How to Apply For A US Visa From Jamaica

by Wellesley

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How to Apply For A US Visa From Jamaica

As the US Embassy will tell you, if you are visiting the USA for business or pleasure, transiting through, doing seasonal work, journalism or even for special events, you need what is called a Non Immigrant visa.

Well, I scrubbed their website and arrive at the following:

The following are four (4) simple steps to apply.

  1. Prepare Your Documentation
  2. Pay the necessary application fee.
  3. Schedule the appointment
  4. Visit the US Embassy

As you can imagine though, the bulk of the effort is in number 1, that is, Preparing the Documentation, but rest easy, this how to guide will attempt to make it much easier for you via simple step-by-step instructions.

Special Note:
Bear in mind that all non immigrant visa applications must complete the DS-160 Electronic Visa Application Form.

This step by guide is a neat, summarized version of this form.

  1. Gather The following Items:

    • Passport and planned itinerary;
    • Employment history;
    • Digital Photo (visa size);
    • Contact information;
    • Travel history.

    Note that the online application may take upwards of 45 minutes, depending on how readily available your information are and your internet connectivity.

  2. Access the DS-160 form at this link

    1. Read the instructions and select 'Jamaica' or the country in which you are apply.
    2. Enter Your Personal Information

      • Marital Status
      • Date and place of birth
      • National Id information
      • Address and Phone Information
      • Email Address
      • Passport Information

    3. Note: Save as you go along.
    4. Answer The Principal Applicant Question
    5. State Purpose Of Travel
    6. Indicate Length Of Stay And Place Of Stay
    7. Name Your sponsor - if not paying for your trip
    8. Answer Question - Are others with you?
    9. List previous U.S. Travel question ( last 5 visits)
    10. Name a contact in the USA who can verify your identity.
    11. Answer Question About Immediate Relatives in the USA?
    12. State your Work, Education & Training Background Information
    13. List Work History (last 5 years).
    14. Answer the 'Yes/No' questions about Health, Security & Background Information
    15. Answer questions related Students and Exchange Visitors

      • Provide SEVIS number, if Student.
      • State where intend to study, address, course etc.

    16. Upload your digital Photo
    17. Review Information

      • Not that you cannot make changes after submitting the application.
      • Click on the 'Edit Information' to make changes.

    18. 'Sign' and Submit The Application

      • You will be asked to read the E-Signature agreement
      • You'll be asked to enter your passport number and the code, then...
      • Sign and Submit

    19. Print Your Confirmation Page (will have a barcode)
    20. Note the Additional Information (to DS-160) For Families, Students etc.

      • Students (F/M visa): Form I-20 and SEVIS Receipt;
      • Exchange Visitors (J visa): DS-2019 and SEVIS Receipt;
      • Temporary Workers, Artists, Athletes (H, O or P visas): Form I-797 and other documents related to your employment;
      • Blanket L-1 Applicants: Form I-129S;
      • Diplomats and Officials (A, G or NATO visas): Diplomatic Note;
      • Treaty Trader/Treaty Investor (E visa): Form DS-156E;
      • Domestic Worker, Employment contracts (B1, A3, G5 visa), crew (C1/D visa), and journalists (I visa): A letter from the employer verifying details of employment, and a letter from the inviting organization in the U.S., if applicable.

  3. Pay The Application Fee

    • Note that you must complete the DS-160 before paying the fee.
    • You can pay the fee by credit card online via this link.
    • You may also pay at any National Commercial Bank using a slip obtained online.
    • You will need to bring a copy of the confirmation with you to the live interview.

  4. Schedule Your Appointment & Visit The Embassy

    • Visit or call 876-632-7400 to do so.
    • Note that you must arrive 15 minutes before appointment
    • Note that they usually advise you after the interview if you were successful or not and how your visa (stamped in your passport) will be delivered.

    Good Luck!

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Jul 07, 2016
Very helpful
by: Anonymous

Thoughtful and accurate. Clarity at its best.

Mar 31, 2015
it ok
by: melbouren butler

I like it. now i know i will go about it.ok thanks

Aug 21, 2014
by: Darlene LeoGrande

Thank You!! Very helpful step by step directions. I just wish there was a way to apply not online. My man lives in Hanover, and has no access to internet.

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