USA Visitor/Tourist Visa
A citizen of any foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa. Visitor visas are nonimmigrant visas for individuals who wish to enter the United States temporarily for business (visa category B-1), for tourism (visa category B-2), or for a combination of both purposes (B-1/B-2).
Applicants for visitor visa must show that they qualify under provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Therefore, they must demonstrate that:
- the purpose of their trip is to enter the U.S. for business, pleasure, or medical treatment
- they plan to remain in the United States for a specific, limited period
- they have a residence outside the U.S. as well as other binding ties which will insure their return at the end of the visit
How to Apply
There are several steps to apply for a visa. The first step is to complete the Online Visa Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 & print the application form confirmation page to bring to your interview. Following this, you should schedule an appointment for your visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where you live.
Each individual who needs a visa must submit a separate application, including any family members listed in your passport.
Applicants are required to provide the following documents.
- Completed Non-immigration Visa application form DS-156
- Each applicant, including children of any age, must possess an individual passport valid for travel to the United States with a validity date at least six months beyond the intended period of stay.
- Application fee payment receipt, if you are required to pay before your interview.
- Two photographs 2 and 2 inches square (50 mm square) for each applicant, showing full face, without head covering, against a light background. To be used in the application Form. US consulates are very particular about the Photographs specification
You may also need to provide additional documents, which can include evidence of:
- The purpose of your visit,
- Your intent to depart the United States after your intended visit, and/or
- Your ability to pay all costs of the trip.