Applying for a U.S visit visa can be quite challenging and overwhelming at times considering the current circumstances. But if you consider the below-mentioned tips, you would be on the right path. Given below is a brief conversation about the U.S visa application for Indian residents in GCC countries. 

So where do I start?

Indian passport holders need a visa to travel to the U.S. Since the purpose of the visit is leisure, the category to apply is B2. This visa allows you to stay in the U.S for up to 6 months.

How long will it take to receive a U.S visa?

It takes about 2-3 weeks, but this may vary. .

How do I apply?

You can initiate your visa online by filling a DS160 form.

What is a DS 160 form?

This is an online form for non-immigrants for a temporary visit to the U.S. You must fill the form accurately and carefully and the form must be signed online. Any errors on the form can lead to rejection and you will have to start a new DS-160 form.

Where do I submit the form?

You need to submit it on their official site. Once you submit, you will receive a confirmation number. After this, you have to create a user account using your confirmation number. Fill in the mailing details and pay the visa fees and schedule a consular section appointment for the interview on this site.

What will be the interview about?

The interview questions will be based on the information you have given on the application form. They may ask about your itinerary, reservations, about your relatives in the U.S if any. Be honest and answer only to the questions asked. Too much talking or nervousness can give them a negative vibe. Dress appropriately and stay calm. Make sure to carry all the documents organized which may be asked to present during the interview.

Do I get my U.S visa right after my interview?

It is totally up to the discretion of the embassy who reviews your application to decide. So after the interview, they would give you specific directions. Follow them and check your account on the website for your visa status and delivery info. If your visa is approved, it will be stamped in your passport and mailed to you.

Read here about a few reasons why your U.S visa was/ can be denied

Where is the interview held?

The venue options are given on the website. You can choose your nearest office at your convenience. But be sure to be on time for the interview. You will also have to submit your biometrics just before the interview. Make sure you reach there at least 1 hr before the interview

What is biometrics?

Biometrics is basically your fingerprint and recent photograph as per embassy norms. Make sure you don’t have a henna print or any scar on your finger. In that case, you will have to reschedule the appointment.

Is there anything else I should know about before I start my application?

You need to have a recent photograph as per the specifications by the embassy, your valid passport with a minimum validity of 6 months from the expected travel date, the same in the case of your U.A.E resident card. You will also need a letter or a NOC from your employer, bank statements of 6 months, reserve your stay and tickets for the travel. 

Can I include my family in my application or should I apply for them separately?

You have to apply separately to each applicant.

Ok, this process seems to be a bit time-consuming for me. Who can give me assistance with this?

Yes. You can approach a visa consultant who will help you to gather all the documents and guide you in the application process and avoid possible mistakes. They can always keep you updated on your visa process.

So without any delay, get started on your visa application  right now