Obtaining a visitor visa to the United States, also known as a B-1 (for business) or B-2 (for tourism or medical treatment), requires a series of actions. In this post, we talk in detail about how you can successfully apply to travel to the USA on a visitor visa:
Determine your visa type:
Determine whether you require a B-1 or B-2 visa based on your intended purpose for the trip. B-1 visas are for commercial purposes, and B-2 visas are for tourism, vacation, visiting family or friends, or medical treatment. Many people fall in the B-2 category, and reasons for travel could include, as mentioned, tourism, vacation, visiting family and friends, medical treatment, attending conferences, weddings, and graduation, among others. Understand that a B-2 visa is for any reason except for business.
Fill out the DS-160 form:
Fill out the DS-160 form online by going to the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) of the United States Department of State. This form asks for your personal information and the purpose of your trip. After filling out the form, you will receive a DS-160 confirmation page with a barcode. Print and save this page for your records.
Pay the Visa Application Fees:
Pay the nonrefundable visa application fee. The fee varies depending on the sort of visa you’re seeking. If applying for a visitor visa in Kenya, you need to have money on Mpesa or cash. They mostly take Mpesa, but when the system goes down, they take cash. Contact your embassy in your home country and find out what mode of payment they accept. We may not quote a price here because the visa fee keeps changing,, but just keep $ 100 in total (not the actual price).
Schedule a Visa Appointment.
Create an account on the United States Visa Information and Appointment Services website (https://ais.usvisa-info.com/). Schedule an appointment with the United States Embassy or Consulate in your native country using the guidelines provided. When arranging your appointment, please be prepared to provide your DS-160 confirmation barcode number.
Gather the required documents:
Prepare the following documents for the visa interview:
Passport: Check that the DS-160 confirmation page is valid for at least six months after your expected stay in the United States.
The receipt for the visa application fee.
One passport-sized photo that meets the U.S. visa photo requirements.
Check out photo examples which will help you take acceptable pictures.
Proof of ties to your home country, such as work, family, or property, demonstrating your wish to return.
Please include proof of your financial ability to fund your travel expenses in the United States, as well as an invitation letter or itinerary (if relevant).
Attend the visa interview.
On the designated date, go to the US Embassy or Consulate for your visa interview. Dress appropriately, and be prepared to discuss your trip plans and goals. While at the US embassy for the visa interview, listen to the questions being asked and project your voice so the officer can hear what you are saying. If you do not hear or understand the question, stay calm and ask him or her to repeat it. Listen to understand the question before you speak. When answering questions, do not give information that you have not been asked for; only say what you are supposed to say. Avoid talking too much; you may find yourself trapped in your own responses.
Biometric Data Collection (If Required):
Some applicants may be asked to supply biometric data, such as fingerprints and a photograph, at the visa application centre on the same day as their interview.
Wait for visa processing:
Following your interview, the consular officer will choose whether to approve or deny your visa application. Processing timeframes can vary, so check the U.S. Department of State’s website for projected wait times in your geographical region. Quiet often; the officer will tell you when your visa will be ready if you have been granted the visa.
Visa Approval & Collection:
If your visa is approved, you will receive a passport with a visa stamp. If your application is declined, you will be provided an explanation for why. If your visa is denied and you have not been given a reason, ask the officer; they always tell you. This information is key, especially for your next visit.
Travel to the United States:
Once you have received your visa, you can begin planning your vacation to the United States. Make sure you follow the visa’s restrictions, such as the duration and purpose of your visit. You will be given a five-year visa, and you are expected to stay in the US for a maximum of six months. Whenever you visit, you have to leave the country.
Furthermore, be truthful and transparent during the application process to improve your chances of approval.
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