Apply for a Visa

Overview

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

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 Unites States for 90 days or less.

Step 2
Once you have determined the correct visa type, you must pay the visa fee. 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 must keep your receipt number to book your visa appointment.

Step 3
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. Each applicant - including children - must have their own DS-160 visa application form. 

Step 4
You are almost ready to schedule your visa appointment!

Now you will need to create a profile in our system. Follow this link and click on New User.

Complete all fields and create a password. Once you are in the system, you will see your dashboard. Click on Schedule Appointment on the left-hand side menu.

To schedule a nonimmigrant visa appointment, you should have these documents ready:

      • Passport must have more than 6 months validity
      • DS160 confirmation page
      • The MRV fee payment receipt number

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 finally, schedule your appointment.

Step 5
Visit the U.S. Embassy on the date and time of your visa interview. 

On the day of your appointment, below are the basic required documents that you need to bring with you to the Embassy:

      • Passport must have more than 6 months validity
      • DS160 confirmation page
      • The MRV fee payment receipt number
      • One recent photo (hard-copy)
      • Original birth certificate (Applicant below 18 years old)
      • For Malaysian, please bring along your MyKad, and for foreigners, please bring along an ID card

Be sure to check the Schedule My Appointment page for more information on documentation needed for your appointment.

Step 6
If your visa is approved, the visa will be sent to your designated location selected when you scheduled your appointment.

 

For China Citizen passport holder only:

Beginning in November 2016, all travelers holding People's Republic of China passports with 10-year U.S. B1/B2, B1 or B2 visas must enroll in the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) program.
For more information on this program, please visit www.cbp.gov/EVUS.