For visitor visa interview arrive at the US embassy or consulate where your appointment for a visa is scheduled. Persons with incomplete applications will not be admitted. Persons with special needs who require assistance, please contact the consulate at least 48 hours prior to the interview to arrange admittance for an assistant.
Visitor visa interview process. This visa interview video is a general illustration of what happens inside the consulate, so you get an idea of the process. The exact sequence and process may vary from consulate to consulate, and from time to time.
Watch the video to understand what to expect during the visa interview process, and what happens inside the consulate. If you prefer to read, you can follow the step-by-step explanation given below.
See sample Visitor visa interview questionsIf the interviewer approves your application, you will know immediately. The officer will say something like "Your visa is approved". Your passport will usually be delivered to your India mailing address by courier within 3-4 business days. Under some circumstances, you may be allowed to pick up your passport in person.
Applicants who fail to appear for their US visitor visa interview appointment are considered "No-Show" applicants.
If you are a No-Show applicant, your visitor visa fee receipt gets deactivated. You are required to wait for two working days, after the scheduled interview date, in order to reactivate your visa fee receipt, prior to scheduling a new interview appointment.
Note that your visitors visa application fee receipt is valid for a period of 1 year (365 days) from the date of payment and entitles you to appear once at the Embassy / Consulate for visa interview. So the same visa application fee can be used , as long as you reschedule your interview within 365 days.
If something substantial in your situation has changed (e.g. travel plans, employment), a new DS-160 is required. Use the saved version to update your information and submit the new form. This will create a new CEAC barcode. If nothing in your situation has changed, use your original CEAC barcode while taking your appointment. Make your new appointment on USTravelDocs website with a valid US visa application fee receipt, following the same procedure used in making the previous appointment.
For those who have currently applied for this visa or are planning to apply for the visa in the future, here is some useful information on the process.
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