Visitor Visa Process
For prospective visitors of the U.S., this guide should assist in understanding the overall process.
QualificationsB visas are for persons who want to visit the United States for business, pleasure, or medical treatment. Business visitors are issued B1 visas, and visitors coming to the United States for pleasure or medical treatment are issued B2 visas.
To qualify for a B visa, an individual must show:
The purpose of the trip to the United States is for business, pleasure, or medical treatment;
The individual will remain in the United States for a specific, limited period time; and
The individual has a permanent home outside the United States and have no intention of abandoning it.
Submit Online FormVisitor visa application (form DS160) must be completed online. The form requires a digital photograph with the following requirements: The digital photograph must meet the following requirements:
o The digital photograph must be a square.
o Minimum dimensions must be 600 pixels by 600 pixels.
o Maximum dimensions must be 1200 pixels by 1200 pixels.
o Image must be in color (24 bits per pixel).
o Image must be in the JPEG format (.jpg or .jpeg file extension).
o File size of the image must be less than or equal to 240 kilobytes.
Pay FeeThe fee can be paid either electronically as a bank transfer or in cash at designated bank. The fee is good for a year from the date of payment. You must take an appointment within a year for your visa interview.
Schedule an AppointmentAfter you pay the fees, you will have to schedule two appointments - one for fingerprinting and another with the Consulate or Embassy for the actual visa interview.
Attend Interviewo Applicants are requested to arrive at the Embassy gate 15 minutes before the time listed on the appointment letter.
o Bring the following:
o Basic application requirements including the interview appointment letter, DS-160 confirmation page, valid passport, one 2" x 2" photo, and all prior passports and U.S. visas, if available. It is helpful to bring a government-recognized photo ID (in addition to the passport) to present upon entry.
InterviewThe interviewer may ask questions and verify your documents to ensure that you qualify for the desired visa.