Tourist visas

Tourist visas


February 2019

To get to the United States, a visa is necessary. In the event that the departure to the US will take place for non-profit purposes (holidays, sightseeing, visits to family and friends, etc.), apply for a B-2 visa.

What should you do? We will tell you in a few simple steps:

  1. Make sure you have a valid passport.

The passport must be valid for more than six months over the planned stay in the USA.

  1. Take a picture.

The picture must be current, i.e. taken in the last six months. Dimensions: 5 cm x 5 cm. All guidelines can be found on the website of the American Embassy in Poland. However, any good photographer knows exactly how a photo should look like.

  1. Fill out the application form for nonimmigrant visa (DS-160).

The form can be found on this page:

  1. Pay the appropriate fee for considering the application.

This amount is non-returnable, which means, among other things, that you can not apply for a refund if you do not receive a visa. The fee for processing a tourist visa application is USD 160.

  1. Make an appointment at the US Embassy or Consulate.

You can do this using

For this you need: a passport number, a confirmation number to pay the fee for processing the application and a ten-digit bar code from the website confirming the submission of the DS-160 form.

Remember that you should come to the meeting on time, so think carefully and choose a date and time convenient for you.

  1. Come to the Embassy and Consulate on a given day and at a specific time.

What documents do you need to have with you?

  • printout of the confirmation of arranging for an interview
  • a printout of the page confirming the submission of the DS-160 form
  • photo (the same you used when you filled out the electronic form)
  • valid passport

At the Embassy and Consulate, follow the instructions of the employees. The whole visit in this place may take some time, so book yourself at least a few hours a day.

Note: all necessary information can be found on this page: There, you will find all necessary information about the entire visa process. Do not use any “third source companies” in the process of applying for a visa.