USA Application Process

How to Apply for USA Visa? – Visa Types, Application Process & Requirements

The USA visa application process includes some serious steps which need to be done cautiously. Consider the guidance of Global Tree USA experts to avoid visa rejections, and fill out the visa applications without any errors. Keep reading to get clear information on the USA visa application process.

Verify the Eligibility

Under US immigration regulations, anyone can apply for a Green Card in various ways. The requirements for qualifying may vary depending on the immigrant category you are seeking for. Learn more about the many categories of Green Card Eligibility and the requirements for each on our Green Card Eligibility Categories page.

Being Sponsored for a Green Card

A majority of people who apply for a Green Card must complete two forms: an immigration petition and an application for a Green Card (Form I-485).

  • Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative
  • Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker
  • Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition
  • Form I-589, Application for Asylum and Withholding of Removal

[Read More: Getting A US Green Card Through Employment]

Other Petitions Include

  • Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant
  • Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur
  • Form I-918, Petition of U Nonimmigrant Status
  • Form I-929, Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U-1 Nonimmigrant

Check your eligibility category to discover if an application is required.

Green Card Application

If you meet the requirements for a Green Card, you must choose between adjustment of status and consular processing.

Once your immigration petition has been approved and you have been assigned an immigrant visa number, there are two ways to apply for lawful permanent resident status (a Green Card). You can apply for an immigrant visa at a US Department of State consulate overseas to enter the country and become a permanent resident if you are currently outside of the US.

Steps to apply for a USA Visa

  • Determine your purpose of immigration

    The purpose of immigration is to choose the appropriate visa category. As each visa category has different eligibility criteria it is vital to determine under which visa category your purpose of travel comes.

  • Apply for immigration

    Once the visa category and appropriate visa is chosen, verify your eligibility. If eligible, proceed to the visa application filling. Submit all the documents required according to the visa you are applying for.

  • Receive the decision on your petition

    Wait for the decision on your application. Usually, it will take a few months for USA immigration authorities to send their decision on the visa application.

  • Wait for the National Visa Center to notify you

    Once your application is selected or rejected, the USA national visa center will notify you through the email you provide. Wait for the confirmation to proceed to the visa interview.

  • Schedule for Your Appointment

    Once the confirmation is received, schedule your visa interview for both interview and biometrics.

  • Inform the National Visa Center of Any Changes

    In the case of any changes of timings or date scheduled, make sure to inform the National visa center in advance to avoid any visa rejections.

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  • Get Your Visa Approved

    After the visa interview, wait for the visa approval mail. Once received the approval, proceed to book your flight tickets and plan your immigration.

Top FAQs Asked by Students Travelling to USA

As appointments are frequently scheduled two to three months in advance, we strongly suggest applicants begin the application process at least three months before their desired travel date.

The steps to apply for a Green Card may vary for each category. However, here is the general application process for a USA visa:

  • Generally one must file an immigrant petition for you (often referred to as sponsoring or petitioning for you). In some cases, you may be eligible to file for yourself.
  • After USCIS approves the immigrant application, and there is a visa available in your category, you file either a Green Card application with USCIS or a visa application with the U.S. Department of State.
  • You must visit the embassy for a biometrics appointment to provide fingerprints, photos, and a signature.
  • And you should go to the visa interview.
  • Wait to receive a decision on your application.

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