US Visa Application and Requirements

United State is a wealthy country in North America, it is leading the world about economy. There are many people around the world come and live here which make American cultures like a “melting pot”, vary colors of culture. There are a lot of things here that travelers can explore from the skyscrapers, to the natural wonders, to the warm and sunny beaches, or even to deserts here. You can not explore all American just in some days.

Who need to apply for US visa?

Millions of people enter and leave the United States every year. Visitors to the United States must obtain a visa from one of the United States embassy, consulate or visa service center. There are some countries that under Visa Waiver Program with US, citizens of these countries are granted US visa-free access. As the rule, citizens of 38 countries and territories are eligible for visa-free entry into the United States under the visa waiver program.

US Visa Application

To apply for a US visa, you must follow the a similar procedure for all types of visas. However, there will be some specific differences between the types of visa depending your nationality and your visa type that you want to apply. To apply for an American visa you must schedule an appointment online with the US embassy or consulate in your home country, then submit your visa application, other required documents and pay fee on the date of appointment. You will know the specific steps when you begin to apply for your visa.

What are the Required Documents for the US Visa?

There are some specific US visa requirements to apply for any that every applicant must gather. These requirements vary depending on the visa type and the nationality of the applicant. You may check out the required documents with each type of visas. You should make a check list of required documents to avoid lacking of necessary documents.

Types of US visa

There are about 185 types of US visas, they are divided into two main categories for travel easy to access:

  • Non-immigrant visas. This visa is issued for temporary visits to the United States such as for tourism, business, employment, family visit, and studying.
  • Immigrant visas. This visa is issued to people who will move permanently to the United States under immigrant investor schemes or family reunion.

How Long Does it Take to Get a Visa for the US?

If you make an application in person, it will take around 3-5 working days for processing. For persons of Indian origin, US citizens who require a reference and all non-US citizens, and for short term visas, it will take about one to two weeks for processing. It may take longer in some cases.

What is USCIS?

When applying for a US visa, you will meet the word phrase “USCIS” many time. It stands for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services which is the federal agency in charged of overseeing the lawful immigration of foreign nationals who are temporarily or permanently live in the United States and is responsible for granting or denying immigration benefits to those individuals. They accept and process applications, as well as make decisions about giving petitions from US employers to hire foreign workers.

Tourist Visa

Work Visa

Student Visa

Immigrant Visas

US Visa Application Forms

There are a huge number of US visa application forms that you can use to apply for a US visa. Not the same as other countries in the world, only one form is used for all purpose of travel, US government require each specific case a different form. Depending on the purpose of you trip and the type of visa, you must choose a suitable form. You can download the forms or find the form to apply online here.