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General Information

The consular section of the United States Embassy in Phnom Penh processes applications for both nonimmigrant visas and immigrant visas to the United States.

Nonimmigrant Visas: required for travelers who are not under the Visa Waiver Program who intend to visit, work or study for a temporary period. Please select the appropriate type of visa for the purpose of your travel. Also please note that nonimmigrant visas for Cambodian citizens are generally valid for three months, so you should apply for a visa within three months of your departure date.

Immigrant Visas: all persons who plan to travel to the United States to establish permanent residency must obtain an immigrant visa prior to entering the United States.  In general, in order to be eligible to apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen, an LPR relative, or a prospective employer.

Changes in Visa Fees

The Department of State recently changed the fees for certain nonimmigrant visa (NIV) applications, immigrant visa (IV) applications, administrative and citizens’ services fees. The new fees became effective on September 12, 2014. For a complete listing of current Consular fees, and o view additional information about the recent fee changes, applicants are encouraged to visit the State Department’s Fees for Visa Services page here.

For fees that are increasing, receipts for fees paid under the previous fee schedule will be valid for 90 days from the effective date of the new fees (through December 11, 2014). Receipts for Immigrant Visa application processing are not subject to the 90-day limit; they remain valid for one year from the date of issuance.

Worldwide Visa System Issue

The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with its visa systems. This issue is not specific to any particular country or visa category. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working urgently to correct the problem and restore full operability.

Currently, we are unable to print most immigrant and nonimmigrant visas approved after June 8, 2015. In addition, U.S. embassies and consulates are unable to process new applications submitted on or after June 9, 2015. Individuals with visa interview appointments scheduled for June 14-20, 2015, should reschedule their appointments if they submitted a DS-160 online application after June 9, 2015. Appointments can be rescheduled by following the instructions located on Individuals who submitted their DS-160 online applications prior to June 9, 2015, should plan to attend their scheduled visa interview appointments.

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