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 (PDF, 57 KB). 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
Only a passport, DS-160 confirmation page, a 2 x 2 inch color photo not older than 6 months – with a light or white background, the forms listed in Step 2, and the visa fee in USD cash 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:
- 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 Embassy’s online NIV Appointment System. You must complete the DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form first (step 2 above). You will need the barcode from the DS-160 to view the appointment schedule for the U.S. Embassy in Harare. The barcode is located on your DS-160 confirmation page, in bold print.
Step 5. Go to the U.S. Embassy’s Consular section for your scheduled visa interview appointment
Present your completed DS-160 confirmation sheet, a 2 x 2 inch color photo not older than 6 months, a valid passport, and the visa fee in USD cash on the day of your interview.
Students should have the Form I-20, Sevis fees receipt, academic certificates/ transcripts and proof of funds for their tuition fees. Exchange visitors should have their DS2019 and sevis fee receipt. Petition-based nonimmigrant visa applicants should bring their approved petition.
Step 6. Pay the MRV Fee
On the day of your interview, please pay the following nonrefundable visa application fees: $ 160 for B-1 (Business) and B-2 (Tourism & Visit) and other nonimmigrant visas; $ 190 for H, L, O, P, Q, and R visas; and $ 270 for E visas. Only USD cash is accepted. Please bring new, crisp bills, as we cannot accept damaged bills.
Step 7. Interview for your visa with the Consular Officer
During your visa interview, a consular officer will determine whether you are qualified to receive the visa you are applying for, 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. They are usually taken during your interview, but this varies based on location.
Step 8. Pay the Visa Reciprocity Fee
If your visa is approved, you may also be required to pay a reciprocity fee depending on the nationality of your passport and type of visa issued. Visas issued in Zimbabwean passports do not require an additional reciprocity fee. Reciprocity fees and maximum visa validity for all countries and all visa classes can be viewed at Travel.State.Gov.
Step 9. Return to Collect Your Passport and Visa
Approved visas will be ready for collection on the Friday of the same week between 10 and 11AM at the U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe. If you need expedited printing, please let an Officer know during the interview; expedited printing requests are rarely granted except in cases of true emergency.