Apply for a Visa
On this page:
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
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.
Applicants for Official and Diplomatic Visas (A,C3,G,NATO) cannot apply through this portal. An applicant who is employed by the German federal government and who will participate in work-related events during the proposed travel (meetings, seminars, workshops, conferences, etc.) MUST travel on an official visa. They must follow the instructions from the following web site: https://de.usembassy.gov/visas/official-and-diplomatic-visa/
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.
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.
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. If you wish to schedule a group appointment, please follow the instructions found on the Group Appointments page.
This will start the process for scheduling your appointment. You will need:
- Your passport number.
- The CGI reference 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.
If your visa is approved, the visa will be sent to your designated location selected when you scheduled your appointment.