As a citizen of India, you need to apply for a US Tourist visa if you want to spend your vacation in the United States. You cannot get the visa online, but you can fill in the form DS-160 using an online visa service. iVisa will soon launch that service, and as a result, you will be able to enjoy a hassle-free application process. Until then, here is some useful information.
What are the requirements for an online DS-160?
If you want to apply for a US Tourist visa from India, you do not need to fulfill many requirements. In fact, here is what you will need:
- Valid passport – every person who wishes to apply for a US Tourist visa is required to hold a passport that is valid for at least another 6 months from the intended date of departure FROM the US.
- Photo – along with the application form, you need to upload a photograph of yourself. It needs to be as recent as possible and follow all the other photo requirements.
- E-mail address – once you submit the application, we will process it and send you the application form confirmation page via e-mail. You will have to print it out before you go to your interview.
- Means of payment – you will have to pay the fee for the US Tourist visa. In some cases, that is payable after the application form is completed but before the interview. It depends on nationality. Of course, service fees apply. iVisa will accept credit or debit cards, but PayPal, Alipay, and WeChat will also be considered valid methods of payment.
The US Tourist visa application form
The next thing you need to check off the list is the application itself. iVisa is preparing an accessible and convenient form so that you can complete it in about 20 minutes. Plus, if you need some help, you should know that iVisa’s customer support will be available 24/7 and free of charge.
The form that iVisa creates will have three steps. The first one will expect you to provide some personal information, travel details, and passport information. Also, you will have to select a processing time, an aspect that will determine the cost of your US Tourist visa. iVisa will come up with three options: Standard, Rush, and Super Rush. That way you can choose the one that is most convenient for you. However, we are not able to disclose the fees for the moment. Check back with us in a little while to find that out.
The second step will ask you to make the payment and revise your form so that it does not contain any mistakes. A simple error will invalidate your application form confirmation, which means that you have to repeat the process. Avoid that by reading your form carefully before moving on to the next step.
When you reach the third step, you will be asked to upload the supporting documents for your application. For instance, this is the moment when you must upload the photo for your application. If additional documents are required, you will be notified. When you are done, all that is left for you to do is to submit the application. iVisa will send you the confirmation letter in the timeframe you will have chosen.
The bottom line is that you can apply for a US tourist visa from India. But you need to go to the nearest US embassy to do it. Fortunately, the form can be handled online, and iVisa will soon provide that service.