Who Needs a Non-Immigrant Visa?
Most individuals travelling to the United States require a visa. However, some individuals may travel without a visa on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Additionally, based on a bilateral agreement, in certain circumstances, many Bahamians and citizens of the British Overseas Territory of the Turks and Caicos Islands do not require a visa. For the most up-to-date information regarding travelling to the United States, please look at Travel.State.Gov.
Please note: Travelers born in the United States and those who hold dual citizenship with the United States must enter and depart the United States on a U.S. passport.
How Do I Apply for a Non-Immigrant Visa?
Please do not forget to apply early! Visa appointments are limited, and space fills up quickly. The earlier you apply, the easier it is for you to plan your travel.
It is very important to follow these directions in order for your application and interview experience to go as smooth as possible. The most common problems applicants encounter are forgetting their DS-160 confirmation page and/or a problem with their photograph. DO NOT FORGET your confirmation page, and to not have the photo problems, please visit the Photo Requirements section of our website.
Step 1: Complete the DS-160 Visa Application
The Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application, DS-160, can be completed online at http://ceac.state.gov/genniv. After you have submitted the application, print the confirmation (barcode) number page and bring it with you to your interview.
Step 2: Pay Your fee
Visit https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-bs to create an account that will allow you to pay your visa application fee and schedule your appointment. Payment can be made at various Cash N' Go locations or online by credit card. Please print proof of payment and bring it with you for your interview.
Step 3: Schedule Your Visa Interview
For Cash N' Go payments, you must wait 2 business days before scheduling your visa interview online. For credit card payments, you will receive direct access to the appointment calendar. Call 1-800-883-7421 if you require assistance.
Step 4: Gather Your Documents
Assemble the documentation that you believe will support your application for a U.S. visa, including your passport or certificate of identity. A checklist of documents is located on our website at http://nassau.usembassy.gov/nonimmigrantvisas.html
Step 5: The Interview
Bring the DS-160 Application confirmation page along with your valid passport (6-months validity), 1 visa size photo (taken within 6 months), proof of payment and supporting documents to your scheduled interveiw at the Embassy.
All downloadable documents on this page are provided in PDF format. To view PDFs you must have a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader. You may download a free version by clicking the link above.