As you prepare to leave Egypt to come to the U.S., there are several things you need to know in order to make your visa transition go smoothly. You will need to know and understand the process of obtaining a visa, which includes an application, paying fees, providing documentation, and attending a visa interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate. After you receive your U.S. visa—whatever type you are applying for—you will then need to finalize your travel plans, pack your bags, and leave home.
While the process may seem simple enough, there a number of steps involved, and if you are not careful to complete each one, you could be denied your visa. You will need to follow the process as best as you can in order to obtain your visa. This means that you should begin the visa application process early, do your research, and take your time with each step. By taking the time to do research before you begin the process, you will better prepare yourself for what awaits you. In the same vein, you should also do research to better understand the culture and lifestyle that will be all around you when you arrive to the U.S.
The first step in traveling to the U.S. is knowing how to apply for a US visa from Egypt. After you submit your DS-160 online nonimmigrant visa application, you will need to sign up for and attend a visa interview. During the interview, you will asked questions about your trip to the U.S. Questions you are asked may include:
In order to actually sign up for your visa interview, you will need to contact an embassy or consulate located in Egypt. The call center to schedule visa applications is open every day from 8 am to 8 pm. In order to enter the embassy, you will need to have scheduled your interview. If you have not scheduled your interview, then you will be denied entrance. Further, if you are traveling with others, then everyone in the party will need to schedule a separate interview.
Most countries have more than one embassy or consulate location. In Egypt there is an embassy located in both Cairo and Alexandria. The consulate in Alexandria is not equipped to handle visas and visa applications, which means that if you are applying for a visa, you may have to travel to Cairo, if you do not already live there. Individuals applying for visas should be aware that a wait time is advised, so before making the trip, make sure to check the visa wait time in Cairo. Visa wait times in Cairo can range for a month and upwards so advanced preparation is required when planning to visit the U.S. The US Embassy in Egypt recommends non-immigrant visa applicants start the application process at least three months ahead of their intended travel date. You also need to be aware that the embassy in Cairo is extremely busy and wait times can change and fluctuate at a moment’s notice. Be prepared for the possibility that you appointment time could change at a moment’s notice.
You may think that insurance is unnecessary, so you may not research different plans, or you may overlook it entirely. However, you should know a few things about visa insurance and what it provides. When you purchase a plan like Atlas America® insurance from HCC Medical Insurance Services, you receive more than just insurance, you receive helpful benefits that make your planning and your trip much more easy. Atlas America insurance is a great way to protect yourself against the high cost of medical treatment in America. 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 for 15 years.
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