How to Get US Visa

When travelling to the United States, one requires to avail a visa to enter. One should also keep in mind that the procedure to avail a visa varies with the type of visa one is applying for and also that even if a visa is granted it does not mean guaranteed entry into the country. Regardless having a valid visa is a must to enter the United States. One can apply for a visa either through a travel agent or online. The below article outlines the procedure involved in applying for a US Visa

How to Apply for US Visa
How to Get US Visa

US Visa Eligibility

Visas are often granted based on the type of visa applied for. By and large there are two main categories of visas for US which is the non-immigrant visa and the immigrant visa. The non-immigrant visas are the ones most commonly applied for and these are further broken down based on the nature of the visit. Below are a few key criteria that need to be met or adhered to when applying for a Visa USA:

  • The applicants must furnish contact details of their residence in the destination country

  • Applicants must show that they are financially stable to visit the destination country for the duration of the stay

  • Applicants must not have prior criminal cases against them

  • Applicants must publish required letter of confirmation by employer if it is a business visa and must show letter of appointment if academic visa has been applied for.

  • The passport of the applicant must have a minimum validity of 6 months from the date of visa application

  • Applicants must furnish return tickets to validate duration of stay

  • Applicants must show strong ties to their resident country to negate risk of illegal immigration

  • Spouses or children of applicants will have to apply for separate dependent visas

Information to be provided with US Visa application

While applying for a visa, some basic information is required to corroborate the details provided. Though these may change depending on the type of visa applied for, the information and list of documents that need to be submitted for successful approval of a visa is as follows

  • Regulation sized Passport photos of the applicant

  • A copy of the valid passport

  • Passport number

  • Visa application number

  • Visa fee receipt number

  • Occupational status of the applicant

  • Duration of stay

  • Contact details and address in the destination country

Modes of application

United States Visa applications can be done both offline and online. Regardless of the mode of application, one has to first choose the type of visa they would want to apply for and fill out the application form accordingly. Applications forms change according to the embassy one wishes to visit. Offline visa applications require an applicant to download the required forms and mail it to the visa application centre they wish to visit with the required documents.

Online application of visas are done in a similar fashion. One has to first choose the type of visa required and download the appropriate form. The wrong visa forms will not be entertained. The applicant will then have to pay the visa application fees and submit the document along with the required credentials. Once these documents have been processed an appointment date will be allotted where the applicant has to show up with both original and copies of their required information along with a copy of their visa fee receipt.

Regardless of the mode of application, a face to face visa interview is required. Once this interview is complete, the applicant is required to hand over their passports for further processing. The applicants can collect their passports at their allotted pick up points upon completion of the application process. Applicants can also track the status of their passport through the US embassy website and will receive regular notifications through email and SMS on the status of their passport and application.

US Visa embassies in India

An applicant can visit one of the US embassies located across India. One can find US embassies and consulates across major cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad. The office addresses and contact numbers of these offices can be found online at the US Embassy website.


News About How To Get US Visa

  • US to conduct third H-1B visa lottery

    In order to meet the allocation target for FY2022, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will conduct another H-1B visa lottery. The random selection process was completed on 19 November based on electronic registrations. The petition filing for these registrations will start on 22 November 2021 and continue till 23 February 2022. Applicants who are selected will be eligible to commence work from October 2022.

    23 November 2021

  • U.S. embassy portal freezes on the first day of reopening

    Since the U.S. Embassy began its application process for student visas, the surge in applications for interview slots resulted in a glitch in the system. According to a tweet by the U.S. Embassy, there is a higher demand for student visa appointments and the embassy has also asked people not to refresh often as it may also be that some may have been locked out of their accounts. The appointment slots will be available at all posts and the embassy will also be adding new appointment slots depending on the situation. The slots have been opened for the students who have to join colleges within July and August.

    16 June 2021

  • Trump's H-1B visa restrictions removed by US court

    A district court in US has revoked the proposed changes to H-1B visa rules made by the Trump administration. According to the court, the government were unable to show a ‘good cause’ to remove the Administrative Procedure Act’s (APA’s) notice.

    This borne as good news for Indians who wish to get a visa to US and are looking to get a job there.

    4 December 2020

  • US Indian Embassy to accept passport, visa, and OCI online applications from 4 November 2020

    The US Indian Embassy has announced that online applications for passport, visa, Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI), Global Entry Programme (GEP), and renunciations will henceforth be accepted through VFS Global, a new service provider. This will be in effect from 4 November, 2020. The service fee will be US$15.90 (inclusive of taxes) for each application in addition to any applicable service fees charged by the Government of India. Applications by post are not advised to be sent to VFS before an online application on 4 November 2020 on the VFS website. Walk-in services at VFS Global have been stopped until further notice due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

    5 November 2020

  • US to start implementing new visa rule from Monday

    From the first of October, the United States of America would start implementing the new rules when it comes to deporting people whose legal status to stay in the country has expired. Officials informed that deportation would be for reasons like denial of visa extension application, change of status among others. It needs to be mentioned that as per a federal agency the new rule will not be implemented when it came to employment-related petitions and humanitarian applications and petitions.

    US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) informed that it would take an incremental approach when it comes to implementing the new rule. The agency stated that as per the new rule it would issue Notices to Appear (NTA) to those individuals whose applications have been denied. The new rule is expected to impact a lot in Indians residing in the country as in the last few months many applications for extension of H-1B visa by Indians have been denied.

    USCIS said that it would send denial letters for status-impacting applications to ensure that benefit seeker are provided adequate notice. The agency added applicants will be provided with the details as to how they can review information like period of authorised stay, travel check compliance, or validate departure from the country.  Even though the new rule in coming into place, USCIS will continue to lay priority to cases of individuals with criminal records, fraud or concerns regarding national security.

    4 October 2018

  • Indian American Members of Congress oppose termination of H-4 EAD program

    The Indian American members of Congress have strongly opposed the plans of terminating an Obama administration rule. The rule relates to spouses of H-1B visa holders being able to work legally in the country. It needs to be mentioned that the H-4 EAD program was implemented in 2015 under the Obama administration after years of concerted lobbying by the Indian-American community.

    Pramila Jayapal, first-term Congresswoman from D-Washington who is spearheading a ‘Dear Colleague’ letter writing campaign in a bid to support the H-4 EAD program stated that the H-4 visas help women who are just as qualified as their spouses to work in the country. While another Congressman named Ro Khanna from D-California was among the 15 signatories who sent a letter to Kirstjen Nielsen, the secretary of the department of Homeland Security urging her to continue the H-4 EAD program. Both Jayapal and Khanna believe that terminating the H-4 EAD program would hurt the US economy as the highly skilled workers might be forced to leave the country on the ground that their spouses can’t work in the country.

    16 May 2018

  • In 2017, 460 Indians Were Deported From the U.S Which was 107 People More Than The Previous Year

    The U.S elections has always been the talk of the talk. When Donald Trump took over as the President of America, people were eagerly waiting to see his work. Data reveals that in the first year of his presidency, there has been a 30% increase in arrests compared to the previous year. However, the deportation rate has come down in his rule.

    But for Indians, the deportation rate under Donald Trump’s government has increased. According to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), 460 Indians were deported last year compared to 353 in 2016.

    12 February 2018

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