As in the case of almost all foreign destination, entry to the United States of America also requires an Indian Citizen to hold a valid tourist visa. However, unlike most other nations getting a visa to the US is a little cumbersome due to the large number of documents required and the lengthy procedure.
If order to apply for the US visa, an applicant needs to furnish the following details.
- To fill in the Non-Immigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) Form.
- Original passport that holds valid for a period of at least 6 months from the intended date of departure from the United States.
- One 2"x2" colour photograph against a white background.
- The receipt for the non-refundable payment against the Non-Immigrant Visa Application processing fee paid in local currency.
The procedure to apply for a US Visa is fairly complicated and calls for a lot of patience. It is therefore highly recommended that you get in touch with us at Musafir.com and make this process hassle-free by using the services of our trained representatives who will help you on every step of the way. If however you chose to fill the form on your own, you will be required to undertake the following steps -
- Application Form
Start by visiting the website of the US Consular Electronic Application Centre website. Here select your location in India. That being done, you can start filling your application with the required details. You must then fill the DS-160 visa form without leaving any section unanswered. You will be required to sign the document electronically and then upload a passport-sized photograph before submitting it.
Next, you will have a window of exactly 48 hours within which you will be required to pay your visa fee of $160. You can either use internet banking or bank transfer in this regard.
Please note that you must print your DS-160 confirmation page with the barcode. You should keep this safely until the time of your visit to the US.
- Fingerprinting and Photographs
On your first appointment at the VFS USA of your preferred city, your fingerprints will be scanned. In addition, your photograph will also be clicked. It is a process that takes only about 5 minutes but you need to visit the office in person. You can book this appointment right after you’re done with the submission of the DS-160 visa form. Given that this process takes place on first come first serve basis, it is advisable that you reach the office a little ahead of time.
- The Visa Interview
This is a crucial appointment as it involves a one-to-one interview. You can book this appointment anytime after you’ve submitted the DS-160 visa form. While it is advisable that you arrive a little ahead of the time given to you. However, be prepared to wait a while for your turn. You will not be allowed to carry your mobile phone or any other electronic device or even your bag. You can only take your forms along with the required documents inside.
The immigration officer will likely ask you questions about -
- your invitation letter
- the purpose of your visit
- the funding of your trip
- the duration of the trip
Post the submission of the application, an appointment will be scheduled with the consulate based on availability.
In case your visa is approved, you will usually have to wait for two working days before you can collect the stamped passport. In case your application is rejected, you will be handed over the passport right there and then!
Note - We do not provide Business or Work visa.
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