How to Apply

Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States, unless exempt by country-specific agreements (PDF 57 KB). If more than one person is included in your passport, each person who needs a visa must submit a separate application.

Please note that you must answer EVERY question on the application forms. If the answer to a question is “none,” please write “none”(Do not leave it blank). Incomplete/incorrect forms will be returned and will require you to schedule a new interview appointment.

Important! Many of our visa applicants are completing the DS-160 incorrectly, causing us to postpone their planned visa interview dates.

Only a passport, DS-160 confirmation page, a 2 x 2 inch color photo not older than 6 months – with a light or white background, and the forms listed in Step 2 are required for the visa interview.  Additional documents may be requested to establish if you are qualified. For example, additional requested documents may include evidence of:

  • The purpose of your trip;
  • Your intent to depart the United States after your trip; and/or
  • Your ability to pay all costs of the trip.

Note: Visa applicants must qualify on the basis of the applicant’s residence and ties abroad, rather than assurances from U.S. family and friends. A letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support is not needed to apply for a non-immigrant tourist visa. If you do choose to bring a letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support to your interview, please remember that it is not one of the factors that we use in determining whether to issue or deny a non-immigrant tourist visa.

To schedule an appointment for a non-immigrant visa (NIV) interview, please consult the Embassy’s online NIV Appointment System. Please have your DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form Confirmation Number handy. It is located on your DS-160 confirmation page, in bold print.

Submit an electronic copy of the completed DS-160 confirmation sheet listed in Step 2, a 2 x 2 inch color photo not older than 6 months, and your passport bio-page, to the Consular Office at one week before your scheduled interview date.

On the day of your interview, please pay in cash (Brunei, Singapore or the United States) the following nonrefundable visa application fees: US$160.00 for B-1 (Business) and B-2 (Tourism & Visit) non-immigrant visas; US$190.00 for H, L, O, P, Q, and R visas; and US$270.00 for E visas.

During your visa interview, a consular officer will determine whether you are qualified to receive a visa, and if so, which visa category is appropriate based on your purpose of travel. You will need to establish that you meet the requirements under U.S. law to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.

Ink-free, digital fingerprint scans will be taken as part of your application process. They are usually taken during your interview, but this varies based on location.

If your visa is approved, you may also pay in cash (Brunei, Singapore or the United States) a visa issuance fee, depending on your nationality and the type of visa issued. To view the reciprocity page for your country of nationality, click How Do I Find Out If I Have to Pay a Reciprocity Fee?

If you are issued the visa, return the following Friday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. to collect your passport and visa with the receipt.

If you are unable to come in person, you may have a representative collect on your behalf provided that they bring the following:

  • The original receipt, with the back completed to authorize that individual to collect the passport and visa on your behalf and;
  • Your representative’s valid government issued photo ID.