72 Million! That is the number of international travelers expected to visit the U.S. in 2014. The United States is beautiful. Our cities are vibrant and thriving. Our country is an excellent place to do business. We have so much to offer for both the business and leisure traveler. Now there is a new study that has found travelling keeps you younger! And here is the best part…95% of Malaysians, no matter your religion or cultural background, are issued U.S. visas. Malaysia, stay young and have fun, visit the USA!
Now, how to get started? After you’ve planned your trip you will need to apply for a visa. Please make sure to apply for your visa BEFORE you book your tickets or your hotel.
So what can you do in the U.S. on a B2 tourist visa? A lot:
- Vacation (holiday)
- Visit with friends or relatives
- Medical treatment
- Participate in social events hosted by fraternal, social, or service organizations
- Participate (by amateurs) in musical, sports, or similar events or contests, if not being paid for participating
- Enroll in a short recreational course of study, not for credit toward a degree (for example, a two-day cooking class while on vacation).
To get started on your visa application please visit the following website: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/my
Before your visa Interview
This is where you will fill out your online DS-160 visa application form. Please answer all the questions on the form truthfully and honestly. Your next step is to pay the $160 non-refundable visa application fee. You can pay your nonimmigrant visa application fee with cash at any Standard Chartered Bank.
Now that you have filled out your application and paid your fee you are ready to schedule an interview. Wait times for a visa interview at the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur is short. This week it is only one day, although during peak season it can sometimes go up to five days. You can schedule your visa interview by visiting the following website: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/my/my-niv-appointmentschedule.asp
IMPORTANT! When you come for your interview please bring a print out of your DS-160 confirmation page. You cannot do your visa interview without this.
You will also need your passport valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the U. S. Please also bring one photo and any supporting documents you think you may need.
During your visa interview
During your visa interview, a consular officer will determine whether you are qualified to receive a visa, and if so, which visa category is appropriate based on your purpose of travel. You will need to establish that you meet the requirements under U.S. law to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.
After your interview
Most Malaysians with approved visa applications are able to receive their visas within the next one or two business days. Visas can either be delivered through courier to your home or office or picked up at one of our five Aramex locations around Malaysia.
In some cases your application may require further administrative processing. You will be informed by the consular officer if further processing is necessary for your application.
You can now keep track of your visa application online: https://ceac.state.gov/CEAC/
All Malaysian visa applicants are given all due consideration under and consistent with U.S. law. We strive to make your visa application process efficient and treat all Malaysian visa applicants graciously and equally.
Have a great time in the United States!