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VISA USA: Documents Required to Submit a Visa Application

Supporting documents required to submit a visa application


The B-1 / B-2 visitor visa is for people traveling to the United States temporarily for business (B-1) or for recreation or medical treatment (B-2). In general, the B-1 visa is intended for travelers consulting business associates, attending scientific, training, professional or business conventions / conferences, or setting up goods or negotiating contracts. The B-2 visa is intended for leisure travel, including tourism, visits to friends or relatives, medical treatment, and activities of a fraternal, social or service nature. B-1 and B-2 visas are often combined and issued as a single visa, the B-1 / B-2.


If you are applying for a B-1 / B-2 visa, you must prove to a consular officer that you are qualified for a U.S. visa under the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). INA Section 214 (b) assumes that any B-1 / B-2 visa applicant is a potential immigrant. You must overcome this legal presumption by showing:

  • That the purpose of your trip to the United States is a temporary visit, such as for business, leisure, or medical treatment.
  • That you plan to stay in the United States for a specific and limited period of time.
  • Financial evidence to cover your expenses in the United States.
  • That you have a residence outside the United States, as well as other social or economic ties, which will guarantee your return abroad at the end of your visit.

Personal or domestic employees and crew members working on ships on the continental shelf may qualify for a B-1 visa under certain circumstances.

Some foreigners may be ineligible for obtaining a visa under the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Request elements

If you are applying for a tourist / business visa, you must provide the following documents on the day of the interview:

  • The confirmation page for your DS-160 form. Visit the DS-160 web page for more information about the DS-160. You will not be able to attend your interview without the confirmation page of your DS-160 form.
  • A passport valid for travel to the United States with a validity date extending at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the United States (except in the case of bilateral agreements providing an exemption.) If more than one person is included on your passport, each person wishing to obtain a visa must apply.
  • One (1) photograph 5 cm x 5 cm (2 “x2”) taken within the last six months. You will also need to present:
  • A receipt of payment of the nonimmigrant visa application process fee in the amount of US $ 160 paid in local currency. If a visa is issued, additional reciprocity fees may apply for visa issuance depending on your nationality. The website of the State Department can help you find out if you must pay a reciprocity fee for visa issuance and the amount due.
  • The interview appointment confirmation page confirming that you have made an appointment through this service . 

You can also bring any supporting documents that could support the information communicated to the consular officer.

How to Apply

Step 1

Complete the Electronic Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form (DS-160) .

Step 2

Pay your fees visa application.

Step 3

Make an appointment on this webpage. You need three pieces of information to make the appointment.

  • Your passport number.
  • The CGI reference number on your visa fee payment receipt. (Click here if you have trouble locating this number.)
  • The ten (10) digit barcode number found on the DS-160 confirmation page.

Step 4

Visit the Consulate on the time and date of your visa interview. You will need to present a printed copy of your appointment letter, your Form DS-160 confirmation page, a photo taken within the past six months, your current passport as well as any old ones. Incomplete files will not be accepted.

Justificative documents

Supporting documents are only one of the many factors the consular officer will consider during your interview. Consular officers review each request individually and assess professional, social, cultural and other factors. Consular officers can take into consideration your specific intentions, your family situation and your long-term plans in your country of residence. Each file is examined individually and according to the law.

Please note: do not present false documents. Fraud or misrepresentation can result in permanent ineligibility for a visa. In case of confidentiality concerns, the applicant can bring the documents to the Consulate in a closed envelope. The Consulate will not disclose this information to others and will respect the confidentiality of the information.

You must bring the following documents to your interview. Original documents are always preferred over photocopies and you must bring these documents to the interview. Do not send supporting documents by fax, e-mail or post to the Consulate.

  • Current proof of income, tax payment, business ownership or ownership, or property.
  • Your travel itinerary and / or other explanations regarding your planned trip.
  • A letter from your employer detailing your position, your salary, how long you have been employed, your leave of absence and, if applicable, the purpose of the business trip to the United States.
  • Your criminal record containing any arrest or conviction taking place anywhere, even if you have served your sentence or have subsequently been pardoned.

In addition, depending on the purpose of your trip, you can bring the following documents:


Bring your latest school reports, transcripts and diplomas. Also bring proof of financial support such as a monthly bank statement, fixed deposit slips, or the like.

Adult workers

Bring a letter of employment from your employer and payslips for the past three months.

Entrepreneurs and business managers

Provide proof of your position with the company and your remuneration.

Visit to a loved one

Bring photocopies proving your parent’s status (such as Green Card, naturalization certificate, valid visa, etc.).

Visitors who have visited the United States

If you have been to the United States before, any document proving your immigration or visa status.

Supporting documents for applicants wishing to receive medical treatment

If you wish to travel to the United States for medical treatment, be prepared to present the following documents in addition to the documents listed above and those requested by the consular officer:

  • A medical diagnosis from a local doctor explaining the nature of your illness and why you need treatment in the United States.
  • A letter from a doctor or medical center in the United States expressing a willingness to treat that specific condition and detailing the length and cost of treatment being considered (including doctors’ fees, hospital costs, and all related medical expenses).
  • A statement of financial responsibility from the people or organization paying for your transportation, medical, and day-to-day expenses. The persons guaranteeing the payment of these expenses must provide proof of their ability to bear these costs, often in the form of a bank statement or an income / savings statement, or certified copies of the statements of income. taxes.

Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS)

In accordance with the agreement signed between the United States and China to extend the validity of visas, as of November 29, 2016, Chinese citizens with 10-year B1, B2 or B1 / B2 visas in a passport of the Republic People of China will be required to update their biographical and other information from their visa application through a website every two years, or when obtaining a new passport or B1, B2 or B1 / B2, whichever comes first. This mechanism is called EVUS – Electronic Visa Update System.

The EVUS website is now open to the public for registration at . CBP will not charge an EVUS registration fee at this time. CBP anticipates the eventual implementation of EVUS registration fees, but does not have a timeline. Until a charge is in place, travelers can register for EVUS free of charge. The Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will keep visa holders informed of new information throughout the year. For more information, please visit .