Recent changes to U.S. immigration law now require all visa applicants from age 14 to 79 to appear in person at the Consulate to submit their visa applications, interview with a consular officer and be fingerprinted. South African Government officials and third national officials on personal travel (B1/B2, F, J, C1 etc.) must be interviewed and fingerprinted, even if traveling on diplomatic or official passports. That means they must schedule an appointment to be interviewed and fingerprinted at one of the three South African U.S. Consulates. Only those going on official travel (including transits) are exempted from fingerprinting. Domestic employees accompanying diplomats and other official travelers are not exempted from fingerprinting and interview requirements. If you believe that a personal interview is not required, please contact the U.S. Consulate in your area for instructions on processing your application.
All of the South African U.S. Consulates are on an appointment system. All applicants must schedule an appointment for their interview through our Visa Information Service call center. We regret any inconveniences this may cause, but please note that we are unable to make exceptions to this rule.