Gather Documents for Interview with Consular Officer
Do not mail documents to the Embassy or Consular Section prior to your interview. Bring them with you to the interview.
English translations must be attached to all documents which are in a foreign language.
All applicants must present the following documents at the interview.
Passport: Current and previous passports issued in the past ten years. Travelers are required to be in possession of passports that are valid for six-months beyond the period of their intended stay in the U.S.
Citizens of a country with country-specific agreements
provide exemptions to this rule and need only to have a passport valid for their intended period of stay.
DS-160: Confirmation Page
Job Letter: Provide a letter from your employer indicating length of employment and current salary. If the job is not permanent and is only a limited contract, the letter must state when the contract ends and if it is renewable. If self-employed, provide business records such as government registration, relevant licenses, contracts with clients, receipts for purchases or sales, business bank statements, etc.
Bank Statements: Provide evidence of ALL personal funds. If you have multiple bank accounts, bring statements from all of them. Bank statements must 1) identify you by name and account number, 2) state the amounts on deposit, 3) show any loans with outstanding balances and 4) show the average balance for the past six months.
Property /home ownership: Provide proof of any homes or property you own, regardless of location.
Proof of school enrollment: If you are 18 years old or over and are currently a student, bring a letter from your school/university/college detailing when you commenced your studies and when you are expected to finish them. It is especially important that you show bank
statements/financial documents, since you are not working. If you also have a job, please see the information on “Job Letter” above.
Court and/or Police Records: Applicants with arrest/criminal records must provide a copy of their court and/or arrest record and copy of relevant Laws/Statutes (including cases that ended with an acquittal or pardon) and an English translation of those documents. In the event that there was no trial, bring a letter in English that explains the circumstances of the arrest.
Note: Those who do not have arrest or criminal records do not need to provide any such documents.
Proof of Employment or Enrollment in School (if applicable)
Applicants going to the U.S. to participate in a science or technology-related conference must bring a complete CV or resume, a complete list of publications (if applicable), a completed conference questionnaire, and a letter of acceptance/invitation from the conference organizer.
For applicants under age 16
– please review the instructions for children
and bring the appropriate documents to the interview. Note: only applications for children under 14 may be mailed-in.
For information on additional documentary requirements for the specific category of visa you are applying, please refer to the visa categories.