The visa application procedure varies from country to country. Some countries require the submission of a physical form and others accept electronic applications. Each case is reviewed based on its own circumstances. If you have any questions about the application process, you can contact the Embassy or Consulate in the country you are applying for.
For nonimmigrant visas, the applicant must first submit a DS-160 form. Applicants must also bring a photo (two by two inches, 5 by 5 cm) taken within the last six months, and onward journey tickets.
Nonimmigrant visa applicants must also attend an interview with a US Consular officer. An appointment letter will need to be obtained from the Embassy or Consulate.
For immigrant visas, the applicant must also complete a DS-260 form. These forms are available online and offline. When completing a DS-260 form, the applicant should ensure that the application is complete.
In addition, the applicant should provide sufficient funds to support their planned trip. This can be provided through a letter from an employer or through bank statements for the past three months.
Once all of the documents are completed, the applicant will be given a reference number. This number will be used to track the progress of the application.
Depending on the visa type, the applicant may also need to provide proof of Yellow Fever vaccination. Applicants from certain countries must also submit a police clearance certificate.
Visa applications are not processed immediately, as the consular officer will review your application and physical documents. However, you should expect to receive a decision from the consulate within three to four weeks.