Business travelers or tourists traveling to the United States can apply for an ESTA. The waiting time for an ESTA is on average 25 minutes. However, in special cases it can take up to 72 hours. If your ESTA is denied or your trip to the US has nothing to do with business travel or tourism, you will need to apply for a regular visa at the US embassy in Copenhagen.
The processing time for a visa to the USA is given as 1 week, but can take longer in special cases.
Waiting for a US visa
Tourist visas to the United States will not be issued during the Covid-19 epidemic. And at the time of writing, the waiting time for student / exchange visas is approximately 3 months.
The American embassy in Copenhagen is doing a lot to make visa processing more efficient and to shorten waiting times as much as possible. It usually takes an average of 1 week to process a visa application.
How do I get my passport back?
Bring an envelope addressed to you for your visa interview. This envelope must be franked. If your address is in Denmark, you must put postage or postage stamps on the envelope for DKK 99. If it is to be sent to an address in Greenland, the Faroe Islands or Sweden, you will need to put 132 DKK in postage or postage.
Who should apply for a visa
Only travelers who do not qualify or who do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program, or who are required to study, work or participate in an exchange program, are required to apply for a nonimmigrant visa.
How do I book an appointment for an interview
How do I book an urgent interview at the US Embassy
If you are traveling to the USA at short notice, you can book an urgent meeting at the US embassy in special cases.
You will qualify for an emergency interview if, for example, you need emergency medical care in the US, a family death, a student (F or M visa), or an exchange program participant (J visa) who are facing a enroll in a U.S. educational institution on a specific date.
You will not qualify if you need to attend a wedding, graduation ceremony, pregnant family help, conference, or because of a discounted travel offer
There are several reasons that may or may not qualify you for an urgent interview and we encourage you to read more about them here: