Visas

We are currently offering as many non-immigrant visa appointments as local conditions, resources, and safety considerations allow.  New appointments in NIV Appointment System will be opened every Tuesday at 3.00PM.  We encourage all applicants to be mindful of the constraints and to apply early.  Bear in mind that if you are issued a visa, your passport will be ready in approximately seven daysYou can check your non-immigrant visa (NIV) application status: https://ceac.state.gov/CEACStatTracker/Status.aspx

Once the visa is issued, passports are available for pick up every Tuesday and Friday from 12:00PM until 12:10PM.  Closed on U.S. & Montenegrin Holidays. 

If you are resident of Montenegro (odobren boravak) and would like to schedule a tourist/business B1/B2, C1/D, students/exchange visitors (F,M,J), or petition-based work visas (H,I,L,O,P) appointment, please schedule your appointment using NIV Appointment System We open maximum capacity of appointments in our NIV Appointment System and are not able to schedule any via e-mail.   

Non-residents of Montenegro are able to have appointments scheduled for interview on every Wednesday of every month.  You may enter the NIV Appointment System at any time, but please only request interviews that will take place on the Wednesdays.  If you are a non-resident and make an appointment through the scheduling NIV Appointment System  during any other time, your appointment will be cancelled.

Ukrainians in Montenegro seeking travel to the U.S.: See our Ukrainians in Montenegro page. If you are seeking a nonimmigrant visa appointment, please email PodgoricaVisas@state.gov.  

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.

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.

Consular Section
Dzona Dzeksona 2
81000 Podgorica
Montenegro

E-mail: PodgoricaVisas@state.gov

Operating hours 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Closed on U.S. & Montenegrin Holidays

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.

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.