Because each applicant's case will vary, no single document guarantees a visa will be issued. In addition, documents rarely, if ever, determine the outcome of an interview. U.S. law requires that temporary travelers to the U.S. convince the consular officer that their purpose of travel is legitimate and authorized under the type of visa requested and that they are not intending immigrants to the U.S. before a visa can be issued.
Any documentation or proof that the applicant would like to submit as evidence of strong economic, family, and social ties to his or her country of residence is useful. Helpful supporting documents are listed below for each type of visa. This list depends upon which kind of visa the applicant is applying for and is not comprehensive. An applicant may present any information he or she feels is relevant to his or her ties outside the U.S. or purpose of travel.
Business or Tourist Visas
When applying for a tourist or business visa, we strongly suggest you bring additional documents in support of your visa application, such as:
- Passports of applicant´s family members
- Marriage certificate (for spouse´s application) and birth certificates (for children or family applications)
- Proof of current salary
- Invitation from U.S. business contacts
- Bank account statements
- Property documents
- Valid business registration and recent tax payments (for business owners)
- School letters, grade books and transcripts (for students)
For more information about visitor visas, required and additional documentation, visa denials, visit
Applicants going to the United States for medical treatment are required to meet the standard eligibility requirements for a nonimmigrant visa. Please visit the following link to check the necessary information on medical treatment: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1262.html#10a.
Student Visa Applicants
- Form I-20
- Proof of payment of the SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) fee - if this fee is not paid at the time of the visa interview, the applicant will not be able to receive their visa, and will have to pay the fee before a visa can be issued. Please note that you must pay the SEVIS fee before interview date. Please click for information on how to pay the SEVIS fee.
- Passports of applicant´s family members
- Proof that tuition and living expenses can be paid is required; i.e. scholarship letters, bank statements, receipts from the school etc.
- Dependent F-2 visa applicants (spouses and children of F-1 applicants) must provide proof of relationship to the F-1 applicant or visa holder, e.g. marriage and/or birth certificates.
More information on F-1 visas is available at: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1268.html
- Form DS-2019
- Proof of SEVIS fee payment (see Student Visa Applicants)
- An invitation explaining the nature of the exchange program and how the applicant was selected for the program
- Passports of family members
- Dependent J-2 visa applicants (spouses and children of J-1 applicants) must provide proof of relationship to the J-1 applicant or visa holder, e.g. marriage and/or birth certificates.
More information on J-1 visas is available at: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1267.html
Beneficiaries of Nonimmigrant Worker Petitions (H, L, O or P visa applicants) should schedule their appointments online and bring their appointment confirmations along with completed forms, supporting documents, two Armeconombank bank receipts of the non-refundable application fee to the Consular Cashier from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays and come in for an interview on Fridays. Group applicants should follow the instruction listed under Group Applications. If there is no appointment available for Friday, please schedule your appointment for the nearest available date and ask the consular official at the time you submit your paperwork to schedule your interview on Friday.
- The original approval notice of a petition (I-797 form)
- A copy of a complete petition submitted by petitioner to USCIS for approval
- An invitation explaining the nature of applicant´s employment in the U.S.
- Proof of relevant education/qualification
- Copy of employment agreement with U.S. company
- Information about U.S. company including company´s exact name, contact information, address, website, name of applicant´s future supervisor.
- Dependents of petition based visas must provide proof of relationship to the main applicant.
For more information about temporary work visas, visit: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1271.html
Nonimmigrant visa applicants of five or more individuals planning to travel together (except family applications) are requested to schedule their appointments online and submit their documents at least four weeks prior to the proposed travel date. The group organizer is required to submit the appointment confirmations, passport copies, application forms, bank receipts and the list of group members on business days except Tuesdays and Thursdays at 14:00. Please e-mail or call between 11:00 and 12:00 or 16:00 and 17:00 to request admission to the consular section.
Statements made by individuals or private groups claiming they can guarantee U.S. visas are false. Any person who presents false documents or misleading information to the embassy can be permanently disqualified from receiving a U.S. visa. For more information on visa ineligibilities please click here: http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/ineligibilities/ineligibilities_1364.html#Ineligibilities.