An applicant’s eligibility for a tourist visa will be determined at the time of the interview with a consular officer. To qualify for a visa, the applicant must be able to prove that he or she is not an intending immigrant by demonstrating sufficiently strong familial, social, professional, and economic ties to a country outside the United States that would compel return after a temporary stay in the U.S.
Consular officers will look at each application individually and consider the applicant’s travel plans and ties outside the U.S. that would ensure departure after a temporary visit. Consular officers generally use the information in the DS-160 application to process the visa application and, combined with a personal interview, determine an applicant’s eligibility for a tourist visa.
Applicants may bring supporting documents to validate their purpose of travel and ties to their home country. Examples of supporting documents are invitation letters from U.S. sponsors, employment certification, and bank statements. All documents must be originals. The Nonimmigrant Visa Unit does not accept documents before the interview.
However, applicants must be aware that presentation of supporting documents does not guarantee visa issuance. Supporting documents may or may not be requested from visa applicants, and consular officers often do not look at them. Consular officers may choose to look at supporting documents only when there are items in the application form or in the interview that require clarification. If an officer would like to view your documents, he/she will ask for them during the interview. There is no need to present documents if the officer does not ask for them.
An affidavit of support, sponsors’ bank statements and guarantee letters, and posting of bonds are not requirements for tourist visa applicants. These are not considered as familial, social, economic, or professional ties that can affect the applicant’s eligibility for a visa. Each applicant will be evaluated on his/her own merits, and not on the merits of his/her sponsor in the U.S.