How to apply for a US visa?

Learn how you can get your US visa and make your dream trip to the United States

Several Brazilians want to travel to the United States, but resist in doing so because of strict visa requirements.

However, you can finally make your dream come true. We will provide you with some tips on how to get your US visa.

With the right instructions and following the steps below, you can simplify the paperwork and follow a much quicker process. Check it out:

1 – Fill out the DS-160 form

This is basically the first step in getting your US visa. A mistake in this step can already cost you a lot of time and money.

Non-immigrant applicants must complete the DS-160 form if they wish to tour, work, visit relatives and so on.

The form contains a mix of personal, travel and work questions, which you will need to answer and complete.

If you are unable to provide accurate information at a given box, save your work and return to it once you have verified the data you need.

The last thing you need to do when filling out the form is to upload a 2×2 photo of yourself against a white background. The photo should have been taken within the last six months.

The United States Embassy no longer accepts pictures taken with your glasses on, so be sure to adjust that if necessary.

2 – Pay the visa application fee

The standard US tourism visa fee is $ 160. This amount is non-refundable and you must pay it regardless of your visa status, approved or denied.

You can pay the fee on the Internet and use international credit cards or bank slips.

3 – Confirm the payment

After paying the visa application, wait for payment confirmation, which usually happens after two working days.

After that, wait at least four hours before booking your appointment date.

4 – Schedule an interview

After receiving payment confirmation, you will be able to schedule your interview.

This process can be done on the Visa Applicant Service Center (CASV) website.

5 – Attend CASV personally

Before your interview, you must attend CASV personally (choose a location) to have your photo taken and your biometric data collected. Your data will be stored in the Consulate system.

There are six locations in Brazil: Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, São Paulo, Recife, and Rio de Janeiro. If you live in a different city, you have to plan a trip to one of the locations above on the scheduled date.

6 – Get all the paperwork ready

Like most embassies, applicants are required to provide documents that can show evidence of any ties with the country and financial standing, among other things. Please note you should submit original documents, unless otherwise stated.

Here is a list of the necessary documents:

  • Passport;
  • Previous and current visas, if any;
  • DS-160 confirmation page.

In general, the list above includes the most important documents, but you can also submit any other document that you find it is relevant to the trip you want to take. Some suggestions include:

  • Deposit receipts;
  • Appointment confirmation;
  • Electronic copy of a 2×2 photo;
  • Employment certificate;
  • Income tax receipt;
  • Bank certificate.

Remember that, depending on the language of the document, a professional translation service will be required to ensure that the information is accurate according to the original counterpart.

In this case, count on a sworn translation agency to avoid any setbacks during this stage of the process.

7 – Attend the interview at the consulate

The interview is usually conducted by an American employee, so make sure you know all your application details.

Most of the questions will likely come from the documents you have submitted, so be familiar with the data you have provided.

Here are some reminders for your interview:

  • Leave your cell phone, tablet and any other electronic device at home. Electronic devices are not allowed at the United States Embassy;
  • Get to the embassy at least 15 minutes before the scheduled time. You can kill time at a nearby cafe, so you better get there early;
  • Speak in English, if necessary, and respond appropriately. Do not overelaborate or provide one-word responses. Remember to smile too.

8 – US visa delivery 

If you’ve followed the steps outlined here, chances are good that your application will be approved. At least in the case of Brazilians, about 96% of the applications are accepted.

After approval, you can choose to receive your passport and visa at home or a CASV when scheduling the interview.

Additional tips for applying for a US visa

– Supporting documents are really helpful:

In addition to the required documents, it is really useful to include supporting documents that prove your ties with Brazil. Illegal immigration is a major problem in the United States and that is why they have very strict rules for visa applications.

– Be confident:

You need to report to the consulate properly. Don’t be intimidated, they are just doing their job. As long as you have nothing to hide, there is no reason to be anxious. Just make sure you are well prepared and be as calm as possible to avoid unfounded suspicions.

– Dress appropriately:

We suggest that you wear casual and comfortable clothes for your interview. First impressions are important here – and it can definitely help with your confidence.

The American Dream

Now that you have learned how to get your US visa, it’s time to plan your US trip. With Fidelity, you can count on the best sworn translation services and avoid having your application denied due to invalid documents.

You definitely don’t want all your time, effort and money to be wasted just because the translation of your documents didn’t follow an international protocol, do you?

So now you are one step closer to finally having your dream come true and travel to the United States.

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