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Millions of people enter and leave the United States every year. It is a popular tourism and immigration destination. However, if you are not a resident of the US, you will most likely need a visa to enter the country.

What is a US Visa?

A US visa is generally a stamp that you get on your travel document, more specifically your passport, which means that you are eligible to enter the United States. Having a US Visa does not necessarily mean that you will enter the US, as this is at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Customs and Borders Protection (CPB) Inspectors.

You might have a US Visa but if the inspectors of these departments do not see you as fit to enter the country for reasons that might remain at their discretion, you will be denied entry into the US.

Who Needs a US Visa?

Citizens of Visa Waiver Countries and citizens of Bermuda and Canada do not need a visa to visit the US. The Visa Waiver Program allows citizens of 38 countries to visit the US for business or travel purposes for 90 days. Anyone who wants to visit the US for longer periods of time needs to obtain a US visa.

How to Apply for a US Visa?

The US visa application follows a a similar and straightforward procedure for all types of visas. However, there are differences depending on the visa category and type you want to get. To apply for an American visa you must apply at the US Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence.

What Are the Required Documents for a US Visa?

After you have decided about the type of USA visa that you should apply for, you must find out what the required documents for a USA visa are and start gathering the documents that are required. There are some standard documents that the embassy or consulate of the USA requires regardless of the US visa you wish to obtain and there are some other documents that are specific only to the particular type of visa that you are applying for.