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What to Bring to the Interview

Please do not bring to the Embassy any weapons, large bags, tape recorders or players, cameras, electronic items (including IPods, MP3 players, and PDAs), smoking items, or sharp instruments. Cell phones and liquids other than baby bottles must be left at the entrance.

You must now complete your online application in the Consular Electronic Application Center before scheduling a visa interview.

What to Bring to Your Interview

  • Your valid passport.
  • The DS-160 online application form confirmation page.  Complete your online application in the Consular Electronic Application Center before making your appointment.  Please print the confirmation sheet with the bar code and bring this to the interview with you.  Do not print the entire application; you need only bring the confirmation page to your interview.  If the printed confirmation page does not show the photograph you uploaded please also bring a 2" x 2" (5cm x 5cm); photograph.  The color photo should be taken against a white background and should measure 2" x 2" (5cm x 5cm).  The face must occupy 50% of the photograph with the subject directly facing the camera.  Do not submit photos that were taken more than six months ago or that have been retouched (digitally altered).  You can find additional information on photo requirements here.
  • Birth Certificate. Besides the original Marriage Certificate, parents of minors must present the original Birth Certificate (of the minors) issued in the last three months.  If a legal guardian applies on behalf minor, both, the legal guardian and the minor, must be present for the interview with the court documents proving legal custody at that time.
  • Marriage Certificate if applicant is married.
  • Previous passport(s) with U.S. visa(s), if applicable.
  • Additional documentation that you feel may support your application.  Please note that the U.S. visa application is interview-based rather than document-based.  Except for those documents requested above and those specified under other visa classes, you do not need to bring documents related to your trip to the interview unless you are traveling for business and your employer is paying for your trip.  If the interviewing officer would like to request a specific document from you, they will do this during the interview.  While we would like to make the interview process as free of documents as possible, we do recommend bringing prior passports containing a previous U.S. visa or showing international travel.

You can find additional information on the CEAC form in the following link.

As applicants must qualify for the visa according to their own circumstances, and not on the basis of a sponsor in the United States, affidavits of support from your friends and family in the United States will not generally be considered for tourism visas.

For F, J and M Applicants Only

  • Proof that you have paid your nonrefundable SEVIS fee for applicants seeking F, M, and certain J-1 visas. More information on the SEVIS fee is available at Payment can be made with credit card at
  • For F and M Applicants: A valid I-20 issued by a qualified institution in the United States, as well as evidence of the resources available to pay school fees.
  • For J Applicants: A valid Original DS-2019 issued by a qualified institution in the United States.

For H1B/H4 & L1/L2 Applicants

Applicants who present fake documents to support their application, could obtain a permanent ineligibility to obtain a Visa., and if they have one, this one could be revoked.


Updated: September 22, 2011