General Required Documents – For All Visa Types
Current Passport valid for travel to the United States.
The passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the period of stay in the United
Passport containing the most recently issued U.S. visa (if applicable).
Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 confirmation page.
One 5 x 5 cm (2 x 2 inches) color photo taken within the last 6 months.
Accompanying family members, unless entering the United States for another purpose, should present a marriage certificate (spouse) and/or birth certificate (for unmarried children under 21), as applicable.
If you are attending an appointment in person, you must bring original documents.
If you are eligible to send your documents via courier, you must send your current valid passport and the prior passport containing the most recently issued U.S visa (if applicable),
as well as the DS-160 confirmation page and copies of any other supporting documents.
The first step in applying for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa is to complete your application. It takes approximately 90 minutes to do this.
After you submit your application, you can move on to the next steps such as scheduling your interview.
|Purpose of Travel||Visa Category||Required: Before applying for visa*|
|Athlete, amateur or professional (competing for prize money only)||B-1||(NA)|
|Au pair (exchange visitor)||J||SEVIS|
|Australian professional specialty||E-3||DOL|
|Border Crossing Card: Mexico||BCC||(NA)|
|CNMI-only transitional worker||CW-1||(USCIS)|
|Diplomat or foreign government official||A||(NA)|
|Domestic employee or nanny – must be accompanying a foreign national employer||B-1||(NA)|
|Employee of a designated international organization or NATO||G1-G5, NATO||(NA)|
|Foreign military personnel stationed in the United States||A-2|
|Foreign national with extraordinary ability in Sciences, Arts, Education, Business or Athletics||O||USCIS|
|Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Professional:|
|H-1B1 – Chile|
H-1B1 – Singapore
|International cultural exchange visitor||Q||USCIS|
|Medical treatment, visitor for||B-2||(NA)|
|NAFTA professional worker: Mexico, Canada||TN/TD||(NA)|
|Performing athlete, artist, entertainer||P||USCIS|
|Physician||J , H-1B||SEVIS|
|Professor, scholar, teacher (exchange visitor)||J||SEVIS|
|Specialty occupations in fields requiring highly specialized knowledge||H-1B||DOL then USCIS|
|Student: academic, vocational||F, M||SEVIS|
|Temporary agricultural worker||H-2A||DOL then USCIS|
|Temporary worker performing other services or labor of a temporary or seasonal nature.||H-2B||DOL then USCIS|
|Tourism, vacation, pleasure visitor||B-2||(NA)|
|Training in a program not primarily for employment||H-3||USCIS|
|Treaty trader/treaty investor||E||(NA)|
|Transiting the United States||C||(NA)|
|Victim of Criminal Activity||U||USCIS|
|Victim of Human Trafficking||T||USCIS|
|Nonimmigrant (V) Visa for Spouse and Children of a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR)||V||(NA)|
|Renewals in the U.S. – A, G, and NATO Visas||(NA)|
1.Determine the type of visa required to travel to the United States.
2.Complete the online visa application form, DS-160.
3.The DS-160 is a U.S. Government on-line form and can only be completed at https://ceac.state.gov/CEAC.
4.Attend the Consular Section appointment.
5.After your interview, please follow specific instructions provided by the consular section or check this website for visa status and delivery information.
1.Return to this website and complete the following application steps to schedule a Consular Section appointment:
- Create a user account.
- Add applicant information to complete the registration.
- Enter the DS-160 confirmation number for each applicant applying for a visa.
- Provide an address or select a location where you want to receive your documents from the Consular Section.
- Pay the nonimmigrant visa (MRV) application fee(s) using one of the payment methods available in the country where you reside
Visa Application Fees
- Non-refundable—The U.S Department of State does not issue visa application fee refunds.
- Non-transferrable—The visa application fees cannot be resold or transferred to another applicant.
- Good for only one application—The visa application fee may be used to complete only one application. If the visa application is denied, a new visa application and fee will need to be completed to apply again.
- Expires after 1 year—Visa application fees are valid for use for 365 days from date of purchase. The fee will expire and you will forfeit your right to use the fee for a visa application.
Schedule of U.S Visa (MRV) Fees
(B) Visitor: Business, Tourism, Medical Treatment
(C) Transiting in the U.S.
(D) Crew Member
(F) Academic Student
(M) Vocational/Nonacademic Student
(I) Media or Journalists
(J) Exchange Visitor
(TD/TN) NAFTA Professional
(T) Victim of Trafficking
(U) Victim of Criminal Activity
(H) Temporary Worker/Employment or Trainees
(O) Persons with Extraordinary Ability
(P) Athletes, Artists, and Entertainers
(Q) International Cultural Exchange Visitor
(R) Religious Worker
(L) Intracompany Transferee
(E1) Treaty Trader
(E2) Treaty Investor
(E3) Australian Professional Specialty
(K) Fiancé or Spouse of a U.S Citizen
(B)VISITOR: BUSINESS, TOURISM, MEDICAL TREATMENT
- Be ready to present the following documents, if traveling for medical treatment:
- Medical diagnosis from a local physician, explaining the nature of the ailment and the reason treatment is needed in the United States.
- Letter from a physician or medical facility in the United States stating the willingness to treat the diagnosed ailment, and detailing the projected length and cost of treatment (including doctors’ fees, hospitalization fees, and all medical-related expenses).
- Proof that the patient’s transportation, medical, and living expenses in the United States will be paid. This may be in the form of bank or other statements of income/savings or certified copies of income tax returns (either the patient’s or the person or organization paying for the treatment).
The law assumes anyone applying for a nonimmigrant visa has the intent of going to America and never returning home
Therefore, the applicant must show compelling reasons of going back
Strong DS 160 application, job, marriage, business, children property, nonprofit, every case is different
Title deeds bank statements?
American social ties?
Give reasons why you are travelling, present a story a striking conversation, relate issues
DS 160 will be there referencing no contradictions, red flags
Examples of contradictions
- Marriage = marriage certificate, children = birth certificate. Reasons for visiting
- Wakes up early dress like an interview preferable business casual
- Do not look like you have been couched, strike a conversation
- Body language smile, eye contact, confidence, communication skills
- Why America and not Africa, Asia, Canada, Australia, Europe etc.