Visa Waiver Program
Many Slovenes who wish to travel to the United States for short periods may do so without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program. If you do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program, you will need to apply for a non-immigrant visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
What is a Visa?
A visa is a sticker placed in the traveler's passport. The visa constitutes permission to apply to enter the United States and must be presented at the port of entry to U.S. immigration officials. The immigration officer will then decide whether to let the traveler enter the United States and for how long they may stay in the U.S.
Nearly all visa applicants must be interviewed in-person by a U.S. Consular Officer, who will decide whether the individual is eligible to receive a visa. Appointments are usually available at Embassy Ljubljana within one to three business days. You can check out the current visa wait-times online for all U.S. Embassies and Consulates world-wide, including Ljubljana. Usually, only the visa applicant is admitted to the Embassy. If you feel that you need to bring someone with you for assistance or to translate, please contact us by email at email@example.com at least 24 hours ahead of your interview date.
Visa Processing Times
The majority of visas processed in Ljubljana are issued and are ready to be picked up one business day after the interview. You can either arrange to pick up the passport at the Embassy or if you prefer, we can mail it back to you. Please be aware that it may take longer than one business day for a visa to be issued, and visas cannot be printed the same day as the interview. Factors such as the need for administrative processing, incomplete applications, and anti-fraud investigations may influence the timeline. As timing will vary based upon the circumstances of each case, please apply for your visa as early as possible and do not purchase a plane ticket until you have the visa in-hand.
If you have a legitimate emergency, you may qualify for an expedited interview appointment.
- You need to travel for urgent medical treatment or you are accompanying someone with urgent medical travel;
- You are a student or exchange visitor who just received your I-20 or DS-2019 and are at risk of missing the start of your program;
- You have a family emergency, such as a death in the family;
- You have a required appearance in a U.S. court.
The first step is to make a visa appointment using our online calendar. Once you have made that appointment, please contact our office.
Please 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 faster-than-normal processing.