Apply for a Visa

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Overview

Please confirm whether or not you need to apply for a visa. You may not need to apply for a new U.S. visa if you already hold a valid U.S. visa or are a national of a Visa Waiver Program participating country.

If you do need to apply for a nonimmigrant visa, please follow the steps below.

How to Apply

Step 1

For Nonimmigrant Visa applicants:

Determine your visa type by reading Common Nonimmigrant Visas. Each visa type explains the qualifications and application items. Choose the visa type that applies to your situation.

Be sure to also review the Visa Waiver Program. If your country participates in the Visa Waiver Program, you do not need to apply for a visa if you are traveling for business or pleasure and will only be staying in the Unites States for 90 days or less.

Step 2

The next step is to complete the DS-160 form. Be sure to read the Guidelines for Completing the DS-160 Form carefully. All information must be correct and accurate. Once the form is submitted, you cannot make any changes. If you need assistance, please consult an immigration lawyer or translator. The call center cannot help you complete your DS-160. You will need your DS-160 number to book your appointment.

You must print and bring a copy of the DS-160 confirmation page together with the supporting documents with you when you attend your interview, or if you have opted for drop box, you must also include a printed copy of the DS-160 confirmation page in the package you send to the Consulate together with the supporting documents. If you do not have DS-160 confirmation page and the supporting documents with you during your interview, or in your drop box package, your visa application process will be delayed.Please note that after an applicant has submitted the online DS-160, he/she will receive the DS-160 confirmation page

Step 3

Pay the correct visa fee for the type of visa you are applying for. The visa fee page lists the visa types and correlating visa fee in US dollars and native currency. To pay your visa fee, read the Bank and Payment Options page. This page explains how to make your visa fee payment. You will create a profile and must keep your receipt number to book your visa appointment.

Step 4

You are almost ready to schedule your visa appointment!

Now you will need to log-in to the system. Once you are in the system, you will see your dashboard.

Click on Schedule Appointment on the left-hand side menu.

This will start the process for scheduling your appointment. You will need:

  • Your passport number
  • The receipt number from your MRV receipt. (Click here if you need help finding this number.)
  • The ten (10) digit barcode number from your DS-160 confirmation page

As you go through the process you will be able to select your visa type, enter personal data, add dependents, select your document delivery location, confirm visa payment and finally, schedule your appointment.

Step 5

Visit the U.S. Embassy on the date and time of your visa interview. Be sure to check the Schedule My Appointment page for the necessary documentation needed for your appointment.

Step 6

If your visa is approved, the visa will be sent to your designated location selected when you scheduled your appointmen