The Easy Guide to Getting Your U.S Visa

Before you take a bite out of the Big Apple in New York City or smell the cherry blossoms in Washington DC, you need a visa to enter the United States. The visa application process can be quite tedious and application requirements can differ from country to country. So as you review some of the cheapest flights to the US on travelstart.com.ng, it is important to familiarise yourself with the application process before your embassy visit.

To successfully obtain a visa, you should take the following into consideration during your interview at the US embassy:

  • Be able to make the consular officer understand the purpose of your proposed visit to the United States
  • Be precise on the number of days you will be spending in the country. Do not be uncertain of when you will be returning from your visit
  • Present a bank statement that proves you can take care of all your expenses during your visit to the United States without getting stranded
  • Have evidence of residence outside of the U.S that will confirm you will return home at the end of your visit

See more at How to get your Visa Approval in foreign embassy

Here are important items that should be on your U.S visa checklist before visiting the embassy:

  1. A valid passport with a validity date at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the country.
  2. A completed nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) Form
  3. Have One(1) 2″x2″ (5cmx5cm) passport photograph. See the required photo format here.
  4.  A receipt showing payment of your US$160 non-refundable nonimmigrant visa application processing fee, which you must pay in local currency to any GTBank Branch. The Bank will provide you with the U.S. visa fee collection slip
  5. The interview appointment letter confirming that you booked an appointment

Though not required, the following documents might increase your chance of getting your visa approved during your interview:

  1. A bank statement showing your proof of income in the last three month with sufficient funds that guarantees you can take care of your expenses during your visit
  2. Certified copies of income tax returns or credit card for tax (optional)
  3. A detailed record or itinerary on how you will be spending your trip
  4. A letter from your employer detailing your position, salary and how long you have been in employment. For an authorised trip from your company, the employer letter should state this clearly.
  5. For applicant(s) with criminal/court records pertaining to any arrest or conviction anywhere, it is important you include this with your documents and be ready to provide a clear explanation on the record to the consular officer 

One more thing, do not present false documents as fraud or misrepresentation can result in permanent visa ineligibility.

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