Applying for a Non-Immigrant Visa in Nepal
General Information on Non-Immigrant Visas
A citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa, either a non-immigrant visa for temporary stay, or an immigrant visa for permanent residence.
Applicants for non-immigrant visas must show that they qualify under provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The presumption in the law is that every visa applicant is an intending immigrant.
Therefore, applicants for visitor visas must overcome this presumption by demonstrating that: 1) the purpose of his/her trip is to enter the U.S. for business or pleasure; 2) s/he plans to remain in the U.S. for a specific, limited period; and 3) s/he has a residence outside the U.S. as well as other binding ties (social, economic, and cultural) which will ensure his/her return abroad upon the completion of the visit.
To apply in Nepal for a non-immigrant visa for temporary travel to the United States, you must:
- Complete the DS-160 online visa application and click “Submit.”
- Print the DS-160 confirmation page.
- Bring confirmation page and processing fee in Nepali rupees to Nabil Bank to schedule interview.
- Interview for your visa at the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section.
- After successful interview, pay visa issuance fee, if any, at U.S. Embassy.
How to use the DS-160 Online Visa Application Form
Before scheduling your visa interview, you must first complete the free, online, DS-160 visa application form. This online application replaces the Electronic Visa Application Form (DS-156 EVAF).
- Read the “Instructions” page for details on completing the form.
- To fill out your online application, click “Start Application,” and answer all the required questions.
- Upload a digital photo of yourself. Find photo requirements here. If your photo is not accepted, submit your application and bring a passport photo with you to the U.S. Embassy at the time of your scheduled interview.
- To complete your online visa application, click “Sign and Submit” and print your confirmation page (with bar code). You will need to bring this page with you to Nabil Bank to schedule your interview. Nabil Bank will return the confirmation page to you after you schedule your interview. Bring the confirmation page with you to the U.S. Embassy on the day of your interview.
Please note: The online system will time out after 15 minutes of non-use. Save your work frequently!
How to schedule your visa interview
Nabil Bank is responsible for collecting the visa application fee and scheduling visa interviews for the U.S. Embassy. Please do not call the Embassy's consular section for any appointment information. Applicants should bring with them to Nabil Bank the following items:
- A valid passport.
- A clear printout of the completed online visa application’s confirmation page (with bar code).
- The Nepali rupee equivalent of the appropriate non-immigrant visa processing fee.
|Type of Visa||Processing Fee|
|Tourist, Business, Transit, Crew Member, Student, Exchange Visitor, and Journalist||$160|
|Petition-Based visas (H, L, O, P, Q, and R)||$190|
Please note: the application fee is a non-refundable administrative processing fee. It is collected whether or not a visa is issued. These should be brought to any of the following Nabil Bank locations in Nepal to schedule a visa interview: Maharajgunj Kathmandu; Biratnagar; Birgunj; Pokhara; Butwal; and Nepalgunj.
Nabil Bank will inform the applicant of the date and time when he or she should come to the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section for a visa interview.
Interviewing for a visa at the U.S. Embassy's Consular Section
At the scheduled time, applicants need to bring to the Embassy their passport, their printed application confirmation page, and the yellow fee receipt they receive from Nabil Bank. Applicants should also bring one 2”x2” color picture with white background. Applicants will not be allowed into the U.S. Embassy if they do not have with them their yellow receipt.
At that time, applicants are welcome to bring any additional documents they wish in support of their application. The applicant may bring any documents he/she feels will help prove to the interviewing Consular Officer his/her case and (as appropriate) his/her social, economic, and family ties to Nepal.
Please note that supporting documentation is secondary to the interview itself. If you are qualified for a visa, some visa types require additional issuance fees. These are paid in cash (Nepali rupees or USD) at the U.S. Embassy only after a consular officer has told you that you qualify for your visa.
In addition to the application fee, some visa types require additional issuance fees. These are paid in cash (rupees or US$) at the U.S. Embassy only after a consular officer has told you that you qualify for your visa. These fees are different for people from different countries. The issuance fees for citizens of Nepal are as follows:
|Type of Visa||Issuance Fee|
|Business/Tourist (B1/B2); Transit/crew (C1/D)||no fee|
|Student/dependent (F1, F2, M1, M2); Exchange Visitor/dependent (J1, J2)||$200|
|Intra-Company Transfer/dependent (L1, L2)||$55|
Entry to the U.S.
The validity period shown in a visitor visa relates only to the period during which it may be used in making application for admission into the U.S.; it does not indicate the length of time the visitor may spend in the U.S. The period for which the bearer of a visitor visa is authorized to remain in the U.S. is determined by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), not the Consular Officer. Applicants should be aware that a visa does not guarantee entry into the U.S. The CBP has authority to deny admission.
Other points of interest:
- A person who has been issued a visitor visa is not permitted to accept employment. A visitor who accepts employment or who remains in the U.S. beyond the period for which s/he has been granted permission to stay violates the terms of his/her visitor status and becomes subject to deportation.
- A visa may not be transferred from one person to another, or used by anyone other than the one to whom it is issued. If there is more than one person included in a passport, each person desiring a visa must make an application.
- Applicants for visitor visas should not find it necessary to employ persons to assist them in preparing/submitting their applications.
- If the Consular Officer should find it necessary to deny the issuance of a visitor visa, the applicant may apply again if s/he is in possession of new evidence to overcome the basis for the refusal.
- All fees are subject to change.
Apply early! Do not wait until the last minute. If there is a problem, it is better to know in advance
For more information on student or other kinds of visas to the United States, please visit the U.S. Embassy’s website at: http://nepal.usembassy.gov.
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