How to Apply
How to Apply for a Nonimmigrant Visa
All nonimmigrant visa applicants, including those who have previously been issued a visa and wish to apply for a new one, should take the following steps to submit their applications.
- Step 1: Prepare an appropriate photo
- Step 2: Complete the required visa application form(s)
- Step 3: Make an appointment for the interview
Once when you have completed a DS-160 application form online, you will be able to print out a DS-160 confirmation page. You can then use the bar code number listed on your DS-160 confirmation page to log into the appointment system. After completing the questions in the system, you can schedule an appointment. Please print out your appointment confirmation ticket and bring it to your interview. All applicants must make an appointment for the interview, except for: applicants who are over the age of 80, certain applicants for diplomatic or official visas, and exchange visitor (J) visa applicants participating in a program sponsored by the U.S. Federal Government.
- Step 4: Pay the required fees
- Step 5: Gather the required documents:
( ) 1. The DS-160 confirmation page. Please attach a 2”x 2” square inch paper photo to the left lower corner of your DS-160 confirmation page.
( ) 2. Treaty trader (E-1) or treaty investor (E-2) visa applicants must also complete and bring a DS-156E form.
( ) 3. Your appointment confirmation ticket, except those who do not need appointments (see Step 3). If you fail to present your appointment confirmation ticket, you will not be allowed into the AIT for your interview.
( ) 4. The fee receipts, except those who have their fees waived (see Step 4).
( ) 5. A passport valid for travel to the US and with validity dates at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the United States, unless country-specific agreements provide exemptions. (See Passport validity webpage for details.)
( ) 6. All previous passports - If your previous passports are lost or stolen, you must provide AIT with a Certificate of Entry and Exit Dates (from 1983 to present). To obtain a Certificate of Entry and Exit Dates, please visit the Taiwan National Immigration Agency’s website for details. If you have reported for passport lost, please also provide the police report.
( ) 7. If you have legally changed your name, or are under the age of 18, please bring your Taiwan Household Registration Record (listing entire immediate family with detailed notes). If you are not a Taiwan resident, please bring your Taiwan Alien Resident Certificate or your Taiwan visa information.
( ) 8. Children under Age 18: A parent/ legal guardian must electronically sign the child’s application form. AIT encourages parents/guardians of underage applicants to accompany children to the visa interview, and may require it in certain cases. AIT strongly recommends that applicants under age 18 submit U.S. visa information for accompanying travelers.
If you are older than 65 or have an impairment that makes it difficult to attend alone, you are allowed to be accompanied by a family member.
( ) 9. Applicants in scientific fields, or with technical and scientific backgrounds, may be required to provide additional documents. See the Administrative Processing webpage for details.
( ) 10. If you have been arrested or convicted for any offense or crime, please bring the police record or court documents to your interview. (If the original record was not written in English, please also provide an English translation.) Please also provide a Taiwan Police Criminal Record Certificate regardless of where you were arrested or convicted.
( ) 11. If you have abandoned your U.S. lawful permanent resident status (or green card), please provide proof of abandonment.
( ) 12. All other required and supporting documents for the type of visa you are applying for.
- Step 6: Appear for the interview with your documents
Applicants over the age of 80 are not required to appear for an interview, unless requested by a consular officer. Please click here for details.
- Step 7: Arrange for passport delivery (for approved applicants)