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How to Apply for a Visa

How to Apply for a Visa

All of the information that you need to apply for a visa, pay your fee, make an appointment and arrange the delivery of your passport is on this page.  It is best to read the entire process and follow the steps in order to make your visa appointment go as smoothly as possible.

Step 1:  Get a Visa Photo
Every applicant needs a paper photo to bring to the interview and a digital (jpeg) version of the photo to use in the online application.

Step 1:  Get a Visa Photo

Every applicant needs a paper photo to bring to the interview and a digital (jpeg) version of the photo to use in the online application.

Photo Sample for Visa Applicants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Paper Photo Requirements

    Paper Photo Requirements

    • • 51 mm X 51 mm (2 inches x 2 inches)
      • Plain, white background
      • Front-facing 
      • Taken within 6 months
      • No sunglasses or head/facial coverings
      • No digital alteration
      • 51 mm X 51 mm (2 inches x 2 inches)
      • Plain, white background
      • Front-facing
      • Taken within 6 months
      • No sunglasses or head/facial coverings
      • No digital alteration
  • Digital Photo Requirements

    Digital Photo Requirements

    • Digital Photo Requirements:
      • File type should be JPEG
      • Maximum file size is 240 KBs
      • Square image: 600 and 600 pixels
      • More digital photo information 
      Digital Photo Requirements:
      • File type should be JPEG
      • Maximum file size is 240 KBs
      • Square image: 600 and 600 pixels
      • More digital photo information 
 

• Create and Save the Digital Version of Your Visa Photo.

• Tips and details on how to take a photo:
Photo Examples  /  More Photo Information

Step 2:  Complete the Online Visa Application (Form DS-160).

  • You will upload your digital photograph.  
  • You should know your visa category. 
  • When completing the form DS-160, please remember to enter your address and telephone contacts in Chile
  • Print the Confirmation Page (with the barcode) on a laser printer.

• Problems or Questions? Online Visa Application FAQ's

 

Step 3:  Create an Account at the Visa Information Center.

On this website you will arrange your passport delivery, pay the fee and choose your appointment type.  All of these steps are required.

  • Create an Account

    Create an Account

    • Create an Account at the Visa Information Service Center.  On this website:  arrange your passport delivery, pay the fee and choose your appointment type.  All of these steps are required.
    • Select “CREATE ACCOUNT”
      Confirmation Page REMEMBER!
      All the visa fees are non-refundable
      Having a visa does not guarantee entry into the United States
      A visa permits a citizen of a foreign county permission to approach a Customs and Border patrol officer (CBP) of the Department of Homeland Security at the port of entry and ask for permission to enter the U.S. 
      Permission to enter the US can only be authorized by a CBP officer. 
      You cannot enter the United States with an expired visa. Your visa must be valid on the day you enter the US.
      Select “CONFIRM” ( I confirm that I have read and understand the information above )
      Select “CREATE ACCOUNT”

      Confirmation Page REMEMBER!

      All the visa fees are non-refundable

      Having a visa does not guarantee entry into the United States

      A visa permits a citizen of a foreign county permission to approach a Customs and Border patrol officer (CBP) of the Department of Homeland Security at the port of entry and ask for permission to enter the U.S.

      Permission to enter the US can only be authorized by a CBP officer.

      You cannot enter the United States with an expired visa. Your visa must be valid on the day you enter the US.

      Select “CONFIRM” ( I confirm that I have read and understand the information above)

      “CHECK EXISTING ACCOUNT“
       
      Select “YES” if you have an existing account, have paid for your services, or have set a date in the system.
      Once you select “YES” a page will appear asking verification of your account.
      Select “NO” if you do  NOT have an account, have NOT paid for your services, or have NOT set a date in the system.
      Once you select NO you will find a page where you can create your account.

      CHOOSE YOUR DHL DELIVERY LOCATION:
       
      Most approved visas are delivered within 5 business days. 
      Premium delivery service is available to a home or business. 
  • Pay the fee

    Pay the fee

    • USD $160 for visitor visas (B, C, F, I, J, M)
      USD $190 for temporary workers (H, L, O, P, R)
      USD $270 for Treaty Trader (E1) & Treaty Investor (E2)

      Complete list of fees for all visa types

      You can use a credit card or cash (not both).
      You can pay by phone between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM:

      In Chile: (+56 2) 2585-6989

      In the US: (703) 439-2329

      Questions? Log in to your account at the Visa Information Center.
      Print your receipt and bring it to the interview.
  • Appointments

    Appointments

  • Types of Appointments

    Types of Appointments

    • Choose the correct appointment type for to spend less time at the Embassy:

      Interview Waiver for Renewals
      Skip the Interview and save time the day of your appointment! C1/D, F, M, J, I, H1B, H1B1, L, O, E1 or E2 visas issued after December 20, 2007 may qualify.

      Regular Appointment
      If you are applying for the first time, or are getting a new type of visa, follow the instructions on the Visa Information Service Center.

      Group appointments
      For six or more people traveling together and interviewing on the same day, a group appointment is faster.

      Emergency/Expedited Appointments
      For truly urgent, unforeseen emergencies, we can usually help you schedule an appointment sooner.

      You will receive an appointment confirmation page by email from the Visa Information Service Center. Print this page and bring it to the interview.
 

Step 4: The Visa Interview

  • There is no parking at the U.S. Embassy.
  • Arrive no sooner than 15 minutes before your appointment time on your appointment confirmation page.
  • Have your passport and appointment confirmation page out and in your hand when you enter the Embassy.
  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    • • Appointment confirmation page—put it on top of your papers with your passport!  (See Step 3)
      • Application confirmation page with the barcode
      • Visa photo (See Step 1)
      • Fee payment receipt (See Step 3)
      • Current passport with 6 months validity
      • Previous passports if possible
      • Lost or Stolen Passport?
      • Appointment confirmation page—put it on top of your papers with your passport!  (See Step 3)
      • Application confirmation page with the barcode
      • Visa photo (See Step 1)
      • Fee payment receipt (See Step 3)
      • Current passport, valid on the day of your arrival to the United States
      • Previous passports if possible (Lost or Stolen Passport?)

      Students (F, M) also bring Form I-20 and their SEVIS receipt.

      Exchange Visitors and Summer Work and Travel (J) also bring Form DS-2019 and their SEVIS receipt.

      Temporary Workers (H, L, O, R) also bring Form I-797 or their Receipt number and other petition documents.  Blanket L applicants should bring three copies of the I-129.

      Performers and Entertainers (P) also bring Form I-797. 
  • After Your Interview

    After Your Interview

    • What happens if:
      • My visa was denied 214(b)
      • When an interviewing Consular officer requests additional documents because he believes your case is incomplete, the officer will reject your visa application because the law does not permit him/her to authorize your visa.  In this case there will be a delay in the authorization of your visa . You can:
      • Return to the Embassy after 3:00 PM with the requested documents with the green letter the officer has given (it’s your ticket to reenter the Embassy)
      • Send your documents by DHL (contact your local DHL office)
      • You do not need a new interview date.
      • Your green letter contains your case number. Make sure it appears in your documentation.
      • My case is under 221G “administrative processing”
      • I need to change or verify my DHL location.
      What happens if:

      • My visa was denied 214(b)

      • When an interviewing Consular officer requests additional documents because he believes your case is incomplete, the officer will reject your visa application because the law does not permit him/her to authorize your visa.  In this case there will be a delay in the authorization of your visa . You can:

          • Return to the Embassy after 3:00 PM with the requested documents with the green letter the officer has given (it’s your ticket to reenter the Embassy)

          • Send your documents by DHL (contact your local DHL office)

          • You do not need a new interview date.

          • Your green letter contains your case number. Make sure it appears in your documentation.

          • My case is under 221G “administrative processing”


          • I need to change or verify my DHL location.


       
  • Questions?

    Questions?

Prohibited Items at the Consulate

  • Prohibited Items

Fraud warning

  • Fraud Warning ATTENTION: There are many websites that are NOT official U.S. Government websites offering visa information and services.

Form DS-160 Confirmation Page