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Groups of 15 or more individuals, traveling together for the same purpose, may request a special group appointment. Examples of groups might include a troupe of performers going to tour and perform in the United States, athletic teams, pilots or skilled workers traveling to participate in training, or student groups. 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. If there are any particular dates that you prefer for the interview, please make sure to add these in the Reason for Travel field. The Embassy/Consulate might take into consideration those preferred dates when assigning a date and time for your group. If your group has fewer than 15 people, you cannot book a group appointment.
If you would still like to schedule your appointments at the same day and time, you can add fellow travelers as “dependents” when you complete your appointment request and the system will show times at which there are enough appointments available to accommodate you and your companions. You can also create a travel coordinator profile in our online system which will allow you to book appointments for multiple travelers. Travel agents and commercial tour groups are encouraged to create profiles as travel coordinators, rather than booking group appointments. For more information on scheduling as a travel coordinator, please see this page.
How to Apply
A designated group coordinator uses the online appointment system to click on
and to request a group appointment. It is not possible to submit a request through an agent. Once the request is submitted, wait for a response from the U.S. Embassy or Consulate General which will come via e-mail.
Please do NOT add any group members / dependents before you have received an email saying your group request has received approval from the Embassy or Consulate. You will add the group members / dependents after you have received the email confirmation only.
If the U.S. Embassy or Consulate General approves the request, the group leader will receive an e-mail inviting him or her to return to his or her profile to schedule appointments for each member of the group. A call center agent cannot schedule group appointments, but they are able to assist with questions. Should the U.S. Embassy or Consulate General 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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 and will use this receipt number for each valid MRV fee paid.
|Visa Type||Description||Fee Amount||Select Quantity|
|C-1/D||Transit and Airline Crew||$160|
|CW||Transitional Worker CNMI||$190|
|E||Treaty Trader/Investor, Australian Professional Specialty, Long-Term Investor CNMI||$205|
|H||Temporary/Seasonal Workers and Employment, Trainees||$190|
|I||Journalist and Media||$160|
|K||Fiancé or Spouse of U.S. Citizen||$265|
|O||Persons with Extraordinary Ability||$190|
|P||Athletes. Artists & Entertainers||$190|
|Q||International Cultural Exchange||$190|
|T||Victim of Human Trafficking||$160|
Each group member must complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form and print the confirmation page.
The group coordinator returns to his or her profile at the online appointment system and clicks on the
button to begin scheduling the group's appointments. He or she should have at hand three pieces of information about each group member:
- The group member's passport with the applicants full name, passport number, date of birth, passport expiration date, and other important data located on the passport's biographical page.
- The group member's visa application fee receipt number. Click here for help locating this number.
- The 10-digit barcode number from the group member's DS-160 confirmation page.
The group coordinator selects the approved group appointment request corresponding to the correct group, as in the example below:
If the group coordinator frequently schedules group appointments, it is important to select the correct group request.
Each group member is added as a "Dependent" to the group coordinator's profile. The group coordinator can choose to be a member of the group or not.
The group goes to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate General on the date and time of their visa interviews. Each member must have a printed copy of the appointment letter, DS-160 confirmation page, one photograph taken within the last six months, a current passport and all old passports. Applications without all of these items will not be accepted.
Note: If you have additional questions on group scheduling, please visit Tutorial for Scheduling Group Appointments for more detailed instructions.
Important Points to Remember
- Once the group request has been approved, the group has a limited time to complete steps one through six. 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.
- The group coordinator should perform steps 1, 2, 3 and 5 for group members. Each applicant must complete his or her own Form DS-160.
- If a group member has already scheduled an appointment, he or she is no longer eligible to be a group member. He or she must attend the visa interview alone.
- If the group's applicants are applying under an approved I-797 petition, such as H2A, H2B, or H3 visa applicants, in Step One the group coordinator must upload a legible copy of the approved I-797 as part of the request.