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Schedule an appointment at the U.S. Embassy in your home country

After you pay the SEVIS Fee, you can schedule your appointment at the U.S. Embassy in your home country.

Make Visa Appointment: In order to secure your nonimmigrant visa, you must visit the U.S. Consulate or Embassy nearest your home town in your country of residence. For example, if you live in the northern-most part of Chile, and the nearest U.S. Consulate or Embassy is in La Paz, Bolivia, you may not visit that office. You will need to travel to Santiago for your visa request. You will find a list of all U.S. Consulates and Embassies in your country.

The U.S. Consulate or Embassy in every country has different requirements for visa applications (though the requirements are fairly universal, there may be slight deviations from country to country). Some require appointments, and some take only walk-in applications. Some will require a background check and fingerprinting, which can take several months. It is important that you contact the Consulate or Embassy as soon as possible to make arrangements for your appointment.

You may be required to complete the DS-160 visa form and pay the associated fees for your visa. Be sure to print and keep the DS-160 confirmation barcode page.