Group Appointments

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Overview

Group of 10 or more individuals travelling together may request a group appointment. Examples of groups include, but are not limited to, performing artists, school trips, professional trainees and tour groups.

Families and relatives travelling together do not qualify as a group and must request individual appointments.

How to Apply

Please note: The U.S. Consulate in Kolkata does not accept group appointments at this time

Step 1

Request a group appointment using the online appointment system. Groups, including performing groups, are encouraged to upload a detailed itinerary of their travel in the U.S. when making the online appointment request. Once you have submitted your request, please wait for a response from the Embassy or Consulate, which will come via email.

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.

Step 2

If the Embassy or Consulate approves your request then you will receive an email alerting you to schedule appointments for each member of your group. Please understand that the call center cannot schedule appointments for you, but agents are able to assist if questions arise. Should the Embassy or Consulate deny the request for a group appointment, you will be notified of the denial by email and each group member must schedule individual appointments.

Note: The email confirming or denying your request will come from no-reply@ustraveldocs.com. Some email applications have rules which filter unknown senders into a spam or junk mail folder. If you have not received your email notification, please look for the message in your junk and spam email folders.

Step 3

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

NOTICE: It is possible to make a bulk payment using the NEFT platform. Please choose the appropriate visa type and quantity below. After selecting the quantity, your browser will automatically be redirected to the page containing payment instructions.

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
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

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

Step 5

Group Sponsor must schedule a Visa Application Center (VAC) appointment at one of the five locations at least 1 day before the interview at the Embassy or Consulate. The applicant will need to bring:

  • A passport valid for travel to the United States with a validity date at least six months beyond the applicants intended period of stay in the United States (unless country-specific agreements provide exemptions). If more than one person is included in their passport, each person desiring a visa must submit an application.
  • Their DS-160 confirmation page
  • Their appointment confirmation page
Step 6

Group Sponsor must schedule an appointment using the online appointment system. Each group member will need three pieces of information in order to schedule an appointment:

  • Their passport number
  • The MRV fee receipt
  • The ten (10) digit barcode number from their DS-160 confirmation page
Step 7

Each group member must visit the U.S. Embassy or Consulate on the date and time of their visa interview. He or she must bring a printed copy of their appointment letter, DS-160 confirmation page, a current passport and all old passports. Applications without all of these items will not be accepted.

Note: The group leader can perform steps 1-6 for group members.

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