Exchange visitor Visa can be applied online through the following process.
For Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants
Determine the visa type by reading Common Nonimmigrant Visas. Each visa type explains the qualifications and application items. Choose the visa type that applies to the applicants situation.
Be sure to also review the Visa Waiver Program. If your country
participates in the Visa Waiver Program, no need to apply for a visa
if the person traveling for business or pleasure and will only be
staying in the Unites States for 90 days or less.
Note: If the person is under 14 or over 79 years old, or if you previously received a U.S. visa that expired within the last 48 months or 12 months and and returning to the United States for the same purpose of travel, the person may be able to obtain a visa without coming to the consulate for an interview.
The next step is to complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form. Be sure to read the Guidelines for Completing the DS-160 Form carefully. All information must be correct and accurate. Once the form is submitted, you cannot make any changes. If you need assistance, please consult an immigration lawyer or translator. The call center cannot help you complete your DS-160. The applicant will need the DS-160 number to book your appointment.
Note: If denied visa previously please complete a new Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form.
Once the applicant have determined the correct visa type and completed the DS-160, you must pay the visa fee. The visa fee page lists the visa types and correlating visa fee in US dollars and native currency.
To pay your visa fee, read the Bank and Payment Options page. This page explains how to make your visa fee payment. You will create a profile and must keep your receipt number to book your visa appointment
The applicant is almost ready to schedule the visa appointment. Now the applicant will need to login to the profile with the same credentials used to pay your visa fee. Once the person is in the system, the dashboard will appear. Click on Schedule Appointment on the left-hand side menu. This will start the process for scheduling your appointment.
The applicant must schedule two appointments, one for the Visa Application Center (VAC) and one for the visa interview at the Embassy or Consulate.
First, schedule the visa interview appointment at the Embassy or Consulate.
Second, schedule the appointment at a Visa Application Centre. This appointment will allow you to go to one of the five Visa Application Centre locations to have your fingerprints and photo taken. This appointment must be at least 1 day before your visa interview appointment at the Embassy or Consulate. The applicant will need three pieces of information in order to schedule your appointment:
The date you paid your fee
The ten (10) digit barcode number from your DS-160 confirmation page
As you go through the process you will be able to select your visa type, enter personal data, add dependents, select your document delivery location, confirm visa payment, and schedule the appointment.
For your Visa Application Centre appointment, the applicant will need to bring:
A passport valid for travel to the United States with validity dates at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the United States (unless country-specific agreements provide exemptions). If more than one person is included in your passport, each person desiring a visa must submit an application.
DS-160 confirmation page.
appointment confirmation page.
One photograph as per U.S. visa specifications if the applicant is under 14 years of age. See the Photos and Fingerprints page for more details.
Following your visit to the Visa Application Centre to have your photo and fingerprints taken, the applicant will then visit the U.S. Embassy or Consulate on the date and time of your visa interview. You must bring :
A printed copy of your appointment letter,
DS-160 confirmation page
Current and all old passports
An approved DS-2019 from your U.S. program
Unless your J program is sponsored by the United States Government (with a program code beginning with a "G"), you must present your Form I-901 SEVIS fee receipt indicating you paid the SEVIS fee.
Supporting Documents as per your visa type
Applications without all of these items will not be accepted.
Note: Children under 14 years of age are not required to attend the appointment at the Visa Application Centre or visa interview at the Embassy/Consulate. Accompany/Guardians/Parents can carry the above documents
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