Step 1. Check the Validity of Your Passport
Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States, unless exempt by country-specific agreements (PDF, 57 KB). If more than one person is included in your passport, each person who needs a visa must submit a separate application.
Step 2. Complete the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160
Please note that you must answer EVERY question on the application forms. If the answer to a question is “none,” please write “none”(Do not leave it blank). Incomplete/incorrect forms will be returned and will require you to schedule a new interview appointment.
Step 3. Collect any Supporting Documentation
Only a passport, DS-160 confirmation page, a 2 x 2 inch color photo not older than 6 months – with a light or white background, and the forms listed in Step 2 are required for the visa interview. Additional documents may be requested to establish if you are qualified. For example, additional requested documents may include evidence of:
- The purpose of your trip;
- Your intent to depart the United States after your trip; and/or
- Your ability to pay all costs of the trip.
Note: Visa applicants must qualify on the basis of the applicant’s residence and ties abroad, rather than assurances from U.S. family and friends. A letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support is not needed to apply for a nonimmigrant tourist visa. If you do choose to bring a letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support to your interview, please remember that it is not one of the factors that we use in determining whether to issue or deny a nonimmigrant tourist visa.
Step 4. Schedule an Interview Appointment
To schedule an appointment for a non-immigrant visa (NIV) interview please call 680-587-2920 ext.2900
Step 5. Submit Your Passport and Visa Application Forms
Bring the completed DS-160 confirmation sheet, forms listed in Step 2, a 2 x 2 inch color photo not older than 6 months, and a valid passport, to the Consular Section on your scheduled interview date. Click for more details on photo requirements.
Step 6. Pay the MRV Fee
On the day of your interview, please be prepared to pay the following nonrefundable visa application fees: $160 for B-1 (Business) and B-2 (Tourism & Visit) nonimmigrant visas; $190 for H, L, O, P, Q, and R visas; and $270 for E visas. Please note we accept cash only, no credit cards or checks.
Step 7. Interview for your visa with the Consular Officer
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.
Ink-free, digital fingerprint scans will be taken as part of your application process. They are usually taken during your interview, but this varies based on location.
Step 8. Pay the Visa Issuance Fee
In some cases, when a visa is approved, the consular officer will advise you that additional fees may apply, depending on the category of visa and/or the nationality of the applicant. Click for more information.
Step 9. Return to Collect Your Passport and Visa
If you are issued the visa, the Consular Section will advise you when to collect your passport or visa. Embassy Hours are Mon-Thurs: 7:30 – 4:30pm and Friday: 7:30 – 2pm.