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, or are qualified to Travel Without a Visa.
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. Please also review the page to determine if you need a 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. Certain applicants for diplomatic or official visas (for example, G visas), and exchange visitor (J) visa applicants participating in a program sponsored by the U.S. Federal Government do not need to pay the visa fee or log in. These applicants can come directly to the first floor, Nonimmigrant Visa Unit, Window One, at 10:30 am on any working day. No advance appointment is needed.
All other applicants should log in. 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. Clickhere 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. Personal appearance or appointment is not required for applicants over the age of 79 (applicants who have reached their 80th birthday) and certain C1/D visa applicants, but these applicants still need to log in. Once logged in, choose “Schedule appointment”. As you go through the process you will answer the drop-box questions which will evaluate your eligibility to apply for a visa without an interview.
If your visa is approved, the visa will be sent to your designated location selected when you scheduled your appointment.