Interview Documents for Family Members

Each person applying for a visa is required to furnish the following at the visa interview:

  • Confirmation page of the application form DS-160;
  • Appointment confirmation page (if relevant);
  • A passport or other travel document:  The passport or travel document must be valid for at least six months beyond the holder’s 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 a photograph has been successfully uploaded to the DS-160, an additional photograph is ot required.  If there are any issues with the uploaded photograph, however, a new photograph will be required which may delay visa processing;

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.

  • Evidence of their status in the United Kingdom;
  • 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;
  • Photocopy of the valid visa issued to the principal E visa holder;
  • Copy of the approval letter for the registered treaty company;
  • A signed and dated statement of intent to depart the United States upon termination of nonimmigrant E treaty legal status
  • Marriage certificate; if applicable;
  • Copy of deed poll, if applicable;
  • Birth certificates for the child(ren) listing both parents names; if applicable;
  • Adoption certificate for the child)ren), if applicable; and 
  • If they have have ever been arrested, cautioned, convicted, 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 they have a medical condition that could have a bearing on their eligibility for a visa, a letter from their physician which discusses their current state of health. Click here for further information;
  • If they have been denied entry into or deported, or removed from the United States documents relating to this. Click here for further information

Spouses and children under the age of 21 who wish to accompany, or follow to join, an E-1 or E-2 visa holder may apply for derivative E-1 or E-2 visas.  They need not hold the same nationality as the E-1 or E-2 visa holder.  Please see 9 FAM 402.9-9.

If, however, your family requires multiple appointments for both the B-2 visa (tourist/visitor) and the E visa, a Visa Appointment Service account must be created in the name of the E visa applicant. Then you should follow the onscreen ‘Add Applicant’ instructions to add the information for the E visa applicant. Following that, you will be able to ‘Add Applicant’ details for the B visa applicant.

Children under the age of 14

Children under the age of 14 are not required to attend the Embassy in person but must be physically present in the United Kingdom at the time their application is submitted.  Proof that they are in the United Kingdom must be submitted with their application such as a recent school report.  For those who are based/recently traveled outside the United Kingdom, a copy of the flight tickets, boarding cards and/or itinerary is required.

Iranian Visa Applicants

Applicants born in Iran who served in the Iranian military must furnish the following information when applying for a visa:

  • The branch in which they served;
  • The start date and end date of their military service;
  • Their rank at the time they completed their service;
  • Their duties;
  • Their original military certificate in Farsi with an English translation; and 
  • If they were exempt from serving, they should provide an explanation together with the exemption certificate in Farsi with an English translation.


Some nationalities are required to pay reciprocal issuance fees. The fee is payable to the Embassy cashier on the day of the interview.