Sometimes, it can be irritating when you are trying to apply for a visa to a foreign country. The United States of America (USA) has a stringent visa application process. It has many steps but if you follow the instructions carefully, you will be able to get your USA visa. And here is a simple guideline to your USA visa application process.
Before you begin your application procedure, you have to know which category of visa you are applying. The most common category of visa for sightseers, tourists, and general visitors to USA is B1/B2, Business or Tourist visa.
Documents Required To Complete the Application for a USA Visa
Before you start filling in the B1/B2 Visa application, ensure that you have the following documents with you– passport, travel itinerary, resume and dates of your last five visits or trips to the USA, if relevant.
The first step of the USA visa application is to log on to the https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/ and fill in the DS-160 Form for B1/B2 visa application. You will need to upload a soft copy of your photo and to fill in as much information as possible, which includes your contact, address, educational qualifications, addresses you planned to stay in USA.
Smart tip: You can always save your application and retrieve your application up to 30 days from when you started the application.
After you submitted the DS-160 form online, you will receive an application submission receipt email with the Application ID and a bar code. You will need to bring the DS-160 confirmation page with the bar code with you during the interview.
When you apply for any USA visa, the fee is non-refundable. The rate can be found in the following website: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/hk/hk-niv-visafeeinfo.asp. For a B1/B2 visa, the application fee will be $1,280. You need to go to a 7-11 store to pay for the application fee.
After submitting the DS-160 form and paying for the visa fee, you need to schedule an appointment for an interview online. On the day of your visa interview at the U.S. Consulate General, some of the documents you must have include your passport, HKID card, the DS-160 bar code confirmation page, visa application fee receipt, visa appointment letter and any other relevant supporting documents, which may be your bank statement.
At the U.S. Consulate General, you will be fingerprinted. They will ask questions such as why are you travelling to USA, where you plan to stay at, how long you plan to stay there. After that, they will take your passport away and after they make the visa for you, the passport will be mailed back to you.
You can always refers to https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/forms/ds-160--online-nonimmigrant-visa-application/frequently-asked-questions.html for questions regarding to the application.