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Visa Note & Fee

This section gives you all details on visa rules and information. Here, you will find detailed information on all kinds of Visa, rules on visitor policies, visa forms and visa fees.

The visa section of the U.S. Embassy, New Delhi, U.S. Consulate General, Chennai, and U.S. Consulate General, Mumbai conduct non-immigrant visa interviews by appointment only, during from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, from Monday to Friday (except for holidays and other closures). The Embassy and Consulates are closed for public on the last Wednesday of every month.

Usually, a citizen of a foreign country who intends to enter the United States must first get a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. Citizens of qualified countries can pay visit to the US without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program. All travelers coming to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program must obtain authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) system before initiating travel to the United State.

If the applicant do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program (Note: Indian Nationals do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program) or are traveling to work, study, participate in an exchange program, or any other purpose which doesn’t fall under a ‘B’ visa purpose of travel, the applicant will require a nonimmigrant visa.

Visas for Applicants under 7 and over 80

Overview: Non-Immigrant Visa Interview Waivers for Applicants under 7 Years of Age and Over 80.

Please go through this information for the requirements of nonimmigrant visa interview waiver for applicants less than 7 years of age and more than 80 applied at any U.S. Consular office in India (Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad or Kolkata).

Requirements:

Applicants under 7 years of age or more than 80 from the date of application submission doesn’t need to appear for a nonimmigrant visa interview at any Post in India. Such applicants may submit their visa applications through the Interview Waiver Program. All other rules, requirements and fees for those under 7 years of age and over 80 stay the same.

Supporting Documents

All applicants must include the following documents when submitting their applications:

    • The applicant’s valid passport.
    • A completed DS-160 application barcode.
    • A visa fee receipt (with both copies) for the present visa application fee.
    • Valid visa copy of the same visa category of either of the parents in which the child is applying (case specific).

Note: Parents having the appointment scheduled together with the child under 7 years of age should submit the requisite above documents during the time of their Interview at Embassy / Consulate. It should be noted that the issuance of Visa for applicants not appearing in person is not guaranteed. The Embassy / Consulate may in some cases, after evaluating an application, ask the child / children to appear in person.

Application Items

If you apply for a business / tourist visa, you must submit the following:

    • A Non-immigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) Form. Visit the DS-160 webpage for more details about the DS-160.
    • A passport valid for travel to the United States with a validity date of at least six months beyond applicant’s intended period of stay in the United States (unless country-specific agreements provide any exemptions). If over one person is included in applicant’s passport, each person desiring a visa must submit an application.
    • A receipt showing payment of applicant’s US$160 non-refundable nonimmigrant visa application processing fee paid in local currency. This web page has more information about paying this fee. If a visa is issued, there may be an additional visa issuance reciprocity fee, depending on applicant’s nationality. The Department of State’s website can help applicant find out if applicant must pay a visa issuance reciprocity fee and what the fee amount is.
    • In addition to these items, applicants must present an interview appointment letter confirming that he / she booked an appointment through the systematic service. Applicants may also bring whatever supporting documents which they may believe support the information provided to the consular officer.

How to Apply

Step 1: Pay the visa application fee:

Note: Applicants are limited to the number of times they can rearrange their appointments. Please plan accordingly so that applicants are not required to pay another visa application fee. Visa application fees are non- refundable.

In order to ensure the proper amount is paid and activated a timely manner, applicants are required to first create a profile HERE (on here button the page should jump to following link): (//cgifederal.secure.force.com/) and choose the Schedule Appointment option. On the payment confirmation screen, the applicant will be presented with payment options and further information / details of ‘how to initiate payment’. Applicants must note that it can take up to 2 business days from time of payment for your receipt to be activated.
A. National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT):

Applicants can pay their Machine Readable Visa (MRV) Fee using the popular and suitable NEFT payment system as well.
If applicant’s bank supports NEFT Payments, then he / she may pay the nonimmigrant visa application fee with a NEFT transfer directly from his / her bank account. Over 87, 000 bank branches are facilitated with the service of making NEFT payments. Applicant may also make his / her NEFT payment through online banking or mobile banking meaning he / she do not have to visit the nearest bank branch. Applicants should also be aware that the bank may apply charges to his / her account for NEFT transactions.

After logging into the profile and while on the payment confirmation screen, applicant will receive a unique account number to which he / she will send the NEFT payment. Applicants must make only one payment per unique account number as there are the payment is non-refundable.

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT APPLICANT SHOULD KEEP THE UNIQUE ACCOUNT NUMBER THAT HE / SHE ACTUALLY USE TO MAKE HIS / HER NEFT PAYMENT. Applicant must have this number as proof of payment in order to schedule the visa interview appointment. It is the applicant’s duty to save this number. If not, applicant may not be able to schedule an interview with your payment.
B. Payment by Mobile Phone (IMPS):

Applicants having a mobile phone may pay their MRV Fee via their phone using the IMPs system, however, the applicant must be pre-registered with their bank to complete payment via their mobile phone and be in possession of a valid MPIN.
Payment of Visa fees shall be made in Indian Rupees (INR) and must be the exact amount as listed on the payment confirmation screen available after logging into your profile (on //cgifederal.secure.force.com/)

Applicants can initiate an IMPS payment via SMS to their bank or via the m-banking facility provided by their financial institution.

Applicants should enter the correct Beneficiary Mobile Number, Beneficiary MMID number and correct amount(s).
Please note, many banks operate a payment limit of INR 5,000/- per transaction. To see a list of daily limits employed by India banks, please click here the word should jump to the following link- //www.npci.org.in/impsmerpayp2p.aspx:

After successful payment verification, applicant will receive a SMS containing the 12 digit IMPS reference number. Applicants should then enter the IMPS reference number after logging into their profile. Once verified, the applicants will be able to proceed to the appointment scheduling stage.
Applicants must note that it is very important to pay the correct fee as paying the incorrect amount may cause delays in scheduling their appointment.

Applicants who make the payment via the IMPS system during regular business hours (9AM – 5PM) will be able to schedule their appointment within 3 hours. Applicants who make their payment after 6PM will be able to schedule their appointment after 9AM in the next business day.
C. Cash – Over the Counter (AXIS Bank / Citibank):

You can pay your non-immigrant visa application fee in cash at any of the designated AXIS or Citibank branches. Before going to the bank, applicant must take print and carry the applicable U.S. visa fee collection slip available after logging into the profile. Take the completed fee collection slip to the bank when applicant pays his / her fee. After receiving the payment, the bank will give applicant a receipt. Values are shown in (USD); however the Fee payable is in Indian Rupees (INR) at the current Consular Exchange rate.

Locations:

Visit the following link for bank locations: //www.ustraveldocs.com/in/in-loc-bank.asp#locations

D. Cash – Over the Counter at DRUK Bank:

Applicant can pay his / her non-immigrant visa application fee in cash at any of 4 DRUK Bank branch. Before going to the bank, applicants must print and carry the applicable U.S. visa fee collection slip available after logging into the profile. Take the completed fee collection slip to the bank when he / she pays the fee. Applicants must make sure that they pay the exact amount indicated on the deposit slip. After receiving the payment, the bank will give you a receipt. Values are shown in U.S. dollars (USD); however the Fee payable is in Bhutan Ngultrums (BT)

Restrictions:

Applicants must know that visa application fee is non-refundable and one cannot transfer it to another person. Applicants will get a receipt after paying the application fee. The receipt remains valid for one year from the date of payment and permits the applicant to schedule the interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Thus, applicants must schedule their interview while the receipt is valid, which means the interview must be booked within one year of paying the fee. If applicants do not schedule an interview within a year of payment then it will expire and they won’t be able to schedule an interview and will need to pay the fee again and begin the process again in the same manner.

Step 2: About the Form DS-160

The Form DS-160 is online here (it should jump on the following link- //ceac.state.gov/genniv/).

You can find information and an FAQ about the DS-160 here (it should jump on the following link- //travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/forms/ds-160–online-nonimmigrant-visa-application/frequently-asked-questions.html).

Step 3: The Appointment

Now the applicant can schedule his / her appointment on this web page appeared. The applicant will require the following three important details in order to schedule his / her appointment:

    • Applicant’s passport number.
    • The date applicant paid his / her fee.
    • The ten (10) digit barcode number from applicant’s DS-160 confirmation page.

Step 4: Visiting the US Embassy or Consulate for Visa Interview

Applicants are requested to visit the U.S. Embassy or Consulate on the date and time of the visa interview. They must bring a printed copy of his / her appointment letter, DS-160 confirmation page, one photograph (taken within the last six months), present and all old passports, and the original visa fee payment receipt. Applications without all of the mentioned items won’t be accepted.

Offsite Collection Services:

After the completion of the online application, most of the applicants will be required to have an appointment at an Offsite Facilitation Center (OFC) prior to their appointment at the Consular Sections. The Biometric information such as digital photographs and fingerprints will be collected at the OFC.

Applicants applying for US visas are required to appear in person twice. One, for an appointment at the OFC and Second, for the visa interview at the US Embassy or Consulate.

Applicant should schedule the OFC appointment at least one day before the interview appointment date. Applicants can schedule both appointments, either online using this website or through the call center.

Supporting Documents

Applicants will need to bring the following:

    • A passport with validity to travel to the United States with validity date at least six months beyond the intended period of stay in the United States (unless country-specific agreements provide exemptions). If over one person is included in applicant passport, each person wishing a visa must submit an application.
    • Applicant’s DS-160 confirmation page.
    • Applicant’s appointment confirmation page.

OFC Operation Hours:

    • Monday to Friday – 0800 to 1700 hrs.
    • Sunday – 1300 to 1800 hrs.

OFC Locations

    • Mumbai: Trade Center, Gr. Floor, G Block, Bandrakurla Complex, Bandra East, Mumbai – 400041
    • Chennai: No 3, Cenotaph Road, Teynampet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu – 600018
    • Hyderabad: 502, Gowra Grand, S. P. Road, Begumpet, Secunderabad – 500003
    • Kolkata: Jasmine Tower, 31, Shakespeare Sarani (1st Floor), Kolkata – 700017
  • Delhi: S – 1 American Plaza, (Hotel Eros Managed by Hilton), International Trade Tower, Nehru Place, New Delhi – 110019

Photograph Requirements across all cases:

The photograph should measure 50 mm X 50 mm, should not be older than 6 months, should be taken against a white or off-white background and with the head-centred in the frame. The head (measured from the top of the hair to the bottom of the chin) must measure between 25 mm to 35 mm with the eye level between 28 mm and 35 mm from the bottom of the photo. The specific photograph requirements are as follows:

    • The photo must be a full face view in which the visa applicant is facing the camera directly.
    • The applicant should not look down or to either side, and the face should cover about 50 percent of the photo area.
    • Side or angled views are NOT acceptable.
    • The photo should be in colour, and must have only a white or off-white background. Photos with dark, busy, or patterned backgrounds will not be accepted.
    • In general, the applicant’s head, including both face and hair, should be shown from the crown of the head to the tip of the chin on top and bottom and from hairline side-to-side. It would also be preferable that ears be exposed.
    • Head coverings and hats are only acceptable due to religious beliefs, and even then, may not cover any portion of the applicant’s face.
    • Sunglasses or other wear that detracts from the face are not suitable unless required for medical reasons, for example, an eye patch.
    • A photo of an applicant wearing a traditional facemask or veil that does not permit adequate identification is not permitted.
    • Photos of military, airline, or other personnel wearing hats are not permitted.
    • A photo of an applicant wearing tribal, national costume, or other headgear not religious in nature, is not acceptable.
    • A photo of a minor child must contain no one else. If the child needs to be supported, the means of support should not be in the camera’s frame.
    • Group photos are NOT permitted. As a separate visa is issued to each qualified applicant, a photo of each applicant is required.
    • Digital photos must meet all the requirements and reproduced without any dot patterns or pixels being visible.
    • Digitally scanned photos and photocopied photos are NOT acceptable. Photographs in original are only acceptable.
    • Photographs which have been digitally altered or retouched will NOT acceptable. The applicant’s appearance and the background of the picture must also not be altered.

Visa Categories

  • Non-Immigrant Visa: Tourist
  • Business
  • Student
  • Temporary Work Visa

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Name: United States of America

Location: North America

Time: The USA spans six time zones from IST (-) 10 1/2 hrs to IST (-) 15 1/2 hrs

Capital: Washington DC

Language: English 82.1%, Spanish 10.7%, other Indo-European 3.8%, Asian and Pacific island 2.7%, other 0.7% (2000 census) Area:9,809,155 sq kmsPopulation:316,668,567 (July 2013 est.)

National Day: 4 Jul (Independence Day)

Currency: US Dollar (USD) 1 = INR 56.19

Holidays: YEAR 2014: 1 Jan – New Year’s Day, 20 Jan – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 17 Feb – Presidents’ Day, 26 May – Memorial Day, 4 Jul – Independence Day, 1 Sep – Labour Day, 13 Oct – Columbus Day, 11 Nov – Veterans’ Day, 17 Nov – Thanksgiving Day, 25 Dec – Christmas Day.

International Airports: Boston, Chicago, Detroit Metropolitan, Fort Worth (Dallas), Houston, John F Kennedy (New York), Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington – Dulles and many more.

Diplomatic Representations

In this section, you can download the visa forms for the destination country according to your requirement and purpose of the tour. However, one must note that submission / acceptation of forms will subject to the visa rules and regulations of the country.

    • Visa Forms are not available for this country. Applicants can refer to the respective country’s official website for more details.

New Delhi

Name:Embassy of the United States of America

Address:Shantipath, Chanakyapuri

City:New Delhi – 110 021

Country:India

Telephone:2419 8000 / 2419 0102 to 0108 (Consul Section)

Fax:2419 8587

Timings:Mon to Fri

Office Timings:0830 to 1730 hrs

Visa Timings:0830 to 1000 hrs

Email:infousdelhi@vfshelpline.com(Nonimmigrant visas), infousdelhi@vfshelpline.com (Immigrant visas)

Notes:Visa is handled. States of Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal and Bhutan.Â

Territory Jurisdiction:Visa is handled for Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Bhutan, and the Union Territories of Chandigarh and New Delhi.

Website://newdelhi.usembassy.gov/


New Delhi

Name:Visa Facilitation Services (VFS)

Address:S-1, American Plaza, (Hotel Eros Managed by Hilton), International Trade Tower, Nehru Place

City:New Delhi-110019

Country:India

Telephone: 0120- 6602222, 022- 6720 9400

Email:infousdelhi@vfshelpline.com

Territory Jurisdiction:Serving Embassy New Delhi.

Collection Timings:1630 hrs to 1700 hrs.


Mumbai

Name:Consulate General of the United States of America

Address:C-49, G-Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (East)

City:Mumbai – 400 051

Country:India

Telephone: 022- 2672 4000

Fax:2363 0350

Timings:Mon to Fri

Office Timings:0815 to 1700 hrs

Visa Timings:0815 to 1100 hrs

Territory Jurisdiction:Visa is handled for Maharashtra, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, and the Union Territories of Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

Website://mumbai.usconsulate.gov


Mumbai

Name:Visa Facilitation Services (VFS)

Address:Trade Center, Gr. Floor, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East

City:Mumbai – 400 041

Country:India

Telephone: 0120- 6602222, 022- 6720 9400

Email:infousmumbai@vfshelpline.com

Notes:Note (03rd April, 2010): Applicants who have appeared for an interview at the American Consulate General Mumbai and who wish to personally collect their passport across the counter, please note that the Counter Collection hours have been revised. Passports may be collected between 1700hrs to 1730hrs. (5:00 PM-5:30 PM, IST) with effect Monday April 5, 2010.

Territory Jurisdiction:Serving Consulate General Mumbai.

Collection Timings:1700 hrs to 1730 hrs.


Kolkata

Name:Consulate General of the United States of America

Address:5/1, Ho Chi Minh Sarani

City:Kolkata – 700 071

Country:India

Telephone: 033- 3984 2400 (0800 to 1300 hrs & 1400 to 1700 hrs.)

Fax:033- 2282 2335

Timings:Mon to Fri

Office Timings:0800 to 1700 hrs

Visa Timings:0830 to 1130 hrs

Territory Jurisdiction:Visa is handled for Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Jharkhand, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, and West Bengal

Website://kolkata.usconsulate.gov


Kolkata

Name:Visa Facilitation Services (VFS)

Address:Jasmine Tower, 31, Shakespeare Sarani

City:Kolkata – 700 017

Country:India

Telephone:0120- 6602222, 022- 6720 9400

Email:infousKolkata@vfshelpline.com

Territory Jurisdiction:Serving Consulate General Kolkata.

Collection Timings:1630 hrs to 1700 hrs.


Chennai

Name:Consulate General of the United States of America

Address:220, Anna Salai, Gemini Circle

City:Chennai – 600 006

Country:India

Telephone:044- 2857 4000/ 2857 4242/ 2811 2000 / 2811 2060

Fax:2811 2027/ 2811 2022 / 2811 2020/ 2857 4307

Timings:Mon to Fri

Office Timings:0830 to 1730 hrs.

Visa Timings:0815 to 1100 hrs (As per web appointment)

Territory Jurisdiction:Visa is handle for Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and the Union Territories of Lakshadweep Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Website://chennai.usconsulate.gov


Chennai

Name:Visa Facilitation Services (VFS)

Address:No. 3, Cenotaph Road, Teynampet

City:Chennai – 600 018

Country:India

Telephone:0120- 6602222, 022- 6720 9400

Email:infouschennai@vfshelpline.com

Territory Jurisdiction:Serving Consulates General Chennai and Hyderabad.

Collection Timings:1630 hrs to 1700 hrs.


Bangalore

Name:U.S. Visa Application Centre

Address:2nd Floor, Prestige Atrium, Unit No 304, 1, Central Street

City:Bangalore – 560 001

Country:India

Telephone:0120- 6602222, 022- 6720 9400

Email:info@vfs-usa.co.in

Territory Jurisdiction:Serving Consulates General Chennai and Hyderabad.

Collection Timings:1630 hrs to 1700 hrs.


Jalandhar

Name:U.S. Visa Application Centre

Address:3rd Floor, The Axis, Near BMC Chowk, GT Road

City:Jalandhar– 144 001

Country:India

Telephone:0120- 6602222, 022- 6720 9400

Email:infousdelhi@vfshelpline.com

Territory Jurisdiction:Serving Embassy New Delhi.

Collection Timings:1630 hrs to 1700 hrs.


Chandigarh

Name:Visa Facilitation Services (VFS)

Address:SCO-186-187, Sector 8C , Madhya Marg

City:Chandigarh – 160 009

Country:India

Telephone:0120- 6602222, 022- 6720 9400

Territory Jurisdiction:Serving Embassy New Delhi.

Collection Timings:1630 hrs to 1700 hrs.


Vijayawada

Name:Visa Facilitation Services (VFS)

Address:No. 43 – 13- 4,Ben Circle, Chandramoulipuram

City:Vijayawada – 520 010

Country:India

Telephone:0120- 6602222, 022- 6720 9400

Collection Timings:1630 hrs to 1700 hrs.


Ernakulam

Name:Visa Facilitation Services (VFS)

Address:3C, South Point Hinton,Chittoor Road,Near Kasba Police Station,Kacheripady

City:Ernakulam – 682018

Country:India

Telephone:0120- 6602222, 022- 6720 9400

Territory Jurisdiction:Serving Consulates General Chennai.

Collection Timings:1630 hrs to 1700 hrs.


Ahmedabad

Name:Visa Facilitation Services (VFS)

Address:Gujarat Chambers Building,Shri Ambika Mills,Ashram Road

City:Ahmedabad – 300009

Country:India

Telephone:0120- 6602222, 022- 6720 9400

Collection Timings:1630 hrs to 1700 hrs.


Pune

Name:Visa Facilitation Services (VFS)

Address:106, Sohrab Hall,1st Floor, Sassoon Road,Behind Pune Station Junction

City:Pune – 411001

Country:India

Telephone:0120- 6602222, 022- 6720 9400

Notes:If you are resident in India, you are required to appear for an interview at the visa section having jurisdiction over the territory where you have been resident during the past six months.

Collection Timings:1630 hrs to 1700 hrs.


Secunderabad Hyderabad

Name:U.S. Consulate General

Address:Paigah Palace, 1-8-323, Chiran Fort Lane, Begumpet

City:Secunderabad – 500 003 (Hyderabad)

Country:India

Telephone:040- 4033-8300 / 0120 – 6611411 (8:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m) Monday through Friday

Timings:Mon to Fri

Office Timings:0800 to 1700 hrs.

Email:infoushyderabad@vfshelpline.com, HydCEA@state.gov(Consular Section)

Territory Jurisdiction:Visa is handle for Andhra Pradesh and Orissa.

Website://hyderabad.usconsulate.gov

Collection Timings:1630 hrs to 1700 hrs.


Hyderabad

Name:US Visa Application Centre

Address:502, Gowra Grand, S.P.Road, Begumpet, Secunderabad

City:Hyderabad- 500016

Country:India

Telephone:0120- 6602222, 022- 6720 9400

Email:infoushyderabad@vfshelpline.com

Territory Jurisdiction:Serving Consulates General Chennai and Hyderabad

Collection Timings:1630 hrs to 1700 hrs.

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Visa Note & Fee

This section gives you all details on visa rules and information. Here, you will find detailed information on all kinds of Visa, rules on visitor policies, visa forms and visa fees.

The visa section of the U.S. Embassy, New Delhi, U.S. Consulate General, Chennai, and U.S. Consulate General, Mumbai conduct non-immigrant visa interviews by appointment only, during from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, from Monday to Friday (except for holidays and other closures). The Embassy and Consulates are closed for public on the last Wednesday of every month.

Usually, a citizen of a foreign country who intends to enter the United States must first get a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. Citizens of qualified countries can pay visit to the US without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program. All travelers coming to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program must obtain authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) system before initiating travel to the United State.

If the applicant do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program (Note: Indian Nationals do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program) or are traveling to work, study, participate in an exchange program, or any other purpose which doesn’t fall under a ‘B’ visa purpose of travel, the applicant will require a nonimmigrant visa.

Visas for Applicants under 7 and over 80

Overview: Non-Immigrant Visa Interview Waivers for Applicants under 7 Years of Age and Over 80.

Please go through this information for the requirements of nonimmigrant visa interview waiver for applicants less than 7 years of age and more than 80 applied at any U.S. Consular office in India (Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad or Kolkata).

Requirements:

Applicants under 7 years of age or more than 80 from the date of application submission doesn’t need to appear for a nonimmigrant visa interview at any Post in India. Such applicants may submit their visa applications through the Interview Waiver Program. All other rules, requirements and fees for those under 7 years of age and over 80 stay the same.

Supporting Documents

All applicants must include the following documents when submitting their applications:

    • The applicant’s valid passport.
    • A completed DS-160 application barcode.
    • A visa fee receipt (with both copies) for the present visa application fee.
    • Valid visa copy of the same visa category of either of the parents in which the child is applying (case specific).

Note: Parents having the appointment scheduled together with the child under 7 years of age should submit the requisite above documents during the time of their Interview at Embassy / Consulate. It should be noted that the issuance of Visa for applicants not appearing in person is not guaranteed. The Embassy / Consulate may in some cases, after evaluating an application, ask the child / children to appear in person.

Application Items

If you apply for a business / tourist visa, you must submit the following:

    • A Non-immigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) Form. Visit the DS-160 webpage for more details about the DS-160.
    • A passport valid for travel to the United States with a validity date of at least six months beyond applicant’s intended period of stay in the United States (unless country-specific agreements provide any exemptions). If over one person is included in applicant’s passport, each person desiring a visa must submit an application.
    • A receipt showing payment of applicant’s US$160 non-refundable nonimmigrant visa application processing fee paid in local currency. This web page has more information about paying this fee. If a visa is issued, there may be an additional visa issuance reciprocity fee, depending on applicant’s nationality. The Department of State’s website can help applicant find out if applicant must pay a visa issuance reciprocity fee and what the fee amount is.
    • In addition to these items, applicants must present an interview appointment letter confirming that he / she booked an appointment through the systematic service. Applicants may also bring whatever supporting documents which they may believe support the information provided to the consular officer.

How to Apply

Step 1: Pay the visa application fee:

Note: Applicants are limited to the number of times they can rearrange their appointments. Please plan accordingly so that applicants are not required to pay another visa application fee. Visa application fees are non- refundable.

In order to ensure the proper amount is paid and activated a timely manner, applicants are required to first create a profile HERE (on here button the page should jump to following link): (//cgifederal.secure.force.com/) and choose the Schedule Appointment option. On the payment confirmation screen, the applicant will be presented with payment options and further information / details of ‘how to initiate payment’. Applicants must note that it can take up to 2 business days from time of payment for your receipt to be activated.
A. National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT):

Applicants can pay their Machine Readable Visa (MRV) Fee using the popular and suitable NEFT payment system as well.
If applicant’s bank supports NEFT Payments, then he / she may pay the nonimmigrant visa application fee with a NEFT transfer directly from his / her bank account. Over 87, 000 bank branches are facilitated with the service of making NEFT payments. Applicant may also make his / her NEFT payment through online banking or mobile banking meaning he / she do not have to visit the nearest bank branch. Applicants should also be aware that the bank may apply charges to his / her account for NEFT transactions.

After logging into the profile and while on the payment confirmation screen, applicant will receive a unique account number to which he / she will send the NEFT payment. Applicants must make only one payment per unique account number as there are the payment is non-refundable.

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT APPLICANT SHOULD KEEP THE UNIQUE ACCOUNT NUMBER THAT HE / SHE ACTUALLY USE TO MAKE HIS / HER NEFT PAYMENT. Applicant must have this number as proof of payment in order to schedule the visa interview appointment. It is the applicant’s duty to save this number. If not, applicant may not be able to schedule an interview with your payment.
B. Payment by Mobile Phone (IMPS):

Applicants having a mobile phone may pay their MRV Fee via their phone using the IMPs system, however, the applicant must be pre-registered with their bank to complete payment via their mobile phone and be in possession of a valid MPIN.
Payment of Visa fees shall be made in Indian Rupees (INR) and must be the exact amount as listed on the payment confirmation screen available after logging into your profile (on //cgifederal.secure.force.com/)

Applicants can initiate an IMPS payment via SMS to their bank or via the m-banking facility provided by their financial institution.

Applicants should enter the correct Beneficiary Mobile Number, Beneficiary MMID number and correct amount(s).
Please note, many banks operate a payment limit of INR 5,000/- per transaction. To see a list of daily limits employed by India banks, please click here the word should jump to the following link- //www.npci.org.in/impsmerpayp2p.aspx:

After successful payment verification, applicant will receive a SMS containing the 12 digit IMPS reference number. Applicants should then enter the IMPS reference number after logging into their profile. Once verified, the applicants will be able to proceed to the appointment scheduling stage.
Applicants must note that it is very important to pay the correct fee as paying the incorrect amount may cause delays in scheduling their appointment.

Applicants who make the payment via the IMPS system during regular business hours (9AM – 5PM) will be able to schedule their appointment within 3 hours. Applicants who make their payment after 6PM will be able to schedule their appointment after 9AM in the next business day.
C. Cash – Over the Counter (AXIS Bank / Citibank):

You can pay your non-immigrant visa application fee in cash at any of the designated AXIS or Citibank branches. Before going to the bank, applicant must take print and carry the applicable U.S. visa fee collection slip available after logging into the profile. Take the completed fee collection slip to the bank when applicant pays his / her fee. After receiving the payment, the bank will give applicant a receipt. Values are shown in (USD); however the Fee payable is in Indian Rupees (INR) at the current Consular Exchange rate.

Locations:

Visit the following link for bank locations: //www.ustraveldocs.com/in/in-loc-bank.asp#locations

D. Cash – Over the Counter at DRUK Bank:

Applicant can pay his / her non-immigrant visa application fee in cash at any of 4 DRUK Bank branch. Before going to the bank, applicants must print and carry the applicable U.S. visa fee collection slip available after logging into the profile. Take the completed fee collection slip to the bank when he / she pays the fee. Applicants must make sure that they pay the exact amount indicated on the deposit slip. After receiving the payment, the bank will give you a receipt. Values are shown in U.S. dollars (USD); however the Fee payable is in Bhutan Ngultrums (BT)

Restrictions:

Applicants must know that visa application fee is non-refundable and one cannot transfer it to another person. Applicants will get a receipt after paying the application fee. The receipt remains valid for one year from the date of payment and permits the applicant to schedule the interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Thus, applicants must schedule their interview while the receipt is valid, which means the interview must be booked within one year of paying the fee. If applicants do not schedule an interview within a year of payment then it will expire and they won’t be able to schedule an interview and will need to pay the fee again and begin the process again in the same manner.

Step 2: About the Form DS-160

The Form DS-160 is online here (it should jump on the following link- //ceac.state.gov/genniv/).

You can find information and an FAQ about the DS-160 here (it should jump on the following link- //travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/forms/ds-160–online-nonimmigrant-visa-application/frequently-asked-questions.html).

Step 3: The Appointment

Now the applicant can schedule his / her appointment on this web page appeared. The applicant will require the following three important details in order to schedule his / her appointment:

    • Applicant’s passport number.
    • The date applicant paid his / her fee.
    • The ten (10) digit barcode number from applicant’s DS-160 confirmation page.

Step 4: Visiting the US Embassy or Consulate for Visa Interview

Applicants are requested to visit the U.S. Embassy or Consulate on the date and time of the visa interview. They must bring a printed copy of his / her appointment letter, DS-160 confirmation page, one photograph (taken within the last six months), present and all old passports, and the original visa fee payment receipt. Applications without all of the mentioned items won’t be accepted.

Offsite Collection Services:

After the completion of the online application, most of the applicants will be required to have an appointment at an Offsite Facilitation Center (OFC) prior to their appointment at the Consular Sections. The Biometric information such as digital photographs and fingerprints will be collected at the OFC.

Applicants applying for US visas are required to appear in person twice. One, for an appointment at the OFC and Second, for the visa interview at the US Embassy or Consulate.

Applicant should schedule the OFC appointment at least one day before the interview appointment date. Applicants can schedule both appointments, either online using this website or through the call center.

Supporting Documents

Applicants will need to bring the following:

    • A passport with validity to travel to the United States with validity date at least six months beyond the intended period of stay in the United States (unless country-specific agreements provide exemptions). If over one person is included in applicant passport, each person wishing a visa must submit an application.
    • Applicant’s DS-160 confirmation page.
    • Applicant’s appointment confirmation page.

OFC Operation Hours:

    • Monday to Friday – 0800 to 1700 hrs.
    • Sunday – 1300 to 1800 hrs.

OFC Locations

    • Mumbai: Trade Center, Gr. Floor, G Block, Bandrakurla Complex, Bandra East, Mumbai – 400041
    • Chennai: No 3, Cenotaph Road, Teynampet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu – 600018
    • Hyderabad: 502, Gowra Grand, S. P. Road, Begumpet, Secunderabad – 500003
    • Kolkata: Jasmine Tower, 31, Shakespeare Sarani (1st Floor), Kolkata – 700017
  • Delhi: S – 1 American Plaza, (Hotel Eros Managed by Hilton), International Trade Tower, Nehru Place, New Delhi – 110019

Photograph Requirements across all cases:

The photograph should measure 50 mm X 50 mm, should not be older than 6 months, should be taken against a white or off-white background and with the head-centred in the frame. The head (measured from the top of the hair to the bottom of the chin) must measure between 25 mm to 35 mm with the eye level between 28 mm and 35 mm from the bottom of the photo. The specific photograph requirements are as follows:

    • The photo must be a full face view in which the visa applicant is facing the camera directly.
    • The applicant should not look down or to either side, and the face should cover about 50 percent of the photo area.
    • Side or angled views are NOT acceptable.
    • The photo should be in colour, and must have only a white or off-white background. Photos with dark, busy, or patterned backgrounds will not be accepted.
    • In general, the applicant’s head, including both face and hair, should be shown from the crown of the head to the tip of the chin on top and bottom and from hairline side-to-side. It would also be preferable that ears be exposed.
    • Head coverings and hats are only acceptable due to religious beliefs, and even then, may not cover any portion of the applicant’s face.
    • Sunglasses or other wear that detracts from the face are not suitable unless required for medical reasons, for example, an eye patch.
    • A photo of an applicant wearing a traditional facemask or veil that does not permit adequate identification is not permitted.
    • Photos of military, airline, or other personnel wearing hats are not permitted.
    • A photo of an applicant wearing tribal, national costume, or other headgear not religious in nature, is not acceptable.
    • A photo of a minor child must contain no one else. If the child needs to be supported, the means of support should not be in the camera’s frame.
    • Group photos are NOT permitted. As a separate visa is issued to each qualified applicant, a photo of each applicant is required.
    • Digital photos must meet all the requirements and reproduced without any dot patterns or pixels being visible.
    • Digitally scanned photos and photocopied photos are NOT acceptable. Photographs in original are only acceptable.
    • Photographs which have been digitally altered or retouched will NOT acceptable. The applicant’s appearance and the background of the picture must also not be altered.

Visa Categories

  • Non-Immigrant Visa: Tourist
  • Business
  • Student
  • Temporary Work Visa
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Country Fact Finder

Find comprehensive information about the country you are visiting including its population to climate.

Name: United States of America

Location: North America

Time: The USA spans six time zones from IST (-) 10 1/2 hrs to IST (-) 15 1/2 hrs

Capital: Washington DC

Language: English 82.1%, Spanish 10.7%, other Indo-European 3.8%, Asian and Pacific island 2.7%, other 0.7% (2000 census) Area:9,809,155 sq kmsPopulation:316,668,567 (July 2013 est.)

National Day: 4 Jul (Independence Day)

Currency: US Dollar (USD) 1 = INR 56.19

Holidays: YEAR 2014: 1 Jan – New Year’s Day, 20 Jan – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 17 Feb – Presidents’ Day, 26 May – Memorial Day, 4 Jul – Independence Day, 1 Sep – Labour Day, 13 Oct – Columbus Day, 11 Nov – Veterans’ Day, 17 Nov – Thanksgiving Day, 25 Dec – Christmas Day.

International Airports: Boston, Chicago, Detroit Metropolitan, Fort Worth (Dallas), Houston, John F Kennedy (New York), Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington – Dulles and many more.

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Diplomatic Representations

In this section, you can download the visa forms for the destination country according to your requirement and purpose of the tour. However, one must note that submission / acceptation of forms will subject to the visa rules and regulations of the country.

    • Visa Forms are not available for this country. Applicants can refer to the respective country’s official website for more details.

New Delhi

Name:Embassy of the United States of America

Address:Shantipath, Chanakyapuri

City:New Delhi – 110 021

Country:India

Telephone:2419 8000 / 2419 0102 to 0108 (Consul Section)

Fax:2419 8587

Timings:Mon to Fri

Office Timings:0830 to 1730 hrs

Visa Timings:0830 to 1000 hrs

Email:infousdelhi@vfshelpline.com(Nonimmigrant visas), infousdelhi@vfshelpline.com (Immigrant visas)

Notes:Visa is handled. States of Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal and Bhutan.Â

Territory Jurisdiction:Visa is handled for Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Bhutan, and the Union Territories of Chandigarh and New Delhi.

Website://newdelhi.usembassy.gov/


New Delhi

Name:Visa Facilitation Services (VFS)

Address:S-1, American Plaza, (Hotel Eros Managed by Hilton), International Trade Tower, Nehru Place

City:New Delhi-110019

Country:India

Telephone: 0120- 6602222, 022- 6720 9400

Email:infousdelhi@vfshelpline.com

Territory Jurisdiction:Serving Embassy New Delhi.

Collection Timings:1630 hrs to 1700 hrs.


Mumbai

Name:Consulate General of the United States of America

Address:C-49, G-Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (East)

City:Mumbai – 400 051

Country:India

Telephone: 022- 2672 4000

Fax:2363 0350

Timings:Mon to Fri

Office Timings:0815 to 1700 hrs

Visa Timings:0815 to 1100 hrs

Territory Jurisdiction:Visa is handled for Maharashtra, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, and the Union Territories of Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

Website://mumbai.usconsulate.gov


Mumbai

Name:Visa Facilitation Services (VFS)

Address:Trade Center, Gr. Floor, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East

City:Mumbai – 400 041

Country:India

Telephone: 0120- 6602222, 022- 6720 9400

Email:infousmumbai@vfshelpline.com

Notes:Note (03rd April, 2010): Applicants who have appeared for an interview at the American Consulate General Mumbai and who wish to personally collect their passport across the counter, please note that the Counter Collection hours have been revised. Passports may be collected between 1700hrs to 1730hrs. (5:00 PM-5:30 PM, IST) with effect Monday April 5, 2010.

Territory Jurisdiction:Serving Consulate General Mumbai.

Collection Timings:1700 hrs to 1730 hrs.


Kolkata

Name:Consulate General of the United States of America

Address:5/1, Ho Chi Minh Sarani

City:Kolkata – 700 071

Country:India

Telephone: 033- 3984 2400 (0800 to 1300 hrs & 1400 to 1700 hrs.)

Fax:033- 2282 2335

Timings:Mon to Fri

Office Timings:0800 to 1700 hrs

Visa Timings:0830 to 1130 hrs

Territory Jurisdiction:Visa is handled for Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Jharkhand, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, and West Bengal

Website://kolkata.usconsulate.gov


Kolkata

Name:Visa Facilitation Services (VFS)

Address:Jasmine Tower, 31, Shakespeare Sarani

City:Kolkata – 700 017

Country:India

Telephone:0120- 6602222, 022- 6720 9400

Email:infousKolkata@vfshelpline.com

Territory Jurisdiction:Serving Consulate General Kolkata.

Collection Timings:1630 hrs to 1700 hrs.


Chennai

Name:Consulate General of the United States of America

Address:220, Anna Salai, Gemini Circle

City:Chennai – 600 006

Country:India

Telephone:044- 2857 4000/ 2857 4242/ 2811 2000 / 2811 2060

Fax:2811 2027/ 2811 2022 / 2811 2020/ 2857 4307

Timings:Mon to Fri

Office Timings:0830 to 1730 hrs.

Visa Timings:0815 to 1100 hrs (As per web appointment)

Territory Jurisdiction:Visa is handle for Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and the Union Territories of Lakshadweep Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Website://chennai.usconsulate.gov


Chennai

Name:Visa Facilitation Services (VFS)

Address:No. 3, Cenotaph Road, Teynampet

City:Chennai – 600 018

Country:India

Telephone:0120- 6602222, 022- 6720 9400

Email:infouschennai@vfshelpline.com

Territory Jurisdiction:Serving Consulates General Chennai and Hyderabad.

Collection Timings:1630 hrs to 1700 hrs.


Bangalore

Name:U.S. Visa Application Centre

Address:2nd Floor, Prestige Atrium, Unit No 304, 1, Central Street

City:Bangalore – 560 001

Country:India

Telephone:0120- 6602222, 022- 6720 9400

Email:info@vfs-usa.co.in

Territory Jurisdiction:Serving Consulates General Chennai and Hyderabad.

Collection Timings:1630 hrs to 1700 hrs.


Jalandhar

Name:U.S. Visa Application Centre

Address:3rd Floor, The Axis, Near BMC Chowk, GT Road

City:Jalandhar– 144 001

Country:India

Telephone:0120- 6602222, 022- 6720 9400

Email:infousdelhi@vfshelpline.com

Territory Jurisdiction:Serving Embassy New Delhi.

Collection Timings:1630 hrs to 1700 hrs.


Chandigarh

Name:Visa Facilitation Services (VFS)

Address:SCO-186-187, Sector 8C , Madhya Marg

City:Chandigarh – 160 009

Country:India

Telephone:0120- 6602222, 022- 6720 9400

Territory Jurisdiction:Serving Embassy New Delhi.

Collection Timings:1630 hrs to 1700 hrs.


Vijayawada

Name:Visa Facilitation Services (VFS)

Address:No. 43 – 13- 4,Ben Circle, Chandramoulipuram

City:Vijayawada – 520 010

Country:India

Telephone:0120- 6602222, 022- 6720 9400

Collection Timings:1630 hrs to 1700 hrs.


Ernakulam

Name:Visa Facilitation Services (VFS)

Address:3C, South Point Hinton,Chittoor Road,Near Kasba Police Station,Kacheripady

City:Ernakulam – 682018

Country:India

Telephone:0120- 6602222, 022- 6720 9400

Territory Jurisdiction:Serving Consulates General Chennai.

Collection Timings:1630 hrs to 1700 hrs.


Ahmedabad

Name:Visa Facilitation Services (VFS)

Address:Gujarat Chambers Building,Shri Ambika Mills,Ashram Road

City:Ahmedabad – 300009

Country:India

Telephone:0120- 6602222, 022- 6720 9400

Collection Timings:1630 hrs to 1700 hrs.


Pune

Name:Visa Facilitation Services (VFS)

Address:106, Sohrab Hall,1st Floor, Sassoon Road,Behind Pune Station Junction

City:Pune – 411001

Country:India

Telephone:0120- 6602222, 022- 6720 9400

Notes:If you are resident in India, you are required to appear for an interview at the visa section having jurisdiction over the territory where you have been resident during the past six months.

Collection Timings:1630 hrs to 1700 hrs.


Secunderabad Hyderabad

Name:U.S. Consulate General

Address:Paigah Palace, 1-8-323, Chiran Fort Lane, Begumpet

City:Secunderabad – 500 003 (Hyderabad)

Country:India

Telephone:040- 4033-8300 / 0120 – 6611411 (8:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m) Monday through Friday

Timings:Mon to Fri

Office Timings:0800 to 1700 hrs.

Email:infoushyderabad@vfshelpline.com, HydCEA@state.gov(Consular Section)

Territory Jurisdiction:Visa is handle for Andhra Pradesh and Orissa.

Website://hyderabad.usconsulate.gov

Collection Timings:1630 hrs to 1700 hrs.


Hyderabad

Name:US Visa Application Centre

Address:502, Gowra Grand, S.P.Road, Begumpet, Secunderabad

City:Hyderabad- 500016

Country:India

Telephone:0120- 6602222, 022- 6720 9400

Email:infoushyderabad@vfshelpline.com

Territory Jurisdiction:Serving Consulates General Chennai and Hyderabad

Collection Timings:1630 hrs to 1700 hrs.

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Download Visa Form

Read on to this section to find-out about details of the nearest embassy of country or consulate of the country you want to visit.

  • Visa Forms are not available for this country. Applicants can refer to the respective country’s official website for more details.