When applying for a business/tourist visa, you must provide the following documents:
- A passport valid for travel to the United States with a validity date of at least six months beyond the desired length of stay (unless country-specific agreements provide exemptions). Each visa applicant must apply if their passport contains more than one person.
- One (1) 2″ x 2″ (5cm x 5cm) photo taken during the previous six months.
- Proof demonstrating payment of the non-refundable, US$160 processing cost in local currency. Depending on your nationality and if your visa application is successful, there may be an extra visa issuance reciprocity cost.
- In addition to these items, you must produce a letter confirming your scheduled interview appointment. Additionally, you may bring any supporting documents necessary to substantiate the information presented to the consular officer.
In your interview, a consular official will consider various issues, including supporting documentation. Consular officers evaluate each application individually, taking into account professional, social, cultural, and other aspects. Consular authorities may consider your individual goals, family circumstances, and long-term plans and prospects in your country of residency. Each matter is evaluated separately and accorded all legal considerations.
Do not present fraudulent documents, as this could permanently deny a visa for visa fraud or misrepresentation. If secrecy is an issue, the applicant should bring the documents in a sealed envelope to the U.S. Embassy. The U.S. Embassy will maintain the confidentiality of this information and will not make it available to anyone.
Please bring the following materials to your interview:
Original documents are required instead of copies; you must bring them to the interview. Do not fax, email, or mail the U.S. Embassy any supporting documentation.
- Proof of current income, tax payments, property or business ownership, or assets
- Your travel itinerary or a description of your vacation plans.
- A letter from your company describing your job, salary, length of employment, approved leave, and, if applicable, the business reason for your U.S. travel.
- Criminal/court documents concerning any arrest or conviction, regardless of whether the term was served or you were later pardoned.
Depending on your travel aim, you should also consider carrying the following:
Visiting a Relative
Bring copies of your relative’s immigration documents (e.g. Green Card, naturalization certificate, valid visa.)
Former travellers to the United States
If you have previously resided in the United States, you must provide evidence of your immigration or visa status.
Documentation Required for Applicants Seeking Medical Care in the USA
In addition to the documents stated above and others the consular officer may require, you should produce the following documentation if you desire to travel to the United States for medical treatment:
- A medical diagnosis from a local physician describing the nature of your illness and the reason you need treatment in the United States.
- Statement of financial responsibility from the individuals or organization covering your transportation, medical, and living expenses. The individuals guaranteeing these charges’ payment must prove their financial capability.
- A letter from a medical professional or medical facility in the United States stating a desire to treat this specific disease and outlining the expected duration and cost of treatment (including doctor’s fees, hospitalization costs, and all other medical-related expenses).
A B1/B2 visa should usually be applied for by those whose primary reason for travelling to the United States is for medical treatment or evaluation. Please give the consular office all of the necessary information for the adjudication of their visa:
- A medical report from an Egyptian physician describing the nature of the medical issue and the possibilities of treatment in Egypt
- Declaration on official letterhead or hospital letterhead from an American physician describing:
- The medical issue as determined by a physician in Egypt
- Required treatment
- The total price of the treatment
- Scheduled date
- Documents demonstrating applicants’ ability to pay for care (bank statements or an affidavit of support from abroad)
Even when sufficient information describing the medical condition and anticipated treatment is provided, visa granting is not guaranteed. All visa applicants, even those seeking medical treatment in the United States, must demonstrate that they do not intend to immigrate.