General Documentation Requirements
- Passport - Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in the United States (e.g. if you plan to go to the United States for 1 month in March, your passport must be valid at least through October). When applying for a passport, please ensure that your complete name and your accurate date of birth, to the best of your knowledge, are recorded in your passport. This is very important to the processing of your application.
- Non-immigrant Visa Application Form (DS-160) - All applicants must fully complete the Non-immigrant Visa Application Form (DS-160) online. You must bring a printed copy of the single confirmation page to your interview. No applications will be accepted without this page. Applicants who come for their interview without the confirmation page will be asked to reschedule their interview.
- Photos - The online application form allows you to upload your digital photo to the application. The photo must have a white background. Acceptable digital photos have a continuous tone image. Digitized photographs will not be accepted if visible dots distort the image, making the photo look grainy or pixilated. For a detailed discussion on photo requirements, please visit our visa photo guide. You must attempt to upload a digital photo but if you are unable to you can still complete the online application and print the confirmation page. If you cannot upload a digital photo, you must bring two printed 2 inch x 2 inch (5cm x 5cm) photos with you to the interview appointment. Your application cannot be processed without proper photos.
- Visa Processing Fee - The visa processing fee refers to the $160 non-refundable application fee that will be paid in US dollars on the day of your interview. This fee will not be refunded, even if your visa application is denied.
Additional Required Documents for B1/B2 Visa Applicants:
- If you are traveling for business or tourism, there are no required documents other than the ones mentioned above. That said, it is highly recommended that applicants bring to their interview supporting documents, which can be found listed below.
Additional Required Documents for F, M, and J Visa Applicants:
- If you are applying for a student visa (F1 or M1), you will need to have the following:
- An I-20 form from the school you will be attending
- Evidence of ability to pay for the school program
- Evidence of SEVIS fee payment
- If you are applying for an exchange visitor visa (J), you will need the following:
- Evidence of SEVIS fee payment where applicable
- A DS-2019 issued from program sponsor
Additional Required Documents for A and G Applicants:
- If you are applying for a diplomatic or official visa (A or G), please do the following:
- Submit your passport with a diplomatic note, following the established procedures of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Protocol Office, or the equivalent procedures of your Embassy or International Organization.
- Please note: Passports and diplomatic notes are required to establish eligibility to apply for an A or G visa, but they do not guarantee issuance.
Supporting Documents (optional, but highly recommended):
- Evidence of the purpose of your trip;
- Evidence of your intent to depart the U.S. at the end of your trip;
- Evidence of adequate funds, from yourself or a sponsor, to cover the costs of the trip;
- Evidence of your personal financial situation, such as a letter verifying your employment or a bank statement;
- Evidence of a residence outside the United States;
- Evidence of ties to your home country, which will compel you to return home after a brief stay in the United States.
- Please note that the presentation of many documents does not ensure the issuance of a non-immigrant visa. There is no list of supporting documents that guarantee the issuance of a visa.
- Documents do not need to be translated into English or notarized. You can bring originals of all documents. After the interview, the Consular officer will return them to you.
- Attempting to obtain a visa by willful misrepresentation of a material fact, or fraud, may result in the permanent refusal of a visa or denial of entry into the United States.