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What is needed to obtain a visa for the first time in 2021?

In the last year there have been many changes, so in this article you will learn how to apply for an American visa and the requirements to obtain a visa for the first time in the United States.


The American Visa is the document required to legally enter the United States.

Traveling to the United States to visit its destinations and attractions requires you to prepare in advance so that your experience is as successful as possible, among the most important things to consider is undoubtedly the American visa. This year, the price has fortunately not increased, but it is necessary that you verify if the process is in force in your city.

The process we will show you below is necessary to obtain your visa to enter the country temporarily for business or tourism, which are classified as B1 and B2 visas respectively. It should be noted that this type of visa is for short trips to the United States.

There are different types of American Non-Immigrant Visas. In this article we will talk about the most requested Visa, with which a foreigner can enter the United States for a short period of time, only for Tourism and Business purposes.

What is required to obtain a visa for the first time in 2021?

Types B1 y B2

The American tourist visa authorizes the bearer to temporarily enter the United States for tourism purposes, such as taking vacations, visiting relatives…

Although it is also known as Business Visa, this name may cause confusion, since it is NOT a Visa that authorizes the bearer to work or exercise any economic activity. This Visa is limited to certain business activities, such as participating in training courses, attending seminars or conferences, etc. You may also travel to the United States to attend business meetings with clients, suppliers…

American visa requirements

The requirements for the American visa are not very complicated to achieve, in fact the American visa b1 and b2 are the easiest to apply for.

  • Have a valid passport
  • Fill out Form DS-160 for Nonimmigrant Visa.
  • Pay the corresponding fee
  • Attend the photograph and fingerprinting
  • Attend the interview at the Consulate.

These are the five basic requirements to apply for the American visa for the first time, for an applicant who does NOT have a history or particular circumstances for which he/she requires another type of visa with different forms and documents.

Visa application process

The visa process and obtaining this document is a somewhat tedious process, but nothing complicated if you understand the steps you must follow. Here is a breakdown of the steps so that you will know how to apply for a visa

1. Request

The first thing you have to do is to fill out the DS-160 application, available on the website of the U.S. Embassy. For this procedure you will have to enter your basic information such as name, address, employment, criminal record, as well as those that come in your passport, including the reason for your trip, where you must even detail where you will be staying, either hotel or family home. Since last year it is also necessary to include your social networks so that they can be verified by the embassy agents, you can include Facebook, Instagram and your email. Pay attention to the details, as this document is indispensable.

1. Create an account

For your application you must also go to the Centro de Atención a Solicitantes (CAS) where your fingerprints and photographs will be taken, as well as the necessary documents for the process, i.e. passport, DS-160 application and proof of payment. You will need to create an account on the Official Visa Information and Appointment System website in order to schedule an appointment at the consulate.

Before this step and after creating your account, you will be able to download the payment form, which you will need to pay.

1. Pay visa

Currently the cost of the visa to enter the United States is $160, for minors it is $16.

1. Schedule your appointment and interview and keep your appointment.

Once your payment is registered you can schedule your appointment and interview with the consul. For this step you will need to provide the folio you obtained by filling out the DS-160 form and choose the DHL office closest to your home to receive your documents in case your application is accepted.

Then you will have to go directly to one of the CAS offices.

1. Go to the interview

This is the final appointment where you will know if you will receive your visa or not. Arrive on time and bring all the documents you believe necessary to prove the reason for your trip, such as flight reservations, hotel reservations, proof of employment or professional ID, and answer all the questions the consul asks you with confidence and peace of mind.

1. Wait your visa

You can check the status of your visa on the same page where you generated your DS-160 application or wait for news in your email inbox. This process has a total duration of approximately 3 to 4 weeks, so you should consider it when planning your trip.

Where can I get advice on how to apply for an American Tourist Visa?

Contar con la asesoría y ayuda para tramitar la visa americana de Turista y Negocios tipo B1/B2, es muy recomendable cuando se busca realizar el trámite de forma práctica y segura. Además, buscar ayuda es bastante común y legal. El mismo formulario DS-160 tiene un espacio para ingresar la información del abogado o despacho que le apoya durante el trámite.

Es importante contratar a un abogado o despacho de verdad experto en servicios migratorios. Que le brinden seguridad y confianza profesional, para así tramitar su Visa de Turista de forma segura y exitosa.

Valdez Law es un despacho de expertos en trámites de inmigración y migratorios
Puedes contactar con Valdez Law de forma totalmente gratuita aquí

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