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

Before applying for a U.S. visa, please determine which type of visa you need and if you can travel without a visa.

Step 1

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 United States for 90 days or less.


Step 2

The next step is to complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (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.

Note: If denied visa previously please complete a new Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form.


Step 3

Once you have determined the correct visa type and completed the DS-160, you will need to pay your fee. In order to do so, you must login first.

 If this is your first time applying for a U.S. Visa in Australia, you will need to create a New User. If you are an existing user, login here. Follow the steps required whilst logged into your account until you reach the payment page.

 The visa fee page lists the visa types and correlating visa fee in US dollars and native 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.


Step 4

You are almost ready to schedule your visa appointment! Now you will need to login 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. This will start the process for scheduling your appointment.

Note: Please read conditions regarding Travel Coordinator and Group Appointments as this may apply to you.

You will need three pieces of information in order to schedule your appointment:

  • Your passport number
  • The "Unique Seq No" appearing on your Australia Post receipt or the "Receipt No" if you paid by credit card. (Click here if you need help finding either of these numbers.)
  • 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.


Step 5

Visit the U.S. Consulate on the date and time of your visa interview. You will need to bring a printed copy of your appointment letter, your DS-160 confirmation page, one recent photograph, your current and all old passports, o ne (1) Self-Addressed Express Post Prepaid Satchel (Plastic Envelope) from Australia Post and the original visa fee payment receipt. Applications without all of these items will not be accepted. Please refer to your specific visa category page for additional required documents (application items).



Note: Applicants that have been arrested for or charged with a crime, including offences involving the use of a controlled substance, are advised to bring in an original Australian Federal Police (AFP) Certificate.  You should also bring court documents to the interview if available.  There are specific instructions to follow when apply for the AFP certificate.  Please refer to our website for instructions on how to apply for and obtain the required police certificate.