please note: Iranian citizens like citizens of many other countries require visa to enter the US, Scheduling an appointment is one of the first steps in this regard. Following the events occurred in 1978 and closure of the Embassy and Consulate of the US in Iran, the Iranian applicants of visa and appointment have to refer to one of the neighbor countries to apply for visa.
Citizens of certain countries who intend to travel to the US must first obtain a visa (non-immigrant visa for temporary residence or immigrant visa for permanent residence). With a US visa you can go to one of the ports of entry (e.g. airport) and apply for a US entry permit from the Ministry of Interior Security, immigration officer and the customs border protection. Please note that according to the latest law, if you are an Iranian citizen or5 other countries(travel ban) if you have travelled to Iran during the past 10 years or if you born in Iran, you have to obtain visa to enter the US. However, you are more likely to obtain a multiple entry 10-year visa.
Before explaining the conditions and steps of scheduling appointment for the US consular, we give some explanations of visas to make the applicants more familiar with different types of US visas and to help them make appropriate choices for their trip.
Usually the nearest available date is for the student visa applicants. Some consulates increase or decrease their focus on a certain type of visa from time to time. Before planning your trip, make sure to get informed of the nearest available dates and the current conditions of the relevant consulate.
Due to years of experience and familiarity with scheduling appointments for the US Embassy and procedures at consulates of neighboring countries, the executive experts of Kite Tour Department of Visa and Appointment can provide specialized services to the US visa applicants.
Documents Required for Appointment at US consular
Each applicant must provide the following documents for their interview at the US Embassy. These documents are different from those required to schedule appointment:
- Original copy of passport with at least 6 months validity together with previous passports
- Two 5x5 full-face colored phots with white background
- Translation of Birth Certificate, National ID Card, Certificate of Marriage or Divorce together with original copies of documents
- Translation and the original copy of military service completion or exemption card
- Occupational documents including employment certificate, translation of official gazette, last notice of changes and/or decisions, notification of personnel action or pension action, medical office license or engineering license, business license, utilization license, personnel card or commercial ID card, guilds council certificate etc.
- Translation of premium payment records
- Translation of title deed together with its original copy, documents of purchase of shares in the stock exchange, purchase of negotiable instruments
- Participation and any other kind of investment
- Bank statement in English
- Bank account statement of last 6 months in English
- Confirmation of embassy appointment
- Confirmation of form DS- 160
- visa fee payment confirmation
- Voucher of hotel in the US and reservation of round-trip ticket
- If you have an invitation letter, completion of form I-134 with the original copy of invitation letter
- For F1 applicants: form I- 20 and SEVIS Fee Payment Confirmation
- For J1 applicants: form DS-2019, SEVIS Fee Payment Confirmation
Wait Time to Schedule Appointment for US consular
Type of visa affects the process of scheduling appointment. Here are visas with the same wait time for appointment:
Group 1: visas for tourists, visiting relatives, work, participation in congress, medical treatment
Group 2: student and research opportunity visas
Group 3: fiancé and investment visas
Group 4: green card applicants and US citizens
Steps to Schedule Appointment for US Embassy
Kite Tour's , offering visa and appointment services and ready to schedule appointments for the US consular across the world. US appointment steps begin after the online registration in the website of US virtual consulate and ends with attendance in the US consular in the intended country and having an in-person interview. In general, the steps are as follows:
- Online registration in the website of US virtual consulate
- Online completion of non-immigrant visa application form
- Online payment of appointment and fingerprint fees
- Book appointment
before plane your trip to the US please be aware of the nearest appointment time available. Duration of time to the nearest available time may vary due to the number of visa applicants and limitation of admission of consulate. Sometime you may get an interview appointment for the next day and sometimes it may take up to a couple of months.
Documents Required to Schedule Appointment for US consular
Documents required to schedule appointment for US consular are actually documents which should be provided by the applicant, after the online registration, on the day of interview. These documents are:
- A copy of the first page of passport with at least 6 months validity
- Scan of 5x5 full-face photos with white background
- A completed form DS- 160 in Persian or a confirmation of the form DS 160 in English
- Valid email address and phone number of Applicant
- Scan of previous US visas (if any)
There are around 185 different types of US visas which are divided into two main categories of immigrant and non-immigrant visas. The US immigrant visa is issued for the purpose of immigration and permanent residence in US and the non-immigrant visa includes various types of visitor visas, student visas, work visas etc.
US Visitor Visa (Non-immigrant)
Based on the latest update of the official website of the US (http://ceac.state.gov) , the visitor visa known as visa type B, is a non-immigrant and temporary visa which is divided into three categories:
Visa B1 is generally issued for business contracts and for participation in conferences. However, Visa B2 is issued for tourism, visiting relatives and friends and/or for medical examinations and treatments in the US. Visa B1/B2 is for business and tourism and it is a combination of visas B1 and B2.
US Student Visa (Non-immigrant)
Many individuals interested in science and education dream of studying in the US or completing their academic studies in this country. Accordingly, they can take action to continue their studies in the US in three ways:
Visa Type F
Visa Type J
Visa Type M
Visa Type F is issued for applicants of continuing academic studies in the US (associate to doctorate degree) and English language courses.
Visa Type J is issued for performing research, education and/or teaching in the US. This course is offered by employer to the applicant and the employer may be a company or university.
Visa Type M is issued for individuals who wish to study in applied and short term non-academic courses for example technical schools or non-scientific institutes in the fields like: fashion design, photography, modeling etc.
US Work Visa
A work visa is issued for applicants who have a special professional specialty and are invited by the US employer of H1 visa. Main conditions for obtaining this type of visa for the applicant is to hold at least a bachelor’s degree and for the employer is to be recognized qualified by the US Immigration Department.