If you intend to travel to the United States temporarily and are applying for a B1 B2 travel visa, you may be wondering what paperwork you’ll need to start assembling for your application.
If you are currently living in the USA and planning to invite your family members or thinking of applying for parents’ visitor visas this guide will be useful.
This guide will go over the paperwork required at each level of the B1/B2 travel visa application process.
The B1/B2 visa is intended for short-term travel and both business travelers and foreign nationals planning to visit the USA for tourism or meeting family members can apply for B1-B2 visitor visas.
If your country is not part of the Visa waiver program as its citizens you will need a visitor visa to travel to the USA.
The steps to B1-B2 visa application are:
Complete the Electronic Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form – DS-160. Guide to Form DS-160.
Application fee payment for the visa process
You can make a visa interview appointment on this page and get your interview appointment letter. You must provide the following information to arrange an appointment:
On your visa interview date and time, You must visit the American Embassy or Consulate where you have scheduled your interview.
You must carry the following:
As part of the visa process, the consular officer at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate will take digital fingerprints of the visa applicant. The consular officer does it during the application procedure on the day of the visa interview, typically just before or during the visa interview, inkless, digital fingerprint scans are taken.
During the interview with the visa applicant, a consular officer will consider a variety of situations and take into account the supporting documentation. Consular officers carefully evaluate each application.
Consular officers may consider your reasons for visiting the USA, your ties to the home country, and your intent to return after your trip to the United States. It is good to go prepared for the visa interview and carry all necessary supporting documents listed.
For proof of funds, bank statements can be provided, and for ties to home country employment letter, proof of real estate/home ownership or any other such evidence can be carried.
Further documents needed will depend on individual circumstances, for example, if you are applying for a visitor visa to obtain medical treatment in the USA then doctors fees, a letter from your medical provider on the medical treatment, additional documents to prove financial resources for hospitalization fees, etc. to be able to pay for medical treatment.
Nonimmigrant visa, Checklist for DS-160 Form:
When completing Form DS-160 (your online application for a B-1/B-2 visa),
But definitely refer to the following in order to complete the DS-160 questions:
As part of the DS-160 process, you’ll also be asked:
One of the final steps in the travel visa process is:
Here are the documents that are generally required at all travel visa interviews:
US Govt Guidelines for Photos. If your valid passport is expiring within the next few months then it is advisable to get a new passport before applying for a visitor visa. Do note that you need a minimum validity of 6 months for the passport to be able to travel to the USA.