Required Documents

You are required to furnish the following forms and documents in support of your visa application:

  • Confirmation page of the application form DS-160;
Please see our SlideShare presentation at for tips and guidance relating to Form DS-160, including what to do if you are unsure how to answer a particular question, and what you can do if you experience technical problems, realize you have made a mistake, or if you cannot retrieve your DS-160 confirmation page.
  • A passport or other travel document:  Your passport or travel document must be valid for at least six months beyond your stay in the United States and contain at least one blank page. The six-month requirement does not apply to United Kingdom passports. For other nationalities, please click here.  If your passport is damaged, we recommend that you obtain a new passport before applying for the visa to avoid any delay in the processing of your application;
  • One 5 x 5 cm (2” by 2”) color photograph taken within the last six months: If you have successfully uploaded a photograph to the DS-160, you are not required to submit an additional photograph with your application.  If there are any issues with the uploaded photograph, however, you will be required to provide a new one which may delay the processing of your application.   

For more tips and guidance on how to obtain a photograph which meets the Department of State requirements, please see our instructional SlideShare presentation at

Please note the photograph size for a U.S. visa is not the same as a UK passport photograph. Any photograph which does not meet the Department of State requirements should not be digitally altered.

  • In addition A-1 & A-2 visa applicants are also required to furnish a Note Verbale. The Note Verbale should list the name of the official travelers and specify their title or official status.  It should also specify the date of departure from the United Kingdom, and the purpose of the trip and length of stay in the United States.
  • G-1- 4 visa applicants are also required to furnish an official request from the appropriate international organization.  This should be sent directly to the Embassy or Consulate.  Please confirm receipt before submitting your application by emailing the Embassy at, or if applying at the Consulate General in Belfast, .
  • A-3, G-5 and NATO 7 visa applicants are required to furnish: 
    • A copy of the employer’s diplomatic visa;
      • hours of work and medical insurance;
      • a guarantee that the employee will be compensated at the state or federal minimum or prevailing wage, whichever is greater. Any deductions for food and lodging must be no more than reasonable and voluntarily agreed to on the part of the employee;
      • the employee will not accept any other employment while working for the employer;
      • the employer agrees not to withhold the passport of the employee; and
      • If you have ever been arrested and/or have a criminal conviction , have a medical ineligibility , have been denied entry into or deported from the United States, the documents relating to this.
      • A-3 visa applicants must furnish a Note Verbale listing the name of the employee,  and the employer’s official title or status.  It should also specify the date of departure from the United Kingdom, and the purpose of the trip and length of stay in the United States; and
      • G-5 visa applicants the original official request from the international organization, if it has not been sent directly to the Embassy.

Visa Processing and Issuance Fees

Diplomatic passport holders are exempt from paying visa fees for all types of visas.  Official passport holders are not charged for official visas, but are required to pay visa application and reciprocal issuance fees, if applicable, for all non-official visas

For further information to help you prepare for your appointment and help you find your way to the Embassy in London, please see our appointment guide (PDF 249 KB).
This includes additional information about what you can bring to your appointment. Please note, laptops or large bags (above cabin-baggage size)
cannot be admitted into the building and there is no storage facility at the Embassy for these items.