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Nonimmigrant Visas
 

Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay, or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. Visitor visas are nonimmigrant visas for persons who want to enter the United States temporarily for business (visa category B-1), tourism, pleasure or visiting (visa category B-2).  For more information about Student and Exchange visas please click here. For more information about Crewmember Visas (C &D) please click here. We recommend that applicants only purchase travel tickets after they have received their visa.

Here are some examples of activities permitted with a visitor visa B-1:

  • consult with business associates
  • attend a scientific, educational, professional, or business convention or conference
  • settle an estate
  • negotiate a contract
  • temporary employment*

Here are some examples of activities permitted with a visitor visa B-2:

  • tourism
  • vacation (holiday)
  • visit with friends or relatives
  • medical treatment
  • participation in social events hosted by fraternal, social, or service organizations
  • participation by amateurs in musical, sports, or similar events or contests, if not being paid for participating
  • enrollment in a short recreational course of study, not for credit toward a degree (for example, a two-day cooking class while on vacation)

For an overview of the types of visas available, please see Department of State webpage.

How to Apply for a Nonimmigrant Visa

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Step 1. Check the Validity of Your Passport

Your passport must be valid for at least six months after the date you intend to enter the U.S.

Step 2. Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Application Forms and the Additional Form

  • Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application DS-160

Your signature is not required on the DS-160.  After submitting the DS-160 online, please print out the confirmation sheet.

IMPORTANT! Please see our instructional link in Burmese or English before filling out the DS-160.

You must answer EVERY question. Incomplete/incorrect forms will be returns and will require you to schedule a new interview appointment.  If the answer to a question is “none,” please write “none.”  Do not leave it blank!

Step 3. Collect any Supporting Documentation

Additional documents may be requested to establish if you are qualified, however this is at the officer’s discretion and is not always required for each case.  If you chose to bring supporting documents they must support the following:

  • The purpose of your trip;
  • Your intent to depart the United States after your trip; and/or
  • Your ability to pay all costs of the trip ( ie: bank statements)
  • Letter of Invitation/Affidavit of Support**

All nonimmigrant visa applicants must show strong community, family, professional, and economic ties to Burma.

** A letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support is not needed to apply for a nonimmigrant tourist visa. If you choose to bring a letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support to your interview, please remember that it is not one of the factors that we use in determining whether to issue or deny a nonimmigrant tourist visa. Do not have anyone email a letter of invitation or affidavit of support on your behalf prior to your interview.

Step 4. Schedule an Interview Appointment

To schedule an appointment for a non-immigrant visa (NIV) interview, please consult the Embassy’s online NIV Appointment System. You will need the barcode number located on your DS-160 Online Immigrant Visa Application.

IMPORTANT! Please see our instructional link in Burmese before making an appointment.

Do you have a valid visa? Are you applying for the same visa? You may qualify for the Interview Waiver Program. Click here for more information.

Applicants with questions about their interview appointments or applicants with pressing travel needs, particularly students, should direct their inquiries to NIVAppointmentRangoon@state.gov.

Step 5. Submit Your Passport and Forms

One week before your interview date please submit the completed DS-160 confirmation sheet, the additional form listed in Step 2, a 2 x 2 inch color photo on a white background (not older than 6 months), and a valid passport. 

Place all documents in a folder with your full name, appointment time and date on the outside of the folder, to the guard located at the front Embassy gate.  Families are encouraged to submit paperwork together. The guard will place it in the Consular Drop Box. The drop box is open Monday-Friday 0800-1530, and closed Saturday and Sunday and all public holidays.   Failure to submit your forms 1 week in advance will result in a cancelled appointment.

Applicants with questions about their interview appointments or applicants with pressing travel needs, particularly students, should direct their inquiries to NIVAppointmentRangoon@state.gov.

Step 6. Pay the Nonimmigrant Visa Application Fee (MRV Fee)

The Consular Office accepts U.S. dollars cash only. Credit cards, personal checks and other currencies are not accepted. 

On the day of your interview appointment, applicants are required to pay the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee). Please see the Department of State website for information on all visa fees.

Applicants should not arrive more than 15 minutes prior to their appointment time.  Cars are not allows to enter the Embassy gate area.  Only visa applicants with confirmed appointments will be granted access onto the Embassy compound. You will not be allowed to bring large bags, weapons electronics into the waiting room.

Step 7. Interview

During your visa interview, a consular officer will determine whether you are qualified to receive a visa, and if so, which visa category is appropriate based on your purpose of travel. You will need to establish that you meet the requirements under U.S. law to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.

Ink-free, digital fingerprint scans will be taken as part of your application process. They are usually taken during your interview, but this varies based on location.

Some visa applications require further administrative processing, which takes additional time after the visa applicant’s interview by a consular officer. Applicants are advised of this requirement when they apply. Most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days of the visa interview. When administrative processing is required, the timing will vary based on the individual circumstances of each case.

If your visa has been denied, you may find useful information on Ineligibilities and Waivers. To learn more about visa denial please see the Department of State website.

Step 8. Pay the Visa Issuance Fee (Reciprocity Fee)

The Consular Office accepts U.S. dollars cash only. Credit cards, personal checks and other currencies are not accepted. 

If your visa is approved, you may also pay a visa issuance fee also known as the reciprocity fee. Please see the Burma Reciprocity Schedule for any additional fees and validity period. You will need to select your visa type from the drop down menu.

Step 9. Return to Collect Your Passport and Visa

If you are issued the visa, you will be able to pick up your visa from the Embassy the following workday at 3:30 pm to collect your passport and visa.

Step 10. Entering the United States

A visa allows a foreign citizen to travel to a U.S. port-of-entry (generally an airport) and request permission to enter the United States. A visa does not guarantee entry into the United States. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials at the port-of-entry have authority to permit or deny admission to the United States. If you are allowed to enter the United States, the CBP official will provide an admission stamp or a paper Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record. Learn more about admissions and entry requirements, restrictions about bringing food, agricultural products, and other restricted/prohibited goods, and more by reviewing the CBP website.

Additional Information

Extending Your Stay

You must depart the United States on or before the date indicated on your admission stamp or paper Form I-94, unless your request to extend your stay is approved by USCIS.  Failure to depart the United States on time may also result in you being ineligible for visas you may apply for in the future. Review Visa Denials and Ineligibilities and Waivers: Laws to learn more.

See Extend Your Stay on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website to learn about requesting to extend your stay beyond the date indicated on your admission stamp or paper Form I-94.

Change of Status

While in the United States, you may be able to request that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) change your nonimmigrant status to another nonimmigrant category. See Change My Nonimmigrant Status on the USCIS website to learn more.

Requesting a change of status from USCIS while you are in the United States and before your authorized stay expires does not require that you apply for a new visa. However, if you cannot remain in the United States while USCIS processes your change of status request, you must apply for a visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

  • Visitors are not permitted to accept employment or work in the United States.
  • We cannot guarantee that you will be issued a visa. Do not make final travel plans or buy tickets until you have a visa.
  • Unless canceled or revoked, a visa is valid until its expiration date.  Therefore, a valid U.S. visa in an expired passport is still valid. If you have a valid visa in your expired passport, do not remove it from your expired passport. You may use your valid visa in your expired passport along with a new valid passport for travel and admission to the United States.

Important Information for Visa Applicants

Important Information for Visa Applicants

Last Updated: 15 June 2016

Important Notice

  • Visa Confidentiality

    Visa records are confidential under Section 222(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), so information can only be provided to visa applicants. There are some exceptions, such as providing information to U.S. sponsors, attorneys representing visa applicants, members of Congress, or other persons acting on behalf of the applicants.

    Attorneys must submit a signed form G-28 Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Representative when requesting information about a visa application.

  • Interview Waiver Program 

    Do you have a valid visa? Are you applying for the same visa?  You may qualify for the Interview Waiver Program. Click here for more information. 

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    Apply Now and Avoid the Rush! 


    Don’t miss your travel dates!  During the rainy season, the Consular Section receives more inquiries for appointments.  Wait times for interview grow longer. Please plan to apply for a visa well in advance of your date of travel.

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