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Consular Processing - Nonimmigrant - Frequently Asked Questions


What is Consular Processing of nonimmigrant visa?

Consular Processing of nonimmigrant visa is the process by which you apply for a nonimmigrant visa at a U.S. consulate overseas if you are outside the U.S.


What are the documents required for Consular Processing of nonimmigrant visa?

You will require the following documents to apply for a nonimmigrant visa:

  • A completed Form DS-156, Nonimmigrant Visa Application form
  • Two recent (taken within the last six months) black and white or color photographs of size 50mm x 50mm
  • A passport endorsed for travel abroad and valid for return to your country of residence or re-entry into another country. Business travelers, tourists, and other short-term visitors must have a passport valid for at least six months after the intended date of departure from the U.S.
  • Evidence establishing social, economic, and other ties that would compel your departure from the U.S. after a temporary and lawful stay
  • Visa application fee

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Do I need a consulate interview if I have traveled to the U.S. before?

No, a visa application drop-off system is available for repeat travelers to the U.S. You also have the option of scheduling a regular visa interview at the Consular Section, if you do not wish to participate in this program.

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