Important Note: Applicants should click each step for detailed guidance about each part of the application and interview process. Please READ all step guidance below to completion. After completing your online visa application please proceed to make your appointment online, NOT by telephone or email. ALL visa appointments are made online in Step 4 below, NOT via telephone or email.*
Step 1. Check the Validity of Your Passport
Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States, unless exempt by country-specific agreements (PDF, 22 KB). If you are planning to travel with family/children each person needs a valid passport and visa and must submit a separate application.
Step 2. Complete the Online Non-Immigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160
Please note that you must answer EVERY question on the application forms. If the answer to a question is “none,” please write “none” (Do not leave it blank). Failure to complete all questions will result in an error message and denied access to the online visa appointment system.
Note! For best results when accessing the online visa application system utilize Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox browsers.
Step 3. Collect any Supporting Documentation
Only a passport, DS-160 confirmation page, a 5 x 5 cm color photo not older than 6 months – with a white background, and the forms listed in Step 2 are required for the visa interview. Additional documents may be requested to establish if you are qualified. For example, additional requested documents may include evidence of:
- The purpose of your trip;
- Your intent to depart the United States after your trip; and/or
- Your ability to pay all costs of the trip.
Note: Visa applicants must qualify on the basis of the applicant’s residence and ties abroad, rather than assurances from U.S. family and friends. A letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support is not needed to apply for a Non-Immigrant tourist visa. If you do choose to bring a letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support to your interview, please remember that it is not one of the factors that we use in determining whether to issue or deny a Non-Immigrant tourist visa.
Step 4. Schedule an Interview Appointment
To schedule an appointment for a Non-Immigrant visa (NIV) interview, please click on the Embassy’s online NIV Appointment System. Please have your DS-160 Online Non-Immigrant Visa Application Form Confirmation Number handy as you will need this to book your appointment online. It is located on your DS-160 confirmation page, in bold print. Do not expect a confirmation email or phone call once you have booked your appointment.
Step 5. Pay the MRV Fee
On the day of your interview, please pay the following nonrefundable visa application fees: $160 for B-1 (Business) and B-2 (Tourism & Visit) Non-Immigrant visas; $190 for H, L, O, P, Q, and R visas; and $270 for E visas.
Step 6. Interview for your visa with the Consular Officer
During your visa interview, a consular officer will determine whether you are qualified to receive a visa, and if so, which visa category is appropriate based on your purpose of travel. You will need to establish that you meet the requirements under U.S. law to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.
Ink-free, digital fingerprint scans will be taken as part of your application process. Scans will be taken during your interview.
Step 7. Pay the Reciprocity Fee
Depending on your nationality if your visa is approved, you will need to pay a Reciprocity Fee determined by the type of visa issued. To check whether you are subject to Reciprocity Fees please go to travel.state.gov.
(Note: Botswana citizens are not subject to Reciprocity Fees.)
Step 8. Return to Collect Your Passport and Visa
If you are issued a visa, return in two (2) business days for collection. Hours of collection are between 1400hrs to 1500hrs Mondays through Thursdays and 1000hrs to 1100hrs on Fridays.