How to Apply
PLEASE NOTE: A TRAVEL AGENCY CANNOT GUARANTEE THE ISSUANCE OF A U.S. VISA.
Step 1: Learn more about obtaining a US visa by browsing our website.
Most general answers can be found in our section Types of Visas.
Step 2: Make an appointment to visit the US Embassy.
A personal interview is required for most non-immigrant visa applicants ages 14-79 years. Please schedule your interview via the web using the online web service. Certain applicants, depending upon age and nationality, may be eligible for a personal appearance waiver.
Please apply well in advance of your travel date. Do not purchase plane tickets until you have received your visa. Visa applicants should never assume their application will be automatically approved.
Step 3: Get all of your documentation and applications ready.
You will need:
A valid passport (validity)
Funds to pay the appropriate application fees
Depending on your personal circumstances, you may need to complete a supplemental form or require specific supporting documents to be issued a visa. Failure to properly complete the necessary forms or bring the appropriate documents may subject you to additional wait time prior to your interview or require you to return to the Embassy at a later time.
If you are a student applying for a visa to study in the U.S. talk to the US academic institution or exchange program sponsoring you to obtain all the forms you will need to present your application.
Step 4: Bring your application and supporting documents to the Embassy on the day of your appointment.
Once you have passed through the security checkpoint you will be allowed to enter the interview waiting room. Be prepared to wait up to two hours from the time you arrive to being interviewed by the consular officer. If you are unable to apply on your own you may bring someone with you. Please arrive on time for your interview as you will be required to make a new appointment if you arrive late.
First you will submit your application, passport, and supporting documents and have scans taken of your fingerprints. Then you will be interviewed by a consular officer who will verify your finger-scans and evaluate your application to determine if you qualify for a visa. If you qualify for a visa, the officer will keep your passport.
For security reasons, no luggage, electronic or photographic equipment (e.g., laptop, camera , USB key) can be admitted into the building.
Applicants who attempt to enter with any of the items mentioned above will be turned away and have to schedule a new appointment.
Step 5: Typical visa processing time.
If your request for a visa is approved, it will be printed in your passport and returned to you via UPS.
Processing time for visas is a minimum of 2 to 3 days. Some applications may require additional administrative processing that could take at least several weeks. Since the application process cannot be accelerated, please apply well in advance of your travel date. Do not purchase plane tickets until you have received your visa. Visa applicants should never assume their application will be automatically approved.
If you are refused your visa, click here to learn more.