The U.S. Embassy in Podgorica remains unable to resume routine visa operations at pre-COVID-19 levels. We are currently offering as many non-immigrant visa appointments as local conditions, resources, and safety considerations allow. We encourage all applicants to be mindful of the constraints and to apply early. Appointments will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis as capacity allows.
Processing of non-immigrant visa applications will continue to prioritize certain mission critical categories of travelers such as foreign diplomats, C1/D, followed by students and exchange visitors (F-1, M-1, and J-1) and temporary employment visas.
If you would like to schedule an appointment for C1/D, students/exchange visitors (F,M,J), or petition-based work visas (H,I,L,O,P), please send us an e-mail to PodgoricaVisas@state.gov.
Announcement for non-resident applicants
Due to extremely high demand for visa appointments, appointments for non-residents of Montenegro are only available on the first Wednesday of every month from 9-11AM in NIV Appointment System. If you are a non-resident and make an appointment through the scheduling system during any other time, your appointment will be automatically cancelled.
Russian applicants for F, M, and J visas
Due to the severely limited consular operations in Moscow, the U.S. Department of State has designated multiple posts for processing certain nonimmigrant visa applications from persons resident in Russia. Under this designation, Russia-based student visa applicants (F and M categories) as well as academic exchange visitors (student, professor, research scholar, short-term scholar, and specialist J visa categories) and participants in U.S. government-funded exchange visitor programs may apply at the following posts: Mission Kazakhstan and U.S. embassies Belgrade and Yerevan. Applicants are encouraged to check each post’s website for the latest information on services and appointment availability at that specific post.
This designation does not prevent Russia-based F, M, and J applicants from applying at another post where they are physically present.
This designation also does not exempt travelers from the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) requirement that all air travelers to the United States be vaccinated against COVID-19 with a WHO emergency use listed vaccine. For the link, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/announcement-of-F-M-J-processing-posts-for-applicants-resident-in-russia.html
The travel policy requires foreign nationals traveling to the United States to demonstrate proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. The CDC’s website explains that, for purposes of entry into the United States, the accepted vaccines will include those FDA approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines.
Are you Fully Vaccinated for Air Travel to the United States?
You are considered fully vaccinated:
- 2 weeks (14 days) after your dose of an accepted single-dose COVID-19 vaccine;
- 2 weeks (14 days) after your second dose of an accepted 2-dose series COVID-19 vaccine; or
- 2 weeks (14 days) after you received the full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine (not placebo) in a clinical trial; or
- 2 weeks (14 days) after you received 2 doses of any “mix-and-match” combination of accepted COVID-19 vaccines administered at least 17 days apart*.
If you don’t meet these requirements, you are NOT considered fully vaccinated. A booster dose is not needed to meet this requirement.
A person who has received only one dose of an accepted 2-dose series and has recovered from COVID-19 does not meet this definition, and therefore is NOT considered fully vaccinated for travel to the United States.
See our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.
What is a Visa?
A visa is issued by a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. A visa entitles the holder to travel to the United States and apply for admission; it does not guarantee entry. An immigration official at the port of entry determines the visa holder’s eligibility for admission into the United States.
The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.
Unless canceled or revoked, a visa is valid until its expiration date. Therefore, a valid U.S. visa in an expired passport is still valid. If you have a valid visa in your expired passport, do not remove it from your expired passport. You may use your valid visa in your expired passport along with a new valid passport for travel and admission to the United States.
Customer Service Statement
The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States. We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known. Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.
We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:
- We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.
- We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.
- We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.
- We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.
- We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.
- We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.
- We will provide information on non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on http://travel.state.gov.
- We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.
Furthermore, if you are a:
- Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
- Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.
- Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.
At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:
- Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible.
- Complete your application fully and accurately.
- Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.
- Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.
How to Find Us
The U.S. Embassy in Podgorica is located at Džona Džaksona 2, near the Clinical Center of Montenegro. Visitors to the Consular Section should enter through the gate on Džona Džaksona across from the Sports Center “Moraca”.
Parking is available next to the Sports Center “Moraca” for a small fee. We regret that the Embassy does not have parking available for visitors to the Consular Section.