Mandatory documents for US Visitor Visa (B1/B2 Visa)
• Valid original passport. It is recommended that your passport be valid for at least six months beyond your expected arrival date in USA.
• One photograph as per specification. Both digital and hard copy of the photograph are required.
• Printout of the DS160 US Visa application confirmation. This is known as the CEAC Barcode.
• Proof of Visa Governement fee payment. Review country-specific instructions on the US Consulate or Embassy website.
This is separate to the fee you have paid for your Premium Application Service.
• Original interview appointment letter.
Supporting documents for US Visitor Visa (B1/B2 Visa)
• Interview officer will primarily want to check that you are a legitimate applicant who meets all the criteria for the US visitor visa including a valid identity, no criminal background, and have a valid reason to request a visitor visa.
• You must show evidence that you have sufficient funds to support your trip to the USA.
• You may want to show evidence that you have strong ties to your home country, which will indicate to the officer that you have a reason to return home after your US trip is completed.
• Any additional documents that can support the above can be useful to carry with you when you attend the visitor visa interview.
• Evidence that shows the purpose of the trip, intent to depart the United States after the trip, and arrangements made to cover the costs of the trip may be provided.It is impossible to specify the exact forms of documentation one should have since each applicants' circumstances vary greatly.
The following is a list of suggested documents for a few common circumstances.
Supporting documents for tourism, pleasure, and exploring United States
• Your complete travel plan with dates (in other words, your itinerary).
• Proof of funds (bank statement, any other proof of cash.)
• Tax ID, copy of last year's tax documents.
• Business card if you have one.
Supporting documents for visiting children, family, attending family event, etc.
• Letter of invitation from children or relatives who are inviting you.
• Evidence of event, invitation card, or any other evidence.
Supporting documents for medical treatment
If the purpose of your trip is to seek medical treatment, please see separate list of required documents for US visitor visa for medical treatment.
Supporting Documents for B2 visa for B1 holders, spouse or children requesting dependent b2 visa to accompany while a B1 visa holder visits the USA.
The following documents are not mandatory but can help during the visa interview if you are applying for a B2 visa in order to accompany a B1 visa holder as a primary person.
• Copy of B1 visa holder's passport and Visa. (IF B1 holder already procured his/her visa)
• Letter of invitation from B1 holder ( formal letter stating that B1 visa holder person wants you to visit/accompany) Include, if the B1 holder would take care of the trips expenses
If the Company/organization who is inviting the B1 visa holder is taking care of the expenses related to the trip for the Spouse and children of the B1 visa holder. In such a case, please provide a written copy a letter indicating this precise information.
• Letter to consulate from B1 ( primary visa holder) requesting visa for spouse /children.
• Letter from Business (company) of B1 visa holder to the consulate endorsing and requesting the visa for B1 holders family may also help.
Other suggested documents for visitor visa
• Occupation related: If you are employed, get a letter of employment verification.
• If you are a government employee, you must obtain an NOC.
• If you are self-employed, you must have proof of business ownership and financial information related
to your business.
Note: The above list of documents is not mandatory, and depending on an individual's circumstances, some of these documents may not be applicable. Additionally, there may be documents or evidence you can present before the consulate officer that are not listed above. The above list is the most common documents requested by immigration officers during a visa interview.
For parents or individual applicants whose trip is sponsored by their children, relatives, or friends who live in United States, they should get certain documents from the sponsors.
The visa interview is the most important part of the entire process of obtaining a visitor visa (also known as a tourist visa). Despite having all the documents and meeting all the criteria, visa applications often get refused. Knowing what to expect and being prepared for the visa interview can mean the difference between visa approval or denial. Below are a few tips based on people's personal experiences.
It is not necessary to become nervous with the word "interview". This is not like a job interview. However, it is an important process for you otherwise you would not have spent the time or the money to appear for this important interview. The most important aspect of yourself that you can relay to others is your self-confidence. Applicants who are well prepared, answer confidently and have a genuine reason to apply for a visa are usually successful in their quest for the visa.
The first essential step toward a successful interview is preparation.
• Be prepared by having information or general knowledge on what the visa is all about such as the process etc.
• Prepare in advance for most commonly asked questions.
• Reach the consulate at least 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.
• Ask for an interpreter if you are not fluent or confident in the English language.
• Fill out all the forms/applications neatly and completely.
• Be familiar with what you have entered on the form, especially if you have taken guidance from others. Frequently, elderly people who apply for a visa do not know what they have written in the application form because the sponsor fills the application for them.
• Answer the questions in the form truthfully.
• If obtaining copies of documents, ensure that the copies are legible.
• Verify the names, date of births, etc. match with the information listed on your passport.
• Organize your documents in proper logical order. A well organized and orderly set of documents will make it easier for you to find the right documents quickly during the interview, so you will not appear nervous
Image is often as important as content. What you look like and how you say something are just as important as what you say. So dress up nicely and smile.
Provide to-the-point, clear, and concise answers. Do not provide any information that is not relevant or is not asked. (In many cases, this is where people make a mistake by giving unnecessary details that were not asked for).
• Do not argue.
• Do not ask unnecessary questions.
• Be polite.
During the Interview
• Greet the interviewer when you see him or her the first time.
• Communicate clearly. Do not hesitate to politely ask to repeat or rephrase the question if you don't understand the question.