What are USA Visit Visa Requirements

Every year, millions of tourists from across the globe visit the United States to experience its cultural diversity, scenic views, fascinating history, delicious cuisine and more. If you too are planning on visiting this unique nation, make sure you know all about the visit visa requirements in advance.

Eligibility Criteria for US Visit Visa

Section 214(b) of the US Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) states that every visa applicant is an “intending immigrant,” before they can provide adequate proof of their non-immigrant status to the consular officer. So, you should apply for the visit visa only if you meet the following requirements:

  • Your trip is focused on business, leisure or medical treatment.
  • You wish to stay in the United States on a temporary basis only and will return to your home country before the visa expires.
  • There are adequate funds or a sponsor who is ready to bear the expenses during your stay.
  • You possess a permanent residence outside the US and have certain social ties or economic responsibilities that will make you return.

There also are some things that could make you ineligible for a visit visa. To know what these are, visit the Ineligibilities and Waivers section on the US Department of State website

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Documents Required for Visit Visa

To improve your chances of getting the visit visa, make sure you have the following documents:

  • The original DS-160 confirmation page
  • A valid passport with an expiry date that extends 6 months beyond the duration of your trip.
  • Any other old passports that you might possess
  • Copy of your visa interview appointment letter
  • Visa fee receipt
  • Passport sized photograph (one printed and one digital), which adheres to all the visa photo specifications.

Supporting Documents for the Visa

In addition to the documents already mentioned, you may need to furnish some other ones too. This can vary from person to person and depends on the nature of your US visit.

For applicants visiting the country for pleasure, the supporting documents include:

  • Complete travel plan, including places you wish to see and events you wish to attend
  • Proof of financial stability, through bank statements, income tax receipts and employment letter
  • Your business card, if you are self-employed.

In case you wish to attend a family event or meet your children or relatives, you’ll need to show an invitation letter and a formal brochure or invitation card of the event.

For people who want to get medical treatment in the United States, the supporting documents include:

  • A letter from a doctor in India, providing the reason for seeking medical care in the US.
  • A letter from a medical professional in the US, describing the entire treatment procedure as well as the time and costs involved.
  • If your treatment costs are being covered by a sponsor, documents proving their capability to finance the trip need to be furnished. 

You may also need other documents during your interview at the embassy or consulate. Make sure that the information provided by you matches the documents you submit. Any discrepancy can pose a risk to getting the visit visa approved.

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Mani Karthik

Ex “NRI” and Founder of the “Back to India” movement. I share my experience about immigrating to USA here.