US includes a lot of amazing things for visitors to explore, a mixing culture, many beautiful landscapes with diverse nature. A foreign national traveling to the United States for tourism needs a visitor visa unless they are citizens of the US visa exempt country. Let’s discover about this type of visa and how to apply it in best way.
TYPES OF VISITOR VISA
US visitor visas are divided into 2 categories:
Business Visa – B1
Visa B1 is issued for people who enters United States with purpose of business associates, attending a scientific, educational, professional, or business convention or conference.
Tourist Visa – B2
Visa B2 is issued for purposes of tourism, vacation (holiday), visit with friends or relatives, medical treatment, participation in social events hosted by fraternal, social, or service organizations, participation by amateurs in musical, sports, or similar events or contests, if not being paid for participating, enrollment in a short recreational course of study, not for credit toward a degree (for example, a two-day cooking class while on vacation).
Travel purposes below not permitted on visitor visas:
People who want to visit United States with one of the following purposes cannot apply visitor visa to enter country.
- Paid performances, or any professional performance before a paying audience
- Arrival as a crewmember on a ship or aircraft
- Work as foreign press, in radio, film, print journalism, or other information media
- Permanent residence in the United States
If you want to visit US with one of the above purposes, you should attempt to apply for another type of US visa.
REQUIREMENTS OF US VISITOR VISA APPLICATION
- Passport valid for travel to the United States – 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). Each individual who needs a visa must submit a separate application, including any family members listed in your passport.
- Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 confirmation page.
- Application fee payment receipt, if you are required to pay before your interview.
- Photo – You will upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160. If the photo upload fails, you must bring one printed photo in the format explained in the Photograph Requirements.
- Cover letter highlighting the nature of the visit, reason for travel, outline your plan in US and explain why you will return your home country.
Employments/ Professional documents
- If you are employed, get a letter from an employer that show the details of you position, you salary, length of employment, carry pay slips from the most recent three months.
- If you are retired and get a pension, carry your pension book
- If you own a business, company registration certificate and income details
- Latest income tax returns for 3 last years.
- Some bank balance at least few months before applying for visa
- Other financial papers, bank fixed deposits, life insurance policies…
- Documents about family (marriage certificate, birth certificates of any children..)
- Your family tree chart that shows close relatives’ ages, names, profession and addresses
- Family photographs
· 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.
US VISITOR VISA APPLICATION
There are several steps to apply for a visa, the order of these steps and how you complete them may vary by U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Consult the nearest US embassy/consulate for the detail instructions.
Step 1: Complete the Online Visa Application
You must: 1) complete the online visa application and 2) print the application form confirmation page to bring to your interview.
Step 2: Pay the visa application fees
Step 3: Schedule an Interview
Schedule your appointment on this web page.
Step 4: Gather Required Documentation
Gather all required documents and bring with you when you attend you visa interview.
Step 5: Attend Your Visa Interview
Visit the U.S. Embassy or Consulate on the date and time of your visa interview. You must bring a printed copy of your appointment letter, your DS-160 confirmation page, one photograph taken within the last six months and your current and all old passports.
US VISIT VISAS FEES
The US visas fee is $160.00
TIME REQUIRED TO ISSUE US VISIT VISAS
On average, the process takes anywhere from two weeks to two months.
DURATION OF VISIT VISAS
The duration of stay in the US is determined by the Immigration Officer on arrival. The maximum duration of stay on a B1/B2 visa is 6 months.