Applying for a Visa

Steps required to apply for a U.S. visa

  1. Select your visa type: Determine the type of visa required to travel to the United States. Information about visa types can be found at
  2. Fill out the online visa application: Complete the DS-160 form at All applicants must fill out a DS-160, regardless of age.  When applying with a family, a separate DS-160 application should be completed for each family member (including infants).
  3. Schedule a visa appointment: Make your appointment at For more information on this step, please visit our webpage.  Please note that the U.S. Embassy opens new online visa appointments for non-immigrants (tourists, students, etc.) every Tuesday and Thursday at 4 p.m.
  4. Prepare for the visa interview:
  • U.S. Embassy address, access procedures and restrictions
  • Required documents for interview (including for students and exchange visitors)
  • Recommended documents: Consider other documents that may help you prove your economic and social ties to your home country.   Please note that Consular officers will only review documents that they find useful during an interview. For example, old passports showing international travel or an invitation letter to a conference may be useful during an interview.  In general, hotel bookings, flight itineraries, and bank statements are not useful.
  • Applicants seeking medical care in the United States should bring:
    • A medical diagnosis from a local physician explaining the nature of your ailment and the reason you require treatment in the United States.
    • A letter from a physician or medical facility in the United States expressing a willingness to treat this specific ailment and detailing the projected length and cost of treatment (including doctors’ fees, hospitalization fees, and all medical-related expenses).
    • A statement of financial responsibility from the individuals or organization paying for your transportation, medical and living expenses. The individuals guaranteeing payment of these expenses must provide proof of their ability to do so.
  • Paying the visa fee at the embassy
  1. Attend the visa appointment: In most cases, a consular officer will notify you immediately after the interview if your visa has been approved. If you are approved for a visa, your visa will generally be available to be picked up in two to three business days at the U.S. Embassy.

Interview Waiver Program:

Certain non-immigrant visa applicants are eligible to renew their U.S. visa without having to attend an interview with a U.S. consular officer.  Information on the program qualifications and to how to apply can be found here:

Frequently Asked Questions:

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for more information:  These FAQs discuss a variety of topics including how long you can be in the United States on a tourist visa, visa refusals, and working in the United States.