So the Visa season is now in full swing and over the next month or so we will be seeing you all outside the Embassy to hand you your DS2019 and send you on your merry way inside to get your visa.
But……..before you turn up to the Embassy for your appointment you need to make sure you have all the correct documents to have with you – and this is the bit that a lot of people get confused with. So I have decided to try and make it as easy as possible so that all the stress disappears.
The first document you need to have is the confirmation of your DS-160 form. This is the first form you should have filled out when you applied for your visa. When you get to the end of the form you are issued with a combination of letters and numbers starting with ‘AA’ and a confirmation page with two bar long, thin bar codes on them. One at the top of the page and one at the bottom. However, not that there are often issues using tablets or Apple computers and filling this form out. If you have access to a PC then we would recommend using this instead. People also haven’t been receiving the confirmation email, so if you head back to the website (https://ceac.state.gov/GenNIV/Default.aspx) and retrieve your application. All you need to do is your ‘AA’ combination, the security question you chose at the start of the application
The second important document you need to make sure you bring along on the day of your appointment is your SEVIS receipt. Don’t worry about paying this as the fees you have already paid to CCUSA covers that. All you need to do is print the receipt itself. Follow this link >> https://www.fmjfee.com and click ‘check status’. You will then need to enter your SEVIS ID, last name and date of birth. You can find your SEVIS ID on your footprints page under Important Documents and Information > Visa. The SEVIS ID is the one beginning with ‘N’. Once you have entered this information it will come up with your receipt and all you need to is print this page off.
So you’ve nearly printed all of the important documents you need for your appointment. The final one is the booking confirmation to say you have an appointment on the day you are turning up on. Without this – they simply won’t allow you to go inside. This is also the part where a few people also go wrong because they simply chose a date and time on their footprints account BUT NOT on the actual US Embassy website. If you make an account/log onto the US Embassy website (https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-gb/niv) and sign in using the username and password you chose when you booked your appointment. Once you have signed in you will be able to choose your appointment confirmation and print off the instruction. This is titled CSC/United States DoS Nonimmigrant Visa Instructions and should also have two bar codes on it. One displaying your DS-160 number and the other with your passport number. (NOTE: if you had to refill out the DS-160 then it doesn’t matter that the ‘AA’ combination on this form doesn’t match the DS-160 form. As long as you bring the most recent version of the DS-160 and this confirmation page printed you will absolutely fine)
On the day of your appointment you also need to make sure you bring along your passport – without this you will be turned away and will have to book another appointment on another day. Please note that they do take your passport away but will be returned to you within 7-10 working days, often quicker than this.
You also need to bring along a US Visa sized photo with you (this is square and is 2inch x 2inch. THIS IS DIFFERENT TO A UK PASSPORT SIZED PHOTO! If you don’t have this then the Embassy will make you go and take the correct version and come back. (NOTE: this photo needs to be taken within 6 months of your appointment and if you are a returner you CAN'T use the same photo as last year)
The last documents you need to bring along with you is supporting documents to basically show the US Embassy that you have a life outside of the States. This could include anything from phone bills, bank statements, rental agreements, student card, job offers starting when you return to the UK, utility bills, payslips – pretty much anything that is official and has your name on it.
If worst comes to worst, there is a pharmacy right next to the Embassy that has computers, so you can pop in there to re-print any documents but we obviously want you to be as prepared as possible to avoid taking up more of your time.
If you have any questions then please feel free to message me at email@example.com or call the office phone on 02088 746325