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Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. Citizens of qualified countries may be also able to visit the U.S. without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program. If you do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program or are traveling to study, work, or participate in an exchange program, you must apply for a nonimmigrant visa.
Applicants for U.S. visas are required to appear in person for a visa interview at the U.S. Consulate. You must schedule an appointment for that interview, either online using this website or through the call center. Only the person applying for the visa will be admitted to the Consulate,  under no circumstances, will family members/ friends/ lawyers be admitted to accompany or assist you.

Supporting Documents

To schedule a nonimmigrant visa appointment, you must have the following information and documents available:

  • A passport valid for travel to the United States with a validity date at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the United States (unless country-specific agreements provide exemptions). If more than one person is included in your passport, each person desiring a visa must submit an application.
  • The "Unique Seq No" appearing on your Australia Post receipt or the "Receipt No" if you paid by credit card. (Click here if you need help finding either of these numbers.)
  • Your DS-160 confirmation page
  • Your e-mail address
  • If applicable, required documents based on visa class (such as a petition approval for petition-based visas; more information about visa types and information about each can be found here).

Restrictions to Changing Appointments

Applicants are limited to the number of times they can reschedule their appointments. Please plan accordingly so that you are not required to pay another visa application fee.


If you are using sign language or you are not fluent in English an interpreter may accompany you to your interview. An interpreter who does not speak the applicant’s native language will not be allowed to attend the interview. You must submit your interpreter’s full name, date of birth and their relationship to you by email to or by telephone to 1300 139 399 at least two (2) business days prior to your scheduled appointment.  Your interpreter must present photo identification upon arrival at the U.S. Consulate.

Arriving at the Consulate

Plan to arrive at the Consulate no earlier than 15 minutes before your interview is scheduled. You will be required to clear security before you can enter the consular section.
-          An interpreter must be registered to accompany the applicant for the interview.
-          A parent accompanying a child under 18 will be admitted and must present ID to identify the relationship.
-          Children under 14 applying for a visa may not need to attend the interview at the Consulate.
-          Please review our Security Regulations to ensure that you do not bring prohibited items.

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