Visas to the U.S.
Welcome to the American Institute in Taiwan, Consular Section. Our office is located at No.7, Lane 134, Xin Yi Road, Sec.3, Taipei. The Consular Section of the American Institute in Taiwan offers a wide variety of visa services to the Taiwan traveling public.
There are two primary types of U.S. visas, nonimmigrant and immigrant.
Nonimmigrant visas are issued to those who intend to enter the U.S. for a temporary stay and who intend to depart the U.S. at the end of their stay.
Immigrant visas are issued to those who wish to permanently reside in the U.S. ("green card" holders).
For more information on visas and how to make an appointment for a visa interview, please select from the menu on the left side of the screen.
Latest Notice about Nonimmigrant visas
Visa Applications from Before March 1, 2014
For applicants who already scheduled and/or paid for a visa appointment before March 1, 2014: (1) Applicants who already paid their visa fees and already scheduled an appointment: No change. Come in for your appointment as originally scheduled. (2) Applicants who already scheduled an appointment but have not yet paid: You will need to register at www.ustraveldocs.com/tw to create a new appointment and pay for your visa fees. (3) Applicants who already paid but have not yet scheduled an appointment: Contact the call center at email@example.com to reschedule your appointment.
On October 2, 2012 the United States announced Taiwan’s designation for participation in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Under the VWP, eligible Taiwan passport holders will be able to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa, if certain requirements are met. For more information about VWP, click on the "Visa Waiver Program" link on the left. (Posted: 2012/10/03, NIV)
Visitors Experiencing Flu-like Symptoms
To protect the health and safety of all of our customers, we request that visitors experiencing flu-like symptoms reschedule their appointment until after the symptoms have subsided. (Posted: 2010/01/14, NIV)
Latest Notices about Immigrant visas
Closed routine visa service on August 7 and August 10
Due to a scheduled global systems upgrade to our consular systems, the Immigrant Visa Unit will neither be offering routine visa services nor accepting additional documentation submissions on the dates of August 7th and 10th. We will resume normal operations on August 11th. (Posted: 08/06/2015, IV)
"Abandon Permanent Resident Status”
• Effective March 01, 2015, the Immigrant Visa Unit will change the I-407 service hours. Individuals seeking to abandon their permanent resident status should appear in person at the Immigrant Visa Unit on Thursday from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (except U.S. and local holidays). (posted 2015/2/12, IV) .
Changes on visa processing fees, effective September 12, 2014
Effective September 12, 2014, the Department of State will adjust the visa processing fees for K visa (fiancé/fiancée) and certain immigrant visas because of a reallocation of costs associated with visas. Applicants must pay the new fees effective September 12, 2014. For fees that are increasing, receipts for fees paid under the previous fee schedule will be valid for 90 days from the effective date of the new fees (through December 11, 2014). Receipts for Immigrant Visa application processing are not subject to the 90-day limit; they remain valid for the usual one year from the date of issuance. For visa categories in which fees are decreasing, no refunds will be available to persons who paid prior to the effective date of the new fees. (posted 2014/9/11, IV) Additional information on changes on visa fees may be found on the Department of State’s website »
AIT is pleased to report that our visa systems are now back online after experiencing technical problems. All applicants can schedule appointments as normal, including applicants who submitted their online DS-160 forms on or after June 9. We deeply regret the inconvenience to travelers waiting for visas. The Bureau of Consular Affairs has been working night and day to restore the ability of visa issuing offices around the world to provide visas. AIT will likewise work today and over the weekend to adjudicate and print visas for travelers. Those travelers who are still waiting to receive their visas should expect them by the middle of next week.
Visa Waiver Wizard
Not sure if you qualify for travel under the Visa Waiver Program? Use AIT’s Visa Waiver Wizard to help you decide.