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 Notices about Nonimmigrant visas
Beginning November 1, 2016, you must remove your eyeglasses for U.S. visa photos. This policy change serves to enhance the security of the application process and verify your identify faster. (Posted: 2016/9/26, NIV) Learn more here. »
United States Announces Updated Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)- Additional Enhancements to the Visa Waiver Program
On June 17, 2016 the United States announced additional changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015, including an updated ESTA application form. The new law does not ban travel to the United States, or admission into the United States, and the great majority of VWP travelers will not be affected by the legislation. (Posted: 2016/6/18, NIV) For more information on changes to the Visa Waiver Program, please visit the Department of Homeland Security website here »
On April 4, 2016, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) signed a joint statement regarding cooperation on an International Expedited Traveler Initiative. (Posted 2016/04/06, NIV) Details: Global Entry | U.S. Customs and Border Protection »
Latest Notices about Immigrant visas
"Abandon Permanent Resident Status Schedule Change”
Effective immediately, submissions of abandonment of legal permanent residency (LPR) will only be held on the first and third Thursday of every month from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm (except holidays). LPR abandonments will only be held at these times. Individuals seeking to abandon their LPR status should appear in-person with their required documents at the Immigrant Visa Unit within these designated service hours. (Posted on 2016/08/24, IV)
New Procedures for Passport and Visa Delivery
Before your visa interview please register at www.ustraveldocs.com/tw to select a delivery address for your passport's delivery. If your visa application is approved, your passport and visa will be delivered to the pick-up location you selected. There are no extra fees associated with this service. (Posted 2015/12/30, IV)
Typhoon: AIT Closed
Due to Typhoon Megi, the AIT Taipei offices will be closed on Tuesday September 27 and Wednesday September 28, 2016. All U.S. citizens residing in or visiting Taiwan are urged to monitor local news for the latest safety and weather information. To report an emergency involving a U.S. citizen, call AIT Taipei at 02-2162-2000. For medical or fire emergencies, please call 119. Click here for more details.
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.