Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application (DS-160)

Apply For a Nonimmigrant Visa

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The first step in applying for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa is to complete your application. It takes approximately 90 minutes to do this. After you submit your application, you can move on to the next steps such as scheduling your interview.

Important: Before You Start
  1. Learn about Types of Visas.
  2. This website is designed to be accessed using Chrome, Edge, or Firefox only.
  3. Review the instructions and FAQ.
Other people can assist you with your visa application. Note that under U.S. law (22 C.F.R. 41.103) you must electronically sign and submit your own application unless you qualify for an exemption. Even if someone else helped you complete the application, you (the applicant) must click the “Sign Application” button, or your application may not be accepted.

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Select a location and make sure you have the documents and information you will need.
You will be asked for your application ID and answer a security question.
Additional Information
» Write down the Application ID displayed on the top right hand corner of the page. If you close your browser window, you will need your ID to access your application again.
» Save your application frequently. The system will time out after 20 minutes of inactivity, and you will lose all unsaved information.
» Read more about U.S. visas at
» Visit the website of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.