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Visa Application Process For Sri Lankans
 
  1. Fill out the DS-160 online at http://ceac.state.gov/genniv.
  2. Create a user account on our new scheduling website, www.ustraveldocs.com/lk.
  3. Print your Bank Deposit Slip from your account on www.ustraveldocs.com/lk. Take the slip to any DFCC Vardhana bank location to pay your visa application fee.
  4. Wait one or two business days for your payment to process. Using the receipt number issued to you upon payment, schedule your visa interview appointment from your online account at www.ustraveldocs.com/lk.
  5. Attend your visa interview appointment at the US Embassy on your scheduled day and time.
  6. If your visa is approved, you will be given a day and time to pick it up at the US Embassy.

Appointment Day

Applicants should arrive at the time they scheduled online. Any applicant not arriving within 15 minutes of their interview time will have their appointment cancelled and must reschedule online.

Applicants must bring their DS-160 online confirmation sheet, a current passport valid for at least six months past the expected arrival time in the U.S., any required forms for the visa (e.g., I-20, DS-2019, I-797), and one 2”x2” photograph of the applicant facing forward taken on a white background within the last six months. Noncompliant photographs, including digitally altered or airbrushed photographs, will be rejected.

Applying for a nonimmigrant visa is an interview–based process.  However, applicants may bring additional documentation they deem important to support their application.  Documents which demonstrate that applicants are well established in their own country can, in some circumstances, help demonstrate their intent to return after a short visit to the United States.  Depending on specifics, an officer may or may not need to examine documents.  Following is a list of common documents interviewers may ask for--however, having these documents does not guarantee a visa will be issued.  

  • Previous passports
  • Bank statements going back six months.  Bank letters are of little value.
  • If applicable, proof of legal status of friends or relatives in the United States
  • Proof of relationships (birth certificate, marriage certificate, photographs)
  • Proof of employment and salary slips
  • If applicant is an employer, EPF for employees
  • Property deeds

Do not mail or email us documents.  If you have a friend or relative who wants to write a letter for you or provide documents, they should give that documentation to you to bring on the interview day.  Documents mailed to the Embassy will not be saved.

After the appointment

If approved: Most applicants receive their visas the day after their interview; however, certain cases require additional processing, which could result in a delay. Therefore you should not purchase your travel ticket until you have received your visa. Once the decision has been made to issue a visa, the visa is normally ready for pick up at the Embassy Gate one business day after the interview at 3:30p.m., except on Fridays, when they will be ready at 10:30a.m.  Visas are not issued the same day.  Applicants should bring the ticket number that was given to them on their interview day to claim their visas.  If applying in a group, only one person needs to come to pick up the visas.  Someone may pick up the visa on an applicant’s behalf if they have a signed letter from the applicant, but that person should bring his/her own passport or National Identity Card. 

Pending: Your application may require additional processing before the consular officer can decide whether to approve or refuse your visa.  The officer will inform you in writing that your application is pending.  The processing time lasts, on average two months, but could be longer. 

If refused:  In most cases, applicants are refused because they were unable to demonstrate strong economic, familial and/or social ties to a residence outside of the United States to which they are compelled to return.  The consular officer will inform you in writing.  You may reapply for a visa at any time.  We recommend, however, that you wait until your conditions (economic, familial, etc.) have changed, which would strengthen the merits of your application. Further information on visa denials may be found here.

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