Important information about COVID-19

COVID-19: Processing News

Due to the novel Coronavirus outbreak, US embassies and consulates are temporarily suspending routine services.

Nonetheless, it is still possible to apply for a B1/B2 now.

Applying now is recommendable since it allows foreign nationals to get an appointment for a interview, depending on Embassies or Consulates availability and restrictions.

Interview slots fill up fast and applying after the quarantine is lifted can result in a much later appointment date.

Once approved, the B1/B2 is valid up to 10 years.

RENEWALS Update: If your visa has expired in the last 48 months, you can now renew it without going to an embassy for an interview.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Steps Do I Have to Follow to Apply for a B1/B2 Visa?

At Theamericanvisa.com, we have simplified the process of applying for a visa into two steps.

  • First, you'll need to provide your general information and pay for our services.
  • Second, you'll have to complete the simplified form to apply for the visa. Our form will allow you to take the necessary time to complete it in peace and quiet.

From the moment you begin the process of applying for a visa, we will help you at every step of the way.

If you have any questions, you will always be able to contact our customer service team that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The simplified form is separated into sections and we use clearer, more direct language. Theamericanvisa.com provides useful information to guarantee that there is no confusion regarding the information that is requested by the American Government.

You will receive information regarding how to pay the visa fee at the bank. We will track this to make sure that you have been able to meet each step.

We will send you an individual guide which includes simulations of interviews and potential questions that you might be asked during your embassy interview. We also include advice that will help you have a successful interview.

Finally, we will schedule your appointment at the embassy and communicate the day and time to you.

In summary:

  1. 1. Complete the simplified form which is divided into two parts:
    General information, payment
    Detailed information

  2. 2. Receive your individual guide

  3. 3. Attend the embassy interview

Who Needs to Apply for a B1/B2 Visa?

Citizens of countries that do not form a part of the Visa Waiver Program will generally have to apply for a B1 visa or B2 visa to be able to travel to the United States.

Currently, the Visa Waiver Program is available for the citizens of 38 countries who must apply for the ESTA travel authorization to be able to travel to the U.S. for stays lasting up to 90 days.

Sometimes, even though a person who is a citizen of a country that participates in the Visa Waiver Program may need a B1 or B2 visa. For example, if the ESTA is denied or if the person wants to stay more than 90 days, the person must apply for an American visa at an embassy or consulate.

People wishing to work, study or live in the U.S. will have to apply for other visas types that belong to those categories.

What Documents Do I Need to Obtain a B1/B2 Visa?

In order to apply for an American visa, you will need some essential documents. Theamericanvisa.com will help you during each step of the process and we will give you support for you to gather the necessary documents.

The documents necessary to obtain a B1 or B2 visa are:

  • A passport that will be valid for at least six months beyond the time you will be in the United States
  • Sheet confirming that you have sent application DS-160 (printed out)
  • Proof of payment of the government fee
  • Page of instructions received along with the appointment confirmation e-mail

You may need to present additional documentation to prove that you meet the requirements to obtain a B1 visa or B2 visa.

Some of these documents will need to demonstrate:

  • The reason for your travel
  • That you wish to return to your country of origin after your visit to the U.S.
  • Your ability to pay for your travel costs

Theamericanvisa.com offers support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in Spanish and English. We have simplified the form and provide clear and direct information so that the process of applying for a visa is simpler.

Once we have scheduled your appointment with the embassy or consulate, we will send you instructions so you can present all of the required documentation.

What Does Theamericanvisa.com Do? What Services Do You Have?

Our team specializes in B1/B2 visa applications. Our platform offers a complete service starting from the moment the process of applying for a visa begins until your appointment (or appointments) is scheduled. We also track your appointment.

With Theamericanvisa.com, the entire visa application process is made easier and the information provided by our customers will be reviewed to make sure that there are no errors that may have a negative impact on their visa application.

Our customers receive a complete personalized guide which includes a simulated interview. We have a customer service team which is ready to help our users at any time.

How Much is a B1/B2 Visa?

The process of applying for a B1B2 visa requires the applicant to pay for the application fee (MRV) of $160 USD for the American visa at a bank designated by the American government. To be able to use our services, the applicant will be able to use a debit or credit card.

Do You Have Family Discounts?

If you file more than one application with our services, the cost will be reduced starting with the second applicant. We will apply a discount for individuals who want to process more than one application with us.

Do I Have to Request an Appointment for Fingerprinting and to Have My Photograph Taken?

Fingerprinting and taking a photograph of the applicant will be mandatory, even if they do not need to attend an interview.

Depending on the country where the visa is applied for, applicants may need to schedule an appointment at an Applicant Service Center (ASC) before going to an American embassy or consulate.

Theamericanvisa.com will handle requesting an appointment at the ASC if it turns out that the applicant needs one.

This procedure has to be done before the final interview. For this reason, the appointment at the ASC is scheduled before the appointment with the embassy, and it is possible that the day does not coincide and is one or several days before the consular appointment.

What should I take to the ASC appointment?

  • Passport that is valid for at least 6 months following your temporary stay in the United States (does not apply to these nationalities).
  • Confirmation page of DS-160 form
  • Appointment confirmation sheet

Do I Need a Photograph to Apply for a Visa?

A photograph is a requirement of the visa application. On the day of your appointment at the embassy, you must take a recently-taken physical photograph that meets the following requirements:

  • Size: 5 x 5cm (2 x 2 inches)
  • White background
  • No glasses, hats or other accessories

All applicants, except those applying for a visa at the embassies or consulates in Mexico, El Salvador and Argentina, will need a physical photograph in addition to a digital photograph.

The digital picture is needed when you complete the visa form. Eligible citizens will be able to upload a digital photograph on our platform. It is important that your photograph is recent, in color and with a white background. The person must be facing forward and not wear glasses or other accessories.

When you complete the visa form with us, you will receive detailed information to obtain a visa as well as information regarding the requirements for the photograph.

What is the Fingerprinting Appointment for?

In some Latin American and Caribbean countries, you may need to attend an appointment at an Applicant Service Center (ASC) to be digitally fingerprinted before attending your interview. Fingerprinting is done with a digital scanner and is a very quick process.

If you do not have to go to an ASC, those who are applying for a visa to the United States will be fingerprinted at the same embassy or consulate as their final interview.

Fingerprinting is a way of identifying a person and is part of security method that is in place to prevent fraud.

There are security requirements in order to enter an Applicant Service Center. This is why we recommend that you do not bring any electronic equipment, weapons, sharp objects, tools, flammable material, unprescribed medication, sealed envelopes or packages.

How Do I Confirm My Interview Date?

As part of Theamericanvisa.com's services, we will confirm your interview date with the embassy on your behalf and will keep you informed. We will send e-mail reminders for the interview. If you have more questions regarding the date of your interview, you can contact our customer service team which is always available to help you.

In case the person cannot attend their interview, we will take care of requesting a new date and we do the necessary follow-up so that our user attends the interview and obtains their visa.

What Do I Need for the Interview?

The day of the interview, it is very important that you present all the necessary documentation that is relevant to your situation. You must bring your valid passport, the confirmation sheets of the DS 160 application and the printed appointment confirmation, as well as a recent 5 x 5 cm (2 x 2 inches) photograph.

You may need to present documents that support the reason for your travel. In addition to bringing the documents required by the American embassy, it is essential to be punctual, take care of your personal appearance. Do not carry any additional objects such as lighters, any type of liquids, nail files, backpacks or large bags or any electronic equipment.