Transit Visa Application
1. File pre-screening form “DS-160” online
To assess eligibility for a transit visa, a completed form “DS-160” must be submitted. “DS-160” is an online application form required for all non-immigrant visa applicants at the US Embassy/Consulate General.
Because “DS-160” includes newborns and pre-school children, the parent(s) or representative of the family must apply for all members if the family is intending an extended stay in the United States.
2. Make payment for the U.S. Transit Visa application fee
After submitting the “DS-160,” pay the $160 transit visa application cost online. Remember to print off and keep the receipt displayed on the screen, since you will need it later. Visa issuance fees include C-1 (General transit visa), C-3 (Foreign government transit visa), but not C-2 (U.N. headquarters transit visa). Other costs may apply based on your location and the Embassy to whom you are applying.
3. Schedule your interview at U.S. Embassy/Consulate General
After you have completed the payment, schedule your interview at the US Embassy/Consulate General. Depending on the region and nation from where you are applying, there may be no interviews at the Embassy; thus, contact them in advance.
4. Submit the required documents for U.S. Transit Visas before the interview
When applying for a transit visa to the United States, the following documents must be submitted:
- Acceptance of the completed DS-160 application form
- Valid passport (it should be valid for at least 6 months after your anticipated return date from the United States).
- Digital data from a 6-month-old identity photos (white background, no glasses)
- Proof of payment of the transit visa application fee
- Social media information (a list of the social media platforms you use, as well as the name of your account, etc.)
- Ticket or evidence of entry into the country of your final destination
- Visit to your end destination details (Main reason of the visit, lodging location, etc.)
- Evidence that you are financially capable of covering your expenditures
- Evidence showing you intend to return to your home country or another nation following your stay in the United States.
- A doctor’s health certificate outlining your physical condition, as well as confirmation of no communicable infection or infection disease designated by the US government
- Medical health insurance proof (insurance card)
* If you have previously been arrested in the United States, you must send a letter detailing the offense, the grounds for the arrest, and documentation of whether or not you were convicted.
5. Attend your Transit Visa interview at Embassy/Consulate General
Attend your planned visa interview with a consular official at the Embassy/Consulate General. Because essential documents will be examined at the counter, you should arrive at least one hour before the interview. The following information is required for the consular interview; however, extra information may be requested depending on the kind of visa and the purpose of your journey to the United States.
- In your mother tongue, write your whole name.
- Education following elementary school
- Address where you want your visa mailed
- Names and dates of birth of your parents (even if your parents are deceased)
- Monthly income (A person who is solely subjected)
- In the past, a visa number and date were granted.
- Name of the individual if the necessary documents are prepared by an agent/representative
If you fail to provide required facts or make false statements during the interview, your visa application will be denied.