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Posted By Karthik

Forms To Fill While Traveling from India to USA

Don't miss these forms. Be prepared.


(Last Updated On: July 18, 2017)

If you’re planning to travel from India to the United States of America, arm yourself with patience and a few spare pens, you’re in for a paperwork extravaganza! There is a plethora of forms you will need to fill and submit, right from the visa application form to the travel insurance form, depending on the nature of your travel.

Forms Needed for Traveling to the US from India

Form To Filled for India USA Travel

Visa

The United States classifies its visas according to the applicant’s purpose of visit, and all of these fall under two broad categories of immigrant visa and non-immigrant visa. For details on which visa you should apply for, read the US government’s Directory of Visa Categories.

The three most popular non-immigrant visas applied for by Indians include:

Tourist Visa

  • The United States tourist visa is called the B2 visa.
  • It is a multiple entry visa, which means that it is valid up to 10 years.
  • However, a single visit cannot last longer than 180 days.
  • The visa takes 3 to 4 business days to be processed after the appointment.
  • The fees is 10, 800.

Student Visa

  • The United States student visa is called the F-1 visa (for academic studies) and M-1 (for vocational studies).
  • The form to be filled for a student visa is the I-20.
  • It takes 3 to 4 business days to process the application, after the appointment.
  • And the visa fees is 10, 800.

Work Visa

  • United States work visas include the H, O, P, L, and Q Visas, according to the nature of work.
  • One should apply for the visa 90 days prior to the start of their employment.
  • The fees for all work visas is 12, 920.
  • The form to be filled for a work visa is the I-129.

All non-immigrant visas are to be applied for with a DS-160 form.

Travel Insurance

When traveling overseas, a travel insurance is highly recommended. In an expensive nation like the United States, where $1 equals almost ₹65. travel insurance can not only help with the cost of medical emergencies but also loss or delay of baggage and loss of passport. Find a suitable travel insurance policy, according to you age, purpose and frequency of visit. Here are a few options. Check out other insurers too, and don’t forget to compare policies to find the best deal.

Student Travel Insurance

Student travel insurance requires minimal paperwork. It does not require medical tests to be conducted for issuing a health policy either. And has many more hassle-free features. You can find out more about this policy and fill the online application form here.

Senior Citizen Travel Insurance

This is a policy tailor-made for senior citizens traveling overseas. It offers cashless hospitalization in the United States. It does not require a medical check-up for citizens below the age of 90 years. And it also covers pre-existing, life-threatening ailments till the age of 70 years, among other benefits. ​You can find out more about this policy and fill the online application form here.

Annual Multi-Trip Insurance

An annual multiple trip insurance policy covers all your trips made to the United States in a single year. This is recommended for frequent travellers. This policy provides coverage for pre-existing ailments in case of life threatening situations, a free international SIM card and lots more. You can find out more about this policy and fill the online application form here.

Besides getting your forms and documents ready, getting ready for the visa interview is also important. So, prepare well for it so that you can get to the more exciting steps of packing your bags and heading to live the American dream.


Having lived in 3+ countries, worked for companies small and big in USA, Middle East & India, I have a lot of stories to share about international travel, immigration and living as an NRI in the US. Add me on WhatsApp if you have any queries (+001-408-489-4785)

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