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If you do not have a U.S. visitor visa yet, we recommend that you apply as soon as possible because processing times may be long. The following is a guide for you to complete your Visitor Visa Application:
Type of Visa
Pleasure, Tourism, Medical Treatment - Visitor Visas (B-2) - As examples, if the purpose of your planned travel is recreational in nature, including tourism, vacation (holiday), amusement, visits with friends or relatives, rest, medical treatment, activities of a fraternal, social, or service nature, and participation by amateurs, who will receive no remuneration, in musical, sports and similar events or contests, then a visitor visa (B-2) would be the appropriate type of visa for your travel.
Applicants for Visitor Visas Must Demonstrate that:
· The purpose of their trip is to enter the U.S. for business, pleasure, or medical treatment (please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like us to provide you with a personalized invite to the Envision Arabia Summit);
· That they plan to remain for a specific, limited period (round-trip transportation reservation;
· Evidence of funds to cover expenses in the United States (bank statements);
· Evidence of compelling social and economic ties abroad (bank statements, employment contract, evidence you are enrolled in school); and
· That they have a residence outside the U.S. as well as other binding ties that will insure their return abroad at the end of the visit.
· Applicants for visitor visas should generally apply at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate with jurisdiction over their place of permanent residence. Although visa applicants may apply at any U.S. consular office abroad, it may be more difficult to qualify for the visa outside the country of permanent residence. Visa applications are now subject to a greater degree of review than in the past so it is important to apply for your visa well in advance of your travel departure date.
· As part of the visa application process, an interview at the embassy consular section is required for visa applicants. Visa wait times for interview appointments and visa processing time information for each U.S. Embassy or Consulate worldwide is available on our website at Visa Wait Times, and on most embassy websites. Learn how to schedule an appointment for an interview, pay the application processing fee, review embassy specific instructions, and much more by visiting the U.S. Embassy or Consulate website where you will apply.
· Online Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application, Form DS-160. Visit our DS-160 webpage to learn more about the DS-160 online process.
· A passport valid for travel to the United States and with a validity date at least six months beyond the applicant's intended period of stay in the United States
· One (1) 2x2 photograph. See the required photo format explained in Photograph Requirements.
· Evidence which shows the purpose of the trip, intent to depart the United States, and arrangements made to cover the costs of the trip may be provided.
· Provide other documentation substantiating the trip's purpose and specifying the nature of binding obligations, such as family ties or employment, which would compel their return abroad (school registration or schedule, lease of apartment, flight reservation, employment contract).
Non-Immigrant Visa Application Processing Fee
For current fees for Department of State government services select Fees. You will need to provide a receipt showing the visa application processing fee has been paid, when you come for your visa interview.
Visa Issuance Fee
Additionally, if the visa is issued, there will be an additional visa issuance reciprocity fee, if applicable. Please consult the Visa Reciprocity Tables to find out if you must pay a visa issuance reciprocity fee and what the fee amount is.