Recently, we have applied for US Visa after much research thus writing this article hopefully able to help future visa applicants a simpler comprehension of how to apply for US Visa.
First Tip: Apply at least 2 months before your travel date!
1. Complete DS-160 Form Online
Each applicant including children must have their own Form DS-160 visa application.
Apply here – DS-160 form
a. Select Your Location & click Start Your Application
b. Make sure you have softcopy of your US Visa Photo
Photo Requirements :
- In colour
- Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (22 mm and 35 mm) or 50% and 69% of the image’s total height from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head.
- Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
- Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
- Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
- With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open
- No spectacles allowed, you will need to remove it.
Remark: I applied for B1 & B2 Visa (In case you are uncertain which to apply)
2. Download Deposit Slip & Pay at Ambank
a. Check Out: Visa Types and Application Fee Amount
b. You can download the Deposit Slip here – Deposit Slip (Choose the correct one- We decided to pay at Ambank to be safe)
c. Each person must have their own Cash Deposit Instruction with different receipt no.
Remark: REMEMBER TO KEEP the slip as it is needed when scheduling an interview, during the interview & collecting your visa. It cannot be replaced if it is lost. You will not be able to schedule an appointment without your receipt number.
3. Schedule An Appointment
Create an account to schedule an appointment online – Schedule Interview Appointment
Remark: US Embassy will occasionally open earlier date slot for the interview. My first interview date was 29 April but I manage to change early to 15 April by checking the available dates frequently. Rule of thumb is to apply at least 2 months before!
Remark: You will need to determine the method of getting your Visa back. The options are self collect or by courier service (no extra charge). You can change the method until the day of the interview.
4. Attend Interview
The U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur is located at the following address:
U.S. Embassy, Kuala Lumpur
376 Jalan Tun Razak
50400 Kuala Lumpur
Remark: Make sure you are punctual especially with the traffic jam in KL during working hours. There is a car park less than 5 mins walk away from the embassy. Do not bring a backpack, handbag, laptop as you won’t be allowed to enter. Items permitted to bring into the embassy are just keys and handphone.
Remark: The Interviewer will instantly tell you whether successfully obtain US Visa after the interview.
5. Collect Your Passport
Depending which method you choose when you schedule your appointment, you can collect 1 business day after 4 pm (only if you choose to self collect at Aramex Main Office PJ) or expect to receive by courier or self collect within 2 to 4 working days. SMS will be sent when is ready to self collect.
You can also track your passport: Track Passport
6. Good Luck & Enjoy Your US Trip !!
7. My Passport has Expired but My US Visa is still Valid
Several years later you might encounter this situation since Malaysia passport is valid for 5 years while the US visa is valid up to 10 years. Here is the reply from the US Visa Service Desk.