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Third Country National Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


What is Third Country National visa application?

A Third Country National visa is a visa application or a visa obtained from a U.S. consulate in a country other than your home country.


Who is eligible to apply for a visa as Third Country National?

Foreign nationals who have never been out of status in the U.S. are eligible to apply for a TCN visa. In other words, you must not have remained in the U.S. longer than the period authorized by the Immigration Officer when you entered the U.S. in any visa category.

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What are the documents required to apply for a visa as a Third Country National?

The documents required are:

  • Completed Form DS-156, Nonimmigrant Visa Application
  • Completed Form DS-157, Supplemental Nonimmigrant Visa Application, for all male applicants between the ages of 16 and 45, regardless of nationality
  • Valid passport
  • Recent passport photograph of yourself
  • Visa application fee
  • Previous I-94s, Arrival-Departure Records obtained since you last entered the U.S.
  • Proof of documentation of valid legal status since you last entered the U.S.
  • Approval notice for visa status you are seeking (if approval by USCIS is required)
  • Proof of ties to your home country
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