U.S. Visa from Indonesia

Traveling to the U.S. from Indonesia on a nonimmigrant visa is an experience you will never forget. From seeing new places, to meeting new people, and experiencing a new culture, you will have the opportunity to create so many wonderful memories. However, before you can start doing all of those things, you will have to go through the process of obtaining a visa.

This process can be overwhelming at times and somewhat intimidating at first, but after you review what is required and know the steps involved, the process will be much easier. You should also know that before you travel to the U.S., the transition between Indonesian culture and the culture of the U.S. can be a little challenging. There are differences in everyday life that you will notice right away, and the best way to cope with these differences is to be prepared to meet them. So, before you start the visa application process and before you leave home, make sure you know and understand how everything works.

How the Visa Process Works

Before you can ever leave your home country, you will need to obtain a U.S. visa. Though the visa process may appear complicated at first, once you read through all of the steps and understand what is needed, it’s not that complex. Like all things, you must start at the beginning, and the first thing you will need to do is figure out what type of visa is applicable to your situation.

  • Business, Tourism, and Medical Treatment: If you are traveling to the U.S. for a business meeting of some sort, on holiday, or to receive medical treatment, then you are most likely going need to apply for a B type visa.
  • Students and Exchange Visitors: Most students will need to apply for an F or M type visa. However, if you are a student entering an exchange program or if you qualify for a different exchange program, then you will need to apply for the J type visa.
  • Temporary Workers: For those that have found temporary employment in the U.S., you will need to apply for a temporary worker visa. These visas range from seasonal workers, specialty workers, and artists.

After you have determined which visa you need to apply for, it is time to start the actual application. In order to get the process started, you will need to fill out and submit form DS-160, which is the online nonimmigrant visa application. Once you have completed the application, it is time to schedule a visa interview. In order to actually obtain your visa, you must attend a visa interview with a consular officer. To schedule the interview you will need to first locate the closest embassy or consulate office.

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Apply for a US Visa in Indonesia

Before you attend your visa interview, there are several documents and supporting information you will want to gather prior to your interview. You can apply for a visa in Surabaya or Jakarta, and you can schedule your interview online. The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta keeps visa interview wait times available on their website so you can plan in advance on how long it may take to process your application and be ready for an interview. Qualified applications are also able to be reissued visas without another interview if they are qualified applicants as part of the U.S.-Indonesian Comprehensive Partnership. The U.S. Department of State also provides you with visa processing wait time and wait times for your interview. Plan ahead to make sure you can obtain your visa by the necessary date.

These documents are used during the interview with the consular officer to determine if you are eligible for a visa. You will want to make sure you have all of these documents with you when you go to the interview.

  • Passport: You must bring your passport to the interview to show the consular officer. Your passport is used to determine the legitimacy of your nationality and to double-check information like birth date. Your passport must not only be valid during the time you will be in the U.S., but it must be valid for six months after the intended visa period is over.
  • DS-160 Confirmation and Receipt: After you complete your online nonimmigrant application, you will be provided with confirmation information on a receipt. It is important that you print this sheet and bring it with you to your interview because it will show that you have actually submitted an application and paid the fee.
  • Photograph: Depending on the type of visa you are applying for, you will need to submit one or two passport-sized photographs of yourself. These photos must be of your face, with a neutral facial expression, and in front of a white background. The U.S. department of State provides a full list of photograph requirements.
  • Proof of Insurance: While you may not be required to have visa insurance when traveling from Indonesia to the U.S., it is highly recommended that you purchase visa insurance. Travel medical insurance, unlike your domestic policy, will keep you covered as you travel in the U.S.
  • Evidence of Purpose: Not only will you need to explain the purpose of your trip to the consular officer, but you will also need to provide evidence to support your purpose for traveling. If you are a student, you can use acceptance letters from your school. If you are traveling for business or work, simply use documents from your job, such as a contract. And those that are traveling for fun will need to provide documents about where you are going and what you will be doing.
  • Evidence of Finances: The consular officer will need to make sure that you have sufficient financial stability to support yourself on your trip. In some cases you may be relying on family members, employers, or other forms of financial support, and you will need to provide documentation to prove that.
  • Visa Application Fee: Your application fee is dependent on the type of visa you are applying for. For non-petition visas, like the B types and student visas, you will need to pay a 160 U.S. dollar fee. For those that are applying for temporary work visas, you will need to pay a petition-based fee of 190 U.S. dollars.
  • Visa Issuance Fee: After you receive your visa, you may need to pay an issuance fee. The U.S. Department of State provides you with a list of fees broken down by country. Use the table to determine how much you may need pay, if you have to pay at all.

Insurance While in the U.S.

Atlas America insurance is an excellent way to protect yourself against the high cost of medical treatment in America. Medical insurance comes in many variations from many companies in the U.S. Atlas America insurance from HCC Medical Insurance allows you the security of knowing you are covered by a company that has been taking care of American visitors from Indonesia for many years.

Key Health Benefits for US Visitors from Indonesia

Covered Benefits Included with Atlas Travel® insurance
Guaranteed Acceptance Yes: No medical underwriting is required for eligible individuals. See the Description of Coverage for full eligibility.
Coverage for pre-existing conditions (excludes chronic and congenital conditions) Limited: Up to medical coverage maximum lifetime for eligible medical expenses for the acute onset of a pre-existing condition. See the Description of Coverage for more details.
100% coverage for accidents and injuries outside the U.S. Yes: We will pay 100% of eligible medical expenses after the deductible, up to the overall maximum limit of the policy. See the Description of Coverage for more details.
100% coverage for accidents and injuries within the U.S Yes: For eligible expenses within the PPO Network. See the Description of Coverage for more details
Sports coverage at no additional charge Yes: Coverage for eligible injuries or illnesses related to sports activities. See the Description of Coverage for limitations.
Emergency medical evacuations available 24/7 Yes, $1,000,000 in coverage regardless of policy maximum
Complete online enrollment capabilities & immediate fulfillment Yes: Selecting 'Yes' to online fulfillment when purchasing will ensure your policy information will be available to print once your application has been processed and your credit card approved.
Crisis response benefit Yes: $10,000 certificate period maximum covering losses resulting from kidnapping or express kidnapping. See the Description of Coverage for more details.
Personal liability benefit Yes: $10,000 lifetime maximum to offset member expenses due to third-party injury or damage/loss of third-party personal property or related-third-party personal property. This benefit applies only for court-entered eligible judgments or approved settlements. See the Description of Coverage for more details.

*The above is a select list of benefits. Some limitations and exclusions may apply. Please review the description of coverage for details.

Atlas America® Insurance Fast Facts

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Traveling to the U.S. for any reason is sure to be an exciting time for you. Whether you are traveling for a job, for business, as a student, or simply to visit, you are going to run into some things that you may not understand. No matter how much preparation and studying you do about the cultural differences, you are still going to be surprised. This is okay and natural. You should expect it, and when culture shock does happen, do not close yourself off. If you do not understand something, then ask questions. You will be far better off to ask questions than to risk offending someone. And remember to have fun while you explore the U.S.!

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