To apply for a U.S. visa, a candidate should first complete the nonimmigrant visa (NIV) application form DS-160. The next step in the visa application process is to plan a U.S. visa appointment. An outline of the process of creating a profile, paying the necessary visa fee, and scheduling an NIV Consular appointment at a U.S. consulate in India is given here for the benefit of MurthyDotCom readers.
Steps to Create a Profile | NIV Consular Appointment
First, the candidate should visit the CGI Federal site. If the visa candidate doesn’t have an account, one can be created by choosing the “New User” option. If a profile has been created previously, the credentials can be utilized to modify a current profile.
When signed in, the candidate should click the “New Application” button on the home screen. The candidate will be required to answer a series of inquiries on the visa type and category being applied for, as well as the location of the consular post for the appointment.
After completing this section, the visa candidate should enter the passport details, contact data, and mailing address. If the essential visa candidate’s spouse and/or child[ren] will also be applying, then, each family member can be included in the application as a dependent by selecting the “Add by Name” option on the next screen.
After completing these steps, the visa candidate will be expected to answer a set of inquiries. Also, to determine eligibility for an interview waiver appointment.
Finally, the candidate should specify the preferred method of document delivery. A choice can be made between picking up the passport at one of the document collection centers or opting for premium delivery to an address of the candidate’s choosing.
Payment of Visa Application Fees
In the following, the candidate must choose a payment option from the available other options. The visa fee payment can be made either through an electronic fund transfer or by making a cash payment at a designated local bank. One business day after the payment is made, the visa candidate should enter the receipt number on this page.
Scheduling the Appointment
The next screen will show a calendar for the Offsite Facilitation Center (OFC). The visa candidate can pick any of the Visa Application Centers (VACs) in India. For interview waiver appointments, the candidate will get a confirmation once the date is chosen. Alternatively, a candidate scheduling an in-person interview appointment can select a consular post on the next screen.
Each visa candidate should guarantee that all data entered in the profile is right. As any discrepancies between the profile, passport data, and DS-160 data might require the applicant to create a new profile and repay the visa fee. This fee once paid is normally not refundable or transferable.