The United States of America is the most popular destination for tourists all over the world. In addition to being the strongest and richest nation on the planet. The United States also boasts some of the finest tourist destinations in the world, namely: Grand Canyon, National Park, Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Hollywood boulevard, and the famous Las Vegas Nevada.
In order to visit the United States of America, you will need to acquire a valid visitor visa. The USA visitor visa is a tourist visa to the United States of America. It is also known as B2 Visa. It is a non-immigrant visa. It is issued to people entering the US temporarily for pleasure, tourism, or medical treatment. Any foreign citizen who wants to visit USA for tourism, visiting with family and friends, attending special events like family functions and ceremonies, or for medical treatment may qualify for and can apply for the Visitor Visa.
Step By Step Process:
1) Get a Valid Photograph
A digital photograph is required for while applying for a US visitor visa. The photograph must meet certain criteria. A good photographer or studio can get this picture if you mention photograph needed for US visa purpose.
The digital photograph must meet the following requirements:
- The digital photograph must be a square.
- Minimum dimensions must be 600 pixels by 600 pixels.
- Maximum dimensions must be 1200 pixels by 1200 pixels.
- Image must be in colour.
- Image must be in the JPEG format.
- File size of the image must be less than or equal to 240 kilobytes.
2) Complete the DS-160 Form
Visitor visa application (form DS160) must be completed online, over the internet.
After successfully completing the application, you will receive a confirmation with a 10-digit barcode. Take a printout of this page. This will be needed for setting up your visa interview appointment.
3) Pay the Visa Fee
The fee can be paid either electronically as a bank transfer or in cash at designated bank branches throughout the world. In order to ensure the proper amount is paid and activated in a timely manner, first create a profile at US visa Service website and choose the Schedule Appointment option. On the payment confirmation screen you will be presented with payment options and further details of how to initiate payment. The fee is good for a year from the date of payment. You must take an appointment within a year for your visa interview. The fee as of now is US $160.
4) Book your appointment for the Interview
After you pay the fees, you will have to schedule 2 appointments as part of the visitor visa process. The two-part appointment process consists of an appointment with one of the five Offsite Facilitation Centre (OFC) to give Biometrics information that includes fingerprinting and photograph , and second an appointment with the Consulate or Embassy for a personal visa interview.
5) Fingerprinting at Visa Application Centre
After taking appointment with the consulate or embassy for personal interview, schedule the fingerprinting appointment at least a day or two before the interview at the consulate. Earlier, the fingerprints were taken during the personal interview. But under the new rules you are required to give the Biometrics information at the VAC appointment. This measure has been introduced to reduce congestion at the US consular facilities and to speed up the applicant processing. Schedule the visa interview appointment at the Consulate or Embassy prior to the VAC appointment.
6) The Interview
On the day and time of your appointment for interview, go to the consulate where your interview is scheduled. Carry all mandatory and supporting documents and originals.
- Your passport (and your old passports if any);
- Your photograph;
- The DS160 Confirmation page stamped at the VAC;
- Visa application fee receipts;
- Interview Appointment letter;
- Supporting documents.
And that’s the process in its entirety. Book your consultation with us today to let our qualified consultants guide you through each step of the way for securing your visitor visa to the United States of America.