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The USA Visa: What You Need To Know Before Travelling

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The USA is one of the most popular travel destinations for Indian travellers. Many travellers from around the world want to get a USA visa to visit this huge country. Why? Marvellous natural wonders such as The Grand Canyon and California’s Yosemite National Park and the Death Valley exist here. People say that even if you take a whole year, you may not see it all – and they’re probably right! From towering waterfalls, to grand mountains and pristine lakes: their national parks cover large masses of land. Did you know, Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world, holding upto 3 quadrillion gallons of water? 

Image by <a href=Greg Poulsen from Pixabay” width=”300″ height=”199″ />And it’s not just nature that brings people – New York is the most visited part of USA for Indian tourists. Man-made creations such as the Statue of Liberty, Golden Gate Bridge, Hollywood and Times Square are well-known, and often visited. Its diverse culture is a conglomeration of many different ethnicities, and this adds magnitude to their appeal. From Mexican tacos in San Diego to craft beer in Stratford, the food scene is as distinct as each dish that touches your palate. USA is also known for its amazing sporting legacy: with UFC, NBA and NFL to Michael Phelps and the Ivy League. These leagues are strong contenders worldwide. 

After reading through this, you might be thinking – how do I reach the USA and experience all of this goodness? Well, you would have to start by getting a US visa. There’s no real e-visa, but it is possible to go through a travel operator to process much of your USA visa online. 

What Are The Types of USA Visa Available?

Image by <a href=Oltion Kola from Pixabay” width=”228″ height=”128″ />Visas from the USA are commonly categorized as Immigrant and Non-Immigrant visas. Immigrant visas are for those who want to stay permanently/for a long time in the USA. Non-Immigrant visas are for those who want to visit the USA/go for a short term. The second category includes the USA student visa and USA working visa as well. Apart from this, there are other short-term visas like the USA tourist visa and business visa. These are the types we will be focusing on in this article. 

Image by <a href=Leonhard Niederwimmer from Pixabay” width=”300″ height=”161″ />Both the USA business visa and the tourist visa come under the umbrella of a visitor visa. Here, the tourist visa is part of the branch of the USA visitor visa (B-2). The business visa, on the other hand, is the branch B-1 of the same. Both of these visas can facilitate multiple entries, and are valid for a period of 120 months (10 years). However, it is not that easy to obtain an American visa. If you would like to see more concise details on the USA visa fees, eligibility, FAQ’s etc., please visit our USA Visa Page.

It is also important to note that you will need to go through an interview to obtain your visa. This is the reason why there is no explicit USA e-visa. You may be asked about personal details like your reasons for travel, or your itinerary in this interview. You may also be asked about your financial status, or your place of stay. This is basically to see whether you are visiting with the right reasons, and not trying to undertake illegal activities. Being worried about fumbling is a common occurrence, and it is okay to be worried or nervous about the interview. You just need to remember that you will not be penalised for wanting to visit the USA, most tourists are allowed entry. If you would like some tips on mistakes to avoid, please visit our blog post on the same!

Similarly, there is no USA visa on arrival for Indian citizens due to the need for an interview prior to visa approval. 

Documents Required For A USA Visa

To apply for a USA visa, there are some documents you will need. These documents are common to all applicants from India. This is regardless of race, religion, caste, income level, etc. 

Visitor Visa – Tourist 

These are the documents you require for a USA visitor visa (B-2) – the tourist visa:

  • Form DS-160 – This form, the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, ( ceac.state.gov/genniv/ ) must be filled out and submitted to us – we will assist you in making it reach the nearest U.S. Embassy. The confirmed visa application must then be stamped at the Visa Application Centre (VAS).
  • Visa Fees – You would need sufficient funds to pay for your visa. This would need to be made at the time of making your interview appointment.
  • Photos – You would need 1 passport-size photo, either in a digital or hard copy format.
  • Interview – An interview at the U.S Embassy would need to be scheduled well in advance for your trip. You will need to attend this interview and answer the questions presented to you.
  • Passport – Your current passport, with a minimum of six months’ validity (from the date of departure from USA) must be submitted. All of your old passports must also be shown.
  • Printout of the Appointment Letter – You require a printout of the US Interview appointment letter as well.
  • Supporting Documents – These may include tax returns, a travel itinerary,proof of funds (in the form of bank statements, copy of passbook, any other proof of cash), PAN card, or a business card (if you have one).

Please note, this list is not exhaustive. You may be asked for extra documents, but this depends on your individual reason of travel/circumstances. It differs from case to case, and can largely depend on what you say in your interview. 

Visitor Visa – Business

These are the documents you require for a USA visitor visa (B-1) – the business visa:

  • Form DS-160 – This form, the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, ( ceac.state.gov/genniv/ ) must be filled out and submitted to us – we will assist you in making it reach the nearest U.S. Embassy. The confirmed visa application must then be stamped at the Visa Application Centre (VAS).
  • Visa Fees – You would need sufficient funds to pay for your visa. This would need to be made at the time of making your interview appointment.
  • Photos – You would need 1 passport-size photo, either in a digital or hard copy format.
  • Interview – An interview at the U.S Embassy would need to be scheduled well in advance for your trip. You will need to attend this interview and answer the questions presented to you.
  • Passport – Your current passport, with a minimum of six months’ validity (from the date of departure from USA) must be submitted. All of your old passports must also be shown.
  • Printout of the Appointment Letter – You require a printout of the US Interview appointment letter as well.
  • Supporting Documents – These may include tax returns, a travel itinerary,proof of funds (in the form of bank statements, copy of passbook, any other proof of cash), PAN card, or a business card (if you have one). Letters of employment verification, or proof of business ownership (if self-employed) are also highly recommended. 

Please note, this list is not exhaustive. Extra documents may be asked from you, but this depends on your individual reason of travel/circumstances. It differs from case to case, and can largely depend on what you say in your interview. 

Is There Anything Else I Need To Know About This USA Visa Process?

Image by <a href=Mohan Nannapaneni from Pixabay” width=”237″ height=”158″ />Generally, the USA visa for Indians is the same as most countries that are not G-7 countries. The relationship between India and the US is relatively stable, so the normal America visa application is quite common. Indian tourists prefer to visit America, so rest assured, your application is not an alien one. Put your mind to rest by reading our blog post on the most visited countries by Indian tourists

You are in safe hands where Visa2Fly is concerned, so if you wish to simplify your travel issues, contact us! Specific concerns related to the USA visa application online are also welcome.

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