The US Non-Immigrant Visa Application Process are targeted at Non-US citizens who wish to visit the United States. Before you can be considered for the visa, there are few things and steps you need to follow. In this guide, I will put you through all the steps involved, the requirements and how to apply.
Steps to follow for US Non-Immigrant Visa Application Process
- Identify the appropriate visa category: Depending on the purpose of your travel, you’ll need to determine which specific non-immigrant visa category is right for you. This could be a business visa (B-1), tourist visa (B-2), student visa (F-1), etc. You can find the full list of categories and their descriptions on the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs website. Also, we’ve written a guide on the requirements for Canadian student visa here
- Complete the online visa application: Once you’ve determined the appropriate visa category, you’ll need to fill out the DS-160, the Online Non-immigrant Visa Application form. This will involve providing details about yourself, your passport, your plans for travel, and your past visits to the U.S. You’ll also need to upload a photo that meets the U.S. government’s requirements. After completing the application, print the confirmation page for your records.
- Pay the visa application fee: The visa application fee (also called the MRV fee) varies depending on the visa category. You should follow the instructions on the website of the U.S. embassy or consulate in your country to pay this fee.
- Schedule your interview: Visa applicants from certain age groups or applying for certain types of visas are usually required to schedule an appointment for an interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate in their country. You can schedule this after you’ve paid the visa application fee.
- Prepare for and attend your visa interview: Gather the necessary documentation, which typically includes your passport, the DS-160 confirmation page, application fee payment receipt, photo, and any additional documents required for your specific visa category. During the interview, a consular officer will ask you questions to determine your eligibility for the visa.
- Wait for visa processing: If your visa is approved, you may need to pay a visa issuance fee. You’ll also need to arrange for the return of your passport and new visa, either through pickup or delivery.
Remember that the process can vary somewhat depending on your specific circumstances and the specific requirements of the U.S. embassy or consulate where you’re applying. Always check the most recent information from the U.S. Department of State and the website of the embassy or consulate where you’ll be applying.