Nonimmigrant Visas

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Sofia is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.

Please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.

To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page or use the contact information below:

To reach the U.S. Consulate in Sofia, please write to: niv_sofia@state.gov

  • Telephone:Please contact a customer service representative using one of these telephone numbers:
  • Callers in Bulgaria:Call 02 4916 461
  • Callers in the United States:Call 1-703-988-7106.

Skype: To use Skype to speak to a customer service representative during regular hours of operation, add a new contact to your Skype account with the Skype name ustraveldocs-bulgaria.

Interview Appointment Information:

Fax: +359 (2) 937-5209
E-mail: nivappt_sofia@state.gov

Inquiries about Nonimmigrant Visas may be made only in writing and addressed to the attention of Chief of Consular section:

Fax +359 (2) 937-5209
E-mail:niv_sofia@state.gov

Postal Address from the U.S.:

Consular Section, Attn: Nonimmigrant Visa Unit
Department of State
5740 Sofia Place
Washington, DC 20521-5740

Postal Address from outside the U.S.:

U.S. Embassy, Consular Section
Attn: Nonimmigrant Visa Unit
Ul. Kozyak 16
Sofia 1408, Bulgaria

Please note that no one may accompany applicants into the embassy’s consular waiting room. This includes American citizens, spouses, attorneys, sponsors, friends, and family members. Thus, any information these individuals would like to present should be submitted with the application materials or given to the applicant to present to the Consular Officer during the interview. We appreciate your understanding.

To help speed up the security process and save time, you should ensure that you are not carrying any prohibited items.

Backpacks and large bags are not permitted in the Embassy and may cause you to be denied entrance into the Embassy.

Bags and all other prohibited items from the list cannot be kept by the security guards.

Additional prohibited items include:

  • electronic equipment
  • dangerous items
  • bottles
  • food
  • sealed envelopes
  • sealed packages
  • sprays, perfumes and other liquids