Anyone who applies for a visa for the USA or ESTA, or who needs a Social Security Number, has to deal with various US authorities. We present the most important authorities of the USA and their main functions.

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The most important US authorities for visas and entry

Any person applying for a visa to the Unites States or entering the US visa-free with ESTA will deal with at least one of the following US administrations.

U.S. consulates and embassies

U.S. consulates and embassies represent the United States at locations worldwide and are responsible for all nonimmigrant visas as well as immigrant visas.

There are three sites in Germany:

  1. U.S. Embassy Berlin
  2. U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt
  3. U.S. Consulate Munich

In Austria, the Embassy of the United States is located in Vienna and in Switzerland, the U.S. Embassy in Bern the point of contact for visa applicants.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is well known, especially to applicants for work visas. We have briefly summarized for you what you should pay attention to when filing a petition and which areas of responsibility the USCIS assumes.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are known in principle to almost all travelers to the USA, as CBP officers carry out border controls and customs checks at the US border or US ports of entry. When entering the United States, you will be checked by one of the more than 58,000 CBP officers.

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) or State Department is responsible for US foreign policy.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was created in 2002 under the impact of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The United States Social Security Administration (SSA) as its name implies, administers Social Security, or public pensions, in the United States' Social Security system.

The Transport Security Administration (TSA) is subordinate to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and maintains public safety at airports and ports in all US states.

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