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How long will it take to get my visa?

All visa applicants should apply as far in advance of their anticipated travel as possible, but not less than three weeks during normal travel periods and at least six weeks in advance of travel that will begin during the peak periods (March 15 – April 15; July 15- September 30; and November 15 – December 31.

Approved applicants will be told when they may pick up their passports. The Consular Section attempts to make visas ready within 2 business days; however, applicants must not/not wait until the last moment to apply. Applicants should not purchase plane tickets or make irrevocable travel plans before obtaining a visa. In some cases visa applications requiring special processing can take several weeks. The Consular Section is not able to provide same-day visa service.