U.S. Visa Interview Week – September 12 – 16, 2022

UPDATE: This Visa Week has ended. 

Visa Services at the U.S. Embassy in Apia

The United States Embassy in Apia is pleased to announce that we will hold our next Visa Interview Week from September 12 – 16, 2022. 

  • The online calendar for scheduling appointments will open on Wednesday, August 31st at 12:00 p.m.  (Apia date and time).  Please do not call or email the Embassy for an appointment.
  • Please note that we may not have capacity to accommodate all interested applicants.  The Embassy intends to hold an additional Visa Week in November.
  • Please note that a visa interview does not guarantee that a visa will be approved.  Each applicant must qualify for a visa on their own merits.  If a visa applicant has not established that he or she is eligible for a visa, the consular officer must refuse that application.  If the visa application is refused, the application fee will not be refunded.  Visa fees are listed here.
  • All applicants should complete their application and make their appointment directly through our webpage here and not through a travel agent or other third party.  If you must use a travel agent or third party, please do not pay an excessive fee for the service and make sure that the agent passes you all email and other communications from the U.S. Embassy.
  • If an applicant has recently acquired a new passport, a new DS-160 must be completed with the new passport information.
  • Please be very attentive when entering data on the DS-160 application.  Any data error in a critical field on the DS-160 application (e.g., name, date of birth, passport number, etc.) will result in the applicant being asked to complete and submit a new DS-160 form with the correct information.  All questions on the DS-160 application form MUST be answered, especially regarding ALL previous travel to the United States.  Applicants will be held responsible for any errors made by anyone assisting them with the DS-160 application including travel agents.
  • All interested applicants must secure an online appointment. To access the form and book an appointment, please visit our webpage here which will take you directly to the “How to Apply” page.  Be sure to select SAMOA, Apia as your location when completing the DS-160 form.  To avoid receiving an error message while booking an appointment, ensure that the relevant information entered matches exactly what you have entered in your DS-160 form.
  • If your visa is approved, please allow three working days for processing.  Unless there is a genuine urgent reason, ALL SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE EXPECTED TO LEAVE THEIR PASSPORTS FOR PROCESSING.  There may be some applicants who will require more than 72 hours for processing.

When booking an appointment, you must have your passport information readily available including your full name as listed on the data page, your date of birth, and the passport number.  You will also need to list the same email address and phone number as noted in the DS-160 form.  Failure to list the exact passport and contact information as it appears on your DS-160 will result in a system error message preventing you from confirming an appointment online. 

ALL applicants with confirmed appointments MUST provide the CONFIRMATION PAGE of the DS-160 application form on the day of the interview.  Those who do not bring this form will be denied an interview with the visa officer.  Applicants are NOT required to bring a copy of the appointment confirmation.

Those wishing to secure an appointment should complete their DS-160 prior to booking an appointment. Students wishing to apply for student visas must also book appointments online and contact their appropriate school to make sure they receive the original I-20 or DS-2019 form in time to have it with them during their interview.  Because of the limited appointment slots, applicants are encouraged to cancel their appointment or contact the Embassy (email: ApiaConsular@state.gov ) should they be unable to keep their appointment.  Your failure to show up for your appointment without Embassy notification will be noted and may result in your name being removed from future appointment listings.

For frequently asked questions regarding the DS-160 form, please visit travel.state.gov.