Congratulations! Now that you have received your visa, follow these simple steps and you should have a trouble free journey:
Once you receive your visa, check the information printed on it and make sure that it is correct.
|Sample US visa for reference purpose only: This is what the visa stamp looks like.|
You can travel at any time before the expiry date mentioned on your visa. If the visa is for a short duration of 3 months or 6 months, and for some reason you delay your start date, say after 2 months from the date of issuance of your visa, does it mean that you can't avail the time frame given on the visa?
In such a situation, once you reach the POE (port of entry) in the US, request the Immigration officer to consider the length of stay form the date when you enter into USA, the office may consider your request and grant you different dates on your I-94.
Remember the date given on your I-94 is the limit of your legal status in this country and not the date on the visa.
Once you decide on your tentative travel dates, get in touch with your Travel agents to buy your tickets. While shopping for tickets, deal smartly with agents and get to know some general information before hand, this can save you some money.
Depending on what route and airline you choose there may or may not be a need of an airport transit visa, depends on what intermediate airport/country you will be going through.
Click here to view more information on Airport Transit visa for USA Visitors.
Medical insurance is very important for people coming to USA. Medical care is very expensive in USA, without insurance, a small illness or any other medical related problem can be an expensive affair for you or your sponsor.
Read more about Medical insurance: What is visitor medical insurance, and why do I need it?
If you have your return tickets, you may not need much of cash during your flight unless you want to do shopping at transit airports.
Generally somewhere around $500 in different denominations of 1's, 5's or 20's US Dollars should be sufficient. People that have international credit cards are surely better off as they don't have to carry that much cash around.
Almost all the international airport shops accept US dollars, so you need not worry about any transit country currency in case you want to buy something or have to meet any other expense.Is there a limit on how much foreign currency (dollars) can be purchased on my trip?
Yes , RBI has defined certain rules for each traveler going outside of India. In general, US$10,000, in any one calendar year may be obtained from an authorized dealer.
The foreign currency limit for each person depends on their purpose of visit, if the purpose of the visit is on Medical grounds then the limit could be more.
Check this information at Reserve Bank of India. (RBI Link).
Private authorized agencies like Thoms cook etc.
Any reputed banks.
All international airports also have currency exchange booths. There might be restrictions or limits on how much can be converted. But be prepared to pay a little more than the normal exchange rates at the airport locations.
During your travel from your home country to USA, you will be given a few forms by the airline to fill up, here are the samples for your reference. (For first time USA visitor)
Port of Entry (POE) is the immigration check counter at the destination airport of the USA. Upon your arrival in the USA, you will have to pass through this counter where the immigration office will ask you certain questions, after which, your passport will be stamped and you will be given the I-94 counter slip.
Once you reach home/hotel where you will be staying, make a photocopy of the I-94 counter-slip and keep it in a safe place.
Now that you are in the USA, you may like to know more about American culture and lifestyle. This knowledge will help you better understand how the system works in the USA, you will enjoy your stay more if you know more about these things.
For those who have applied for a green card or are planning to apply for a green card, here is some useful information on the process.