Applying for a Visa
To apply for a non-immigrant visa to the United States, please follow these steps:
Step One: Gather Necessary Documents
- Obtain a Valid Passport
- Complete the Non-immigrant Visa Application Form (DS-160) and print the confirmation page. Please note: The DS-160 form must be filled out completely. Incomplete forms will not be accepted. Applicants with incomplete forms will not be interviewed and will have to reschedule their appointments. Also, please be sure that you save the DS-160 application to your computer when you first open it and note the Application ID number in case you need to re-open the application later.
- Applicants applying for certain visas, such as the J, F-1 and M-1 visa, require additional documents. To learn more about this, click here.
Step Two: Schedule An Appointment
- To schedule an appointment, please click here.
- Students who are unable to schedule a timely appointment can request an expedited appointment by sending an email to KabulNIV@State.gov.
- Please Note: Appointments cannot be scheduled by phone. They must be made through this link. Also, please plan ahead when scheduling your appointment. In many cases, administrative processing requirements can take eight to twelve weeks from the time of interview. Travelers should plan accordingly and are advised to apply at least three months prior to their intended date of travel.
Step Three: Pay the $160 Non-Refundable Application Fee
- Bring $160 in cash (U.S. Dollars only) to your interview. You will pay this fee to the U.S. Embassy cashier in the Consular Section's waiting room. No other fees are required. If anyone asks you to pay additional fees in relation to your application, please tell an officer at the time of your interview.
- Please Note: The application fee will not be refunded if your visa application is denied.
Step Four: Interview with A Consular Officer
- A Consular Officer will interview you to determine if you are eligible for the class of visa for which you are applying.
- For additional information on the interview, please click here.
To better serve our clients who live in Afghanistan, the following rules will apply, beginning December 1, 2011:
Only Afghan citizens and individuals who reside in Afghanistan (as shown by an Afghan passport or valid residence visa) may schedule an appointment online. However, in emergency cases, individuals who do not reside in Afghanistan can book appointments by sending an email to KabulNIV@state.gov. The consular section will review each emergency case and decided whether to grant an appointment.
Please make sure to follow the above policy carefully. Appointments that are not scheduled accordingly will be deleted.