Nonimmigrant visas are for international travelers coming to the United States temporarily. The visa, placed in your passport when issued, allows you to travel to a port of entry and request the permission of the Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection immigration officer to enter the United States. A visa does not guarantee entry. International travelers come to the United States for a wide variety of reasons, including tourism, business, medical treatment, and certain types of temporary work. For an overview of the types of nonimmigrant visas available, please see our Visa Categories page.
Advance planning can smooth the visa application process for you. Apply for your visa well in advance of your travel!
How to Apply
A passport valid for six months beyond the period of your intended stay in the United States. Children must have an individually issued visa, even if placed in a parent’s passport. Applicants for visitor visas must show that they qualify under provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Applicants must demonstrate that they are properly classifiable as visitors under U.S. law.
The presumption in the law is that every visitor visa applicant is an intending immigrant. Therefore, applicants for visitor visas must overcome this presumption by demonstrating:
- That the purpose of their trip is to enter the U.S. for business, pleasure, or medical treatment;
- That they plan to remain for a specific, limited period;
- Evidence of funds to cover expenses in the United States;
- Evidence of compelling social and economic ties abroad; and
- That they have a residence outside the U.S. as well as other binding ties that will ensure their return abroad at the end of the visit.
Carry with You to the Interview:
- Your valid passport and previously issued passports
- The DS-160 confirmation page with barcode
- Appointment letter
- H, L, and other petition-based visa applicants may bring copies of the I-797, I-129 and other petition-related documents
- F, M students must bring the SEVIS fee receipt and I-20
- J exchange visitors must bring the SEVIS fee receipt and DS-2019
Due to security concerns and space limitations, U.S. Embassy-Dhaka does not permit interested parties such as friends, relatives, attorneys or business contacts to attend the visa interview with the applicant. Applicants must come prepared to interview without in-person assistance.
DS-160, Nonimmigrant Visa Application form
DS-160, Step by Step Instructional Guide (PDF 3 MB)
DS-160, Frequently Asked Questions
I-90, Application to replace Permanent Resident Card
DS-156, For K, N, S, T, or U visas
Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative
Scheduling nonimmigrant visa interview
Interview wait time
Biometric Photograph requirement
Visa Waiver Program (VWP)
Interview Waiver Program (IWP)
Procedures for Issuing Boarding Foils in Lost/Stolen/Never Received Green Card
Abandonment of Green Card/Resident Status
Lost/Stolen passport with valid U.S. Visa
Frequently Asked Questions
Within Bangladesh: 09610202040
(hours: Sunday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (excluding holidays)
Within the United States: 703-988-3466
(Hours: Sunday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time in the United States)
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