Visa Appointment Operations
Every applicant is required to book an appointment online.
Mondays and Wednesdays: ONLY for residents of Mauritius/Seychelles/Reunion. A residence permit is required from third country nationals.
Tuesdays: ONLY for visa renewals for residents of Mauritius/Seychelles/Reunion. A residence permit is required from third country nationals.
Thursday: Third country nationals not residents of Mauritius/Seychelles/Reunion.
Visa Interview Appointments July-October 2022:
The U.S. Embassy in Port Louis is accepting and processing non-immigrant visa applications for citizens and residents of Mauritius, Seychelles, and Reunion (FR) on Mondays and Wednesdays.
For third country nationals who are physically present in Mauritius, who are not citizens or residents of Mauritius, Seychelles, or Reunion (FR), the U.S. Embassy in Port Louis is accepting and processing non-immigrant visa applications on Thursdays ONLY. Non-resident applicants who schedule appointments on Mondays or Wednesdays will have their appointments cancelled without notice. Please note that the Premium Visa issued is NOT a work/residency permit. We cannot accept the Premium visa as proof of residency in Mauritius.
Applicants should expect a longer wait time for scheduling an appointment and should plan accordingly.
NEW INFORMATION FOR VISA RENEWAL INTERVIEW WAIVER DUE TO HIGH DEMAND:
Visa renewal interview waiver: You can renew your visa by mail. Should you decide to drop your passport and application at the Embassy, you will need to schedule a drop-off appointment online on a Tuesday between 13:45 and 14:45. Please visit the Embassy website https://mu.usembassy.gov/visas/interview-waiver/ to see if you are eligible for a waiver. Please read all the instructions before submitting your application.
Travel to the U.S. As of June 12, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) order requiring all persons to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded. Starting at 12:01 a.m. on June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer require air travelers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States.
CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect. For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.
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 usvisas.state.gov to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.
The Visa Unit processes all categories of non-immigrant visas for foreign nationals wishing to travel to the United States. We do not process immigrant visas, which are handled by U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg, South Africa.
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.).
Customer Service Statement
The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States. We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known. Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.
We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:
- We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.
- We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.
- We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.
- We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.
- We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.
- We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.
- We will provide information on non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on http://travel.state.gov.
- We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.
Furthermore, if you are a:
- Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
- Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.
- Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.
At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:
- Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible.
- Complete your application fully and accurately.
- Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.
- Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.