Visitor Visa Documents For USA
Applying for a visitor visa can be an extremely stressful process: there are rules, restrictions, and regulations regarding almost every step. One area that can be particularly confusing is what documentation you need to bring to your interview. There are two types of documents, the required documents and then the recommended or supporting documents. It can be confusing, but it isn’t as confusing once you know the difference between the two types.
An important thing to remember about documentation is that every country requires slightly different things. For example, if you are applying for a visitor visa in Berlin, Germany, you have to bring a self-addressed, stamped envelope. But if you live in the United Kingdom, you have to bring a Nonimmigrant Visa Interview Confirmation letter with you to the interview, and you don’t need a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Every country has slightly different requirements, so be sure to do your research. The best place to find information is the United States Embassy webpage that lists all of the U.S. consulates in every country. Be sure to check your own country’s page to make sure you get everything.
Although the documentation is slightly different for each country, there are a few things that are usually the same. In general, plan on bringing:
- The DS-160 confirmation page with barcode
- Valid passport (must be valid for six months after visa expires)
- Previously issued passports
- Visa application fee receipts/proof of payment of visa application fee (MRV fee)
- Supporting documentation
These are the required documents. This list is compiled by looking at the required documents for applicants for a non-immigration visa from different countries. Again, it is very important to check the specific requirements for your country, but you will most likely need all of these items.
Along with the required documents, there are also the recommended documents. These are items that you should bring to the interview as well. They will help you to back up the answers that you give to the interviewer and lend you credibility. The interviewer will look at these documents to aid in deciding whether or not to grant you a visitor visa. There are no specific lists of what to bring, which can make it difficult to know what they are looking for.
There are a few documents that are generally good to bring with you as supporting documents:
- Proof of Employment: This could be as simple as a letter from your employer stating how long you will be away from work and when they expect you to return. Paystubs are also a good idea.
- Proof of Finances: Bank statements going back a few months are a good way to show that you can afford to pay for your trip to the United States. If you own property or real estate, you should bring evidence of that as well. Bank letters stating you have enough money most likely will not be accepted as proof, so bring the actual bank statement.
- Proof of Previous Travel/U.S. Visas: If your country doesn't require old passports, it's a good idea to bring them anyway to use as proof.
- Proof of Travel Plans: An itinerary or travel plan is an excellent thing to bring along if you have already made some arrangements. However, don't purchase plane tickets or make irrevocable travel plans before you have a visa, because you never know if you will be accepted or turned down.
- Proof of Family Ties: You could bring photos of your children or relatives or anything that shows you will be returning to your home country instead of trying to remain in the United States.
- Additional Documentation: Some countries recommend different supporting documents other than what is listed here. Be sure to check with them. If you can think of other documents that may help you, then bring those along, too. It is better to have too many documents than too few.
In general, the interviewers are looking for supporting documents that prove you have a reason to return to your home country. These are just suggestions of things that could be used as supporting documents.
When selecting documentation, the most important thing to remember is to check the website of your country to see what they want you to bring. If you remember to do that, then figuring out what documents you need will be a breeze, and you’ll soon be on your way to the United States.