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US tourist visa: Requirements and application procedure

Updated: September 25, 2023

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US tourist visa requirements are clear and detailed. US visa application is a multi-step process. The first step of the application process is to fill DS-160 form online. The second step is to schedule the visa interview appointment. This step involves paying the visa fee and picking the location and date of your visa interview.

Visa interview is mandatory so it can be intimidating for some. If you have a genuine reason to visit the US along with relevant data and documentation, the odds of visa approval are high.

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Us tourist visa requirements by nationality.

US tourist visa requirements by nationality

Minimum passport validity required to enter the United States

Your passport must be valid only for the intended period of stay

NOTE A few countries are required to have their passport valid for 6 months beyond the intended period of stay. For more information, refer to the six-month club update on U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.

Visa EXEMPT passport holders

180-day entry.

  • Bermuda (British Territory)

90-day entry

  • Entry allowed under Visa Waiver Program (VWP)
  • Must hold a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval
  • Must hold an e-passport with an embedded electronic chip
  • Extensions are not permitted
  • Nationals who have been to Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen are not eligible. Must apply for a visa.
  • Nationals who are also citizens of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria are not eligible. Must apply for a visa.
  • Czech Republic
  • Liechtenstein
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

Visa REQUIRED passport holders

  • Afghanistan
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Burkina Faso
  • The Central African Republic
  • Congo, Dem Rep of
  • Congo, Rep of
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Marshall Islands
  • North Korea
  • Palestinian Territories
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Timor-Leste
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turkmenistan
  • United Arab Emirates

US TOURIST VISA APPLICATION PROCESS

US Tourist Visa Requirements - Application Process

Validity of US tourist visa

The validity of US visas depends on the country of passport. US tourist visas are usually issued for 1 year, 5 years or 10 years.

Example: The B1/B2 or B2 visas for Afghanistan passport holders are valid for 1 year only. Whereas, for Bangladesh passport holders, the B1/B2 visas are valid for 5 years. For Indian passport holders, B1/B2 visas are valid for 10 years.

When to apply for US tourist visa

You can apply for US tourist visa as early as you can. Unlike, other country visas, US visa can be applied as early as you. I have seen some readers apply as much as 1 year in advance.

How long can your stay in the US

The US tourist visa allows you to stay up to 180 days in the US. But if you stay that long continuously in the US on a tourist visa, you will have trouble entering the US again. You may be questioned on your purpose of visit.

US tourist visa processing time

Unlike other country visas, US visa has no processing time. Meaning, the visa officer will tell your visa result at the end of your interview. You will be able to pick up or receive your passport within 3-10 business days from your interview day.

Application procedure

The US visa application is a 4 step process

  • Fill DS-160 form online
  • Pay visa fee
  • Schedule fingerprints and photo appointment
  • Schedule visa interview appointment
  • Preparation
  • Documentation
  • Interview Procedure
  • Dos and Don’ts of the Appointment
  • Dos and Don’ts of the Interview
  • Interview Questions and Answers
  • Visa Result
  • Pick up Passport

1. Fill DS-160 form online

The first step in the US visa application process is to fill DS-160 form online . It is a lengthy form, so it can take a few days to complete. You would need to gather and compile a lot of information for the form.

I recommend starting your application process as early as possible.

2. Schedule US visa appointment

The second step in the visa application process is to schedule US visa appointment . This involves paying the visa fee, and selecting the location and date of your interview.

Depending on the country where you would like to attend your visa interview, you would need to schedule one or two appointments. Some countries require an additional appointment for fingerprints and photos.

The website and the procedure to schedule US visa appointment is different in different countries.

If you are attending your US visa interview in Asia, Central America, parts of Europe, Africa and the Middle East, you must schedule your appointment on the US Travel Docs website.

If you plan to attend your US visa interview in North and South America, parts of Europe, Africa and the Middle East, you must schedule your appointment on the US Visa Information and Appointment System .

2.1. Pay US tourist visa fee

The US visa application fee is $160 payable in US dollars or local currency (in Asia only). You can pay your visa fee in various ways, such as cash at a local bank, electronic fund transfer or using a credit card.

2.2. Schedule fingerprints and photo appointment

Certain countries such as Mexico requires an additional appointment for fingerprints and photo. You will be prompted to make this additional appointment as part of your visa interview appointment.

2.3. Schedule visa interview appointment

Available dates and times for your visa type are displayed on the screen. Pick the date and time that works best for you.

3. Attend US visa interview

Attending US visa interview is a feat in itself. The high-security US embassy and the intimidating visa officers can make the entire process daunting and overwhelming.

But if you break the interview process into smaller steps and tackle them individually, it can be less stressful. Let’s look at these steps individually in detail.

3.1. Preparation

  • Go over your DS-160 to familiarize yourself with the information you have entered. You may be asked the same questions in the interview. You must not contradict your own answers.
  • Go over the top 5 US interview questions and answers. Sit and answer all of those questions. Make a note of them if you have to.
  • Write down any other questions on your purpose, industry, etc and prepare them as well.

3.2. Planning

  • Gather the documentation that you would need to carry
  • Print any documentation that needs to be printed
  • Organize your documentation in an easily retrievable format
  • Familiarize yourself with directions and transportation options to the embassy
  • Wash, iron and have your interview clothes ready

PRO TIP Use a compartment folder to sort and organize your documentation. Label the compartments if you have to it.

3.3. Documents required

  Mandatory Documentation

  • Current Original Passport
  • All old passports (especially those with old US visas)
  • Interview Appointment Confirmation Print
  • Your DS-160 Confirmation Print
  • Visa Fee Receipt (if the fee was paid at a local bank in person)
  • Recent Passport Size Photo (white background only)
  • Additional Photo ID (required to gain access into the embassy)

  Additional Documentation

  • Employment Letter
  • Leave Approval Letter
  • Recent 3 Months Payslips
  • Letter from the university
  • Fee receipts
  • Recent results, transcripts or diplomas
  • Business Registration
  • Annual Reports
  • Annual Income Statements
  • Tax Returns
  • Sponsor’s ID copy
  • Sponsor’s Employment Proofs
  • Conference tickets
  • Wedding invitations
  • Training Confirmations
  • Detailed Itinerary
  • Recent 6-Months Bank Statements

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE I was not asked to show any documentation at all during my US B1/B2 visa interview. I did take my bank statements, my payment receipts for the conference I was attending, and my business cards as a blogger and travel writer.

3.4. Appointment Procedure

The interview procedure varies slightly from location to location. This 10-step procedure gives you an overall idea of what to expect.

  • Arrive at the embassy
  • Present your appointment confirmation at the gate
  • Go through the security
  • Deposit your ID proof
  • Deposit your cell phone and keys
  • Stand in the line for fingerprints and photo
  • Give your fingerprints and photo
  • Stand in line for the interview
  • Give your interview
  • Find out your visa result

3.5. Dos and Don’ts of the Appointment

  • Arrive on Time: The time of your appointment is the time to arrive at the gate of the embassy. It is NOT the time of your actual interview. You must arrive not more than 15 min before your appointment time. Otherwise, you will be sent back and asked to arrive at your appointment time.
  • No Electronics: Only a cell phone and keyfob are allowed into the embassy. Any other electronics such as tablets, laptops, etc. are not allowed into the embassy and you will be sent back.
  • No Bags: Backpacks and luggage are not allowed into the embassy. The embassy will not store any bags and you will be sent back.
  • No Non-permitted Items: Non-permitted items such as cigarettes, lighter, sharp objects, food items, etc are not allowed. You will have to discard them or you will be sent back.
  • Carry Documents: You can only carry documents in a see-through folder or plastic bag.

3.6. Dos and Don’ts of the Interview

  • Be honest: Visa officers are very well-trained and have years of experience. They see thousands of applicants in their careers. They can easily spot lies and manipulative answers. Be honest in your answers.
  • Be confident: Stand straight. Be loud and clear. Ask the visa officer to repeat the question if you did not understand. Don’t change your answers if you are asked to repeat them.
  • Don’t show desperation: Don’t show any signs of desperation. Visa officers are very well-trained and have years of experience. They can easily spot desperation.
  • Say only what’s needed: Answer only with the information needed. Say what is needed, nothing else. Any extra information can lead to unnecessary questions that you may not have answers for.
  • Be fluent in your English: This is a tricky one. Visa officers will not have much time and they can be impatient at times. If your answers are not clear and difficult to understand, it can impact your visa result. Improve your English speaking skills. Get rid of any accent if you have.
  • Carry all relevant documentation: Make sure you have all the documentation with you. There should not be a situation where you don’t have a document that you are asked to present.
  • Organize your documentation: Organize your documents in a smart way, so you can retrieve them right away when asked. Shuffling through the documents, taking too long to retrieve a document, and mishandling documents can affect your visa result.
  • Dress appropriately: Dressing appropriately makes you presentable. It boosts your confidence as well.
  • Choose your visa officer: Last but not least. If you have the opportunity to choose your visa officer, go to a visa officer who looks friendly and close to the same age as yours.

3.7. US tourist visa interview questions

During the US B1/B2 visa interview, you will be asked a few questions. These questions can be the same as what you already have in your DS-160 or completely different.

Here are the top 5 US visa interview questions.

  • Why do you want to go to the US?
  • How long do you plan to stay in the US?
  • Have you been to the US before?
  • Have you been to other countries?
  • What do you do for a living?

Each above question can lead to many other questions depending on your answers. For example, “What do you do for a living” can lead to questions such as how long you have been working, how much money you make, etc.

3.8. Visa Result

You will be told the result of the visa at the end of the interview. Therefore, at the end of the interview, you will know whether your visa is approved or denied or needs additional information.

If approved, you will be told that your visa is approved. You will be given a sheet of paper with instructions on how to pick up your passport or when to expect the delivery.

If denied, you will be told that your visa is denied. Your passport and documentation will be returned back to you. You will also be given a sheet of paper marking the section under which your visa application was denied.

If the visa officer needs additional information, you will be given a sheet of paper with details and the steps to continue from there.

4. Pick up Passport

If your visa is approved, your passport will be ready for pick up within 3-10 working days. You will be notified via email or SMS that your passport is ready for pickup.

If you have requested for your passport to be delivered, you will be notified via email or SMS when the passport is dispatched. You should receive it in 3-10 working days.

After you pick up or receive your passport, verify your visa for any discrepancies. If you see any discrepancy, contact the consulate/embassy immediately.

What’s next?

Get ready for your US trip. US tourist visas are usually valid for 10 years and multiple entries. You can travel to the US anytime within the validity of your US visa. You can also enter as many times as you want.

Healthcare in the US is quite expensive. Most travel insurance does not cover travel in the US. So make sure to purchase insurance that is specifically meant for US travel.

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ENTERING AND LEAVING THE US

Entering the us by air.

Port of entry in US airports usually has two lines for arriving passengers. One for citizens and permanent residents and the other for visitors. You will go and stand in the visitor’s line. When your turn comes, you will be sent to either an automated kiosk or to an immigration officer.

If you are sent to an automated kiosk, just follow the instructions on the screen. You will scan your visa page and your details will appear on the screen. Review the details. Go through the steps and print your receipt.

Once you print your receipt, proceed toward an immigration officer. Present your passport and receipt.

You may be asked a few questions. Your passport will then be stamped with the appropriate visa type and the date until which you can remain in the US. Your passport and receipt will be returned back to you.

If you are sent to an immigration officer instead of an automated kiosk, just present your passport, boarding pass and completed customs form.

You may be asked a few questions. Your passport will then be stamped with the appropriate visa type and the date until which you can remain in the US. Your passport, boarding pass, and customs form will be returned back to you. You will also be given a receipt.

Verify the stamp, visa type and date immediately for any discrepancy.

As always, carry a print of your return/onward flight ticket and hotel booking. If you are traveling on a one-way ticket, you can use OnwardTicket for proof of your onward ticket.

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After you finish your immigration procedure, walk to your baggage claim carousel. Pick up your bags and head to the exit.

Before the exit, you will go through the customs screening. You will have to present the customs form or receipt that you received at the immigration. The customs officer will then indicate whether you can just walk out or scan your baggage.

If you are asked to scan your baggage, continue to the baggage scanning area and put all your baggage on the scanner conveyer belt. Pick up your bags after the scan and walk towards the exit.

Have a great time in the US!

Leaving the US by air

Unlike many other countries, the US does not have exit passport control. There will not be any immigration checks while exiting the US.

The departing airline will notify your exit details to the US Customs and Border Protection. You can check your history of US entry/exit dates on the US Visitor’s I-94 Website .

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Frequently Asked Questions

How to apply for US tourist visa?

You can apply for US tourist visa by first completing the DS-160 form online. The US tourist visa application is a 4 step process.

  • Make the visa fee payment
  • Schedule visa appointment
  • Pick up passport

The DS-160 form can take several days for you to complete as it needs a lot of information. The current US visa fee is $160 USD, which you can pay by cash at a local bank, electronic fund transfer or using a credit card. Depending on the country, you would need to set up one or two visa appointments. Countries such as Mexico requires an additional appointment for fingerprints and photo.

You will know your visa result at the end of the interview. You can then pick up your passport in 3-10 working days.

How much is the US visa application fee?

The US visa application fee is $185 USD. This fee is payable in local currency (in Asia) or in USD (in the rest of the world).

What is the US visa processing time?

US visa result is immediate. You will be told the visa result at the end of your visa interview.

That being said, the entire process beginning from DS-160 to receiving your passport can take several weeks. Apply for your visa as early as possible.

What are the documents required for US visa?

You would need to carry the following mandatory documents for your US visa interview.

  • All Old Passport (especially those with US visas)
  • The DS-160 Confirmation Print
  • Additional Passport Size Photo
  • Additional Photo ID

Along with the above mandatory documents, you can also carry other documents that support your case such as employment proofs, financial proofs, etc.

What are some of the US visa interview questions and answers?

During the interview, visa officers typically ask questions related to your purpose of travel, itinerary, ties with your home country, etc. Some of these questions can be from your DS-160 or completely different.

Here are the top 5 US visa interview questions and answers

Q1. Why do you want to go to the US? You can talk about whether you are visiting the US for tourism or business. If for tourism, talk about the places you plan to visit and why. If for business, talk about the meetings or conferences you plan to attend or the people you plan to meet.

Q2. How long do you plan to stay in the US? Mention the total days of your itinerary. Make sure to keep the total between 10-20 days.

Q3. Have you been to the US before? Mention whether you have been in the US before. If you did, also mention when and how long.

Q4. Have you been to other countries? Mention all the countries you have been to. Start with the countries that require visas such as countries in Europe, Canada, Japan, etc.

Q5. What do you do for a living? Mention your current employer, your role and your title. You don’t have to mention the duration of your employment, duties or salary.

Each applicant’s situation is different. Therefore, each of these questions can lead to many other questions depending on your answers.

How long does it take to get the visa after the interview?

The visa result will be told right at the end of the interview. If your visa is approved, your passport will be ready for you to pick it up within 3-10 working days. You will be notified via email or SMS that your passport is ready for pickup.

US Tourist Visa Requirements - Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

US tourist visa requirements are clear and easy to understand. But, the multi-step application process can be confusing for many.

A Visa interview is mandatory so it can be intimidating. If you have a genuine reason to travel along with relevant information and documentation, then you have nothing to worry about.

WRITTEN BY THIRUMAL MOTATI

Thirumal Motati

Thirumal Motati is an expert in tourist visa matters. He has been traveling the world on tourist visas for more than a decade. With his expertise, he has obtained several tourist visas, including the most strenuous ones such as the US, UK, Canada, and Schengen, some of which were granted multiple times. He has also set foot inside US consulates on numerous occasions. Mr. Motati has uncovered the secrets to successful visa applications. His guidance has enabled countless individuals to obtain their visas and fulfill their travel dreams. His statements have been mentioned in publications like Yahoo, BBC, The Hindu, and Travel Zoo.

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A lady is set to move to the United States of America after getting her visa application approved.

The lady was so happy when the US travel document reached her hands, and she shared her joy online.

Lady gets US visa.

In a TikTok video posted by @bola.khay , the lady was seen waving the US visa for her followers to see.

She was full of joy to have received approval after her US visa application was previously rejected.

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Bola said she had applied three times in the past and her application came back with negative responses.

"Mood after laying hands on US visa despite previous three episodes of rejections."

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@Akpo Mandone Esanyu said:

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How to answer US visa interview questions

Meanwhile, an immigration lawyer says it is important to know how to answer questions asked by visa officers at the US embassy.

The lady, Lelia Adams, noted that knowing how to answer the US visa interview questions correctly would improve one's chances of getting a visa.

She said the US visa officer would likely ask what the applicant does for a living, the purpose of the visa and why the journey at the time.

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Richmond, Va: Visa Services And Travel Requirements

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If you're looking to travel to Richmond, Virginia, and need a visa, there are a number of services that can help. Passports and Visas.com is a private company that can assist with the visa application process and claims to offer a fast, easy, and anxiety-free experience. Their services start at $69 and include expert consultants available 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, as well as detailed checklists to simplify the complex application process. They also offer expedited passport services, with the ability to obtain a passport in as little as 24 hours. Ambassador Passport and Visa Services is another agency that provides similar services, including new passports, renewals, and assistance with damaged or lost passports.

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If you're looking for visa services in Richmond, VA, there are a few options to consider. Here is an overview of the services available:

Passports and Visas.com

Passports and Visas.com is a private company that assists travellers in the Richmond, VA area with their visa and passport needs. They are authorized by the Embassy to expedite and facilitate the preparation and submission of visa applications. Their services include visa application assistance, passport renewals, new passports, and lost passport services. They offer expedited travel visa services starting at $69 and expedited passport services within 24 hours, starting at $89. The company provides easy and fast processes, eliminating any anxiety you may have about your visa or passport. They have expert consultants available 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, and offer detailed checklists and dedicated personal service throughout the entire process.

Ambassador Passport and Visa Services

Ambassador Passport and Visa Services is another agency that provides visa services in Richmond, Virginia. They offer a range of passport-related services, including new passports, renewals, minor passports, damaged passport assistance, and passport name changes.

With these options available, travellers in Richmond, VA, can obtain the necessary visa and passport services efficiently and conveniently. Both agencies aim to provide straightforward and stress-free processes, ensuring that their clients can navigate the complex world of visa and passport applications with ease.

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To renew your US passport, you must meet certain conditions, including:

  • Your previous passport was issued when you were 16 or older.
  • Your current passport is not damaged and less than 15 years old.
  • Your passport is in your possession and has not been lost or stolen.

There are two main options for renewing your passport in Richmond, VA:

  • Passport Agencies: You can visit a Passport Agency near you, but an appointment is required, and there may not be a location nearby.
  • Third-Party Services: Third-party companies, such as Passports and Visas.com and Ambassador Passport and Visa Services, offer expedited passport renewal services. They can guide you through the renewal process, provide detailed checklists, and save you time. These services typically start at around \$89, and passports can be delivered within 72 hours.

Local Passport Acceptance Facilities:

If you are not in a rush and prefer to apply on your own, you can visit a local Richmond Passport Acceptance Facility, such as:

  • Lakeside Branch USPS
  • Regency Branch Post Office
  • Forest Hill Station USPS
  • Pocoshock Creek Branch USPS
  • Richmond Main Post Office

Processing Times:

Routine processing times for passport renewals can vary, but they typically range from 6 to 13 weeks. Expedited services are available for an additional fee of \$60, shortening the processing time to 2 to 3 weeks.

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If you need a visa for Richmond, VA, there are several companies that can help with the visa application process. These include Passports and Visas.com and Ambassador Passport and Visa Services.

Passports and Visas.com is a private company that can assist with the preparation and submission of visa applications. They are authorised by the Embassy to help travellers in the Richmond, VA area obtain their visas quickly. Their services start at $69 and include expert consultants who are available 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. They make the complex application process easy with detailed checklists and dedicated personal service. They can also help with passport applications and renewals, and can obtain passports in as little as 24 hours.

Ambassador Passport and Visa Services offer a range of services including new passports, renewals, children's passports, and damaged or mutilated passports.

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Applying for a US passport in Richmond, Virginia, can be done through a few different avenues. The Richmond Main Post Office serves as an official location for submitting US passport applications. The usual time it takes to process a passport application at this location is between 9 and 13 weeks. However, this duration can vary depending on factors such as the number of applications received and the time of year. Therefore, it is recommended to apply well in advance to avoid unforeseen delays.

To apply for a passport in Richmond, you must provide the following documents:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship (birth certificate, previous U.S. passport, or certificate of citizenship)
  • Proof of identity (driver's license, military ID, or government employee ID)
  • Passport photo (must meet US Department of State requirements)
  • Application form DS-11 (filled out but not signed until submission)

Additionally, there are passport acceptance facilities in Richmond that can assist with the application process, such as the Lakeside Branch USPS, Regency Branch Post Office, Forest Hill Station USPS, and Pocoshock Creek Branch USPS. These facilities can review applications, collect necessary documents and fees, and forward them to the Department of State for processing.

For those who need a passport more quickly, private companies like Passports and Visas.com offer expedited passport services, guaranteeing delivery within 24 to 72 hours. They provide expert consultants, detailed checklists, and fast processing options. However, their services come with additional fees starting at $89, plus government fees.

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If you're looking for travel visa services in Richmond, VA, there are several options to consider. Here is some information on a few of the available services:

Passports and Visas.com:

Passports and Visas.com is a private company that provides expedited travel visa services in Richmond, VA. Their services are designed to be fast and easy, eliminating any anxiety you may have about obtaining a visa. They offer assistance with various types of visas, including China, Brazil, India, and Russia visas. Their expert consultants are available 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, to guide you through the complex visa application process. Detailed checklists and dedicated personal service are provided throughout the entire application process. The cost of their expedited travel visa services starts at $69.

Ambassador Passport and Visa Services:

Ambassador Passport and Visa Services is another option for visa services in Richmond, Virginia. They offer a range of services, including new passports, renewals, children's passports, and damaged or lost passport replacements. They also provide document authentication services. While pricing information is not readily available on their website, they do offer a concierge passport service for added convenience.

Washington DC Passport and Visa Expediting Services:

This service is certified and secured by several reputable sources, including Passports and Visas.com. They provide passport and visa expediting services, although specific details about their Richmond, VA, offerings are not readily available on their website. It is recommended to contact them directly for more information.

When considering travel visa services, it is important to compare the services offered, pricing, and customer testimonials to make an informed decision. These services can provide valuable assistance in obtaining your visa efficiently and effectively.

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Passports and Visas.com is a private company that helps travelers in the Richmond, VA area with getting a visa. The company is authorised by the Embassy to expedite and assist with the preparation and submission of visa applications. The process is designed to be fast and easy, with expert consultants available 12 hours a day and 7 days a week.

The expedited travel visa services offered by Passports and Visas.com start at $69.

The process can be as quick as 24 hours.

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Advance travel planning and early visa application are important. If you plan to apply for a nonimmigrant visa to come to the United States as a temporary visitor, please review the current wait time for an interview using the tool below. Not all visa applications can be completed on the day of the interview; please read the information below for more details .

Check the estimated wait time for a nonimmigrant visa interview appointment at a U.S. embassy or consulate.

Note: Please check the individual embassy or consulate website to determine if your case is eligible for a waiver of the in-person interview.

Applicants scheduling visa appointments in a location different from their place of residence should check post websites for nonresident wait times.

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The estimated wait time to receive a nonimmigrant visa interview appointment at a U.S. embassy or consulate and is based on workload and staffing and can vary from week to week. The information provided is an estimate and does not guarantee the availability of an appointment.

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Wait times for applicants eligible for Interview Waiver are applicable only for locations where applicants schedule appointments to submit their passport and any required documents to a U.S. embassy or consulate. The wait time estimate does not account for the time required for a consular officer to adjudicate the application nor mailing time of passports or other documents. Refer to the website of the Embassy or Consulate Visa Section where you will apply to determine your eligibility for Interview Waiver and for instructions for submitting a nonimmigrant visa application. Note that applicants must be a national or resident of the country where they are applying to be eligible to apply via Interview Waiver.

Qualifications for an Expedited Interview Appointment

Consular sections overseas may be able to expedite your interview date if there is an urgent, unforeseen situation such as a funeral, medical emergency, or school start date. The process to request an expedited nonimmigrant visa interview varies by location. You should refer to the instructions on the website of the Embassy or Consulate Visa Section  where you will interview, or on their online appointment scheduling site. You will need to provide proof of the need for an earlier appointment.

In all cases : You must first submit the online visa application form (DS-160), pay the application fee, and schedule the first available interview appointment. Only at this point will a consular section consider your request for an expedited appointment.

Note: Travel for the purpose of attending weddings and graduation ceremonies, assisting pregnant relatives, participating in an annual business/academic/professional conference, or enjoying last-minute tourism does not qualify for expedited appointments. For such travel, please schedule a regular visa appointment well in advance.

These estimates do not include time required for administrative processing, which may affect some applications. When administrative processing is required, the timing will vary based on individual circumstances of each case.

There are only two possible outcomes for U.S. visa applications. The consular officer will either issue or refuse the visa. If a visa applicant has not established that he or she is eligible for a visa, the consular officer must refuse that application. However, some refused visa applications may require further administrative processing. When administrative processing is required, the consular officer will inform the applicant at the end of the interview. The duration of the administrative processing will vary based on the individual circumstances of each case. At the conclusion of the administrative processing period, the consular officer might conclude that an applicant is now qualified for the visa for which he or she applied. The officer may also conclude that the applicant remains ineligible for a visa. Visa applicants are reminded to apply early for their visas, well in advance of the anticipated travel date.

Important Notice:   Except in cases of emergency travel (i.e. serious illnesses, injuries, or deaths in your immediate family), before making inquiries about status of administrative processing, applicants should wait at least 180 days from the date of interview or submission of supplemental documents, whichever is later.

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Ease visa application process for those seeking jobs - Kenyan teachers urge State

The plea comes at a time when embassies continue to grapple with backlogs for Kenyans seeking travel permits.

According to teachers who spoke to journalists in Ruiru, hundreds of them visit embassies on a routine basis.

Teachers seeking jobs in first-world countries such as the United States of America have urged the government to expedite the visa application process to ease their travel arrangements.

They claimed the visa application process is not only stretched but also bureaucratic as numerous are in place, a situation that has seen some of them miss out on jobs.

Led by Ruth Kiarie, Brian Belfas and Caroline Wanjiku, the teachers expressed concerns that some of their visa applications were cancelled or withdrawn on account of failing to pass interviews.

Speaking during a pre-briefing session before they travel to the USA where they have secured lucrative jobs, the teachers also said that some are repulsed for having ‘illegitimate’ documents.

“The government should intervene to save Kenyans the many jobs they miss for a simple hindrance. More jobs for Kenyans in the US means more remittances to grow our country. The government should give a hand to those who have already secured jobs abroad,” said Belfas.

Their petition to have the government intervene comes days after the US government stated it had expanded the capacity of staff working at the embassy in Nairobi to expedite the processing of Visa applications.

The White House last month said in a statement that part of the agreements reached by the two countries is enhancing consular services to deal with the backlog of visa applications.

Speaking to the travelling teachers, Ambassador Isaiya Kabira who is the Secretary of Investments and Entrepreneurship revealed that the teacher's travel to the US will significantly enhance Kenya’s social-economic development.

“This is a new dawn where the professional destinies of our teachers are redefined and elevated to global heights. We are looking at you as global citizens and not just as Kenyans. The world has decided to come and recruit here and that shows the confidence they have in the talents that we have as a country which we should be very proud of,” stated Kabira.

According to Dr. Peter Ruhiri, the founder, PesuaR International Job Placement Consultancy, over 70 Kenyan teachers will be travelling in the first batch this year following successful recruitment and placements.

Ruhiri said that more teachers will be enrolled in the program next year once more teaching opportunities arise, a move that comes following a policy and regulatory framework regarding teachers’ labour mobility that was agreed upon by the State Department of Diaspora Affairs and the Teachers Service Commission in February 2024.

“We are requesting these teachers to be good ambassadors so that we can be able to get more teachers next year. We shall rely on what they do to ask the US community to recruit more teachers from Kenya. We ask them to work extra hard, to be on their best behaviour to put Kenya on the map,” stated Ruhiri.

Dreaming of moving to Italy? Tuscany will pay you up to $32,000 to buy a home in a village

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  • The Tuscany Region is offering between 10,000 euros and 30,000 euros to those willing to move to a Tuscan town with 5,000 residents or less.
  • The payment is meant to go toward the purchase of the home and renovation costs, but cannot exceed more than half of the home’s price.
  • The application window opened June 12 and ends on July 27 at 1 p.m. local Tuscan time.

If you've been dreaming about living out your own “Under the Tuscan Sun,” now’s your chance. The rustic Italian region, known for wine and rolling hills, recently announced it will pay people to move to its rural towns.

Called the “Residenzialità in Montagna 2024” – which translates to “Residentiality in the Mountains 2024” – the new initiative by the Tuscany Region offers between 10,000 euros (about $10,715.10) and 30,000 euros (about $32,145.30) to those willing to move to a Tuscan town with 5,000 residents or less. 

The payment is meant to go toward the purchase of the home and renovation costs but cannot exceed more than half of the home’s price. The home will also need to become a residence or habitual residence, not just a vacation home. 

The initiative's launch is “to favor and encourage the repopulation and socio-economic revitalization of mountain areas, acting in contrast to the marginalization of these areas,” according to the application’s official website . 

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A 2016 study by Italy's Ministry of Environment found 5,627 towns across the country had fewer than 5,000 residents, noted as “perilously depopulated.” Due to dwindling populations, just under half of those towns were at risk of not being able to survive the next 25 years. The pandemic exacerbated the problem, shrinking Italy’s entire population by 384,000 in 2021 – the highest amount in nearly a century, according to a 2021 report by the Pulitzer Center . 

Potential residents have their choice of 76 Italian towns that qualify for the population maximum, according to 2022 data by the Italian National Institute of Statistics. The town with the lowest number of inhabitants with just 510, Careggine dates back to 720 A.D. and sits on the slopes of Monte Sumbra along the eastern side of the Alps, making for an ideal location for skiers. 

A short train ride from Florence, the ancient village of San Casciano dei Bagni is home to 1,495 people, and known for its healing – or at least very relaxing – thermal baths. Or perhaps art aficionados want to live in the birthplace of Michelangelo, which would be the eponymous village of Caprese Michelangelo . Its surrounding region also boasts a rich artistic heritage. 

The region said it had allotted a total of 2,800,000 euros (about $3,000,524) to hand out via the initiative. 

Unfortunately, you’ll need to move quickly to take advantage of the initiative: the application window opened on June 12 and ends on July 27 at 1 p.m. local Tuscan time. 

There are also some strict requirements: Americans must apply for a residence permit “lasting no less than 10 years,” register as residents in an Italian town or city and not already live in a mountain village. 

Applications can be completed online at the Tuscany Region website. 

Kathleen Wong is a travel reporter for USA TODAY based in Hawaii. You can reach her at [email protected] .

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    Learn how to obtain and apply for a nonimmigrant visa for travel to the United States. Find visa application forms, fees, instructions, interview schedules and locations for your specific country.

  3. Visitor Visa

    Learn how to apply for a visitor visa to travel to the United States for tourism or business purposes. Find out the eligibility, fees, and documents required.

  4. How to apply for or renew a U.S. tourist visa

    Find out if you need a visitor visa for tourism or business in the U.S. and how to apply or renew it. Learn about visa categories, fees, documents, interviews, and expiration dates.

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    Find out what visa type you need for your travel purpose to the United States. Learn about visa categories, eligibility, application process, and useful links.

  6. U.S. Visas

    Learn about U.S. visa types, requirements, fees, and application process. Check visa wait times and find a U.S. Embassy or Consulate near you.

  7. Nonimmigrant Visa

    The first step in applying for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa is to complete your application. It takes approximately 90 minutes to do this. After you submit your application, you can move on to the next steps such as scheduling your interview. Learn about Types of Visas.

  8. Official ESTA Application Website, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

    ESTA is an online system that determines the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program. Learn how to apply, who should apply, what you need to apply, and how to pay the application fee.

  9. Official U.S. Visa Information and Appointment Services

    This service will help you: Obtain general information on how to apply for a United States visa. Pay the required visa application fees. Submit your visa application to a U.S. embassy or consulate.

  10. U.S. Visa Services

    What is a Visa? A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler's passport, a travel document issued by the traveler's country of citizenship or nationality.

  11. How to apply for a U.S. Tourism or Visitor Visa (the B-2 visas)

    If you are applying for a visa for the first time, or are applying to renew a visa, you are required to take the same steps. Step One: Complete the online DS-160 and print the confirmation page for each person applying for a visa, regardless of age. Answer the questions to the best of your ability; we cannot assist you in completing the form.

  12. Visas

    Note: U.S. citizens do not need a U.S. visa for travel to the United States, but when planning travel abroad a U.S. citizen may need a visa issued by the embassy or consulate of the country they wish to visit. For nonimmigrant visas, you can go directly to the online application for the DS-160 ; or for immigrant visas, directly to the USCIS ...

  13. Entering the U.S.

    What is a Visa? A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler's passport, a travel document issued by the traveler's country of citizenship.

  14. Visit the U.S.

    Generally, if you want to visit ( and not live in) the United States you must first obtain a visitor visa. Travelers from certain countries may be exempt from this requirement. For more information, please see the U.S. Department of State website. If you want to travel to the United States for reasons other than business or pleasure, you must ...

  15. Visit the U.S. as a tourist

    Learn about travel documents to enter the U.S., including non-immigrant visas, Form I-94, and ESTA. Visa Waiver Program and ESTA application The Visa Waiver Program allows citizens of participating countries to travel to the U.S. for tourism or business for up to 90 days without a visa.

  16. US tourist visa: Requirements and application procedure

    A comprehensive guide to US tourist visa requirements, application process, and documentation. Info on the duration of stay, entry and exit formalities.

  17. Visas

    A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to travel to the U.S. generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler's passport.

  18. Tourism & Visit

    Tourism & Visit. A foreign national traveling to the United States for tourism needs a visitor visa (B-2 or combined B1/B2) unless qualifying for entry under the Visa Waiver Program. Travel for pleasure or tourism may include a short visit for vacation, visiting family and friends, or for medical treatment.

  19. Frequently Asked Questions

    Find answers to frequently asked questions about the U.S. nonimmigrant visa application process (examples: visa fees, appointments, renewals, document return).

  20. Visas

    A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to travel to the U.S. generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler's passport.

  21. Visas

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  23. USTravelDocs

    Apply for a U.S. Visa. At this website, you can learn about obtaining a visa, as well as applying for your visa. How to apply for your nonimmigrant visa for travel to the United States. What documents, photos and information you need to apply for your visa. How to access visa application forms and instructions.

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    Washington, US, 10th July 2024, As the world opens up and international travel resumes, the excitement of exploring the United States is palpable. From bustling cities to serene natural landscapes, the US offers something for every traveler. However, the visa application process can be a complex hurdle.

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    Get all the information you need about visa services and travel requirements for Richmond, VA. Learn about the different types of visas, the application process, and more.

  26. Visa Appointment Wait Times

    Visa Appointment Wait Times Advance travel planning and early visa application are important. If you plan to apply for a nonimmigrant visa to come to the United States as a temporary visitor, please review the current wait time for an interview using the tool below. Not all visa applications can be completed on the day of the interview; please read the information below for more details.

  27. Ease visa application process for those seeking jobs

    Teachers seeking jobs in first-world countries such as the United States of America have urged the government to expedite the visa application process to ease their travel arrangements.

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  29. New visa requirements announced for Botswana, S Africa

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