US Visa Appointment: Family with small child

posted by MP on Saturday, June 22, 2024

Hi all,

I have an interview appointment at the US embassy in the coming week for B1/B2 visas for my family, including my 3-year old son. The appointment confirmation document says that minors under 14 years of age are "not required to appear for a nonimmigrant visa interview". But I have seen posts, here and elsewhere, indicating that it''s better to take children along for the interview.

Wanted to get opinion of people who have gone through the process, or are otherwise knowledgeable about this matter:
- Are small children not allowed inside the embassy for interview appointments?
- If children are allowed, but since they are "not required" to attend, is it better to take them along for family appointments?

Thanks in advance!

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