residence outside the United States, who wish to travel to the U.S. on a temporary basis - for tourism, medical treatment, business, temporary work, exchange or study. Please read more about how to obtain a Nonimmigrant Visa.

Citizens of certain countries may travel to the United States on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of participating countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business (visitor visa purposes) for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. Not all countries participate in the VWP, and not all travelers from VWP countries are eligible to use the program. VWP travelers must meet certain requirements. They are also required to apply and receive authorization though the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). They are screened at their port of entry into the United States.

Applicants who are eligible to travel on the VWP, but prefer to have a visa in their passport, may still apply for a visitor (B1/B2) visa.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection strongly recommends that any traveler to the United States check his or her ESTA status at prior to making any travel reservations or travelling to the United States.

Citizens of Visa Waiver Program countries who have received notice that they are no longer eligible to travel to the United States under that program, should apply for a nonimmigrant visa at least three months in advance of their desired travel.  If they do not have imminent travel plans, they should follow the regular application procedure - pay the nonimmigrant visa application fee, fill out the DS-160 nonimmigrant visa application form at and schedule a visa appointment.  If their travel is imminent, they may in addition request an expedited visa appointment. They have to include in their request the date and purpose of their travel, as well as a copy of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection message received regarding their ESTA status.

Nationals of VWP participating countries, who are traveling to study, work, or participate in an exchange program, need to apply for a nonimmigrant visa.

Immigrant visas (sometimes known as "green cards") are for persons who plan to remain permanently in the United States. Anyone who wishes to enter the United States to reside there permanently must apply for an Immigrant Visa.

When visiting the U.S. Embassy in Sofia

To help speed up the security process and save time you should ensure that you are not carrying any prohibited items.
Backpacks and large bags are not permitted in the Embassy and may cause you to be denied entrance into the Embassy.
Bags and all other prohibited items from the list cannot be kept by the security guards.
Additional prohibited items include:
•    electronic equipment
•    dangerous items
•    bottles
•    food
•    sealed envelopes
•    sealed packages
•    sprays, perfumes and other liquids

Thank you for visiting our website. We hope this information is helpful to you.  

Consular Section
U.S. Embassy Sofia