Apply for a Visa
Visitors to the United States require nonimmigrant visas. Before applying, know which type of visa suits your purpose of travel. If you plan to permanently relocate to the United States, please visit Immigrant Visas.
Visa Inquires to Stanley
Stanley now handles all telephone and email queries through their new multi-language call center and takes calls from 8:00 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), and 9:00 a.m. to 6:00p.m. on Sunday. Please direct all your email queries now to support-india@ustraveldocs.
How to Apply
Make your appointment through www.ustraveldocs.com/in website or by calling the call center. Create a user account and make TWO appointments; one for biometrics collection at an Offsite Facilitation Center (OFC) and another for visa interview at the Embassy or Consulate.
Carry with You to the Interview:
- Your valid passport and previously issued passports
- The DS-160 confirmation page with barcode
- Appointment letter
- H, L, and other petition-based visa applicants may bring copies of the I-797, I-129 and other petition-related documents
- F, M students must bring the SEVIS receipt and I-20.
- J exchange visitors must bring the SEVIS receipt and DS-2019.
- Science and technology applicants may require additional processing. Bring supporting documents to minimize the processing time.
6. Due to security concerns and space limitations, U.S. consular sections do not permit interested parties such as friends, relatives, attorneys or business contacts to attend the visa interview with the applicant.
If an interested party wishes to provide information to a specific consular section concerning a particular visa applicant, they are encouraged to supply this information directly to the applicant. The applicant can then bring this information to the visa interview.
Delivery or Pick Up
Issued visas can be picked up at no extra charge at one of 33 document pick-up locations across India. Delivery can take up to seven business days but is normally much faster.
· See our YouTube video on the visa process here.
Interview Waiver Program
Visa Waiver Program
If you are not a citizen of India or Bhutan, and your country participates in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), you may be exempt from the visa and interview requirement.
Interview Waivers for Adults 80 Years or Older
If you are 80 years or older and have not been refused a visa in the last year, you may request an interview waiver following this procedure.
Interview Waiver for Children Under 14 Years Old
Children under 14 years of age are no longer required to appear for a nonimmigrant visa interview at any Post in India. This exemption covers all nonimmigrant visas, including B1/B2, H4 and L2 visa categories. Please follow the instructions on www.ustraveldocs.com/in to apply.
Note: Parents/guardians must submit the following documents if applicable: the parents’ or guardians’ U.S. visa numbers or copy of their confirmation page for their interview, if parents are applying at the same time, the purpose of the visit, the names of persons to be visited in the U.S., and evidence of the applicant's ties to India. Visa issuance for those not appearing in person is not guaranteed. After reviewing the application, the Embassy or Consulate may in some cases require the child to appear in person.
Interview Waiver for Returning Students
Students on F1 visas, returning to the same program at the same school, are eligible for the Interview Waiver Program. Students must present a valid I-20 from the same program in order to qualify.
Interview Waiver for H1-B and Individual L1-A and L1-B Visa Holders
If you hold an H1-B or Individual L1-A or L1-B visa that expired within the last 12 months, you may qualify for the Interview Waiver Program. To qualify, the petitioner must be the same as on your initial visa, however, the end client need not be the same. You must present a current, valid I-129, LCA, Petitioner Letter to USCIS and pay slips showing your salary for the preceding three (3) months.
What Not to Bring
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