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How to Get US Visa

In this article, I’ll show you how to get a US visa easily.

Obtaining a visit visa for the United States of America is often thought to be a tough task. But guess what? According to a visa statistics report, released by the US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, a total of 8,83,986 nonimmigrant visas to the USA were issued in May 2017 alone.

The fact that the number of foreign nationals allowed to enter the country in a month is this high only shows that the probability of you getting a visa is high too. But before you can apply, you need to understand the procedure.

To get a US visa, you need to send an application online and pass a physical interview held at your nearest US consulate, after which, you will be granted the US visa.

But the process can be broken down further.

If you’re traveling in 2021, I recommend checking out the updated travel rules for USA.

How to Get US Visa in Three Steps

Step 1

  • Take a look at the US Directory of Visa Categories to identify which type of visa you will be needing. These vary according to the purpose of your visit, your qualifications and duration of stay.
    For short pleasure visits, you need to get the B1/B2 visa.
  • Some countries participate in the Visa Waiver Program with the United States and its citizens are not required to apply for a visit visa if their stay is for 90 days or less. Learn more about this program here.

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Step 2

Step 3

  • After filling and submitting your form, it is time to pay the visa fees.
  • You can find the fee for your visa and other charges applicable here.
  • To proceed with the payment, you are required to create an online account.
  • On creating your profile and making the payment, you will receive a unique code that will help in making an interview appointment later.

Step 4

  • To schedule an appointment for the interview, login with the same credentials you used to pay for your visa.
  • Once you’ve logged in, start the scheduling process by clicking on ‘Schedule Appointment’ on the menu on the left of the screen.
  • You are required to make two appointments, one for the Visa Application Center and another for the visa interview at the Embassy or Consulate.
  • The interview appointment should be booked at least a day after the application center appointment.
  • When scheduling these appointments, keep your passport number, visa application fee receipt number and DS-160 confirmation barcode handy.
  • At this stage, you can also add dependents and select a location for your documents to be delivered.

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Step 5

When at your Visa Application Centre appointment, carry the following:

  • Your passport, with a validity of at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States.
  • Your DS-160 confirmation page, printed.
  • Proof of appointment confirmation.
  • A passport photograph (only if the applicant is 14 years old or less).

Step 6

After your visit to the visa application center, you are to appear for an interview at the US Embassy or Consulate near you.

Bring the following items with you:

  • Documents that support your visa type.
  • A duly stamped (at VAC) confirmation of your DS-160.
  • A hard copy of your appointment confirmation letter.
  • And your current and all old passports.

If your interview goes successfully, you will be issued a visa to the United States of America.

Besides presenting all the necessary documents, you also need to present yourself as a responsible candidate at the interview.

Be sure to read all the provisions of your visa type and do not indicate that you will be violating any of those or overstaying your visa.

So, in summary, you need to apply online with your documents and clear an interview at the consulate to get a US visa.

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Having lived in 3+ countries, worked for companies small and big in the USA, Middle East & India, I have a lot of experience to share about international travel, immigration and living as an NRI in the US. Add me on WhatsApp if you have any queries (+1-408-489-4785)