Undoubtedly, the United States of America is a dream country for everyone. The big question comes when we plan our trip, how to get entry in our favorite destination?
USA VISITOR VISA is your first entry ticket to USA, and is also called B2 visa. If you would like to enter the US temporarily for pleasure, tourism or medical treatment, you can apply for non-immigrant visa called visitor visa.
Getting a visitor visa to USA is subject to approval. Each applicant must have a valid passport, submit the application form, pay the fee, and appear for the visitor visa interview at the nearest US embassy. LetmeGlobal will explain the step by step process for visitor visa application and stamping process for USA from India.
Step 1. Get a digital photograph of each applicant
A digital photograph is required for while applying for a US visitor visa. The photograph must meet certain criteria. A good photographer or studio can get this picture if you mention photograph needed for US visa purpose.
The digital photograph must meet the following requirements:
Step 2. Complete visitor visa application form DS160
Visitor visa application (form DS160) must be completed online, over the internet.
After successfully completing the application, you will receive a confirmation with a 10-digit barcode. Take a printout of this page. This will be needed for setting up your visa interview appointment.
Step 3. Pay the visitor visa application fee
The fee can be paid either electronically as a bank transfer or in cash at designated Citibank or Axis bank branches throughout the India. In order to ensure the proper amount is paid and activated in a timely manner, first create a profile at US visa Service website and choose the Schedule Appointment option. On the payment confirmation screen you will be presented with payment options and further details of how to initiate payment. The fee is good for a year from the date of payment. You must take an appointment within a year for your visa interview.
Step 4. Take appointment for visa interview
After you pay the fees, you will have to schedule 2 appointments as part of the visitor visa process. The two-part appointment process consists of an appointment with one of the five Offsite Facilitation Center (OFC) to give Biometrics information that includes fingerprinting and photograph , and second an appointment with the Consulate or Embassy for a personal visa interview.
Take online visa appointment at official website for US visa appointment.
Step 5. Visitor Visa Fingerprinting at Visa Application Center (VAC)
After taking appointment with the consulate or embassy for personal interview, schedule the fingerprinting appointment at least a day or two before the interview at the consulate. Earlier, the fingerprints were taken during the personal interview. But under the new rules you are required to give the Biometrics information at the VAC appointment. This measure has been introduced to reduce congestion at the US consular facilities and to speed up the applicant processing. Schedule the visa interview appointment at the Consulate or Embassy prior to the VAC appointment.
Step 6. Go for visa interview at designated US consulate
On the day and time of your appointment for interview, go to the consulate where your interview is scheduled. Carry all mandatory and supporting documents and originals.
Carry the following to your interview:
Visa is granted immediately and Officer will ask for the passport for stamping. In case visa is rejected passport is returned immediately.
Passport would be couriered to your city and maybe collected from the collection point (VFS) in 3–4 working days.
That’s it! Get ready to travel.