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Please ensure that you use the new DS-160 confirmation number from your current visa application. Applicants that fail to use the correct barcode number may be turned away at their scheduled appointment time.

Overview

Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. Citizens of qualified countries may be also able to visit the United States without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program. If you do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program or are traveling to study, work, or participate in an exchange program, you must apply for a nonimmigrant visa.

Applicants for U.S. visas are required to appear in person for a visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. You must schedule an appointment for that interview, either online using this website or through the call center.

Supporting Documents

To schedule a nonimmigrant visa appointment, you must have the following information and documents available:

  • A passport valid for travel to the United States with a validity date at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the United States (unless country-specific agreements provide exemptions. If more than one person is included in your passport, each person desiring a visa must submit an application;
  • Your visa application (MRV) fee payment receipt;
  • Your DS-160 confirmation page;
  • Your e-mail address; and
  • If applicable, required documents based on visa class (such as a petition approval for petition-based visas; more information about visa types and information about each can be found here).

Notification Message for All Applicants: Applicants are required to use their newest barcode number (the number generated by your DS-160 confirmation) to schedule their interview appointment. Applicants that fail to update their profile and use their newest barcode number may be turned away at their scheduled appointment time. For returning applicants, please note that you may not use your old barcode, but you must update your information to reflect the newest application barcode number.

Restrictions to Changing Appointments

Applicants may cancel their appointment up to three (3) times using the same visa application fee. If an applicant needs to cancel their appointment more than three (3) times, the applicant will be required to pay a new visa application fee.

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