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Nonimmigrant Visa Application. Application - Sensitive But Unclassified(SBU). Photo Provided: Confirmation Number: Personal, Address, Phone, and Passport . The DS, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application form, is for temporary travel to the United States, and for K (fiancé(e)) visas. Form DS is submitted. Application Information page Displayed when 'Purpose of Trip to the U.S.' is ' EXCHANGE VISTOR (J)/EXHANGE VISTOR Displayed for all J visa applicants.
This tool requires Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher. Your photos or digital images should be: Record Numbers of U. So if you have a permanent visa, you will need to apply for a new visa to enter the United States. December 4, - Court Order on Presidential Proclamation.
An immigrant visa is for a permanent stay in the USA. A business visa, generally known as a visitor visa, is valid for a few months or up to one year, depending on whether the applicant is issued an entry or multiple entry visa. The B-1 business visa is for people temporarily entering the United States to conduct business activities such as a meeting, conference, consultation and negotiation.
People who enter the USA for pleasure, tourism or medical treatment require a B-2 tourist visa. Dependants holding a B-1 visa must qualify for a B visa on their own. There are limited cases where a B-1 visa can be used instead of an H-1B visa. This only applies if the beneficiary enters the USA as an employee of a foreign legal entity in order to offer services in the USA.
This person must be paid by the foreign employer and may only receive expense allowances or other reimbursements from a US legal entity for expenses incurred during their temporary stay in the USA.
To obtain a B-1 business visa, an error-free application must be carefully prepared.
The application can be approved immediately, but it can take a few days or weeks until the visa is received. The visa will give you permission to appear in a port of entry. A CBP official will determine the duration of your time in the USA and the date will be stamped on your I card, which will be entered in your passport.
You must leave the United States on or before this date. People who enter the USA need a visa first. A visa allows the visa holder to travel to a port of entry in the United States and to apply for immigration permits. The visa may be a non-immigrant visa if the person intends to stay temporarily in the United States. An immigrant visa is for people who plan to live and work permanently in the United States. The B-2 tourist visa is a non-immigrant visa for people traveling to the United States for pleasure or medical treatment.
The B-2 visa is generally referred to as a tourist visa. People with a B-2 visa are not allowed to study or work during their stay in the USA.
In certain cases, holders of a tourist visa may participate in courses that are not credit-based. These courses should not exceed 18 hours per week.
An example would be a tourist attending a yoga class for a few days while staying for purely tourist purposes; no credits are gained and learning was for recreation.
However, it is always advisable to ask the consulate and the school whether the visa can be used for such studies. Persons who travel to the USA to attend courses or conferences and seminars to obtain credits for study require a student visa.
Visa applicants must submit a completed DS, online nonimmigrant visa application for all categories of nonimmigrant visas, including applicants applying for a K visa. For K visa cases pending at a U. Important note for visa applicants: Once you have completed the DS, you must perform the following steps: Be sure to answer all questions about the DS accurately and completely, otherwise you will have to correct your application and postpone the date for the visa interview.
Submitting your DS online application electronically is only the first step in the visa application process. Once you have submitted your DS online application electronically, you must contact the embassy or consulate where you wish to apply to confirm whether you need to be interviewed by a consular officer and to arrange an interview. Here you will find a list of US embassies and consulates with links to their websites where you can find information on how to make an appointment for a visa interview.
If the embassy or consulate where you are applying informs you that you need to have a visa interview, the visa application process cannot be completed until you appear for a conversation with a consular officer. As of November 1, , the glasses will no longer be allowed on visa photos. Your photo is an important part of your visa application. To learn more, read the following information on how to provide a suitable photo.
Digital photos are required for some visa categories, while photos are required for other visa categories. Acceptance of your digital image or photo is at the discretion of the U. Embassy or Consulate to which you are applying.
We recommend that you use a professional visa photo service to ensure that your photo meets all requirements. Uniforms should not be worn in the photo, except religious clothing, which is worn daily. Do not wear a hat or headgear that covers your hair or hairline unless worn daily for religious purposes.
Your whole face must be visible and the headgear must not cast shadows on your face. Since 1 November , glasses are no longer permitted on new visa photographs, except in rare cases where the glasses cannot be removed for medical reasons, e.
If the glasses are accepted for medical reasons:. If you normally wear a hearing aid or similar items, these can be worn on your photo. Photos copied from driving licences or other official documents or digitally scanned are not permitted. In addition, snapshots, magazine photos, photos from vending machines or low quality mobile phones and full-length photos are not acceptable. If you apply for a non-immigrant visa by completing the DS or DS online form, the form will instruct you to upload your digital image as part of the online visa application form.
Some embassies and consulates require visa applicants to bring one 1 photo that meets the requirements. Read the instructions from the embassy or consulate where you will apply to learn more. We recommend that you use a professional visa photo service to ensure that your photo meets all requirements, but you can take the photo yourself. Photos may not be digitally edited or modified to alter their appearance in any way.
You can download the free photo tool of the State Department on this website. This tool requires Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher. When you take a picture of your baby or toddler, there should be no other person in the photo, and your child should look into the camera with their eyes open. Place your baby on his back on a plain white or cream cloth. Cover a car seat with a white or cream cloth and take a picture of your child on the car seat.
If your photo or digital image does not match your current appearance, even if it is not older than 6 months, the US Embassy or Consulate will ask you to submit a new photo with your application. If you can still be identified from the photo in your visa application, you do not usually need to submit a new photo. For example, growing a beard or coloring your hair would not generally be considered a significant change in appearance. However, acceptance of your photo or digital image is at the discretion of the U.
Online application using the DS form usually 1 day This will take a few hours to a few days. Although it is a simple form, you must compile information from various sources, such as your passport, previous work, etc.
Depending on whether all documents and information are available, this step of visa procurement may take longer than one day. As things stand at present, there is no direct online payment available, so a bank must be visited. Make an appointment with the authority 1 — 2 weeks Once you have paid the fees, you can arrange the visa interview online. Although you can select appointments online from a calendar, you can usually only plan one or two weeks in advance.
In the worst case, the appointment can take several weeks. Sometimes you will need to provide additional information and evidence, including after your visit, and the whole process will be extended. Unfortunately, such additional requirements cannot be announced in advance, as some of them will only become necessary during the discussion.
However, if you did everything right when submitting the form and provided all the information correctly, your interview should be completed in one day. Stamp the visa on the passport 1 — 4 weeks The duration of this step is most uncertain.
It takes either a week or a few weeks to get your passport. There are more than 20 types of nonimmigrant visas for people traveling temporarily to the United States.
There are many other types of immigration visas for those who live permanently in the United States. The type of visa you need depends on the purpose of your planned trip. For an overview of visa types, see the following overview. Please use the illustrated guide below to learn how to read your new non-immigrant visa for travel to the USA as a temporary visitor.
Also, once you have received the visa, check that the information printed on the visa is correct see below. If any of the information on your visa does not match or is incorrect with the information in your passport, please contact the Non-Immigrant Visa Section at the embassy or consulate that issued your visa.
Persons holding a multiple-entry visa may travel repeatedly to the United States as long as the visa has not expired and the traveler has done nothing to become unfit to enter the United States of America. If your visa is still valid, you can travel to the United States with your two passports as long as the visa is valid and undamaged and the appropriate type of visa is required for your primary purpose of travel.
Tourist visa if your main purpose of the trip is tourism. Both passports the valid one and the expired one with the visa should be from the same country and type example: Do not attempt to remove the visa from your old passport and insert it into the new valid passport. If you do so, your visa is no longer valid. You may remain in the United States during your authorized stay, even if your visa expires during your stay in the United States.
Since your entry stamp or paper form I documents your authorized stay and the official record of your permission to reside in the United States, it is very important that you keep your passport. With effect from April 1, , all Burroughs visas became invalid. So if you have a permanent visa, you will need to apply for a new visa to enter the United States. If your name has changed in law due to marriage, divorce or a court order to change your name, you must apply for a new passport.
Once you have a new passport, the State Department recommends that you apply for a new US visa to facilitate your entry into and out of the United States. Some visa applications require further administrative processing, which takes additional time after the visa applicant has been interviewed by a consular officer.
Applicants will be informed of this requirement when applying. Most administrative matters are dealt with within 60 days of the visa interview. The fee you paid is a registration fee. Anyone applying for a US visa anywhere in the world must pay this fee, which covers the cost of processing your application. This fee is non-refundable, regardless of whether you have received a visa or not, as your application has been processed until completion.
For example, if your application has been rejected under Section b and you choose to apply for a visa again, whether you are applying at the same embassy or elsewhere, you must pay the visa application processing fee.
Yes, you must go through the entire process every time you want to apply for a visa, even if your visa is still valid. There are some situations in which a visa applicant does not need to be questioned when extending his visa. For more information, visit the U. Embassy or Consulate website. A visa does not guarantee entry to the United States. A visa allows a foreign citizen to travel to the U. A visa does not guarantee entry to the United States, but allows a foreign citizen from abroad to travel to the port of entry in the United States usually an airport or land border and to apply for entry to the United States.
The Department of Homeland Security, U. Customs and Border Protection CBP has the authority to allow or deny entry to the United States and to determine how long a traveler may stay. At the port of entry, the Department of Homeland Security, U. If your I contains a specific date, this is the date by which you must leave the United States. Your I entry stamp or paper form is very important to keep in your passport as it shows your permission to be in the United States.
If your passport is lost or stolen with your entry stamp or paper form I, you must have it replaced immediately. There are a number of steps you need to take to learn more, see Lost and stolen passports, visas and Form Is. If your visa has been damaged in any way, you must apply for a new visa at a U. United States citizen. With few exceptions, a person born in the United States acquires American citizenship at birth.
A state issued birth certificate serves as proof of citizenship. Persons born in countries other than the United States may be entitled to American citizenship if one of their parents is a US citizen under US law. If a person is a US citizen, they are not entitled to a visa. Any potential applicant who believes they are entitled to US citizenship should be assessed officially determined by a consular officer at a US embassy or consulate before applying for a US visa.
Contact the State Department, U. Embassy or Consulate abroad with questions regarding U. Once in the United States, the traveler falls under the authority jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security. Citizenship and Immigration Services USCIS is responsible for approving all petitions, approving work permits in the United States, issuing residence extensions, and changing or adjusting the status of an applicant while in the United States.
You can start the DS form on this website run by the U. Department of State. Department of State recommends that you use Internet Explorer or Firefox to acces the application form.
All answers must be in English unless you are asked to give your full name in your alphabet. Applications submitted in a language other than English will be rejected and you may be required to submit a new application. While you need to answer all questions in English, translations of questions are available in many languages via the drop-down menu in the upper right corner of the application.
These translations should help you to fill out the form in English. Most questions are mandatory and must be completed in the appropriate fields. The system does not allow you to submit an application with mandatory questions that remain unanswered. If you do not answer a mandatory question, the system issues an error message and prompts you to answer the question before you continue with the application.
The embassy or consulate where you are actually applying should be able to access your form using the barcode on your DS confirmation page, which you must bring with you for the visa interview.
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