USA Visitor Visa is a tourist visa to US. It is also known as B2 Visa. A visitor visa is a non-immigrant visa issued to people entering US temporarily for pleasure, tourism, or medical treatment. Any foreign citizen including parents who wants to visit USA for tourism, visiting children, family, friends, relatives, attending special events, family functions, ceremonies, or for medical treatment may qualify and can apply for Visitor Visa.
Note: Citizens of certain countries may not require visitor visa if the trip is less than 90 days. This is known US Visa Waiver Program (VWP).
Category B1 visa is for business while category B2 is for tourism; a combination of both is called B1/B2.
Citizens of the Visa Waiver Program participatory countries do not need a visa to enter the US for less than 90 days.
Steps to getting a US Visitor Visa:
Like all other visas, obtaining a US Visitor Visa is subject to fulfilment of certain requirements and of course the authorities’ approval. For starters, you must have a valid passport, submit the application form, pay the required fee, and take the interview to complete your application for a visitor visa.
Below is the step-by-step guide to submitting a Visitor Visa to US application.
Arrange Photograph for Visitor Visa
The application process starts with you providing a digital photograph of yourself that meets the visa application criteria. Professional photographers and photo studios are usually aware of the photo requirements for the US Visitor Visa application and will do the job for you.
See the complete photograph requirements for visitor visa.
Fill the Visitor Visa Application Form
Form DS160 is what you need to fillto begin your Visitor Visa Application. To fill the form, you must have a reliable internet connection as the form is online. Please make sure that you provide accurate information failure of which could potentially render the application invalid. In the form, you must:
Pay US Visitor Visa Application Fee
Once the application form is filled, the next step is paying the US Visitor Visa Fee. The fee can be paid electronically via bank transfer, or in cash at designated bank branches (varies from country to country). One the fee is successfully paid, it is valid for one year and you must take an appointment for the interview within a year’s time. The application fee amount varies according to the visa type and for B2 Visitor/Tourist Visa, the fee is USD 160.
Book an Interview Appointment for US Visitor Visa
After you have submitted the US Visitor Visa Application fee, you will need to proceed to schedule your appointment for the interview. To do this, you will use the fee payment receipt that is valid for a year starting the date of issue. You have to schedule an appointment within that time frame. To schedule the appointment, you will:
Visitor Visa Interview Process
Once the appointment is locked, you will have to appear at the applicable embassy or consulate for the final interview. Make sure you have the following before you appear for the interview:
See complete details of the visitor visa interview process.