Recently, I have applied US Travel Visa after much research thus writing this article hopefully able to help future visa applicants a simpler comprehension how to apply US Travel Visa.
First Tip : Apply at least 2 months before your travel date!
1. Complete DS-160 Form Online
Each applicant including children must have their own Form DS-160 visa application.
Apply here – DS-160 form
a. Select Your Location & click Start Your Application
b. Make sure you have soft copy of your US Visa Photo
Photo Requirements :
- In color
- Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (22 mm and 35 mm) or 50% and 69% of the image’s total height from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head.
- Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
- Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
Remark : I applied for B1 & B2 Visa (In case you are uncertain which to apply)
2. Download Deposit Slip & Pay at Standard Chartered Bank
a. Check Out : Visa Types and Application Fee Amount
b. You can download the Deposit Slip here – Deposit Slip (Choose the correct one)
Remark : REMEMBER TO KEEP the slip as it is needed when scheduling interview, during interview & collecting your visa. It cannot be replaced if it is lost. You will not be able to schedule an appointment without your receipt number.
Note : Receipt no is the 8 digit, for mine is 10249473
3. Schedule An Appointment
Create an account to schedule an appointment online – Schedule Interview Appointment
Remark : US Embassy will occasionally opens earlier date slot for interview. My first interview date was 29 April but I manage to change early to 15 April by checking the available dates frequently. Rule of thumb is to apply at least 2 months before!
Remark : You will need to determine the method of getting your Visa back. The options are self collect or by courier service (no extra charge). You can change the method until the day of interview.
4. Attend Interview
The U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur is located at the following address:
Remark : Make sure you are punctual especially with the traffic jam in KL during working hours. There is car park less than 5 mins walk away from the embassy.
Remark : The Interviewer will instantly tell you whether successfully obtain US Visa after the interview.
5. Collect Your Passport
Depending which method you choose when you schedule your appointment, you can collect 1 business day after 4pm (only if you choose to self collect at Aramex Main Office PJ) or expect to receive by courier or self collect within 2 to 4 working days. SMS will be sent when is ready to self collect.
You can also track your passport : Track Passport