How to Apply for a Nonimmigrant Visa (6 Steps)

If you wish to apply for a visa you are required to follow Steps 1 – 6 below. Before doing so, please note:

  • If you have valid travel authorization under ESTA you are not required to apply for a B-1/B-2 visa;
  • We do not pre-adjudicate visa applications and, therefore, cannot advise you of the outcome of any future application;
  • We will not answer questions concerning your eligibility to apply for visa.


Steps 1 - 6

Check the US Travel Docs website for a list of all of the available visa types.  Make sure you are familiar with the type of visa that is appropriate for your purpose of travel. Be sure to also review the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).  If you are a Taiwan passport holder, generally speaking, you do not need to apply for a visa if you are traveling for business or pleasure, meet all VWP criteria, and will only be staying in the United States for 90 days or less.

If you have ever been arrested and/or convicted, have a medical ineligibility, or have been denied entry into or deported from the United States, you should apply for a visa. On the day of the interview you are required to furnish documents relating to your situation. Please click here for relevant links on the different types of visa ineligibilities.

Complete the online visa application. Be sure to read the Guidelines for Completing the DS-160 Form carefully. All information must be correct and accurate.

Once you have completed the DS-160 application you will be able to create your profile in the online applicant system, choose your passport delivery method, pay your fee, and schedule an interview.  For more information about paying your visa fee click here.

Note: Certain applicants for diplomatic or official visas (for example, foreign government officials or international organizations employees), and exchange visitor (J) visa applicants participating in a program sponsored by the U.S. Federal Government do not need to pay the visa fee or log in.  These applicants can come directly to the third floor, Visa Unit, Check-in counter, at 10:30 am on any working day.  No advance appointment is needed.

You can schedule your interview after your payment receipt has been activated. For more information about payment options and receipt activation times, click here. To schedule an appointment you will need your DS-160 number and payment fee receipt number.

Please note: Certain applicants for diplomatic or official visas (for example, foreign government officials or international organizations employees), and exchange visitor (J) visa applicants participating in a program sponsored by the U.S. Federal Government do not need to pay the visa fee or log in.  These applicants can come directly to the third floor, Visa Unit, Check-in counter, at 10:30 am on any working day.  No advance appointment is needed.

Come to AIT for your interview.

Please come to our Neihu office for your appointment: No. 100, Jinhu Road, Neihu District, Taipei City

Remember to bring any required documents for your visa type. To learn more about required documentation, click here.

Access to the Nonimmigrant Visa Unit is limited to the following:

  • Applicants;
  • Parents or legal guardians of applicants under 18 years old;
  • Aides of disabled applicants

Appointment holders must have an appointment confirmation page and may not be admitted more than 15 minutes before or after their appointment time.

You can check your visa application status here.  If your visa application is approved, your passport and visa will be returned to you by SF Express. You will receive your passport via the method chosen in Step 3.  You can track the status of your passport delivery using your passport number.

Processing Times

You can check your visa application status here.  The average visa processing time for successful applicants is two to three workdays.  However, in some cases, processing can extend to six months or longer.  Applicants requesting and eligible for a waiver of visa ineligibility should allow six months for their application to be processed.

In some cases, additional administrative processing is required.  Applicants are advised of this requirement when they apply.  Applicants with technical and scientific backgrounds and students and scholars in scientific fields can help make this process go faster by being prepared for their visa interviews and bringing the additional information described on our website.  While the current average administrative processing time is about 60 days, the actual processing time can vary based on the individual circumstances of each case.  Visa applicants are reminded to apply early for their visa, well in advance of the anticipated travel date.

For a further explanation concerning additional administrative processing, please see the Department of State website.

Note:  The processing times quoted are approximate and cannot be guaranteed. It is important that you keep this in mind when applying for a visa. It is not be possible to expedite a case simply because an applicant has not allowed sufficient time for the application to be processed.