Application Procedures & Fees
Do I Need a Visa?
Many Slovene citizens do not need a visa to travel to the U.S. for short tourism or business trips. To see if you can travel without a visa, please visit our page on the Visa Waiver Program.
How Do I Apply For A Visa?
Step One – Research the Visa Requirements
There are many different types of non-immigrant visas. Before you start an application, please check out the State Department’s Visa Information page.
Step Two -- Application Form
All non-immigrant visa applicants are required to complete the online application form (DS-160). Once you have completed the form and scanned your photo, you will be able to print the confirmation page that includes some biographical information and a barcode number. This barcode will allow you to schedule an appointment through our online calendar. You will need to bring this page to the Embassy on the day of the interview.
Before you start filling out the application form, gather together your passport, previous visa information (if applicable), and any other documents related to your intended travel to the United States.
- Visit the CEAC homepage.
- Enter the information completely and correctly into the appropriate spaces, including selecting the appropriate visa type. If you have any questions regarding the appropriate visa category, please contact the Consular Section. Please be sure to answer all the questions. Your answers must be in English and must use English characters -- letters like č, š and ž are not recognized by the system. It is important to enter your name exactly as it appears in the passport. If your primary language does not traditionally use the Roman alphabet, like Cyrillic, you can put the original spelling of your name in the "Full Name in Native Alphabet" field.
- Before you submit your application, we recommend double-checking the information for accuracy. If the DS-160 application has not been completed fully and accurately, we may need to request that you return for a second interview with a newly completed application form. Significant errors or information marked as "N/A", "Nil", etc. may also result in your application being rejected.
- Upload your photo. If the photo is not accepted by the online system, you will be given the option to continue the application without submitting a photo. Either way, please make sure to bring a photo with you to the Embassy on the day of your visa interview. Photos should be 2x2 inches (or 5x5cm) against a white background. You can check out examples of suitable photos on the Department of State’s photo webpage. Photos cannot be older than 6 months and please do not just use the same photo as a previous visa application. There are several photo studios near the Embassy; if you need their contact information, please contact us by email or phone (between the hours of 2 to 4pm, 01-200-5595.)
- Once you have completed the online application, be sure to print out the confirmation page and bring it with you to the Embassy on the day of your interview.
Step Three -- Appointment
Once you have completed the DS-160 application, you can proceed with scheduling an appointment. You will need the barcode from your application confirmation page to select a date/time for the interview. Appointments can be scheduled using our online calendar. If you prefer to apply at a different Embassy/Consulate, you can check out the current worldwide wait-times online.
Emergency requests for an expedited appointment may be granted for the following reasons: traveling for urgent medical treatment, a family emergency, a court appearance, or a student/exchange student who risks missing the start of his/her program because his/her I-20 or DS-2019 arrived late. Please make an appointment through our online calendar. Once you have made the appointment, please contact our office by email. Make sure to include in your email the date and time of your scheduled appointment, your full contact information, your proposed travel itinerary, and an explanation of your urgent need for travel. Every request will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis in light of the merits of the situation, the timing involved, and our workload. We cannot guarantee that every request will be granted, and an expedited appointment in no way guarantees issuance of a visa or same-day processing.
Special note for E visa applicants: Processing an E-1 or E-2 visa requires additional time by the officer. If your company has not been granted an E-1 or E-2 visa at the U.S. Embassy in Ljubljana within the six months, please send us all the documentation relating to the case by postal mail. We need at least one full week before the date of the scheduled visa interview to review the information. Our mailing address is: U.S. Embassy, Attention: Consular Section, Prešernova 31, Ljubljana 1000, Slovenia. Failure to give the Consular Officer sufficient time to review your documentation prior to the interview may result in the interview being rescheduled.
Step Four -- Documents
Please assemble the following documents to bring to your interview:
- Printed appointment confirmation page from Step Two
- Valid, undamaged passport. And any older passport(s) with previous U.S. visas(s) -- even if they are expired.
- One color photo measuring 2x2 inches (or 5x5cm) against a white background, taken within the past six months.
- Visa application fee, payable in Dollars or Euros, cash only
- Supporting documents specific to the visa you seek (such as an I-20 form for students, DS-2019 form for exchange visitors, letter from the shipping company for crewmembers, etc.)
- Evidence to show you have a residence abroad to which you intend to return at the end of your proposed stay in the United States (such as proof of family, employment confirmation, academic status, property, employment, or other ties and commitments to Slovenia.)
- If you have ever been arrested or convicted of a crime, please bring police reports or court records pertaining to that incident.
- If you would like us to mail the visa back to you, please bring a self-addressed A4 padded envelope (podložena kuverta) with .92€ in stamps.
Step Five -- Interview
Please arrive at the entrance of the Embassy a few minutes before your scheduled appointment, in order to allow time to go through our security screening procedures. Children age 13 and younger do not need to appear in person; a parent or guardian may submit a visa application on the child's behalf. Normally, only the visa applicant is allowed to enter the Embassy. If you need to bring someone with you for translation or some other purpose, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org at least 24 hours before the day of your interview.
During the interview, the Consular Officer will take your fingerprints. At the end of the interview, you will be informed whether you qualify for the visa or not. If the visa is granted, the Consular Officer will tell you when the visa will be ready – usually the next business day between the hours of 1 to 3pm. Please be aware that these processing times are only averages. Other factors, such as the need for administrative processing, incomplete applications, and anti-fraud investigations may influence the processing and timeline of individual cases.
You can either pick up the visa in-person at the Embassy or provide us with a self-addressed stamped envelope. Please note that we only mail passports within Slovenia, so if you live in a different country, you will need to come back to the Embassy to pick up your passport in-person. If your application is denied, then the Consular Officer will inform you of the reason for the denial and give you a letter explaining the section of U.S. immigration law that applies to your case.
Please make sure to apply early for your visa, and do not make final travel arrangements or purchase plane tickets until your visa has been issued!