Documents Required For US Visa Interview
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Welcome to the valued resource about the list of documents required and good to have when appearing for the US visa interview. Following article has been viewed by 100,000+ US visa seekers worldwide to get information about the essential documents and has helped to avoid any unnecessary disappointments while securing U.S. visitors visa (L1, H1B, B1, B2, F1, M1). This research is backed with many years of experience and practical process of the US visitor visa interview. Here is the list of important documents:
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List of Documents
As I reconciled several hours of my work over past 10 years for several visitor visa scenarios, I found that I need to categorize the required documents so that it is organized and intuitive for you. The following documents are needed for the US visitor visa application:
1) Completely filled Official form(s) of U.S. Travel
- DS-156 (and DS-157, if needed) forms were required some years ago. Recently these forms have been replaced by a single form DS-160 for most non-immigrant VISA classes. In most countries this form is filled online and submitted directly to U.S. immigration officials. Use the following link to access the official US government website and learn more about the form. If you full this form online, you need to look for detailed instructions to save the info that the online site provides once you submit the form.
- VISA interview appointment letter. This document is issued when you take an appointment. Without this document you would not be entertained on the consulate.
- The fee receipt (if you deposited fee in advance)
2) Documents from your U.S. sponsor: The second important documents required for us visa are the sponsorship documents. Depending upon which category of US visa you are applying, this sponsorship document may be different. The list below summarizes the document # based on us VISA type.
- For B1/B2 : Sponsorship documents from relatives I-134
- For H1B/L1: Approved work VISA petition generally I-129 and I-765
- For F1/M1 students: I-20 A/B/M/N
3) Complete Travel itinerary: The third document required is itinerary. If you are planning to visit multiple citie, I highly recommmend that you include complete itinerary in your documents you carry to the embassy. Make sure to have a printed copy showing your complete travel arrangements including hotels, and domestic flight dates. For short visits, having itinerary for return is highly recommended.
4) Photographs as per specifications issued by local U.S. consulate office
- Check your local consulate website for current instructions,. Till the date of this document authoring, 2” X 2” with clear front face photo is advised. I strongly advise to visit the website of local consulate for clear instructions on photographs
5) Documents supporting your purpose of Travel
- Any company letters, sponsorship letters in addition to the official documents stated under point 2.
6) Documents supporting your closer ties with your country of citizenship
- Property ownership documents, family status, Marital status, parents, financial ties, tax statements
7) Documents demonstrating your financial capacity to support yourself during travel
- Bank statements, Deposit receipts, savings certificates etc
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As per my experience, U.S. has “open doors” policy and they welcome all people from the world who are genuinely interested in visiting U.S. and experience this amazing land of opportunities. To maintain its integrity, peace and security, and facilitate the enjoyable travel for all, U.S. consulates in all countries interview candidates for their genuine purpose of travel and making sure non-immigrant VISA holders do not become liability in any form to the residents of United States. Therefore there are several documents that you are expected to carry to consulate with your interview.
The best place, to find the most current list of US visitor visa documents required for the interview, is U.S. consulate website of the interviewing authority in your country. To find the list of your local U.S. consulate offices Click on this link.
Besides these documents, your local U.S. consulate may issue more instructions for additional document required for specific VISA category you belong to. It is important that you make sure to visit the website of the consulate and ensure your documents meet the requirements laid by the embassy/consulate.
if you do your homework diligently and go fully prepared, there would be higher chances of you securing the US visitors visa.
With Lots of luck
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