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.
Step 2. Complete the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160
WARNING: Embassy Windhoek does not charge any fees for completing online forms and appointments!
While completing the DS-160 form, other commercial websites may offer assistance by asking for payment, but this is not necessary or required in order to apply for your U.S. visa in Windhoek.
Applicants only pay a onetime US$ 160 application fee in person, in cash, at the Embassy on the day of their interview and not on-line through the internet. Another Company, Website or Individual cannot guarantee the issuance of a U.S. Visa. Any such claims are fraudulent.
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.
- and the forms listed in Step 2 are required for the visa interview. Additional documents may be requested to establish if you are qualified. For example, additional requested documents may include evidence of:
- The purpose of your trip;
- Your intent to depart the United States after your trip; and/or
- Your ability to pay all costs of the trip.
Note: Visa applicants must qualify on the basis of the applicant’s residence and ties abroad, rather than assurances from U.S. family and friends. A letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support is not needed to apply for a nonimmigrant tourist visa. If you do choose to bring a letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support to your interview, please remember that it is not one of the factors that we use in determining whether to issue or deny a nonimmigrant tourist visa.
Step 4. Schedule an Interview Appointment
To schedule an appointment for a non-immigrant visa (NIV) interview, please consult the Embassy’s online NIV Appointment System. Please have your DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form Confirmation Number handy. It is located on your DS-160 confirmation page, in bold print.
Step 5. Submit Your Passport and Visa Application Forms
On the day of the interview, submit the completed DS-160 confirmation page, forms listed in Step 2, a 5 cm x 5 cm color photo not older than 6 months, on a white background without any eyeglasses, and a valid passport, which must be valid for at least six months at the point of entry.
Step 6. Pay the Machine Readable Visa Fee
WARNING: Applicants only pay a onetime US$ 160 application fee in person, in cash, at the Embassy on the day of their interview and not on-line through the internet.
On the day of your interview, please pay the following non-refundable visa application fees: US$ 160 for B-1 (Business) and B-2 (Tourism & Visit) nonimmigrant visas; US$ 190 for H, L, O, P, Q, and R visas; and US$ 270 for E visas. This fee can be paid in U.S. Dollars or Namibian Dollars, or South-African Rand, depending on the exchange rate. Only cash is accepted. No swiping.
Step 7. Interview for your visa with the Consular Officer
During your visa interview, a consular officer will determine whether you are qualified to receive a visa, and if so, which visa category is appropriate based on your purpose of travel. You will need to establish that you meet the requirements under U.S. law to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.
Ink-free, digital fingerprint scans will be taken as part of your application process.
Step 8. Pay the Visa Issuance Fee
If your visa is approved, you may also need to pay a visa issuance fee (reciprocity fee), depending on your nationality, type of passport you are holding and the type of visa issued.
Namibians do not have to pay a reciprocity fee.
Step 9. Return to Collect Your Passport and Visa
If you are issued the visa, return after two working days in the morning between 08:30 and 10:30 am, to collect your passport and visa. You need to present your receipt which you received for payment and valid identification. Or have someone you trust collect it on your behalf. We do not courier passports.