US visa application

Firstly, you have to check whether there is any need of you to apply for a US visa. You may not need to apply for a new US visa if you already hold a valid US visa of the classification appropriate to your purpose of travel, or hold a passport eligible for travel under the visa waiver program,or if you hold a Canadian passport.
Points to note while applying for US visa 

  • Children applying before their 14th Birthday or applicants applying on/after their 80th Birthday or if you previously received a U.S. visa that expired within the last 12 months and you are returning to the United States for the same purpose of travel, you may be able to obtain a visa without coming to the consulate for an interview.
  • Children from 8-14 age are required to come in embassy along with both parents. In case one parent is unable to come then that parent can give letter to the other parent stating that they have no objections against child’s US visa application.
  • The people of 80 Or above age are not required to come in embassy in person to apply for non immigrant visa if they were found eligible for a US visa.
  • A US B1/B2 Tourist Visa is a traditional visa that is affixed to a visa page on your passport. It is a temporary, non-immigrant visa, allowing the holder to travel to the US for business and tourism purpose.
  • B1 Business Visa is a non-immigrant visa for temporary visitors to the USA coming for business reasons. 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 B1 business visa is for people temporarily entering the United States to conduct business activities such as a meeting, conference, consultation and negotiation. They cannot work while in the USA, nor can they be paid from a source in the USA. People who want to work in the USA must enter for work visas such as H1, H2, L1,or other visas. People who enter the USA for pleasure, tourism or medical treatment require a B2 tourist visa.
  • Dependants holding a B1 visa must qualify for a B visa on their own. There are limited cases where a B1 visa can be used instead of an H1B 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.
  • Family travelling to the US 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 B2 tourist visa is a non-immigrant visa for people traveling to the United States for pleasure or medical treatment. The B2 visa is generally referred to as a tourist visa. Persons wishing to enter the USA temporarily for business purposes require the B1 Business Visa.
  • People with a B2 visa are not allowed to study or work during their stay in the US. 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.
  • 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 US to attend courses or conferences and seminars to obtain credits for study require a student visa.

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US visa requirements

  • Your valid passport. It must be valid for at least six months beyond your planned stay in the United States. However, there are some countries that are exempt from this requirement only needing a passport that is valid during their period of stay in the United States. Your passport must have at least one blank page to be able to affix visa.
  • One photograph. The US visa photo requirement is one of the main requirements for every visa you apply for. Upload the photo while you apply online through the DS-160 form. If the upload fails, you can submit the photo on the appointment day. However, we advise you that, even if you upload the photo online, to still bring it with you in case you need it during the interview.
  • Receipt proving payment of 11,520 ₹ for a nonimmigrant US visa application. Differently from the European visa policy where you pay the fee at on the appointment day, for a US visa you need to pay the fee in order to be able to schedule an interview. Keep in mind that the US visa fee is non-refundable if you decide to cancel your appointment or if your visa application is rejected.
  • Social media details. A list of the social media that you use, and the name and ID.
  • Of your account in each, phone number, email and social media history of the five previous years.

Apply for US visa

    To apply for a US visa you will follow a straightforward application procedure. The US visa application is done at a US Consulate or Embassy in your country of residence following these simple steps:
  • Firstly check if you need a visa.
  • Now choose the type of US visa you will apply for.
  • Fill in Application Form DS-160.
  • Now pay your application fee.
  • Schedule your visa interview.
  • Now you have to compile the document file.
  • After all this you have to attend the visa interview.

US visa application online

Step 1:
Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form.
Step 2:
Pay the visa application fee.
Step 3:
Schedule your appointment on the web page. You will need the following information in order to schedule your appointment:

  • Your passport number
  • The receipt number from your Visa Fee receipt.
  • The ten (10) digit barcode number from your DS-160 confirmation page

Step 4:
Visit the U.S. Embassy or Consulate on the date and time of your visa interview. You must bring a printed copy of your appointment letter, your DS-160 confirmation page, one photograph taken within the last six months and your current and all old passports. Applications without all of these items will not be accepted.

US Visa cost

    Visa Types and Application Fee Amounts
  • The application fees are shown below and apply to one visa application. The application fee for the most common nonimmigrant visa types is ₹11, 438.This includes tourist, business, student and exchange visas. Most petition-based visas, such as work and religious visas, are ₹13, 583 K visas cost ₹18, 945 and the fee amount for E visas is ₹20,375. Please note that visa fees for K applicants must be made at GT Bank. The tables below are a more comprehensive list of visa types and fee amounts. Following the tables is a short list of nonimmigrant visas which do not require payment of an application fee.
  • Exchange Rate
  • Current Consular Exchange Rate: ₹71.49 = 1 USD
  • Current Rate Valid Through: 12/02/2020
    Visa Types and Application Fee Amounts - Sorted by Fee Class

Fee Amount (USD) Fee Amount (₹) Visa Type Description
$160 11,483.00 B Business/Tourist
$160 11,483.00 C-1 Transit
$160 11,483.00 D Ship/Airline Crew
$160 11,483.00 F Student (academic)
$160 11,483.00 I Journalist and Media
$160 11,483.00 J Exchange Visitors
$160 11,484.00 M Student (vocational)
$160 11,483.00 T Victim of Human Trafficking
$160 11,483.00 TN/TD NAFTA Professionals
$160 11,483.00 U Victim of Criminal Activity
$190 13,583.00 H Temporary/Seasonal Workers and Employment, Trainees
$190 13,583.00 L Intracompany Transferees
$190 13,583.00 O Persons with Extraordinary Ability
$190 13,583.00 P Athletes. Artists & Entertainers
$190 13,583.00 Q International Cultural Exchange
$190 13,583.00 R Religious Worker
$265 20,345.00 K Fiancé(e) or Spouse of U.S. Citizen
$205 18,945.00 E Treaty Trader/Investor, Australian Professional Specialty

Visa Types and Application Fee Amounts - Sorted by Visa Type
Visa Type Description Fee Amount (USD) Fee Amount (₹)
B Business/Tourist $160 11,483.00
C-1 Transit $160 11,483.00
D Ship/Airline Crew $160 11,483.00
E Treaty Trader/Investor $250 17,869.00
F Student (academic) $160 11,483.00
H Temporary/Seasonal Workers $190 13,583.00
I Journalist and Media $160 11,483.00
J Exchange Visitors $160 11,483.00
K Spouse of U.S. Citizen $265 20,345.00
$190 13,583.00 L Intracompany Transferees
M Student (vocational) $160 11,583.00
O Persons with Extraordinary Ability $190 13,583.00
P Athletes. Artists & Entertainers $190 13,583.00
Q International Cultural Exchange $190 13,583.00
R Religious Worker $190 13,583.00
T Victim of Human Trafficking $160 11483.00
TN/TD NAFTA Professionals $160 11483.00
U Victim of Criminal Activity $160 11483.00
  • Visa Types and Conditions with No Fee Required
  • Applicants for A, G, C-2, C-3, NATO, and diplomatic visas (as defined in 22 CFR 41.26)
  • Applicants holding J visas and who are participating in certain official U.S. Government-sponsored educational and cultural exchanges
  • Replacement of a machine-readable visa when the original visa was not properly affixed or the visa needs to be reissued through no fault of the applicant
  • Applicants exempted by international agreement, including members and staff of an observer mission to United Nations Headquarters recognized by the UN General Assembly, and their immediate families
  • Applicants traveling to provide certain charitable services
  • U.S. Government employees traveling on official business
  • A parent, sibling, spouse or child of a U.S. Government employee killed in the line of duty who is traveling to attend the employee's funeral and/or burial; or a parent, sibling, spouse, son or daughter of a U.S. Government employee critically injured in the line of duty for visitation during emergency treatment and convalescence
  • Other Fee
  • SEVIS Fees
  • The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is an Internet-based system that tracks F, M and J visa participants (and their family members) from the time they receive their initial documentation (either an I-20 or a DS-2019) until they graduate/leave school or conclude/leave program.
  • F, M and J visa principal applicants: Check with your U.S. school to make sure your information has been entered into SEVIS. You will need to pay a separate SEVIS fee in addition to the visa application fee. For nonimmigrant students with Form I-20, the SEVIS fee is US$350. For most exchange visitors with Form DS-2019, the SEVIS fee is ₹15,735. Instructions for paying the SEVIS fee can be found here.
  • SEVIS Fee Exception
  • Applicants participating in a U.S. Government sponsored program (programs whose codes begin with G-1, G-2, G-3, G-7) are not required to pay the SEVIS fee.
  • Blanket L Fee (Fraud Prevention and Detection Fee)
  • First-time principal applicants who are covered under a blanket petition for L status must pay a Fraud Prevention and Detection fee of US ₹35,763 . This fee should be paid to the cashier at the Consular Section on the day of the interview. If a subsequent L-1 visa application is based on a new Form I-129S, the Fraud Prevention and Detection fee must be collected again.
  • Reciprocity Fess
  • Effective worldwide on 29 August, 2019, Nigerian citizens will be required to pay a visa issuance fee, or reciprocity fee, for all approved applications for nonimmigrant visas in B, F, H1B, I, L, and R visa classifications. The reciprocity fee will be charged in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee, also known as the MRV fee, which all applicants pay at the time of application. Nigerian citizens whose applications for a nonimmigrant visa are denied will not be charged the new reciprocity fee. Both reciprocity and MRV fees are non-refundable, and their amounts vary based on visa classification.
  • The reciprocity fee will be required for all Nigerian citizens worldwide, regardless of where they are applying for a nonimmigrant visa to the United States. The reciprocity fee is required for each visa that is issued, which means both adults and minors whose visa applications are approved will be charged the reciprocity fee. The fee can only be paid at the U.S. Embassy or the U.S. Consulate General. The reciprocity fee CANNOT be paid at GTB banks or any other location.

J1 Visa

How to Apply for a J1 Visa
Individuals planning to participate in a work and study based exchange visitor program in the United States must apply for a J1 visa. When applying for a J1 visa, applicants must first select an exchange visitor program and determine their eligibility for that J1 visa program. The J1 visa application involves completing Form DS-2019 and sending the appropriate filing fees. For the complete details on how to get a J1 visa, read the following steps for the J1 visa application process below.

J1 Visa Application Process
Step 1: Choose an Exchange Visitor Program

The first step of how to apply for a J1 visa is to choose a J1 exchange visitor program. There are multiple exchange visitor programs, which include the following J1 visa programs.

  • Au Pair
  • Camp Counselor
  • College and University Student
  • Government Visitor
  • Intern
  • International Visitor
  • Physician
  • Professor & Research Scholar
  • Secondary school Student
  • Short Term Scholar
  • Specialist
  • Summer Work Travel
  • Teacher
  • Trainee
    Step 2: Determine Eligibility

    Once you select your J1 visa program, but before you apply for a J1 visa, you should determine your eligibility for that program. There are different J1 visa eligibility criteria depending on the program, but all programs require that the participant fulfill an English Language proficiency test such as TOFEL, IBT, IELTS, PTE, TOEIC, CAE, or CPE. When applying for J1 visa, applicants should remember that they must have medical insurance for themselves and their dependents on J2 visa.
    In short, anyone applying for J1 visa must have the following in order to be eligible for an exchange visitor program in the US.
  • Proficiency in the English language; and
  • J1 health insurance.
    Sponsors are responsible for providing pre-arrival information and a post-arrival orientation for all participants, as well as ensuring that their program is consistent with the J1 program category.
    Step 3: Find a Sponsor

    Once the participant chooses from one of the above programs, he/she needs to contact a designated sponsor. A designated sponsor is a state department approved sponsor who is authorized to supervise the application process, they also stand as a single point of contact for participants willing to apply for J1 visa. J1 visa applicants can choose different state department designated sponsors on the basis of their program and choice of the state they wish to travel to in Unites States. For example, an applicant can choose an Intern program in the state of Illinois from the listed sponsors and contact them.
    Step 4: Complete Form DS-2019

    A program sponsor will review the application of the J1 visa applicant and issue Form DS-2019 to prospective applicants selected for the J1 visa program. Form DS-2019 consists of detailed information such as:
  • Participant identification
  • Sponsor identification
  • Brief description of the program activity to be completed by participant
  • Duration of stay including the start and end dates of program
  • Category of exchange
  • Estimated cost of the exchange program
  • Participants should bring Form DS-2019 to the US Embassy or Consulate they are visiting to obtain their J1 Visa.

Step 5: Pay Application Fees

FORM DS-160

The DS-160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application form, is for temporary travel to the United States, and for K (fiancé€) visas. Form DS-160 is submitted electronically to the Department of State website via the Internet. Consular Officers use the information entered on the DS-160 to process the visa application and, combined with a personal interview, determine an applicant’s eligibility for a nonimmigrant visa.
Visa applicants must submit a completed DS-160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application for all nonimmigrant visa categories, including applicants applying for K visas.
The application form DS-160 consists of two parts:

  • The first part contains questions about personal information as:
    1.Full name
    2.Marital Status
    3.Nationality
    4.Date & Place of Birth
    5.Address
    6.Country
    7.Mobile number
    8. Email
    9.Passport number
    10.Passport book number
    11.Family information
    12. Education
    13. Work, etc.
  • The second part of the online application form consists of questions on security and background information as:
    1. if you have ever been arrested or convicted for an offense or crime.
    2. If you have ever engaged in a conspiracy to violate, any law relating to controlledsubstances.
    3.if you have ever been involved in money laundering.
    4.if you ever ordered, incited, committed, assisted, or otherwise participated in genocide, etc.

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