Applying for a Visa

How to Apply for a Nonimmigrant Visa

Step 1: Complete the DS-160 online application form. (See “Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form (DS-160) Information”.)

Step 2: Pay the MRV application fee. See Bank and Payment Options for detailed information on visa fee payment.

Fee Information

IMPORTANT: Please note that you must wait for 4 hours from the time of payment of your MRV application fee before you can use it for scheduling your interview appointment. Whether you schedule your appointment online or call our call centre, you will have to provide the Unique Reference Number or UID (printed on your receipt) and receipt purchase date before you will be allowed to schedule your visa interview appointment. Then you may proceed to step 3.

Step 3:No less than 4 hours after you pay your MRV application fee, you can return to this website and click Schedule / Change My Appointment. You will need to provide three pieces of information in order to schedule your appointment:

  • The Unique Reference Number or UID (printed on your fee receipt).
  • The date you paid your fee (either at a bank branch or online) and the 10 digit barcode number from the DS-160 confirmation page.

Print a copy of your Appointment Letter to bring to the Embassy at the time of interview.

Note: Applicants under the age of 14 do not need to appear for an interview. Parents of children under the age of 14, however, are required to appear on behalf of their children. Children under the age of 14 who are not appearing in person for an interview may submit their application along with their parent's application. Even if the child is not required to appear for an interview, he/she must be physically present in the country where you are applying at the time the interview takes place.

Step 4: Visit the U.S. Embassy or Consulate on the date and time of your visa interview. You will need to bring your printed Appointment Letter, DS-160 confirmation page, one recent photograph, current and all old passports, and the original fee receipt from Standard Chartered Bank. Applications without all of the above will NOT be accepted.

Step 5: Approved visas are returned by courier. Click here to track your passport.