What are the needed documents for a tourist visa in the United States of America?
It is called the United States of America because it comprises 50 different states and lots of cities in each. In short, you can never run of attractions in the United States. It is one of the top choices for tourists, the landmarks, natural wonders, manmade architectural wonders, entertainment venues, and good cafés, the U.S never has a lack of any of these.
As a visitor with the visitor in the United States with the tourist passport, you are not allowed to:
- Work; you are not allowed to be involved in any activities of the labor market.
- Travel for birth tourism (to give birth in the United States; thereby getting automatic citizenship for their child).
- Get a permanent residency.
Below are the supporting documents you would need for your tourism visa:
Original Passport with a six-month validity beyond expected arrival date in the USA
As with all other criteria for other visa applications to the United States, you are expected to provide a valid passport that will remain valid for six months after you arrive in the United States. In the case of passport renewal, the visa(s) on the passport remains valid until their expiry date.
All old passports
For a travel visa, it would seem that they would require to see any other passport you possess.
One photograph per specification. Both digital and hard copies of the photograph are required.
You would be required to submit photographs of certain formats and quite a number of them. The number of photographs you would submit and the format would be specified.
A Stamped Non-Immigrant DS-160 Application Form
The non-immigrant form Form DS-160 is an online form. The first step to take when applying for a visa would be to fill the DS-160 Application Form. You will then need to save the confirmation or barcode page and get it stamped at a visa application center.
Proof of fee payment, which is a valid receipt
Throughout your visa processing, you would be required to pay some amount of money at certain points. Remember to always save the transactions as this will be required as evidence of payment.
Printout of US Interview appointment letter
This is for when you have scheduled your interview. The consulate will not schedule your appointment for you, you do it yourself and print out the appointment letter. You will not attend if you do not come along with this.
This may or may not be required but just in case; you could go along with your schedule for the planned visit. The travel itinerary will include the places you planned on visiting on getting to the United States, and the day your trip will end. This will further give the assurance that you would return to your home country when your travel time is done and can improve your chances of getting your visa approved.
Proof of funds (bank statement, copy of passbook, any other proof of cash).
A mandatory document. This is evidence that you have the financial resources to take care of all your expenses throughout your stay. If you will be going to be staying with someone, they can sign an affidavit that they have the resources to take care of you throughout your stay
Tax ID, PAN CARD, copy of the previous year’s tax documents.
Business card (if you have one).
This is just for additional identification. You can also carry our business card along just to prove your identity but as a tourist, you cannot conduct any business with your tourist visa
Supporting documents for visiting children, family, attending a family event, etc.
- Letter of invitation from children or relatives.
- Proof of event, invitation card, brochure.
So you ask why all these documents are needed?
Well, the first reason will be to avoid harassment; they do not want a situation that will later come to cause them trouble so they are unusually thorough in their screening process, legitimacy is also another reason; to confirm if you are who you say you are, validity; to prove if all claims you made are true, criminal history, financial affordability, intent to return to home country; there have been lots of cases where people refused to return to their home country so giving them a solid prove will further increase the chances of your visa getting accepted.