Step 1. Check the Validity of Your Passport
Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States, unless exempt by country-specific agreements. If more than one person is included in your passport, each person who needs a visa must submit a separate application.
Step 2. Complete the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160
- Completed Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160
Please note that you must answer EVERY question on the application forms. If the answer to a question is “none,” please write “none”(Do not leave it blank). Incomplete/incorrect forms will be returned and will require you to schedule a new interview appointment.
Important! Many of our visa applicants are completing the DS-160 incorrectly, causing us to postpone their planned visa interview dates.
Step 3. Collect any Supporting Documentation
A valid passport with one (1) clear page to put the visa onto, a DS-160 confirmation page with the uploaded 2 x 2 inch color photo not older than 6 months – with a light or white background, and the completed DS-160 form listed in Step 2 are required for the visa interview. Additional documents may be requested to establish if you are qualified. For example, additional requested documents may include evidence of:
- Proof of permission to reside in Bermuda (status, work/spousal permit)
- Proof of employment, salary, pension, and or financial solvency (job letter, pay stub, bank statement);
- Birth certificates for minors (children under the age of 18);
- The purpose of your trip;
- Your intent to depart the United States after your trip; and/or
- Your ability to pay all costs of the trip.
Note: Visa applicants must qualify on the basis of the applicant’s residence and ties abroad, rather than assurances from U.S. family and friends. A letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support is not needed to apply for a nonimmigrant tourist visa. If you do choose to bring a letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support to your interview, please remember that it is not one of the factors that we use in determining whether to issue or deny a nonimmigrant tourist visa.
Step 4. Schedule an Interview Appointment
To schedule an appointment for a non-immigrant visa (NIV) interview, please consult the Consulates’s online NIV Appointment System. Please have your DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form Confirmation Number handy. It is located on your DS-160 confirmation page, in bold print.
Step 5. Bring Your Passport and Visa Application Forms
Bring the completed DS-160 confirmation sheet with the uploaded 2 x 2 inch color photo not older than 6 months, from Step 2, a valid passport, and all other supporting documentation to the Consulate for your scheduled interview date.
Step 6. Pay the MRV Fee
Payment for visas are in CASH ONLY, with U.S. or Bermudian, or a combination of both. On the day of your interview, please pay the following nonrefundable visa application fees: $ 160 for B-1 (Business) and B-2 (Tourism & Visit) nonimmigrant visas; $ 190 for H, L, O, P, Q, and R visas; and $ 270 for E visas. Some countries may be required to also pay a reciprocity fee at this time which can be paid by cash or credit card.
Step 7. Interview for your visa with the Consular Officer
Minors under age fourteen are not required to appear for interview. During your visa interview, a consular officer will determine whether you are qualified to receive a visa, and if so, which visa category is appropriate based on your purpose of travel. You will need to establish that you meet the requirements under U.S. law to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.
Ink-free, digital fingerprint scans will be taken as part of your application process.
Step 8. Return to Collect Your Passport and Visa
If you are issued the visa, you will be given a date and time to collect your passport and visa, typically in about one week.