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How to Apply for a Visa

How to Apply for a Non-Immigrant Visa

Before beginning, please determine which type of visa you need: Visa types for temporary visitors

Please read the four steps below carefully before beginning your visa application:

  • Step 1: Complete the online DS-160 application form and print the confirmation page
  • Step 2: Book an appointment online or by phone
  • Step 3: Gather additional required documents
  • Step 4: Personally appear at the U.S. Embassy with: DS-160 Confirmation Page, Appointment Confirmation, other required documents

Step 1- ALL visa applicants must complete the online visa application form (DS-160).  Once completed, the information in the DS-160 will be electronically transmitted.  The applicant must then print the confirmation page that includes some biographical information and a barcode confirmation number.  Applicants must bring the DS-160 Confirmation Page to their interview.

NOTE – Please ensure you record the barcode number when you start the form.  This number is required in order to schedule an appointment, and will start with ‘AA’ followed by 8 numbers or digits. 

Frequently asked questions for the Online DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application

Step 2 - There are two options to schedule an appointment for your interview, please follow the instructions below.

Please review carefully instructions to establish if you are eligible to Renew Your Visa without Personal Appearance. 

The following applicants are exempt from a personal interview in the visa application process and must be physically present in Ireland to apply: Applicants under 14 years of age or Applicants over 79 years of age, who have no previous violations of U.S. immigration law or criminal convictions. Please click here for further information.

 Also, applicants travelling to the U.S. on official government business: Officials of Foreign Governments, A-1 and A-2 visas; Accredited Foreign Government officials in transit, C-3 visa; International Organization, G-1, G-2, G-3, and G4 visas; NATO representatives officials and employees, N visas. Please click here for further information.

If you do not meet the requirements to renew your visa, you must schedule an appointment and apply in person at the Embassy. 

  • OPTION 1: ONLINE

    To book an appointment online:  Please note that you must have completed the DS-160 online visa application and must have your application number before you book your appointment online.  Applicants should log on to http://usvisa-info.com/ and follow the online instructions.  Please ensure you select that correct visa classification for your purpose of travel.  Otherwise you will be required to reapply for a new application and pay a new application fee.  All application fees are nonrefundable.
  • OPTION 2: BY PHONE - A live operator will schedule your appointment and provide visa information

    Callers in Ireland:
      Please note that you must have completed a DS-160 online visa application and must have your application number before you call to make your appointment.  Applicants should dial (01)903-6255; calls may be placed to this number Monday through Friday 07:00-20:00, excepting Irish Bank Holidays.  

    Callers from outside Ireland:  Please note that you must have completed a DS-160 online visa application and must have your application number before you call to make your appointment.  Applicants should dial (00-3531)903-6255, calls may be placed to this number Monday through Friday 07:00-20:00, excepting Irish Bank Holidays.   

Step 3 - Please review NIV Checklist for additional documents you will require to submit based on the visa category for which you are applying.

Step 4 - Submit the above documents in person on your designated appointment date.  Please read our instructions on what to expect on the day of your interview for further information.

How long does it take to process a visa?

Due to the requirements of biometric processing, we cannot provide same-day issuance. Please plan to be without your passport for at least three to five working days after your interview to allow for visa issuance and return through DPD courier.  Please visit travel.state.gov for further information on processing times.

Some applicants may be subject to additional clearances or administrative processing that may add weeks to the visa process.  Please do NOT make travel commitments or purchase tickets until the visa process has been completed.