notice (Form I-797) or, in some cases, the left half of the bottom
portion of the original approval notice. Note: you need not
have the original if the notice indicates that the INS sent a cable
to the consulate and you call the consulate to confirm receipt
of the cable. If a cable has not been received, you should present
the original, or appropriate portion of it, to the consulate. Once
the visa is issued, the original should be returned to you.
visa application (Form DS-156), made available at the consulate.
You should complete all information accurately prior to submission
to the consulate.
A new form DS-157,
Supplemental Nonimmigrant Visa Application, is now required of all
male nonimmigrant visa applicants between the ages of 16 and 45,
regardless of nationality and regardless of where they apply for
The only exceptions
are as follows: Applicants for A-1, A-2, G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, NATO-1,
NATO-2, NATO-3, NATO-4, NATO-5, NATO-6 and TECRO E-1 visas are not
required to submit a DS-157. Also, all applicants for crew-list
visas are exempt from the DS-157 requirement. Please Note: This
form IS required for all male A-3, G-5, and NATO-7 applicants between
the ages of 16 and 45, as well as for all male C (C-1, C-2 and C-3)
and D applicants between the ages of 16 and 45.
At the visa
interview, you may be questioned about your job duties in the United
States as well as your experience and education. You should review
and have with you a copy of your employer's petition on your
behalf (includes Form I-129 with H or L Supplement, the employer's
supporting letter and, for H-1B applicants, the approved Labor Condition
Application). When reviewing the petition, pay particular attention
to the parts relating to your prospective job duties and responsibilities
in the United States.
documents (accompanied by translation, if not in English). Because
all H-1B and some L-1 job duties require certain educational qualifications,
the consul may want to see copies of your transcripts and/or diplomas.
In addition to photocopies, it is sometimes a good idea also to
have the original documents available for consular inspection
from the local government authority, if this is required as in,
for example, the People's Republic of China.
of 37 mm x 37 mm color photographs (usually one per person).
fee, if any. Because the fee varies, it is best to inquire in advance
by calling the consulate.
minor children applying for H-4 or L-2 visas must each submit a
separate application along with evidence of his/her relationship
to the H-1B or L-1 applicant. It is a good idea to have original
birth and marriage certificates (with translations, if necessary)
available for consular inspection.
the "Excludable Conditions List" and contact your attorney
before applying for a visa if you believe any of the grounds
listed may apply to you or your dependants.