Carry with You to the Interview:
- Your valid passport and previously issued passports
- The DS-160 barcode page (you will not need the full application)
- Appointment confirmation letter.
- Other petition-based visa applicants should bring copies of the I-797, I-129 and other petition-related documents
- F, M students should bring the SEVIS receipt and I-120.
- J exchange visitors should bring the SEVIS receipt and DS-2019.
- Science and technology applicants may require additional processing. Bring the right supporting documents to minimize the processing time.
Damaged or Expiring Passports
Please obtain a new passport prior to your interview if:
- Your passport is going to expire in less than 6 months after the time you enter the United States.
- The film on the biographic data pages of your passport (i.e., page with your photo and back page with your parents' information) is separating from the pages in your passport, or
- Your passport is otherwise torn, damaged, mutilated or has been washed or laundered.
U.S. visas cannot be placed in damaged passports
Applicants may choose to bring in support documentation directly to their visa interview to demonstrate their social and economic ties to India and the nature of their visit to the United States. Such documentation, however, is not mandatory and Consular officers may or may not choose to examine the documentation. The fundamental rule for applying for a nonimmigrant visa is that every applicant must qualify based on his or her own circumstances and there is never a guarantee that any applicant will have his/her visa application approved.
WHAT NOT TO BRING
There are restrictions on what you can bring with you.