As a specialized agency for US visas, we inform you below about the different visas for the USA and explain where and how to apply for a USA visa.
Should you need assistance in applying for a visa, feel free to contact us.
First of all, you should know that not every person is eligible to apply for a visa to the USA. Therefore, the first question you should ask yourself is whether or not you need a US visa. You may not need to apply for a US visa if
A visa allows applicants to stay in the United States for various purposes and to different duration. Whether or not you need a visa, and if so, which one, usually depends first on
Other factors that determine which US visa you need to apply for may include:
Potential visa applicants do not always find it easy to keep track of more than 40 visa categories – we can help you with this!
The application channels are manifold. Depending on the visa category, the application process to obtain a US visa may include several application steps. For example, for certain work visas, such as L-1 or H-1B, a petition must always be filed in advance by the US employer with US immigration authorities in order to obtain a work permit (Approval Notice). Only after receiving this document can a visa be issued at the US consulate.
In any event, all persons who are outside the United States and plan to stay in the United States must comply with the consular application process to the actual receipt of the U.S. visa by stamp in the passport go through (exception: Visa Waiver Program / ESTA).
Visa issuance by US embassies and consulates worldwide is now highly standardized, but there may be regional differences depending on the country of application. Applicants can find information on the respective websites of the US missions worldwide that issue US visas.
In any case, all nonimmigrant visa applicants must, in addition to completing the online application DS-160 create a visa profile on the website of the respective visa information service for the purpose of making an appointment and paying the visa processing fee. For the US consulates in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, the service provider is CGI Federal Inc. responsible. In other countries, e.g. Great Britain, Mexico, etc., there is a second visa information service.
Once the DS-160 online application (incl. digital passport photo) has been submitted in a first step, the online profile can be created via the corresponding service provider in a second step.
Please note that the following is an example of the application process for US consulates in Germany.
Within the Visa profile you take the visa fee payment (please note that the application fee is not refundable if your visa is rejected). The fee can be paid by
You will usually receive an e-mail notification that payment has been received and your account has been activated so that the appointment can be made.
On our website we provide detailed information on the US visa costs.
We advise you on the choice of the appropriate visa category and take over the complete processing for you or your company.
The interview appointment must be made either online via the visa profile or by telephone via the call center of the US consulates at +49 (0)322 2109 3243. If you make the appointment online via your visa profile, you have the possibility to view and book the still available appointments of the US consulates in Berlin, Frankfurt am Main and Munich in a calendar.
You will then receive an appointment confirmation including proof of payment of the visa application fee. Appointment postponements or cancellations are possible. However, if you postpone your appointment more than twice, you will have to pay the visa fee again. There is also an option within the visa profile to apply for an emergency appointment (e.g. family, medical or work emergencies).
At the agreed appointment at the respective US consulate, you must then personally present all necessary documents to the official (exception: Visa Reissuance Program or applicants under 14 and over 79 years of age).
Depending on the visa category, the application documents differ considerably. However, what must always be presented as a minimum requirement are the following application documents:
Please inform yourself in time which further documents are necessary or useful to prepare your visa application in the best possible way. We will be happy to assist you with your visa application.
On the day of the visa appointment, your documents will be reviewed, you will be briefly interviewed and, as a rule, the officials will decide directly whether or not to approve your visa for the USA. If the decision is positive, your passport will be retained at the US consulate and, after a processing time of approximately three to seven days, will be sent by registered mail to the shipping address you provided in your online profile with the visa included. A personal pickup is usually not possible, but can be requested in individual cases and in urgent emergencies.
It is difficult to make a general statement about how long it takes to apply for a visa to the USA will take. Depending on the visa, processing times can vary from three to five weeks to seven months. You should therefore find out in good time which visa category is suitable for your purpose of stay and which application procedure is associated with it, in order to avoid any unpleasant surprises in your time planning. How much time you have to plan for the application of a US visa usually depends on the following components:
Please note that US officials cannot take individual travel plans into consideration. For this reason, it is recommended to apply for a visa before booking a flight.
Not all US visa applications are the same. Depending on the purpose of stay, there are over 40 categories available to US travelers, which vary significantly by
A variety of US visas, such as visitor visas (B-1 / B-2), can be applied for directly at US consulates during a personal interview appointment.
Visa interview appointments are available quicky, depending on the country of application, i.e. within approximately three to five weeks. If the application is approved, the passport will be sent within one week.
Please note, however, that some visa categories, for example many US work visas, are subject to elaborate procedural steps before a consular interview appointment to issue the visa can even take place. Depending on the category and the processing times of the USCIS service centers, this pre-application step can take an additional two to three months (or even longer).
US consulates around the world can also experience busy periods. For example, experience has shown that more US visa applications are filed during peak travel periods (summer and winter months) with the same staff. In addition, during the summer months, consulates are well utilized by prospective students in the US (F-1 visas). The usual waiting time for a free interview appointment of about one to two weeks can increase to up to three weeks during these times. Travelers to the USA should therefore start their visa application early during the high season. Due to their busy schedules, U.S. consulates are generally unable to accommodate individual applicants (aside from emergency situations).
The official website of the U.S. Department of State provides visa waiting times at US consulates at US consulates.
In addition to the type of visa as well as the time of application, other circumstances may have an impact on the visa application period:
If the visa application is done through our agency, we can assure you the fastest possible processing and make the application process as easy, efficient and fast as possible for you.
The cost of applying for a US visa is as follows:
Get even more specific information on visa costs.
A US visa is not valid indefinitely, but has an expiration date. The maximum validity period depends on several factors, such as the visa category applied for and the nationality of the visa applicant.
Compared to other countries, applying for a US visa involves a relatively large amount of effort. In addition, the requirements for the respective visa category must always be checked on a case-by-case basis – this then results in the different
Our visa experts are familiar with the current visa regulations for the USA through daily consultations and case processing and can therefore guarantee you optimal support with your visa application. Every year we help more than 750 companies and individuals with the
We are particularly specialized in the needs of companies operating in the United States.
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