Applying a U.S. Visia


This is the third time I apply for a U.S. Visa. As always, I need to fillin the lengthy application forms and hand in the money.

The interesting thing is, today, Oct 31, 2002, is the last day before the U.S. non-immigrant visa rises from $65 to $100. Many media has reported this raise in fee. You can read about it here and there. I am just wondering why the search result in Google News implies that Asia media are more interested in this event. You can see South Korea, Malaysia and India are the majority in the list for the first page.

I don’t care too much on the price upgrade. I followed the routine to complete form DS-156 Nonimmigrant Visa Application form and DS-157 Supplemental Nonimmigrant Visa Application. I found there is some slight change in the form from the form I got in early 2001. I looked carefully and found the two forms are tagged as 08-2001 and 01-2002 respectively. It seems true the procedure changed a little bit. Maybe it is part of the reasons why Malaysia’s Foreign Minister commented on the price change:

We have to accept the decision of the US government. They have increased their spending on surveillance and training their personnel for security purposes. Definitely it will involve a lot of money


Later, I realized the difference is caused by the replacement. I was fill form OF-156 one year before and now DS-156 completely replaced the old one. The changes are still kept minor so I can hardly feel the change.

Because of the “minor change”, I made a stupid mistake and I hope you will not. The original OF-156 form has both English and Native Language version (Chinese version for me) and the Chinese version is only for reference propose. For DS-156, the translation is removed and we need to fill in both the English and Chinese form. This caused my application rejected once and I need to complete the Chinese one and sent it in again..

I am going to send the application to U.S Embassy tomorrow and check how long it will take before I can get a B1 visa. According to this site, visa process may be delayed for some time after Sept 11.

13 thoughts on “Applying a U.S. Visia

  1. hi me and my wife v live in pakistan but without our home plz help me in pakistan they need me 2 b muslim but i belive in my god all miet plz mail me

  2. HI

    I am Rahul Soni from Pakistan

    i w3ant to live in U S

    so please give me sugesstion…

  3. my us visa b1 has been rejected ( due to the hotel confirmation),now it is confirmed and i have the documents and i have to be there 25th aug 2003,but i am not able to get the appointment for embassy in internet

    help me out to sort this problem as the visa is very important for our buisness.

  4. hi i have master in computer system and network pleasw help me to get visia in usa becouse only in usa you can develope any thenx but in arabic country (no)

  5. I am canadian citizen civil engineer degree looking for TN visa(border visa)Please give me suggestion


  6. for everyone….call up US call center in ur country ask your telephone network provider they know that.then they will set u up for an interview date slot.for personal interview that should have to fillup an application form online DS156 and buy the DS157 from a bank amounting 100usd.then one should bring all their documents stating and showing that one has a strong family ties in their countries, one should convince the consul that u will not be an illegal alien.hope that luck to us

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