Groups of 5 or more individuals, traveling together for the same purpose, may request a special group appointment. Examples of groups might include 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 when 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 5 people, you cannot book a group appointment.
How to Apply
Step 1 Request a group appointment using the online appointment system. Once you have submitted your request, please wait for a response from the U.S. Embassy, 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 U.S. Embassy 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 U.S. Embassy 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 email@example.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 receive only one receipt number per transaction and will use this receipt number for each valid MRV fee paid.
Visa Types and U.S. Dollar Application Fee Amounts - Sorted by Visa Type
Transit and Airline Crew
Treaty Trader/Investor, Australian Professional Specialty, Long-Term Investor CNMI
Temporary/Seasonal Workers and Employment, Trainees
Journalist and Media
Fiancé or Spouse of U.S. Citizen
Persons with Extraordinary Ability
Athletes. Artists & Entertainers
International Cultural Exchange
Victim of Human Trafficking
Step 4 Each group member must complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form.
Step 5 The group coordinator returns to his or her profile at the online appointment systemand clicks on the Group Scheduling Request button to begin scheduling the group's appointments. He or she should have at hand three pieces of information about each group member:
Their passport number
The receipt number from your BRD Groupe Societe Generale receipt. (Click here if you need help finding this number.)
The ten (10) digit barcode number from their DS-160 confirmation page
Step 6 Each group member must visit the U.S. Embassy on the date and time of their visa interview. They will need to bring a printed copy of their appointment letter, DS-160 confirmation page, one recent photograph, a current passport and all old passports. Applications without all of these items will not be accepted.
Note: The group leader can perform steps 1-3 and 5 for group members.
The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website and Consular Post websites are the definitive sources of visa information. Should there be discrepancies in content, the Consular Affairs website and Consular Post websites take precedence.