Group Appointments

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If you are applying for a U.S. Nonimmigrant Visa as a group, you may request interview appointments on the same date and time in case of at least 10 applicants with the same purpose of travelling. Examples of groups include, but are not limited to, professional trainees, performance troops, and tour groups. Please note that family members of group applicant who would like to schedule an interview appointment together are not eligible for group appointment requests. When submitting a group appointment request, please be sure to include detailed information about the nature of your travel plans and whether there is a particular day that you would like to schedule your group interview. The Embassy/Consulate might take into consideration those preferred dates when assigning a date and time for your group.

Note: The maximum number of appointments for a group on any given day is fifty. Groups may be allocated appointment times over multiple days based on availability.

How to Apply

Step 1

Each group member must complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form and print the confirmation page.

Step 2

Each group member must create an account on the website

Step 3

Each group member must pay the visa application fee. In the case of making a bulk fee payment, you will receive only one receipt number per transaction; you will use this receipt number for each valid MRV fee paid.

Visa Types and U.S. Dollar Application Fee Amounts - Sorted by Visa Type
Visa Type Description Fee Amount Select Quantity
B Business/Tourist $160
C-1 Transit $160
C-1/D Transit and Airline Crew $160
CW Transitional Worker CNMI $190
D Ship Crew $160
E Treaty Trader/Investor, Australian Professional Specialty, Long-Term Investor CNMI $205
F Student (academic) $160
H Temporary/Seasonal Workers and Employment, Trainees $190
I Journalist and Media $160
J Exchange Visitor $160
K Fiancé or Spouse of U.S. Citizen $265
L Intracompany Transferees $190
M Student (vocational) $160
O Persons with Extraordinary Ability $190
P Athletes. Artists & Entertainers $190
Q International Cultural Exchange $190
R Religious Worker $190
T Victim of Human Trafficking $160
TN/TD NAFTA Professionals $160

Step 4

A designated group coordinator uses the online appointment system to click on “Group Scheduling Request” to request a group appointment.

Group coordinators must submit these information as attached files with the request:

  1. List of visa applicants' names in English (per passport biodata pages) with DS-160 barcode number and passport number
  2. Itinerary
  3. Invitation letter (if any)

Note: Group coordinators must have these information ready on hand in order to fill in the information for group members correctly:

  1. Biodata information (e.g. names/passport number/date of birth) as shown in passport
  2. Visa fee receipt number, payment date, and total amount of visa fee. (Click here for help in locating this number)
  3. The 10-digit barcode number from DS-160 confirmation page of each group member
Step 5

If the U.S. Embassy or Consulate approves the request, the group coordinator will receive an e-mail inviting him or her to return to his or her profile to schedule appointments for each group member. Should the U.S. Embassy or Consulate deny the request for a group appointment, a notification will also be sent by e-mail. In this case, each group member must schedule an individual appointment.

Note: The e-mail confirming or denying your request comes from Some e-mail applications have rules which filter unknown senders into a spam or junk mail folder. If you have not received your e-mail notification, please look for the message in your junk and spam e-mail folders.

Step 6

The group coordinator adds each group member as a "Dependent" to the group coordinator's profile.

If the group coordinator applies for a visa together with the group, check the box “Include yourself in the group appointment”.

Selects a date and time according to the instructions received by email.

Step 7

The group goes to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate on the date and time of their visa interviews. Each group member must bring an appointment letter, a current passport, all old passports, DS-160 confirmation page, and 2x2 inch color photo with white background taken within the last six months with no glasses on. For U.S. visa photo requirement, please see:


Note: If you have additional questions on group scheduling, please visit Tutorial for Scheduling Group Appointments for more detailed instructions.


Important Points to Remember

  • Before submitting a group appointment request, the group coordinator must ensure each group member has completed and submitted his/her application form (DS-160), has created an individual account in the system, and has paid the visa application fee.
  • Do not add group members to your group coordinator account before you receive the approval notification email. Adding members before receiving the approval notification email will cause you to repeat the registration process. Group members with existing accounts must ensure their account does not have a primary or dependents attached to the account.
  • Once the group request has been approved, the group has limited time to schedule an appointment. Typically it is a timeframe of seven days, but the group coordinator should refer to the confirmation received by e-mail. In case the request expires, the group coordinator must start over and submit a new request.
  • If applicant data is entered incorrectly, do not remove the group member from the appointment request. Instead, click on “Provide Feedback” on the menu bar to send an email through the system with uploaded screenshots of errors and corrected information as a PDF or JPG file. Click on “Continue” when you receive an email response that the correction has been made on your behalf.
  • If a group member has already scheduled an appointment, that applicant is no longer eligible to be a group member. The applicant must attend the visa interview for the date and time he/she scheduled, not with the group.
  • Approval of group appointment does not guarantee visa issuance.