The United States of America offers different visas to various countries’ citizens with open hands and secure borders. Even if you are looking to get a student visa from Nepal to the US or any nonimmigrant or immigrant visa from Nepal, you will get full information about the visa process of getting a US visa from Nepal in this article. Don’t miss the special tips for a visa interview at the end.
Qualifications Required To Get A US Visa From Nepal
Whenever you apply for a B-1/B-2 visa, you need to prove and validate that you fully qualify for a U.S. visa. To refute this legal presumption, you must demonstrate:
- That you are visiting the country temporarily for a specific reason, such as business, leisure, or medical care
- That you intend to stay in the United States for a limited time only.
- Proof of sufficient finances to cover your costs while visiting the United States
- That you have a place of abode outside the country, in addition to other strong social or economic ties that will guarantee your return to your home country after your visit,
What is DS-160 form?
DS-160 is the application that needs to be filled out each time applicant appears for the visa interview.
How can I apply For US Visa From Nepal?
To apply for a U.S visa from Nepal, you may follow the following steps:
First, you need to fill out the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form.
Then, Pay the visa application fee.
The next step is to schedule an appointment. You can do this by clicking here. The following details are required in order to make an appointment:
- Your passport number
- The receipt number from your Visa Fee receipt.
- The 10 digits barcode number from your DS-160 confirmation page.
Remember, Before going for a visa interview, you must schedule a medical exam in Nepal.
For the medical exam for a U.S visa, here given are the approved physicians of Nepal,
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
IOM Migration Health Assessment Center (MHAC)
768/4, Thirbam Sadak,
Baluwatar-4 (next to the main IOM office)
Open Monday – Friday 08:00 – 17:00, except for national holidays.
Tel: (+977) 01 5970001
What do I need to bring for my medical examination?
You will have to bring:
- Your passport,
- Your visa interview letter,
- Three recently latest taken passport-sized photographs (colors)
- A copy of your immunization records,
- Medical records for any chronic conditions if you had any in the mast
- Previous chest Xrays If available, but its recommended to do one in the examination
- DS-160 confirmation page.
Now, visit the U.S. Embassy for the visa interview. For your interview, don’t forget to bring:
- A printed copy of your appointment letter.
- Your DS-160 confirmation page.
- One photograph was taken within six months
- Your current passport (including the old one if you have one)
Documents required For US Visa
If you are a student applying for a student visa, then you need to carry:
- Valid passport: This must be valid for at least six months beyond your stay in the United States.
- Nonimmigrant visa application
- Application fee payment receipt
- Latest photos
- The I-20
- Transcripts, diplomas, degrees, or certificates from the schools and colleges (if any) you have attended.
- Scores from tests such as IELTS, SAT, GMAT, GRE, and TOEFL.
Besides, this there are other factors that affect your visa documents. Each and every application is individually checked and professional, social, cultural, and other factors are also considered during the judgment.
Consular officials may consider your individual intents, family situation, long-term goals, and chances inside your home nation. Every aspect allowed by law is taken into account and each case is assessed individually.
Similarly, you are asked to bring:
- Current proof of tax payments, property, business ownership, income or assets,
- Your travel program or any other explanation about your planned trip,
- Any arrest, conviction, and related criminal/court records, regardless of whether you served your term or were later forgiven.
- a statement from your company outlining your job title, compensation, length of employment, allotted vacation days, and, if applicable, the business reason for your trip to the United States.
Additionally, depending on why you’re traveling, you might want to bring the following items:
- Working adults should bring your most recent three months’ worth of pay stubs as well as an employment letter from your company.
- Company directors and Businessmen should bring documentation of their employment status and pay.
- If you are visiting a relative you must bring copies of your relative’s identification documents (e.g. Green Card, naturalization certificate, valid visa, etc.)
Visa Fees Required When Applying For US Visa From Nepal
|Visa Type||Description||Fee Amount(USD)||Fee Amount (NPR)|
|H||Temporary Workers and Trainees||$190||25650|
|K||Fiancé(e) or Spouse of U.S. Citizen||$265||35775|
|P||Athletes, Artists, and Entertainers||$190||25650|
Application Processing Time
Normally, the US embassy will take 4-5 business days to approve your visa.
US Visa Acceptance Rate Nepal
Since, the COVID the US embassy is providing a limited number of Immigrant Visa appointments for people including relative family members of U.S citizens such as fiancé(e)s of US citizens, or returning residents.
According to Anna Richey- Allen, spokesperson for U.S. Embassy in Nepal, the U.S. Embassy is continuing to prioritize travelers with urgent travel needs, diplomats, and certain mission-critical categories of travelers, for nonimmigrant visa applicants.
Due to this reason, there is a declining rate of US visa approval in Nepal. This has reached almost 24.1% from 2019 to 2020. Similarly, Many suggest that the main reason for this declined rate is due to the complexity of the application process for a US visa. In addition, some are even rejected after the interview.
According to the survey of the U.S. Department of State- Bureau of Consular Affairs, 356,240 numbers of visas are refused among the 3,148,323 total applicants worldwide in 2021.
“I was rejected form my 1st visa interview” said Sohal. ” I wanted to go US for my further studies. So, I applied for student visa and in my interview they asked me questions like Why this university? Why USA? Who are your sponsors? I couldn’t answer the question well I guess”.
This is how hard is to get a US visa from Nepal. There are chances of rejection so you need to be careful in every step of your application even if it’s the last stage.
Tips For Successful Visa Interview
Isn’t the thought of being interviewed by the U.S. Visa Officer so overwhelming? It’s so scary and joyful that you came to this step at the same time. Actually, a Visa interview is the most daunting step of the entire visa process. So, knowing what kind of questions can be asked and being prepared for them beforehand can be a very smart and beneficial trick. So given below are some visa interview tips for your successful visa interview:
Questions you may be asked:
- What is the main purpose of your visit?
- How do you plan to finance your trip to the U.S.?
- Have you been to the U.S.?
- What guarantee is there that you will return to your homeland before your visa is expired?
- Why do you choose this university?
- Why are you going to the U.S.?
Things you need to consider while answering:
- Practice beforehand doing your whole conversation in English
- Don’t bring your family members or other second people to your interview. JUST TALK ABOUT YOU.
- If you are a student applying for a student visa, do in-depth research about your university and the course you are taking
- Be clear and confident
- Maintain a positive attitude throughout the interview
- At the end of your study, you must be able to explain how you intend to travel back home.
If you’re rejected once, DON’T LOSE HOPE. You get three chances to schedule an interview with a single fee receipt. Have confidence and give your best in your application process. So, what are you waiting for? Go for it!!!
If my visa is not expired but my passport is, do I need to apply for a new visa?
No, If your visa is still valid you can travel with two passports to the United States. Make sure that the visa is valid.
Do I need to submit my visa application electronically?
Yes, you must fill out the DS-160 and bring the printed copy.
If I change my name, is my visa still valid?
No, as long as you have not changed your name in your legal documents such as birth certificate, marriage certificate, citizenship, or national identity card, it is valid. But, if you have changed it in these documents the embassy will ask you to apply for a new visa.