All nonimmigrant visa applicants must appear at the Embassy (except those applying for diplomatic visas). If you have had a B1/B2 visa in the past, you may qualify for the Visa Reissuance Program (VRP) and bypass some of the steps below. See our website for more information on VRP.
For all other applicants, you will follow the process outlined below:
Step 1: Arrive at the Embassy
Applicants are requested to arrive at the Embassy gate at least 15 minutes before the time listed on the appointment letter. The line on the right side is for seafarers, and the line on the left is for all other nonimmigrant visa applicants. Applicants must bring all the basic application requirements: the interview appointment letter, the DS-160 confirmation page, a valid passport, one 2” x 2” photo, and all prior passports and U.S. visas, if available.
Additional documents may be required based on the visa class for which you are applying. Please see our website to view the details for each visa class.
Note: Electronic devices are not permitted on Embassy grounds.
Step 2: Receive a Number
Once through security, applicants must line up and submit their passports and DS-160s at the window. Applicants will receive a small pink slip, which you should fill out correctly in order to avoid any delays later in the process, and a queue number stapled on the left corner of the DS-160. The queue number will be used in the pre-screening, finger-scanning, and interview processes. Applicants then proceed to the Pavilion Waiting Area and wait for Embassy personnel to assist with the interview process.
Step 3: Interview Process
1. Pre-screening (Windows 21-29): checking and verifying information in the application form and confirming who filled out the form
2. Finger scanning (Windows 14-19, except 17): scanning applicants’ fingerprints electronically
3. Interview (Windows 1-13): conversation between the consular officer and the applicant; the consular officer will let you know at the end of the interview if you are qualified for the visa
Make sure to check the queue numbers on the queuing board. Embassy personnel are ready to assist applicants at every step of the process.
For more information, read our blog post “Tips for Your Next Embassy Visit.”