Country wise VISA


United States of America

People travelling from countries that are not eligible for visa-free travel to the United States under the VWP (Visa Waiver Program) require a permit to enter the USA. The visa comes in the form of a stamp in your passport. The validity, however, depends on the officer issuing the permit, Base on your profile, this can vary from 6 months to a maximum of 10 years. Majorly there are 2 types of visas granted from USA - Immigration & Non-Immigration. You can find all the guidance related to USA visa below.

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USA VISA Guidance with FAQs

Become Eligible This Way

You must have a valid and good intention behind travelling to the country.

You must possess sufficient funds to support yourself and any dependents throughout the stay.

You must have strong ties in your home country that will ensure that you will return after your stay.

You must have a clean criminal track record and be of good character. You may have to provide PCC (Police Clearance Certificate) for the same.

You must at least meet the minimum health requirements required by the authorities.

How to apply for USA Visa from India ?

Getting a US visa from India is a long process. However, the US visa process is pretty straightforward. Before starting your application, you will have to determine the type of visa you require. After this, proceed as per the following ...

  1. Obtain the documents you require to complete the application.
  2. You will need to fill the NIV US Visa application online: DS-160 form
  3. You should then proceed to pay your US visa fees online.
  4. Once this is done, submit your application. You will receive a fee receipt, and DS-160 confirmation via your email.
  5. Using the DS-160 application barcode, and the visa fee receipt number, proceed to schedule your US Visa appointment. This involves two appointments. First one at a VAC (Visa Application Center) for the biometric submission, and the next at a US Embassy or Consulate-General for the visa interview.
  6. Visit the VAC for your biometric first, along with the passport, appointment, and D-160 confirmation pages.
  7. After the submission at VAC, you will then have to visit a US Embassy or Consulate for your interview, along with your supporting documents, appointment confirmation letter, and VAC stamped D-160 confirmation page.

Please note that the visa interview and biometric is mandatory only if the person is older than 14 and less than 80. Also, if your US permit expired in the last 12 months, and if you are visiting the country under the same type of permit, you may not need to attend the interview.

It is extremely crucial to fill in the DS-160 form accurately, as you will not be able to change it later. Any incorrect, or fake information on the form will lead to your visa being denied or delayed. A visa rejection is taken strictly by the US Government.


Based on the purpose and eligibility of visit, there are a number of Non-Immigrant visas issued to enter the USA. The most common US Visa types applied from India are as follows ...

  • US Tourist Visa- B2 - This type is issued when an individual is visiting the country for purposes such as on holidays, visiting friends or family, etc.
  • US Business Visa- B1 - The business permit is issued to travellers who visit the country for business meetings, conferences, and other business-related activities. Even though the US visa application for B1 and B2 have different documentation and eligibilty, the visa is issued as a B1/B2 visa.
  • US Student Visa: F1 - This is issued only for students entering the country for the purpose of education.
  • US Work Visa: H1-B, L1, J1,I,P - These categories are issued to individuals who enter the country to perform various kinds of work. Based on the type of work, and the individual case, one can apply for any one of these visas.
  • US Dependent Visa: H4, F2, L2, etc - The dependents such as a spouse, children of individuals possessing other US Visa are issued the Dependent permit.    
  • Trainee Visa: H3 - This type is issued for people attending non-employment training programs in the USA. 
  • Media and Journalists Visa: I - Issued for information media personnel travelling for work purposes.
  • Artists,/Entertainers/Athletes Visa: P - This is issued for the athletes, artists, or entertainers travelling as a part of work or project.
  • Extraordinary Ability Visa: O1 - Issued for people possessing extraordinary abilities in the field of science, sports, arts, business, etc.
  • Exchange visitor: J1 - This is for individuals visiting the US as a part of an exchange program.
  • Intracompany transferees: L1 - This is for employees that are sent to the branch/subsidiary/parent company in the US as a part of the transfer.
  • US Transit Visa: C1 - This is issued for individuals travelling through the US as a part of a transit journey.
  • Crew: D - This is for members travelling as a crew of aircraft or ship. Similar to B1/B2, despite the different US visa application for C1 and D, the permit is issued in the form of C1/D Visa.

Documents Required for USA Visa

As per the US visa rules for Indians, the documents for the application of the visa application submission vary based on the type. Each type has documents pertaining to it. However, the basic documents according to the US Visa document requirements for Indian citizens are as follows ...

  • A passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of intended travel
  • 2  photos
  • DS-160 application confirmation page
  • Visa fees payment receipt
  • Proof of purpose of visit
  • Proof of employment/study
  • Proof of financial means

USA VISA Photo Requirements

According to the US Visa requirements for Indian citizens, the following are the photo specifications required.

  • Dimensions:  50mm X 50mm
  • Colour: Coloured
  • Recently taken
  • Background: plain white
  • Must have 70% face coverage
  • Facial expression: neutral
  • Eyes directed towards the camera and wide open 
  • Glasses: allowed for medical reasons only
  • Uniforms are not permitted
  • Headgears: allowed only for religious reasons
  • Facial hair is permitted.

Fee Structure for Various types of USA VISAs
The application fees are listed below and apply to one visa application. The application fee for the most common nonimmigrant visa types is $160. This includes tourist, business, student, and exchange visas. Most petition-based visas, such as work and religious visas, are US$190. K visas cost US$265 and the fee amount for E visas is US$205 The tables below are a more comprehensive list of visa types and fee amounts.
VISA Type Description Fee Amount (in USD)
$ 160
C - 1
$ 160
Ship/Airline Crew
$ 160
Treaty Trader/Investor, Australian Professional Specialty
$ 205
Student (academic)
$ 160
Temporary/Seasonal Workers and Employment, Trainees
$ 190
Journalist and Media
$ 160
Exchange Visitor
$ 160
Fiancé(e) or Spouse of U.S. Citizen
$ 265
Intracompany Transferees
$ 190
Student (vocational)
$ 160
Persons with Extraordinary Ability
$ 190
Athletes. Artists & Entertainers
$ 190
International Cultural Exchange
$ 190
Religious Worker
$ 190
NAFTA Professionals
$ 160
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Yes, you may be able to extend the US permit depending upon the category. In order to do so, you must make an application to the USCIS (the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) before your current visa expires. However, the success of your application will depend upon a variety of factors such as the intention, immigration status, and so on. Also, you will have to submit all the documents that you have submitted for the original visa. If you cannot extend, you must leave the country before expiry. 

The medical test requirements depend on the type of permit you are applying for. For short term permits such as the tourist permit, business visa, etc, you do not require a medical test. However, for long term categories, you may need medical tests. In either case, it is always better to get a medical test done before travelling to a new country.

There is no specific numerical value to how much funds are required. As per the requirements, you are expected to possess enough funds to cover your day-to-day expenses. This includes accommodation, food, travel, and so on. While showing the bank statements, it is necessary to show that the transactions are steady and that there are not major spikes in the amount of money being credited or debited.