Apply for a Visa

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Important:

Important: All information required on this site refers exclusively to the applicant who is requesting a visa at the U.S. Embassy. If you are a relative helping with the process, please fill out the forms with biographic information of the person who will be applying for a visa. Do not populate any field with your own information as this will cause a major delay in the processing.

Overview

Please confirm whether or not you need to apply for a visa. You may not need to apply for a new U.S. visa if you already hold a valid U.S. visa or are a national of a Visa Waiver Program participating country.

If you do need to apply for a nonimmigrant visa, please follow the steps below.

How to Apply

Step 1

For Nonimmigrant Visa applicants:

Determine your visa type by reading Common Nonimmigrant Visas. Each visa type explains the qualifications and application items. Choose the visa type that applies to your situation.

Be sure to also review the Visa Waiver Program. If your country participates in the Visa Waiver Program, you do not need to apply for a visa if you are traveling for business or pleasure and will only be staying in the Unites States for 90 days or less.

Step 2

The next step is to complete the DS-160 Form. Be sure to read the Guidelines for Completing the DS-160 Form carefully. All information must be correct and accurate. Once the form is submitted, you cannot make any changes. If you need assistance, please consult an immigration lawyer or translator. The call center cannot help you complete your DS-160. You will need your DS-160 number to book your appointment.

Step 3

Once you have determined the correct visa type and completed the DS-160, you must pay the visa fee. The visa fee page lists the visa types and correlating visa fee in U.S. dollars and local currency.

To pay your visa fee, read the Bank and Payment Options page. This page explains how to make your visa fee payment. You will create a profile and must keep your receipt number to book your visa appointment.

Step 4

Now you will need to log in to your profile with the same credentials you used to pay your visa fee. Once you are in the system, you will see your dashboard.

Click on Schedule Appointment on the left-hand side menu.

This will start the process for scheduling your appointment. You will need:

  • Your passport number.
  • The receipt number from your Visa Fee receipt. Click here if you need help finding this number.
  • The ten (10) digit barcode number from your DS-160 confirmation page.

As you go through the process you will be able to select your visa type, enter personal data, add dependents, select your document delivery location, confirm visa payment, and schedule your appointment.

Step 5

Visit the U.S. Embassy on the date and time of your visa interview. Be sure to check the Schedule My Appointment page for the necessary documentation needed for your appointment.

Step 6

If your visa is approved, your visa will be ready for pick-up at the Embassy.

Visa Renewals/Interview Waiver Program (IWP)

If you have been granted a non-immigrant visa, which is still valid or expired less than 12 months ago, you may apply to renew it without being interviewed in person by a U.S consular officer under certain conditions:

  • You must be renewing a visa in the same classification.
  • You hold a valid passport with at least six months validity.
  • You have not been refused a visa application since the issuance of the visa you are seeking to renew.
  • You have never had a passport lost or stolen.
  • You have never required administrative processing when applying for a visa.

If you comply with all the above conditions, you can schedule a renewal appointment following the instructions on the how to apply section. You will be asked a series of questions and if you are eligible for a visa renewal, you will be allowed to schedule a renewal appointment after paying the fee.

On the date of your appointment you will submit your documentation (valid passport, DS-160 confirmation page, a recent passport-size photo, payment confirmation). The application will be evaluated internally and if a consular officer determines you are eligible for the renewal visa process you will receive instructions to pick up your passport with the issued visa.

A Consular Officer reserves the right to request that an applicant appear in person for an interview after reviewing his/her application.