US Visa Appointment

Have you filled the online application form to get the visa of US? Have you submitted the visa application fee and attached all the required documents along with the subsidiary visa form of DS157? Are all requirements dully fulfilled by you quite correct? If yes, its fine and if otherwise then before submitting the application online please go through once again every detail required in the application form and check again every information you have provided in it because after its submitting you have to experience the entire above process once again where you don’t have the option to rewrite but all you have to do there, is like talking in a live show on a TV channel where you have to pay the price of your slighter mistake.

To be on a safer side please read our articles Student Visa Requirements and Requirements for Student Visa to make up any shortcomings if left, before pressing the ENTER button to submit your online application form to get the US visa.

Now after filling the online application form for student visa of the US you have to appear in-person before the visa issuing authority with your duly-filled supplementary non immigrant visa application form to get the approval to proceed to the US for further studies.

What is a US visa appointment?

All the non immigrant applicants for the US visa from age above 14 and up to 80 years have to appear for an interview at their nearest visa office in the US consulate or embassy to submit the supplementary visa application and other required documents including passport. For this purpose visa applicants have to get appointment to appear in-person before the visa officer to reply every question regarding any details about your information which you laid down in the visa application and he or she may also ask you a lot of subsidiary questions to be satisfied over the purpose of your visit and regarding all your claims about why do you want to get a US visa.

Place for the US visa appointment

For an interview and to submit the US visa supplementary application (Form DS157) get an appointment in your nearest US visa office. For this purpose you may visit the website http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1268.html or US embassy/consulate of your country and check the location of various offices of US embassy or consulate in your country. Select the one situated in your city and if not then the one in the city nearest to your place of residence and get the appointment for an interview to get the approval for the US student visa.

How to postpone the US visa appointment?

In case of any emergency you can get your US visa appointment postponed but not more than once. For this purpose too, you have to intimate your nearest US visa office the genuine reason to defer the date of the prior appointment. If you want to defer the appointment second time, for this purpose you have to first cancel the earlier appointment and get a new one.

How to cancel the US visa appointment?

You can also cancel the US visa appointment but well before time. In every country US has fixed the different number of days and before that you must inform your concerned US visa office that you want your prior appointment cancelled on some genuine grounds. There are separate criteria for the citizens of every country to get the new appointment after getting cancelled the first one. For this purpose visit the US visa office of your country or its website to know the criteria.

What is an emergency US visa appointment?

Owing to any emergency or on humanitarian grounds you can get US visa appointment on earlier dates while regular non immigrant applicants for the US visa can’t get the visa appointment so early and have to wait for their turn up to couple of weeks. For the condolence on the demise of a relative or to see any ailing friend or family member in US one can claim an emergency appointment but one has to give proof of such tragic situation.

How to appear for the US visa appointment?

Arrive at the place of the appointment – usually visa office in the US embassy or consulate in your country – well before time and don’t leave any chance of being late, therefore, reach the entrance of the designated place quite early.

To enter into the US embassy you have to clear the security check both physical and of your allowable carriage. Only visa applicants are allowed to go inside the embassy and no minor or elderly person accompanied with you is allowed inside in any case. However children above 14 must appear in-person if they are also the US visa applicants.

A list of items is given below which is prohibited and another one which is allowed in the US embassy of your country and these lists may be lengthier or shorter depending upon the security requirements of the US embassy/consulate of your country.

List of prohibited items

  • Briefcases
  • Backpacks or large purses
  • Luggage
  • Electronic equipment, including cell phones and Blackberries
  • Liquids, sprays, or powders
  • Fire-lighting equipment (e.g., matches, lighters)
  • Weapons of any kind
  • USB flash drives

List of permitted items

  • Document pouch to carry necessary papers, passport, and relevant documents
  • Wallet/small purse
  • Newspaper/books in printed form only (e.g., no electronic books)
  • Writing materials
  • Car, house keys

Before clearance of security check you are asked to show the confirmation letter of your appointment. After verification of your details you are led to the visa section of the consulate or embassy. During your awaiting for the exact time of your appointment an official will take your finger prints for the further identification as it is mandatory in US immigration laws to keep in record the finger prints of each non immigrant applicant of the US visa.

How to avail the US visa appointment

When you enter into the office of the visa officer for the approval of your US visa there is no question of first or last impression there because the approval or refusal of your visa application does not depend upon your personality but it all up to the truthfulness of your purpose and during that brief interview you have to satisfy your interviewer that you want to go to US for the purpose which you have mentioned in visa documents and you are fully eligible for the visa category of that purpose.

After thorough examination of your every detail, the visa office usually tells you then and there about the approval or refusal of your application. If your application is approved, the visa officer will keep your visa application and passport to issue the visa which you can collect from the embassy or it can be mailed to you at your residence.

How to apply for US visa?

This video will help you get the basic information on how to apply for a US visa.

There is no fixed processing time to issue you the US visa after your application is approved. It varies from country to country and sometimes depends upon the season during which your application is approved. In admission season in US there is usually large queue of student visa applicants in the US embassies of every country and each applicant has to wait for a little longer time. Therefore, visa applicants are advised to plan their visit to the US keeping in view of the maximum possible length of the visa processing time. In most countries, after the visa interview, US visa issuing authority delivered the visa to the applicant along with the passport within a week’s time.

If your visa application is unfortunately rejected because of weaknesses in your application or owing to your failures to justify your eligibility for the visa, the visa officer would return your passport then and there but keep the rejected visa application for record.

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