Applying for a U.S. Entry Visa Stamp
We recommend that you review the following information before applying for a U.S. visa stamp.
- Current UMMS students, employees and contingent workers should review the up-to-date travel information.
- Review the information pertaining to your visa type and schedule an appointment with Immigration Services if you have questions. J-1 visa - F-1 visa - H-1B visa - ECFMG Sponsored J-1
- Consult the Department of State website for appointment scheduling and visa processing information for any U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad. Be aware that Consulates in some countries appointments must be scheduled several months in advance.
- You may experience delays at U.S. Embassies and Consulates due to special processing requirements that have been imposed on non-immigrant visa applicants (particularly for certain nationalities and fields of research). This may lead to a delay from several weeks to several months in visa issuance. To avoid delays, be sure you have all the required paperwork completed in advance. Please review information on visa delays and security clearances.
- Review information about travel to Canada.
- For individuals on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP): Border posts are aware that people who enter the United States under the VWP may not change their status. If you attempt to change your status through a trip to Canada or Mexico, Visa Officers have been instructed to consider cases based on their individual merits.
- Although U.S. visas are typically granted in one to two days, this cannot be guaranteed. Please note that you will NOT be able to return to the United States until your visa is granted.
- Do not bring any electonic devices to your appointment as you will not be able to bring these into the consulate.
- It can be difficult to schedule a visa interview in Canada so plan well in advance. Halifax does not process H1B visas.
- Prepare for the worst – but don’t expect it . . . The worst case scenario would be that you would be required to fly directly to your home country to apply at a U.S. Consulate there. This is rare since U.S. Consulates in Canada pre-screen applicants and will not take an appointment if lengthy SAO clearance is required (as they don’t want you stuck in Canada).
- Frequent visits to the home country during the F or J program show that strong ties have been maintained.
- Property, bank accounts, job offers, family ties are other typical means to establish non-immigrant intent (Voter ID and Ration Card recommended as well for citizens of India)