Nonimmigrant Visas

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kingston is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.

The Consular Section also serves citizens living in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.

Please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.


All visitors to the Consular section, including all visa applicants and U.S. citizens, must enter the facilities via a dedicated consular entrance on Old Hope Road.  All visitors to the Embassy are required to undergo a security check.  Electronic items, including cell phones, cameras, beepers, and pagers, are prohibited on the Embassy compound and should be secured elsewhere before entering the Embassy.  The Embassy reserves the right to limit the entry of possessions and does not have the means to store these items.

All visa interviews at the U.S. Embassy in Kingston are handled on an appointment basis only. Individuals seeking general information about U.S. visas or needing to schedule a visa appoint should visit the visa application website.

U.S. Embassy Kingston is located at 142 Old Hope Road in Liguanea, Kingston 6. Our office hours are Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. except for holidays. The Embassy is accessible by public transportation, including buses and taxis. While the Embassy does not provide parking for visitors, commercial parking is available within a short walking distance of the Embassy (for example, a parking lot is situated at 27 Munroe Road).

U.S. Embassy Kingston is located at 142 Old Hope Road in Liguanea, Kingston 6. Our office hours are Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. except for holidays. Email

Nonimmigrant visas (NIVs) are intended for those who plan to visit the U.S. for business or pleasure; students or exchange visitors embarking on study or cultural work programs in the U.S.; people who are transiting through the U.S. to other onward destinations; seasonal temporary workers or workers who have been hired by U.S. companies for longer periods of time; visitors on diplomatic, official or U.N. business; journalists who are providing media coverage of time-specific events; and others who are traveling to the U.S. for limited time periods.


U.S. visa application services will be provided to visa applicants by our authorized partner,

To learn more about the visa application process, pay the visa application fee online, schedule an appointment, and follow up on the status of your application please visit

Cayman residents must follow all of the procedures for completing the electronic visa application forms if they wish to apply for a visa.  Please visit the Documentation page of our GSS website for information relating to application documentation.

In some cases, Cayman residents applying for a visa may be allowed to send in their passport and other visa documentation by courier, instead of appearing for an interview.  Applicants will be notified of this option during the visa application process if it is available.  In such cases, applicants must make their own arrangements for the delivery of the application package to the Consular Section via courier.  Please include a pre-paid self-addressed envelope in the package for the return of the documents.

Residents of the Cayman Islands have two options for return delivery of their passports, if their visa is approved.  At no additional charge, they may make arrangements to have DHL deliver the passport to an address in Jamaica.  If an applicant must return to the Cayman Islands immediately, they may make arrangements with a courier service to have the passport mailed to the Embassy in Jamaica and back to the Cayman Islands using a prepaid air-bill.

Please visit the Visa Document Courier Services page of our GSS website for more information about courier services.