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Welcome to the Visa Unit!

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

The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria processes applications for both non-immigrant 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.  Travelers with passports from certain countries may travel to the United States on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)- please see the latest information on the new Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) before departure.

If you are traveling to study, work, or participate in an exchange program, please read more about how to obtain 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.

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 you will find it informative and helpful.  Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section for additional information.

Visa Unit
U.S. Embassy Sofia