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 https://www.slideshare.net/USAinUK/us-nonimmigrant-visas-completing-form-ds160-82156771 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.
  • Appointment confirmation page (if relevant);
  • 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. (PDF – 57 KB). 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 https://www.slideshare.net/USAinUK/ds160-visa-photo-requirements

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.

  • Evidence of your status in the United Kingdom, if you are not a U.K or EU passport holder;
  • Evidence of previously issued U.S. visas: If you are no longer in possession of the passport(s) containing the visas, you may advise the consular officer at the time of your interview or if applying by courier, include a statement with your application;
  • If you have ever been arrested, cautioned, convicted you are required to declare it, even if it is considered spent and furnish a police certificate known as an ACRO. The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act does not apply to U.S. visa law. Click here for further information;
  • If you have a medical condition that could have a bearing on your eligibility for a visa, furnish a letter from your physician which discusses your current state of health. Click here for further information;
  • If you have been denied entry into or deported, or removed from the United States furnish documents relating to this. Click here for further information.  In addition, 
  • F and M visa applicants are required to furnish an I-20A-B, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status – For Academic or Language Students or I-20M-N, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (M-1) Student Status Form; and 
    A SEVIS fee receipt. Note: Only F-1 and M-1 visa applicants are required to pay the SEVIS fee. Please visit the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) website for further information.
  • J visa applicants are required to furnish a DS-2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status;
  • The DS-7002, Training/Internship Placement Plan (if applicable); and 
  •  A SEVIS fee receipt. Note: Only J-1 visa applicants are required to pay the SEVIS fee. Please visit the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) website for further information.

Note: The decision to approve or deny the application will be based on the interview and information provided orally. However, the consular officer may ask for documentary evidence of the following:

  • Funds sufficient to cover all expenses including tuition while in the United States. Such evidence may include detailed bank statements of your or your parent’s accounts showing that adequate funds are available for transfer, evidence of scholarships and/or combination of finances which will meet the estimated total expenses, including tuition, of your proposed stay in the United States;
  • A residence abroad to which you intend to return at the end of the stay in the United States. This is generally established by evidence of family, professional, property, employment or other ties and commitments to some country other than the United States sufficient to cause the applicant to return there at the conclusion of his/her authorized stay.

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 274 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.