Visas for Children

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Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers

Q: Do children need a visa?
A: All travelers, including children, need a visa to travel to the United States or must qualify to travel without a visa through a special program, such as the Visa Waiver Program.

Q: Do children pay the same application fee as adults?
A: Yes, they do.

Q: Do children need to schedule an interview appointment?
A: Every applicant requires an appointment.

Q: Do all children have to come in person for their appointment?
A: No, only children who are age 14 and older are required to appear in person for fingerprint scanning. Also, children of any age applying for F1 or M1 visas are required to appear in person for an interview

Q: Does a child need to travel with his/her own travel document or can he/she be registered into the parent’s travel passport?
A: Children may travel with either their own children’s passport or the parent's international passport, if the child is registered in it. This passport may be used ONLY IF the parent is traveling with the child. There must be a separate visa for the child, even if they are traveling on their parent’s passport.

Additional Information:


For children under 16 one of the parents or accompanying persons should be present at the visa interview with their passports. In addition, it’s required to bring the completed application materials and the child’s travel document, as well as an original or copy of the child’s birth certificate.