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!
Introducing the new CEAC Status Check. We hope you find it helpful.
Applicants for both immigrant visas and nonimmigrant visas can now check the status of their visa cases online by visiting the CEAC launch page (https://ceac.state.gov/CEAC/) and using the new CEAC Status Check.
To use the CEAC Status Check, you just need to enter your CEAC Barcode and the interview location for NIV cases and the case number for IV cases. The check will return one of the following statuses.
STATUSES FOR NIV APPLICANTS
- No Status:
If you have submitted your online nonimmigrant visa application (DS-160), it has not yet been processed into the visa system. At some locations, your application will remain in this status until you appear for an interview or until your application is ready for review. Please see the embassy or consulate’s website for information on the next steps required for visa processing.
Your case is open and ready for your interview, fingerprints, and required documents. If you have already had your interview, please check your status after two business days. If no interview was required, please check back in two business days for the status of your application.
- Administrative Processing:
Your visa case is currently undergoing necessary administrative processing. This processing can take several weeks. Please follow any instructions provided by the Consular Officer at the time of your interview. If further information is needed, you will be contacted. If your visa application is approved, it will be processed and mailed/available within two business days.
Your visa is in final processing. If you have not received it in more than 10 working days, please see the webpage for contact information of the embassy or consulate where you submitted your application.
The case has been refused for a reason other than those listed in Administrative Processing.
STATUSES FOR IV APPLICANTS
Your case is ready for your interview when scheduled at the U.S. Consular section. If you have already scheduled an appointment for an interview, please prepare your documents as directed in your appointment letter and appear at the consulate on the appointed date and time. Otherwise, please wait until you have been notified of your interview appointment. Additional information about how Immigrant Visa interview appointments are scheduled can be found at: http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/info/info_3731.html
- Administrative Processing:
Your visa case is currently undergoing necessary administrative processing. This processing can take several weeks. Please follow any instructions provided by the Consular Officer at the time of your interview. If further information is needed, you will be contacted. If your visa application is approved, it will be processed and mailed/available within two business days. Under the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act, Immigrant Visas for “Diversity Visas” cannot be issued after September 30th of the year in which you were selected to apply for a Diversity Visa. For example, entrants into the Diversity Visa Program in Fall of 2011 were selected for Diversity Visa 2012 Program, and selectees MUST apply and receive their visa prior to September 30, 2012 otherwise they lose eligibility to receive a Diversity Immigrant Visa, regardless of additional administrative processing.
In addition, please note that some immigrant visas may not be able to be issued if the annual numerical limit for that category has been reached.
Your visa has been printed. Depending on local procedures at the location where you were interviewed, your visa will be mailed or available for pickup soon. If there are further questions, or if we need updated contact information, you will be contacted.
You have been notified that your registration for an immigrant visa was cancelled, and any petition approved on your behalf was also cancelled. We informed you that your application might be reinstated if, within one year, you could establish that your failure to pursue your immigrant visa application was due to circumstances beyond your control.
Since you have failed to do so, the record of your registration and any petition approved on your behalf and all supporting documents have been destroyed; any Department of Labor certification has been returned to your prospective employer.
If you are still interested in obtaining an immigrant visa, the petitioner should contact the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regarding filing a new immigrant visa petition.
- Expiring Soon:
Section 203(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act requires that your registration be canceled and any petition approved on your behalf canceled, if you do not apply for your immigrant visa within one year of being advised to do so.
You were advised of this requirement over 1 year ago, but we have not received a response from you since then. As a result, your application for a visa has been canceled and any petition approved on your behalf has also been canceled.
Your application may be reinstated and any petition revalidated if, within one year, you can establish that your failure to pursue your immigrant visa application was due to circumstances beyond your control. Please provide a written statement to the Embassy or Consulate outlining the circumstances beyond your control and noting that you still wish to pursue this visa petition.
- Return to NVC:
Your case has been returned to the National Visa Center (NVC). Please contact NVC for further information. http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/info/info_3177.html
- Transfer in Progress:
Your Immigrant Visa case has been transferred to another U.S. Consular office. You should check back for your case status at a later date.
- Refused: Case has been Closed – Refused.
Please see the letter you received at your interview for more information.