Step 1. Check the Validity of Your Passport
Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States, unless exempt by country-specific agreements (PDF 57 KB). If more than one person is travelling with you, each person who needs a visa must submit a separate application and a separate interview online.
Step 2. Complete the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160
Completed Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160
Please note that you must answer EVERY question on the application forms. If the answer to a question is “none,” please write “none”(Do not leave it blank). Incomplete/incorrect forms will be returned and will require you to schedule a new interview appointment.
Important! Many of our visa applicants are completing the DS-160 incorrectly, causing us to postpone their planned visa interview dates.
Step 3. Collect any Supporting Documentation
- A passport.
- DS-160 confirmation page.
- A 5 cm x 5 cm color photo not older than 6 months – with a white background. Note: Starting November 1, 2016, eyeglasses will no longer be allowed in visa photos.
Additional requested documents include:
- A diplomatic note from the government or international organization.
- A letter about the purpose of your trip.
Step 4. Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation will deliver your documents to the Embassy
Official government and international organization travelers usually do not need interviews.
Step 5: Collection of your passport and visa
When your visa is ready, the Consular Section will contact the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation to collect your passport and visa.
Processing time is usually two working days.