Travel And Work In The United States 2022 - Exclusive Guide

If you are looking forward to travelling and working in the United States, then this article is for you or else, you can close it and continue what you were doing.
When it comes to migrating as an African and Asian, the top destinations are the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.
Aside these three, a lot of people also put interests in countries like Poland, Germany, Kuwait, Dubai, China and others, especially when you are talking about looking for a greener pasture.

However, the US passport remains one of the best in the world, and the country a top destination. 

Whether you want to study or work in the United States, this article is for you and we covered step-by-step guides on how your dreams can become a reality.

United States VISA Application Fee

All VISA applicants must pay a particular, non-refundable fee irrespective of their ages. The fees vary by VISA type and are usually made in the local currency.
The fees cannot be transferred to another person, and you will receive a receipt for the payment which is valid for a year and would allow you schedule an interview.

The application fee for the most common nonimmigrant visa types is US$160. This includes business, tourist, student, and exchange visas. 
There are other VISA types which are more expensive and their prices could range from $190 to $265, depending on what you are going for/ as.

Types Of VISA Offered By The USA

The major types of VISA offered by the United States of America are:

- Immigrant Visa

This is issued to people who wish to stay permanently in the USA. The country issues a limited number of immigrant Visas to foreign citizens.

- Non-Immigrant Visa

The non-immigrant Visa is issued to foreign citizens who wish to visit the USA for specific period of time. 
Some of the different types of non-immigrant Visas include:
• Business Visa
• Tourism Visa
• Employment Visa
• Education Visa
• Medical treatment Visa

There are other types, but these are the most common.

Documents Required For Application Of US Visa / Interview

Some of the documents you'll be needing to provide include:
• Passport valid for six months beyond the intended date of entry into the United States.
• Evidence of financial properties.
• Police Clearance Certificate.
• Military records, if any.
• Court records, if applicable.
• Colored photographs.
• Certificate of birth.
• Divorce/death certificate of spouse, if applicable
• Marriage Certificate, if applicable.
• In case of a work Visa, a letter from the prospective employer confirming the essential elements of the job offer needs to be submitted.
• In case of family-based cases or dependent Visa, all original documents establishing the relationship between the petitioner and the applicant need to be submitted.

Eligibility Criteria for US Visa

To be eligible to apply for a US Visa as a foreigner, you need to meet the following criteria;
• The applicant must have a passport that is valid for a period of at least 6 months.
• The applicant should have strong ties with his/her current country of residence.
• You should not have any past history of crimes or should not have any criminal case ongoing cases against them.
• You should have a valid reason for travelling to the United States.
• The applicant should have a sound health and needs to go thorough medical test by approved physician.
• You should not have any communicable disease like tuberculosis.
• The applicant should have enough finance to support himself and dependents.
• Dependents/ spouses travelling with the applicant should apply for separate Visas.

Four Key Steps To Applying For A US Visa

The key steps to take while applying for a Visa to the United States of America are:
• Make a choice of the type of Visa you're going with
• Check your eligibility
• Fill the form online with the required information
• Select an embassy and appear for the interview with the required documents

How To Apply For The US Visa

There are two ways to apply for the US Visa:

• Online Method

You'll fill the application online (electronically) and submit it.

• Offline/ Manual Method

In this method you will need to collect/download the Visa application for, fill it and send it to any of the US Embassy office located in your country.

Procedures For Making Your Application

The procedures vary with the two types, and I will do a very quick rundown:

Immigrant Visa:-

To apply for an immigrant Visa, you'll need to;
• have a police clearance certificate issued by the Regional Passport Office and it remains valid for one year.
• complete the medical examination tests
• proceed to complete the DS-260 Form with your Invoice ID number and Beneficiary ID number
• pay the Visa fees
• book your appointment

Non-immigrant Visa:-

To apply for a non-immigrant Visa, you'll need to;
• select your Visa type based on the purpose of your travel
• complete the application form DS-160 carefully, once submitted you cannot make any changes
• pay the application fees
• schedule your two Visa interviews - one for Visa Application Centre and the other one for interview at the US Embassy.

How to Schedule an Appointment for US Visa

Scheduling a Visa appointment is not very hectic. 
• Log in to your profile with the same credentials that you used to pay your Visa fees. 
• You would see the dashboard where you need to click on the Schedule Appointment button and schedule your appointment.

You can also cancel or reschedule your appointment as per your needs.

Reasons For US Visa Refusal

Your United States Visa can be denied for any of the following reasons but not limited to;
• You fail to fulfill the eligibility conditions required for the Visa category.
• Your passport does not have enough blank pages.
• Incomplete Visa application
• Lack of adequate finance to support your trip to the United States
• Supporting documents missing
• If you fail to submit adequate proof against your eligibility
• You have criminal records.
• If you don’t have a legitimate reason for visiting the country.
• Your intention of returning is not clear.
• If you have not used a Visa issued to your previously.
• If you country of residence does not have a good relationship with your destination country.

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