USA visas for South Africans – the most confusing visa, made a little simpler

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The US is a rather tricky country to go via, let alone get into. Put it this way, if the plane you are on even touches US soil (even if you don’t), you will need a visa for the USA. Always look out for airlines publishing flights to central America or Canada that these definitely do not stop in the US anywhere.

However if you do go to or via the states, you will need to organise a visa, yourself. They do not allow you to do an application through an agency or courier, you have to appear in person for a cosy interrogation by a self-important official. It’s not as simple as arriving for an interview though, you need to make and pay for an appointment to be interviewed, there are two ways to do this:

  1. go online and make an application online at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/
  2. Get a pre-printed bank deposit slip at http://southafrica.usvisa-info.com/ You may need to wait up to 4 hours for the payment to be processed before contacting the call-centre to continue with the application process (the fee is about USD140 – payable in Rands equivalent)
  3. Continue by visiting http://southafrica.usvisa-info.com/ or by calling 080-098-0444, 021-300-9700, 031-100-3000 or 010-500-8800

Keep your deposit slip, you may need this as proof that you have paid.

Finally before attending your interview with all the relevant documentation, make sure you have the exact right photo for the US visa. Pay a little extra and make sure you are at a decent and reputable passport photo shop, the incorrect photos could see you having to repeat the entire process – ensure you specify the photo is for a US visa.

Once you have everything together, head down to the consulate, remember the US government is paranoid about cars  –  so parking at the consulate is not always possible, you may need to park a few blocks away and walk. Good luck with it!

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Our Readers Comments

  1. A lot to be said about having a European passport

  2. I want to fly in December to Savannah, Georgia USA. Please let me know what I have to do. What all need to apply for visa and were to go.

    • Hi dear
      Am a Nigerian born South African citizen, I have been invited to attend my niece wedding in the us by end of 2016,
      Please i would ĺike to know my chances of securing a visa , would also want to travel wt my 3 yr old child.
      Plz i need guidiance.
      Iam a professional wt dept of health.

  3. US Visa expires end May 2013. Do i need new one to transit through Atlanta en route to Cancun end of January 2013? Please help urgently! Travel agent says NO!!! Just want to make really sure?

    Thanx.

  4. Well said. lol at paranoid about cars!

  5. I am going to Cape Town and thought of getting an American Visa since I was there but I do not have travel arrangements to America, Do you need to have travel arrangements in order to get a visa?

    • Hi, I have a 10 year US visa which expired in October 2014. I wish to holiday in the US in July this year. Can I renew my visa. If Yes will the process be the same.

    • Hi Jan,

      Thanks for getting in touch! To my knowledge you will need to apply for a new visa.

      Best to contact the American Embassy and they will be able to give you the most up to date information.

      You can check out their link below for all information and contact details.

      http://southafrica.usembassy.gov/non-immigrant_visas.html

  6. Hi,I want to visit a friend of mine in USA,I am a South African so I don’t know reauirement of getting a USA Visa.Please help me with information.Thanx Puleng

    • Hi I’m traveling to US in March, I HV received a job there go three years I’m in SA east London, wat documents do I need.

    • Hi Ntombifikile,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      You will need to contact the US Embassy direct to get the most up to date information on what the requirements are when going to work in the USA as they are the ones who will be granting the visa’s.

  7. hello, please how easier it is for a Nigerian living in south Africa to get USA visa

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  9. Hi. I want to get a visa to backpack in the USA. FoR how long is a visa valid? And what visa lasts for the longest time period?

  10. GooDay. I am a 16 year old I live in South Africa,and I want to go and finish my high school in the U.S. A friend of mine also wants to leave to the U,S she is 20.. Do you think they would allow me to live with her? Or she is also still too young? And we want to leave in December 2013! And how long does it take till you receive your visa?

  11. if you having your US Visa application done in Cape Town , i would recommend you to have your Visa Photos taken at Reddam Pharmacy , situated at Steenberg Village Centre next to the American Consulate…with over 10 years experience they get it right , First Time…

    • Evening do you know how much it will cost to have my US visa application done in cape town n how long it would take to get it I really need it for work

    • Hi CJ,

      Thanks for reaching out. It cost around R1800 but this is just an estimate and the cost could have changed from last year. I applied for mine in November, it was approved on the spot and received it 2 working days. However every application is different.

  12. Hi,I am a Nigerian but resides in South Africa. I want to visit my boyfriend in USA,how can I get the visa? please,help me.

    • I can help u and gat a US visa 07061379793

    • Hi Uche, no we don’t assist with US visa applications. In SA you need to fill out the form online and make your appointment online too paying the fee there. Then you simply visit the embassy/consulate in person for an interview. There isn’t anything further which you can get assistance with, everything must be done directly with your local embassy/consulate.

  13. I need to apply for a K1 Fiance visa. Have done the petition and got approval. Filled in all paperwork, but cannot schedule appointment. My petition expires in 10 days. What do I do now?

  14. I am a Nigerian with a study permit/visa, studying aerospace engineering at the university of the Witwatersrand. can I apply for a us visiting visa from south Africa (joburg)?

  15. Hi, I’m a South African from Joburg,I’ve got a deal with USA record company,they told me some of my events will be based in USA,please kindly tell me what are neccesary documents I should have and the cost of applying for visa.

  16. Good day,

    1. What are the requirements and necessities for a South African to obtain a holiday / employment visa for USA.
    2. What requirement for a 70 year old is needed
    3. What requirements if offered employment from a USA company
    4. What costs entailed as well as flights requirements

    Your answers greatly appreciated
    Sincerely

  17. I reside in South AFrica.I’m 14 years old turning 15 eventually.I want to go and finish my high school years in the US and study at any US science colleges to receive a degree.
    – What are the necessary requirement(s)needed to apply for a F1 visa?
    – how much money is needed to apply?
    – Where do I apply for it as South AFrican citizen?
    – How long does it take to receive it?

  18. Good day,

    Please may you assist me with the following query.

    I need to travel to the USA for a week in November but I am afraid I will not get a visa.

    I have a criminal conviction for driving under the influence of an intoxicating liquor which is just over 5 years old and for which I never served any jail time. I just had to pay a small fine.

    Will this prevent me from getting a tourist visa.

    Also could you advise of the cost of applying for a visa. Do you assist in this regard? What are your fees?

    Many thanks

  19. Hi I am permanent resident in south Africa and would like to go for holiday in December with my three children please help with information.

    Thank you Emma

  20. Hi I am permanent resident in south Africa and would like to go for holiday in December us with my three children please help with information.

    Thank you Emma

  21. hi,
    I would like to visit my girlfriend in Boston for a week. I will stay at her place. Do I need to prove that I will stay at here place? and what kind of proof do you need?

    • Hello Manelisi, generally you only need the address when you are entering the country. It would be best to contact the embassy for further information and to know exactly what is needed for your Visa application. You will be able to find more information here: http://southafrica.usembassy.gov/, Almene

  22. Hi, I am congolese residing permanently in south africa,I want to visit usa in my holiday what must I do to get a visa ?

  23. I need to find a visa to Usa in 2 weeks time. Is that possible

    • Hello Shehnazkajee, thank you for contacting us! You will need to contact the US Embassy for an appointment – we cannot advise how long it takes, it all depends on when you can get an appointment at the Consulate. You can click on this link to get more details: http://southafrica.usembassy.gov/ – Almene

  24. Pls am a Nigerian citizen having south African work permit can I pls have visiting visa requirement to U S A.

    • Hello Henry, thank you for contacting us! You will need to contact the American Embassy direct for assistance with this. You can contact them here: +27 (0)87 550 2160 between 08h00 and 18h00 Monday to Friday – Almene

  25. Hello, pls I need ur assistance, am a nigeria live in south Africa with my husband nd i gav birth to a Son here in SA, we both hav a working permit, pls how can we get a non immigrant visa to USA? Pls kindly help us out. Thanks Ruth

    • Hi Ruth, while we won’t be able to assist you in applying, I can point you in the right direction to get an answer regarding your situation. I would suggest you give the US Embassy’s call centre a call on +27 (087) 550-2160. They will look into your situation and let you know whether you’re allowed to apply from here in SA or whether you’ll need to return to Nigeria in order to apply. You will find more information on the embassy and application procedure here: http://southafrica.usembassy.gov/non-immigrant_visas.html

  26. How can i get usa visa plzzzz help me

  27. Hi I have a B1B2 visa but my wife and 2 kids need to apply for one wife is 25 and kids is 5 years old and 19 months onld what is the cost for the Visas I know wife is R1780 can’t tell me 2 kids are the. Same????

  28. please can i apply for a south Africa business permit from Nigeria?

    • Hello Chuks, we are unable to assist with this – you will need to contact your local Embassy to assist, Almene

  29. Hello Almene,
    Im a Nigerian but i live here in south Africa but i got married with a south African lady, can we both applied for USA tourist visiting visa together?And how can we applied for the visa?

    • Hi David, if you’ve got relevant permission to live in South Africa (for example work permit or residency permit) then you should be allowed to apply for the visa here in South Africa. You will each need to apply individually, you don’t apply for one visa for 2 people, it’s 1 visa each. You should be able to follow the regular procedure to apply. If you want to check this with the Embassy, find the contact information here: http://southafrica.usembassy.gov/non-immigrant_visas.html

      Good luck with your visa applications!

  30. I am in South Africa i am studying here but i am a nigerian i went home last two month but i have made up my mind to travel to America for the xmas holiday please i want you to guild me on the requirement on what to do because i don’t want to go to my country for xmas and i can’t be here before the school resume again

  31. i do have my study permit but i need to know what i need if visiting the State please i will appricaite your responds thanks

    • Hi Ade, you just need to make sure you have the appropriate permit/visa to enter the USA. If your study permit is in your passport and allows you to enter the USA, then you should be okay. If it is not stuck into your passport you will need to apply for the relevant US visa for your studies. You follow the same steps as for a regular tourist visa.

  32. Hello I am living in South Africa I got green card now I looking forward To travel to America . How can I apply for visa what required to get it .

    • Hello! Thanks for contacting us. You should be able to enter the USA on the Green Card without a visa. I would suggest though that you call the Embassy for confirmation as they may need more information on your Green Card in order to answer your question: http://southafrica.usembassy.gov/non-immigrant_visas.html

  33. I am travelling to Canada during Dec 14-Jan 15. My Visa app is still being processed at the Canadian Embassy in Pretoria. I would also like to visit the US whilst in Northern America. My Passport may not arrive in time from the Canadian Embassy to allow me to apply for my US visa from Cape Town. Is it possible for a SA passport holder to apply for a US visa from Canada? If so what are the application and requirements procedures.

    many tx

    • Hi Stri,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      While nearly anyone may attempt to obtain a U.S. visa in Canada, individuals who are
      visitors to Canada will likely face additional scrutiny of their visa application. If you are
      not a resident of Canada, officers at the U.S. Consulate in Canada will not be able to
      verify the information on your visa application easily. You may, therefore, have greater
      difficulty establishing eligibility for a U.S. visa in Canada than you would in your home
      country. Therefore, we recommend that visitors to Canada apply for U.S. visas in their
      home countries whenever possible.

      The U.S visa is not a lengthy process. I recently applied and got an appointment within 4 days and 2 days after my interview my visa was ready for collection. However every application differs from person to person.

      Best of Luck!

      Marcelle

  34. Hi guys:), i m original from indan i live in South Africa for more then 5 year now i wnt fly 2 new York for. Holidays what do I need 2 do

    • Hi Istiyak,

      Thanks for getting in touch! Have you searched our website for possible flights? On http://www.travelstart.co.za you are
      able to view all the different airlines that operate a specific route to ensure that you choose
      the cheapest possible option.

      Should you wish to get assistance in making this reservation, we have a team of expert Travel gurus that would love to help. You can contact Travelbar by calling 021 468 4300 (Monday – Friday) or by sending an email to travelbar@travelstart.com with all information. Dates of travel and where you wanting to depart from.

      With regards to visa’s depending on the passport you hold a visa might be required for the USA.

      You can contact Rose (Republic of Service Excellence) who special in Visa’s and they will be able to give you the most up to date information and assist in applying for a Visa.

      Rose – Republic Of Service Excellence

      Johannesburg Regional Office

      Tel: 086 123 VISA (8472)
      Email: jean@visaservice.co.za
      MainWeb: http://www.visaservice.co.za
      DirectWeb: http://www.rosejnb.co.za
      Regional Manager: Jean Bothma

      Cape Town Regional Office

      Tel: 086 111 VISA (8472)
      Email: gerner@visaservice.co.za
      DirectWeb: http://www.rosecpt.co.za
      Regional Manager: Gerner De Beer

      Durban Regional Office

      Tel: 031 822 VISA (8472)
      Email: thinus@visaservice.co.za
      DirectWeb: http://www.rosednb.co.za
      Regional Manager: Thinus van Tonder

      Hope the above helps.

      Have a great day!

      Marcelle

  35. Hi
    M from Pakistan and living in South Africa on a work permit my sister applied me for sibling immigration she is US citizen before that can I apply visit visa for USA from Cape Town

  36. I’d like to buy a franchise in the US. What visa do I need as a South African?

    • Hi Cannie, thanks for reaching out. For this I would suggest you contact the US Embassy. Their contact details are as follows: 080-098-0444, 021-300-9700, 031-100-3000 or 010-500-8800 they Embassy officials should be able to advise and assist you accordingly. Best of luck!

  37. Thanks Nick;
    My work permit is valid in South Africa but tell me which documents I need to apply for visit visa for USA in South Africa and which I need from USA my sister side.

    • Hi Toqeer, Thanks for your reply! The link provided earlier will state all what the US Embassy requires when doing your online application for your visitor visa. You are also welcome to contact them for any further queries you may have and they will be able to give you the most up to date information. Below I have provided the link again.

      http://southafrica.usembassy.gov/non-immigrant_visas.html

      Best of Luck!

  38. Hi,

    Assuming you have all correct documentation to transit through USA, what type of questions do they drill you with at the interview? I’ve heard that it is more of an interrogation than an interview.

    Also, everywhere says that one should not book flights before going for the interview, but surely those flights are part of documentation to prove that one is leaving the USA for onwards travel?

    Thanks,
    Karen

    • Hi Karen,

      Great to hear from you. When you complete the application form and book your appointment, the American Embassy will be doing the necessary back ground checks then. Every person is different, and different questions will be asked depending on your history of travel etc.
      I know when I went for my interview it took less then 3 minutes, with 5 questions. And the gentleman said my visa was approved. However this is on a case by case basis. If you have already been approved for an American visa before this does stand in your favor. If you have record of being approved, for other visa’s (Schengen etc) and stayed the correct amount of days as per your application, again this stands in your favor. Flight tickets need to be booked as this is part of the documents they would need to see.

      Best of Luck!

  39. Hi there I’m a South Africa citizen I’m trying to find out how much visas cost because I want to go to texas, new york and London it’s for research on something I writing.Please I need help .

    • Hi Lewiesa,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      A USA visa last year cost around R1800 and a British 6 months visa, roughly R1600

      Price can change at anytime so we recommend you contact the US Embassy and British Consulate direct, to get the most up to date information.

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500

      and

      http://southafrica.usembassy.gov/non-immigrant_visas.html

      +27 (087) 550-2160

  40. hello everyone, my name is Gabriel reside here in south Africa

    I have work permit for south Africa and i would luv to visit the U S. what are the required document needed for visiting

    • Hi Gabriel,

      Great to hear from you. I know for South African passport holders, you need to fill out an application online and make an appointment with them and apply in person.

      The documents required when applying for an American Visa:

      Return flight ticket, Recent 3 months bank statement, 4 passport size photographs, when you have these taken you must advise the person its for a US Visa. Letter of Employment. Sufficient funds for the duration of your stay, proof of accommodation or letter of invitation, Valid passport with 3 blank pages, must be valid for 6 months after date of return from your trip.

      I suggest you contact them directly or go directly onto their website, just to double check what all documentation is required.

      http://southafrica.usembassy.gov/non-immigrant_visas.html

  41. hi they i am foreign national by birth but i am south African citizen & i am going to apply for us visa on south African passport & i got divorce legally with my x wife & i got remarriage in oversees six year a go,
    after i got married my wife come to south Africa to live with me,
    my currant marriage is not register in south Africa still showing divorce but my wife staying with me passed six year hear in south Africa i have two children as well from current marriage they bond here in south Africa they r also south African citizen,
    when i am going to apply us visa it wont be any problem cos my current marriage is not register in south Africa still showing divorce but i have foreign marriage certificate what i alway use it even in home fair south Africa when i was getting my children birth certificate

    thanks lot

    • Hi Aron,

      Thanks for reaching out. This is an interesting query.

      I am not sure if you will have any problems in applying for a US visa. My suggestion is you contact the US Embassy and they will be able to answer any queries you might have and assist accordingly on the correct procedures to follow and what documentations you will need.

      Best of Luck!

  42. Hi I wud like 2knw wot mst u hve if it’s ur 1st tym u gng 2USA…

    • Hi Melissa,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You will first need to complete your online application form and then make your appointment.

      For your appointment you will need 3 months bank statement (with a recent date stamp on it), Travel Insurance for the duration of your stay, return flight ticket, letter of employment, proof of sufficient funds while in the United States, proof of accommodation and 6 passport photographs

      I would suggest to go onto the following website where it will give you the most up to date information:

      https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/

      Or contact Rose (Republic of Service Excellence) who will assist if you have any further queries as they specialize in visa’s

      Johannesburg Regional Office

      Tel: 0100015060
      Email: jean@visaservice.co.za
      MainWeb: http://www.visaservice.co.za

      Best of Luck!

  43. Hi there,
    In which case would a work visa be rejected? My fiancé and i are looking to work in the US. Currently in SA.
    Many thanks.

    • Hi Simone,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      If one does not have the necessary documents and a secure job on that side before applying the Embassy which you applying at will not grant the visa.

      I suggest you contact them directly and they would be able to give the most up to date information on what all is required.

      Best of Luck!

  44. Hi,

    My name is chimata from India and i have Bachelors degree.Currently i am working in south africa as a software developer i have 3 years of expedience as software developer.I have south African work permit its valid 2018.

    I would like to work in US,Can any one suggestion me what is the process to go to US and what are documents required.

    Kind regards,
    chimata

    • Hi Chimata,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      As we a South African based company we do not specialize in visa requirements for foreign passport holders nor work work permits.

      For this I would suggest you contact the US Embassy direct and they will be able to give the most up to date information on what documents are requirement when apply for a work visa and the correct procedures to follow.

      The link below has their contact details

      http://southafrica.usembassy.gov/contact.html

      Best of Luck!

  45. Hi, i want to apply for a K-1 visa. Is it possible to do so in Cape Town or do i have to go to Johannesburg?

    • Hi Debra,

      Great to hear from you.

      I have checked on the following website:

      It sates:

      http://southafrica.usembassy.gov/faq.html

      All interviews for Immigrant Visas will take place at U.S. Consulate Johannesburg for beneficiaries who reside in South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho, and Swaziland. U.S. Consulate Johannesburg is located at 1 Sandton Drive at the Corner of Rivonia and Katherine Streets in Sandhurst opposite the Sandton City Shopping Mall.

      I would suggest contacting them to get any further information you might need as they will be able to answer any queries you might have.

      Physical Address:
      877 Pretorius St, Arcadia, Pretoria
      Tel: +27 (12) 431-4000
      Fax: +27 (12) 342-2299

      Best of Luck!

  46. Dear Marcelle,

    Thank you very much for your speedy response and your suggestion.

    Thanks&Regards,
    chimata

  47. Hi I have the interview scheduled for tomorrow. I just noticed I’m meant to take along my previous expired passport as well. I want to find out if this is essential and can the visa be denied if I do not have this. It expired 6 years ago and I have misplaced it since then. Look forward to hear from you. Thanks

    • Hi Annu,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      If this is one of the requirements the US Embassy is asking for I think it would be essential.

      If you have misplaced it or lost your expired passport they might require you do present an affidavit.

      It is best you contact the US Embassy today and let them know your situation and see what they suggest you do.

      Best of Luck!

  48. Hi there

    I am busy with my U S A visa application. Do you know where I can get digital photos as specified by the U S Consulate to upload to my DS 60 form. Most studios say they can only give printed copies of your photos .

  49. Hi Marcelle

    I am an Ethiopian living in SA since 2002 which mean for 13 years. My husband and I got a business and working visa on our passports. We got a very very strong tie to the country such as a 2 house that we bought through loan which is 3.8 millions and a house that we bought for 1.5 million for the past 8 years which we rent out this year. Plus a two bed room flat that we bought through a loan our employees use it to live in. As well as we got 3 very big shop and many cars and two kids.

    So I wanted to visit my uncle in USA Dallas and applied and called for in person interview. And I got all the bank statements even the ones that showed we owned a property, different personal accounts as well as business account for me and my husband. But the consular officer took and check only one bank statement and ask me how much I earn so my husband earn as a salary R 110 000 and I use his account a lot since the business is ours but I also has monthly income of R 15 000 from the business to cover my personal small expenses as a salary every months. So when the officer ask me how much I earn I told him R 15 000 thousands and he was not willing to see what we own or how much my husband earn or weather he will support me on my trip or not, immediately he declined me and he didn’t further ask for any documents that shows our strong ties to SA and print out a paper of declination and gave me even through I also has different income beside the R 15 000, I also have R 11 500 income that comes to me from rent every month from one of our house.

    So now I was declined as I do not have a strong tie to the country, if he checks patiently my documents and further interview me he could of see the strong ties that we have. But I am very sad now do you think I have other option in getting the visa soon since I have all the proof of the strong tie? Do you think I will be qualifying for visa if I reapply soon? And what advice will you give me to qualify for visa based on my story?

    Thanks a lot I am really hoping and expecting I will get solution from you.

    • Good Day,

      Thank you for getting in touch.

      Sorry to hear of this news, that your visa was declined.

      Unfortunately we do not specialize in visa’s nor would we be able to give advise if ones visa is denied.

      For this you would need to contact a Visa Agency maybe they would be able to shed more light, or contact the US Embassy direct so see what their policy is in reapplying.

      We wish you best of luck!

  50. We found the US visa process most professional. The online system was easy and the interview was a pleasure with very little waiting. We just applied for visas to visit, normal price, and were given 10 year visas for the whole family. (Try getting a 10 year visa for the UK.) The interview was done by USA people and DHL delivered our passports to our house (350 km away) a day and a half later.
    What a pleasure.

    • Hi Brian,

      Yes I totally agree. The fasted and most efficient Embassy to process visa’s.

      It really was a pleasure, and like you say a 10 year visa was granted, so it really is worth the money one has to pay.

  51. Can anyone help me, we want to travel from South Africa to the US (Colorado) what is the salary affordability check they check on your back account when applying for the visa? How much are they looking for? I know for my UK visa the earnings are R30k

    • Hi Claudia, the US doesn’t request any documentation with regards to salary or bank statements when applying for a visa. They will ask you what your job is and how much money you earn, they rely on your honesty and in being able to catch liars out at the interview process where they will quiz you on information entered in the online form during your application process.

      Basically what they want to see is that you have enough reason to return to South Africa after your trip, so usually if you have a stable job for which you are qualified or have experience in and earn a decent salary (they don’t define decent unfortunately), you should be fine. To be honest I hear of VERY few visas denied by the US, usually you have to live in poverty or be a migrant from another country to be denied. I know people who were earning less than R10,000 a month in their first job getting 10 year visas and being allowed to stay in the US at up to 6 months at a time – they really are quite relaxed in handing out visas there, especially since they don’t have a national health service which you can use for free like in Europe.

      I hope this helps!

  52. Nick, I have set up a business in USA, with FDA approvals etc,on amazon etc but finding it very difficult to negotiate from 7000 miles away. Are you aware of a blog or site where I can communicate with Saffers in USA or here and intending to immigrate and looking for a ready made potentially very lucrative business? would suit doctor, teacher, therapist or someone in the healing business.

    • Hi Michael! Sounds very exciting. Unfortunately I’m not aware of such a site, I’m sure there is something like that though, it only stands to reason. Maybe someone reading this comment will see this and be able to offer info.

  53. Hi there. I will be travelling to the US and Canada this year August. I wanted to know if its possible to just enter Canada with a US Visa or do I have to apply for the Canadian Visa aswell? And lets say you have a full on sponsor for the Canadian Visa etc do you still have to prove funds for the entire duration of your stay? mine is estimated at 3 months. The purpose of both trips is sport and tourist basically. I wont be doing anything extravagant.

    • Hi Michael, if you’re going to both Canada and the USA, you will need a visa for both countries, the US visa doesn’t cover travel to Canada or vice versa.

      For Canada, apply here: http://www.vfsglobal.ca/canada/southafrica/ for the US visa, use the info above.

  54. Hi We are planning a Disney world holiday for my niece(10 yr old) her U.S. Tourist visa was just denied :214b. My cousin who is going with was also denied with the same code. Neither were asked for supporting docs or actually told what the reason is for denial. Is there a way of finding out ? And has a re application ever been accepted? Or is this now a lost cause?
    #Just really want to go to disney
    Thanks Lauren

    • Hi Lauren,

      Sorry to hear of this unfortunate situation. You should be able to follow up with the Embassy to see the reason why the visa was denied.

      Their could be a process where you could re-apply however you would need to contact the Embassy direct and they will be able to let you know if this is possible or not.

      Best of Luck!

  55. Thanks so much for the prompt reply.

    One last question: do you know of anyone who has re-applied and been accepted the second time?

    Thanks
    Lauren

    • Hi Lauren,

      I am not sure if one is allowed to re-submit their visa application, as I don’t know of anyone who has ever had to try re-apply for a US Visa.

  56. Hie im a Zimbabwean living in S.A,want to know if its posible to apply for US visa here without a workpermit but my passport is valid for 3months.please help

    • Hi Beauty,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I am not sure if you would be able to apply in South Africa or if you need to go back home and apply in Zimbabwe.

      It’s best you contact the US Embassy direct and they should be able to give the correct information on where to apply.

      Their contact details:

      Tel: +27 (11) 290 3000

  57. Pls I’m travel to canada but I don’t no any idea for the document,put me through.

    • Hi Collince,

      Thanks for contact us.

      This depends on what passport you are holding and why you are traveling in Canada.

      You are welcome to contact our Canadian Embassy direct and give them the necessary information. They should be able to assist accordingly with any queries you might have.

      Telephone: +27-12 422 3000

  58. HI PLEASE AM A NIGERIAN HAVE A 5YEARS OLD SON THAT STUDIES IN BLOBERG COLLEGE AND WE BOTH HAVE A VALID STUDY PERMIT. WE WOULD LIKE TO VISIT THE US WITH MY HUSBAND COVERING ALL EXPENSES. WILL THAT BE POSSIBLE OR I NEED TO GO BANK TO NIGERIA WE ALSO HAVE A STRONG TIE HERE WE OWN A PROPERTY

    • Hi Rose,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I am not sure what you are querying. If its with regards to visa requirements I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Nigerian passport holders (we specialise in South African travellers)

      I would suggest you contact the US Embassy direct and they would be able to assist accordingly.

  59. Hi There, i am fostering a little girl and would like to take her with me to the USA to visit family. What is the process regarding applying for a visa, especially since there is no contact with her biological parents or and other family member. Will a letter giving permission for travel signed off by the Minister of Social Development suffice?

    • Hi Tash,

      Thanks for the interesting question. I am going to e-mail you the official relies from Home Affairs with regards to children under the age of 18 having to travel with their Unabridged Birth Certificate.

      If you have any further queries you will need to contact them direct and they should be able to answer any queries you might have.

  60. Hi there,
    I have a south African refugee passport, I’m planning to travel to us in December for holiday. Can I use south African refugee passport to apply for a usa visit visa?

    • Hi Dominic,

      Thanks for getting in touch and for the interesting question.

      I am afraid I am not sure on this answer, I would suggest you contact the US Embassy direct and they should be able to answer any queries you might have.

      American Consulate-General – Johannesburg
      1 Sandton Drive, Sandhurst 2091
      P O Box 787197,SANDTON 2146
      Tel: (011) 290 3000 Fax: (011) 884 0194
      E-mail: consularjohannesburg@state.gov
      web: http://www.travel.state.gov

  61. hi can anyone assist? I have been invited for an all expenses 3 week holiday to the Us by my best friend who is an American, I have been reading horror stories of tourist visas being rejected because people were unable to prove “strong financial ties” to their home country. someone informed me that if you do not own your own house or are not married ,you’ll be rejected, well I rent and have been in the same house for10 years i am not married and don’t have kids, I have a stable job, credit cards and bank accounts. does this mean I won’t get approved?

    • Hi Nikki,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      The Embassy review each applicant on a case by case basis. We are not at liberty to say who they approve a visa for or not.

      To my knowledge you do not need to own property in order to get a US visa. However you do need to show that you have sufficient funds to support yourself while visiting and all the necessary legal documentation when applying.

      The following link should be able to shed more light on the visa process.

      http://www.thegsa.co.za/index.php?nav=destination_country&view=177

  62. Hi there, i have been invited to the US on an all expenses paid trip. i have been reading horror stories of people being denied for not being able to prove “strong financial ties” and I have been told if you dont own your own house and are not married and have no kids you will be denied. Well I dont own my house am not married and have no kids. I have rented my house for 15 years and I have been at the same job for 13 years. How on earth do I prove strong financial ties? and what are my chances of getting the visa?

  63. My passport with valid us visa was stolen with other personal belongings through the remote jamming. What shall I do to have it re-issued? Also is the police report they are refering to the same as the affidavit?

    • Hi Thabani,

      Sorry to hear of.

      I would suggest you contact the US Embassy, they will have all your details on record and should be able to give the correct information on what documentation is required from their side in order to assist you accordingly.

      Physical Address:
      877 Pretorius St, Arcadia, Pretoria
      Tel: +27 (12) 431-4000

  64. Hello there, I am a Cameroonian and I currently have an asylum seeker permit in South Africa, but my husband has a work permit and we both live in Bloemfontein, SA. How possible is it for me to get a visa for my 9 months old baby and I, to travel to the US to attend my sister’s wedding and back? Please Marcelle or Paul??

    • Hi Cynthia,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Cameroonian passport holders we specialise in South African travellers so you’ll need to check with the US Embassy direct.

      I can provide you with their contact details:

      American Consulate-General – Johannesburg
      1 Sandton Drive, Sandhurst 2091
      P O Box 787197,SANDTON 2146
      Tel: (011) 290 3000 Fax: (011) 884 0194
      E-mail: consularjohannesburg@state.gov
      web: http://www.travel.state.gov

  65. I currently have a visa from a previous visit to USA and wish to go back for a holiday but my picture has some water damage. Will they allow me back in with this same visa?

    • Hi Michelle,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You would need to check with with the Embassy direct only they would be able to make this decision.

    • Hi Michelle

      I am in the same dilemma as you, I have a valid US visa and wanting to use it again but the visa page itself has some water damage. I am battling to get through to anyone at the embassy who could help.

      Did you have any luck and if so please could you share the contact details of who you spoke with.

      Also were you able to travel again on that same visa? Id really appreciate your help.

      Thanks

  66. Hi,I’m refugee working for Western cape government, department of health as pharmacist assistant Post Basic(pharmacy technician) Base in Khayelitsha hospital. so I need to go visited U.S ,what I must bring as document to submit. pls waiting for your feedback.

    • HI Kabeya,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I am not sure what passport you hold.

      However I am able to give you the procedures for SA passport holders when they apply for a USA visa.

      Information for Non-Immigrant Visa Applicants:

      Visa Interviews are by appointment only.

      STEP ONE: Call Centre Contact numbers are as follows: From anywhere in South Africa: +27 (087) 550 2160
      From Skype: usavisasouthafrica
      From the USA: +1 (703) 439 2301
      Call centre support is available Monday – Friday 8 AM and 8 PM local time, excluding SA and US public holidays. Fur further info visit the website http://southafrica.usvisa-info.com to determine your non-immigrant visa type or for any general questions.

      STEP TWO: Complete the visa application form: Each applicant must visit https://ceac.state.gov/GENNIV/ to complete the DS-160 visa application form. Upon completion you need to print out the bar-code confirmation page. You will need this barcode number to schedule the appointment and this page must be produced at the Consulate on the day of your interview.

      STEP THREE: After completing the DS-160 application form, you will need to contact the call center website at http://southafrica.usvisa-info.com) to obtain a unique deposit slip instruction sheet for cash payment at an ABSA branch which you will receive by email for you to print out. It has unique numbers you will need to make the deposit.

      STEP FOUR: Take the deposit slip to an ABSA branch to make payment. Wait up to four hours until payment has been posted, and then re-contact the call center/website with the deposit receipt number necessary to schedule an appointment. If you pay near close of business, you may have to wait until mid-morning the next business day until your fee has been posted.

      STEP FIVE: You will be given an appointment date and asked to pre-select a DHL office to which your passport can be delivered free of charge. You will then receive an appointment confirmation letter by e-mail.

      STEP SIX – Bring to Your Interview:
      • A valid passport which has unused visa pages (not amendment pages).(Minimum of 2 blank pages in the passport) Please bring all prior passports. • The application confirmation page from the DS-160.
      • The appointment confirmation page.
      • A recent front-facing, 50 mm x 50 mm photograph of each applicant.

      Passport delivery after a successful visa interview: Successful applicants may choose from the following three options:

      1. Free delivery to the DHL office that you have pre-selected, where you will pick it up after 3-5 business days.
      2. Pay R90 for standard home/office delivery, which usually takes 3-5 business days.
      3. Pay R288 for expedited delivery to one of three specified DHL locations where you will pick it up. In general, applicants who opt for the expedited delivery option are able to pick up the passport the next business day after the interview, but this cannot be guaranteed.

      The fees for options 2 or 3 must be paid at the Consulate DHL in-House counter on the day of your interview. If you are applying in Durban, you must go to the DHL office at 10 Riverhorse Valley, Riverside Valley (opposite Ethekwini Hospital) to make payment. Call DHL on (031) 941 7800/086 0345 5000 to make payment or pick up. Any application may be subject to additional review or processing resulting in additional time before the visa is returned.

      GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:
      •Passport – Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the U. S.
      •Non-immigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 confirmation page
      •Application fee payment receipt, if you are required to pay before your interview
      •Photo – You will upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160. If the photo upload fails, you must bring one printed photo in the format explained in the Photograph Requirements.
      • Additional Documentation May Be Required

      Review the instructions for how to apply for a visa on the website of the embassy or consulate where you will apply. 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 U.S. after your trip; and/or
      •Your ability to pay all costs of the trip.

      Evidence of your employment and/or your family ties may be sufficient to show the purpose of your trip and your intent to return to your home country. If you cannot cover all the costs for your trip, you may show evidence that another person will cover some or all costs for your trip.

      Please Note: • Plane Tickets: Applicants should obtain a visa BEFORE purchasing tickets or making irrevocable travel plans.
      Application forms:•Form DS-160 : http://evisaforms.state.gov/ All non-immigrant visa applicants are required to complete this form. Note that it is compulsory for all visa applicants to have the DS-160 biographical confirmation page at the time of the scheduled visa interview.

      VALIDITY: 3 months, 6 months etc., to a maximum 10 years
      – This applies only to B1/B2 visas and is not automatic but determined by the Consular Officer.

      PROCESSING TIMES: 5 – 6 working days
      • Please allow for delays during busy periods.
      • It is advisable to apply for visas well in advance.
      • Applicants are advised to apply for visas as soon as they know they are planning to travel to the USA in order to facilitate application process.

      NB South African Residents travelling to the USA on a British or European passport will have to pay US$14 for electronic visas with immediate effect.

      BUSINESS TRAVEL: •Business travellers should present a letter from their company detailing the nature of applicant`s position, length of service with the company and type of business to be conducted in USA (i.e. conference, contract negotiation etc.)as well as whether travel and incidental expenses will be paid for by the firm in SA, the individual or USA contact companyand the expected duration of the business trip. •Letter from the bank indicating how long you have been a client, your current balance and whether or not you have sufficient funds to travel. • Your financial situation – financial records that demonstrate financial stability such as copies of the last 3 months bank account statements & pay slips.

      COST: Visa application fee is dertermined by the type of visa being applied for. Non-Immigrant visa applicants are to pay the Non-Immigrant visa application processing fee (MRV) prior to scheduling an appointment through this service (cash or credit card). Fee is non-refundable.

      VISA WAIVER PROGRAMME: PLEASE NOTE THAT SAA HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE LIST OF CARRIERS PARTICIPATING IN THE U.S.VISA WAIVER PROGRAMME. CONSEQUENTLY, CITIZENS OF 34 COUNTRIES PARTICIPATING IN THE PROGRAMME (N.B. SOUTH AFRICA IS NOT AMONG THEM) NO LONGER NEED VISAS TO ENTER THE U.S. ON THE DIRECT SAA FLIGHTS TO NEW YORK and ATLANTA, PROVIDED THEY MEET ALL OF THE OTHER CONDITIONS. The visa waiver programme enables citizens of certain countries to travel to the U.S. for tourism or business for 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.
      See: http://www.travel.state.gov for more information

      NOTES: Travel agents are strongly cautioned against advising clients to withhold or alter information relevant to their application.
      Should this happen, the applicant`s visa will be refused and the U.S. Consulate reserves the right to take action against the travel agent concerned.
      While the U.S. Consulate provides an after hours emergency service, this is solely for the use of distressed U.S. citizens. Duty officers are not authorised to provide any after hours visa facilities
      to travel agents or the general public. Passports cannot be picked up after hours.Accordingly, please do not phone the after hours emergency numbers.
      Please plan ahead when preparing visa applications. Please also note that once an application has been received we are not able to expedite the visa return date based on telephone calls. Any
      expeditious processing regarding the visa return date must be discussed and agreed to when the application is turned in.
      Subsequent telephone calls only delay visa processing further.
      “Round-trip ticket” includes:
      (a.) Passes indicating return passage for airline employees
      (b.) Individual vouchers
      (c.) Group vouchers – charter flights only
      (d.) Travellers in transit, provided they meet the above criteria.
      A `round-trip ticket` must transport the visitor out of the U.S. to any foreign port but must not terminate in contiguous territory or adjacent island UNLESS he/she is a resident of the country of destination. For a list of airlines and companies that qualify for the visa waiver program contact the American Consulate-General.

      SA REPRESENTATIVES:
      South African Embassy
      Web: http://www.saembassy.org

      If you have any further queries you welcome to contact the Embassy direct they should be able to answer any questions you might have.

      American Consulate General – Cape Town
      2 Reddam Avenue,Westlake, 7945
      Tel: (021) 702 7300 Fax: (021) 702 7493
      E-mail: consularcapetown@state.gov
      Fridays closed to the public

  67. Im travelling to the USA before the end of this week to attend Seventh-day Adventist World Church Congress which is held in San Antonio, Texas. The challenge I faced was that I had to applly for a new passport. The old passport still hold the Bi/B2 US valid visa which expires on the 18th January 2022.

    in 2013 when I travelled to the US at customs just across the page that holds my valid visa there is a department of homeland stamp, then the official wrote by hand B2, March 12, 2014. What does this mean?

    Does it mean myUS visa B1/B2 that expires on the 18th January 2022 is not valid anymore I should apply for a new visa? Im worried because Im travelling soon. The world Congress starts on the 2nd July – 11th July 2015. The Congress will be held at Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Centre in San Antonio.

    Thank you. I will appreciate your response to the above questions.

    • Hi Zandile,

      Thanks for the interesting question.

      I’m afraid I would not be able to answer though as I have never heard of this before. I suggest you contact the US Embassy direct to see what information they can provide.

      American Consulate-General – Johannesburg
      1 Sandton Drive, Sandhurst 2091
      P O Box 787197,SANDTON 2146
      Tel: (011) 290 3000 Fax: (011) 884 0194
      E-mail: consularjohannesburg@state.gov
      web: http://www.travel.state.gov

  68. Hi.I am south African with my 3child only my wife got southafrican permanent residents with sa noncitizen I’d we are 5 family mamber wants to visit usa for toure pls help me to get tourists visa also

    • Hi Babu,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      This information should be used as a guide only. Please confirm requirements with the consulate or embassy direct.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the visa requirements for other nationalities as we specialize in South African travelers

      Visas are required by SA passport holders.

      American Consulate-General – Johannesburg
      1 Sandton Drive, Sandhurst 2091
      P O Box 787197,SANDTON 2146
      Tel: (011) 290 3000 Fax: (011) 884 0194
      E-mail: consularjohannesburg@state.gov
      web: http://www.travel.state.gov

      • All visa applicants between 14 – 79 years are to apply for their visa in person.All these applicants have to be fingerprinted.

      Please be aware that a specific type of LOCK is compulsory when travelling to the USA. See your local travel shop. These locks are also sold at all airports.

      Information for Non-Immigrant Visa Applicants:

      Visa Interviews are by appointment only.

      STEP ONE: Call Centre Contact numbers are as follows: From anywhere in South Africa: +27 (087) 550 2160
      From Skype: usavisasouthafrica
      From the USA: +1 (703) 439 2301
      Call centre support is available Monday – Friday 8 AM and 8 PM local time, excluding SA and US public holidays. Fur further info visit the website http://southafrica.usvisa-info.com to determine your non-immigrant visa type or for any general questions.

      STEP TWO: Complete the visa application form: Each applicant must visit https://ceac.state.gov/GENNIV/ to complete the DS-160 visa application form. Upon completion you need to print out the bar-code confirmation page. You will need this barcode number to schedule the appointment and this page must be produced at the Consulate on the day of your interview.

      STEP THREE: After completing the DS-160 application form, you will need to contact the call center website at http://southafrica.usvisa-info.com) to obtain a unique deposit slip instruction sheet for cash payment at an ABSA branch which you will receive by email for you to print out. It has unique numbers you will need to make the deposit.

      STEP FOUR: Take the deposit slip to an ABSA branch to make payment. Wait up to four hours until payment has been posted, and then re-contact the call center/website with the deposit receipt number necessary to schedule an appointment. If you pay near close of business, you may have to wait until mid-morning the next business day until your fee has been posted.

      STEP FIVE: You will be given an appointment date and asked to pre-select a DHL office to which your passport can be delivered free of charge. You will then receive an appointment confirmation letter by e-mail.

      STEP SIX – Bring to Your Interview:
      • A valid passport which has unused visa pages (not amendment pages).(Minimum of 2 blank pages in the passport) Please bring all prior passports. • The application confirmation page from the DS-160.
      • The appointment confirmation page.
      • A recent front-facing, 50 mm x 50 mm photograph of each applicant.

      Passport delivery after a successful visa interview: Successful applicants may choose from the following three options:

      1. Free delivery to the DHL office that you have pre-selected, where you will pick it up after 3-5 business days.
      2. Pay R90 for standard home/office delivery, which usually takes 3-5 business days.
      3. Pay R288 for expedited delivery to one of three specified DHL locations where you will pick it up. In general, applicants who opt for the expedited delivery option are able to pick up the passport the next business day after the interview, but this cannot be guaranteed.

      The fees for options 2 or 3 must be paid at the Consulate DHL in-House counter on the day of your interview. If you are applying in Durban, you must go to the DHL office at 10 Riverhorse Valley, Riverside Valley (opposite Ethekwini Hospital) to make payment. Call DHL on (031) 941 7800/086 0345 5000 to make payment or pick up. Any application may be subject to additional review or processing resulting in additional time before the visa is returned.

      GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:
      •Passport – Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the U. S.
      •Non-immigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 confirmation page
      •Application fee payment receipt, if you are required to pay before your interview
      •Photo – You will upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160. If the photo upload fails, you must bring one printed photo in the format explained in the Photograph Requirements.
      • Additional Documentation May Be Required

      Review the instructions for how to apply for a visa on the website of the embassy or consulate where you will apply. 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 U.S. after your trip; and/or
      •Your ability to pay all costs of the trip.

      Evidence of your employment and/or your family ties may be sufficient to show the purpose of your trip and your intent to return to your home country. If you cannot cover all the costs for your trip, you may show evidence that another person will cover some or all costs for your trip.

      Please Note: • Plane Tickets: Applicants should obtain a visa BEFORE purchasing tickets or making irrevocable travel plans.
      Application forms:•Form DS-160 : http://evisaforms.state.gov/ All non-immigrant visa applicants are required to complete this form. Note that it is compulsory for all visa applicants to have the DS-160 biographical confirmation page at the time of the scheduled visa interview.

      VALIDITY: 3 months, 6 months etc., to a maximum 10 years
      – This applies only to B1/B2 visas and is not automatic but determined by the Consular Officer.

      PROCESSING TIMES: 5 – 6 working days
      • Please allow for delays during busy periods.
      • It is advisable to apply for visas well in advance.
      • Applicants are advised to apply for visas as soon as they know they are planning to travel to the USA in order to facilitate application process.

      NB South African Residents travelling to the USA on a British or European passport will have to pay US$14 for electronic visas with immediate effect.

      BUSINESS TRAVEL: •Business travellers should present a letter from their company detailing the nature of applicant`s position, length of service with the company and type of business to be conducted in USA (i.e. conference, contract negotiation etc.)as well as whether travel and incidental expenses will be paid for by the firm in SA, the individual or USA contact companyand the expected duration of the business trip. •Letter from the bank indicating how long you have been a client, your current balance and whether or not you have sufficient funds to travel. • Your financial situation – financial records that demonstrate financial stability such as copies of the last 3 months bank account statements & pay slips.

      COST: Visa application fee is dertermined by the type of visa being applied for. Non-Immigrant visa applicants are to pay the Non-Immigrant visa application processing fee (MRV) prior to scheduling an appointment through this service (cash or credit card). Fee is non-refundable.

      VISA WAIVER PROGRAMME: PLEASE NOTE THAT SAA HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE LIST OF CARRIERS PARTICIPATING IN THE U.S.VISA WAIVER PROGRAMME. CONSEQUENTLY, CITIZENS OF 34 COUNTRIES PARTICIPATING IN THE PROGRAMME (N.B. SOUTH AFRICA IS NOT AMONG THEM) NO LONGER NEED VISAS TO ENTER THE U.S. ON THE DIRECT SAA FLIGHTS TO NEW YORK and ATLANTA, PROVIDED THEY MEET ALL OF THE OTHER CONDITIONS. The visa waiver programme enables citizens of certain countries to travel to the U.S. for tourism or business for 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.
      See: http://www.travel.state.gov for more information

      NOTES: Travel agents are strongly cautioned against advising clients to withhold or alter information relevant to their application.
      Should this happen, the applicant`s visa will be refused and the U.S. Consulate reserves the right to take action against the travel agent concerned.
      While the U.S. Consulate provides an after hours emergency service, this is solely for the use of distressed U.S. citizens. Duty officers are not authorised to provide any after hours visa facilities
      to travel agents or the general public. Passports cannot be picked up after hours.Accordingly, please do not phone the after hours emergency numbers.
      Please plan ahead when preparing visa applications. Please also note that once an application has been received we are not able to expedite the visa return date based on telephone calls. Any
      expeditious processing regarding the visa return date must be discussed and agreed to when the application is turned in.
      Subsequent telephone calls only delay visa processing further.
      “Round-trip ticket” includes:
      (a.) Passes indicating return passage for airline employees
      (b.) Individual vouchers
      (c.) Group vouchers – charter flights only
      (d.) Travellers in transit, provided they meet the above criteria.
      A `round-trip ticket` must transport the visitor out of the U.S. to any foreign port but must not terminate in contiguous territory or adjacent island UNLESS he/she is a resident of the country of destination. For a list of airlines and companies that qualify for the visa waiver program contact the American Consulate-General.

      SA REPRESENTATIVES:
      South African Embassy
      Web: http://www.saembassy.org

  69. Hi, I currently hold a Shengen Seamans Work Visa to allow me to work on private yachts legally in the Med. That being said if the yacht I am on decides to do a crossing to the Caribbean, I will need a US visitors visa.
    How do I go about supplying the correct documentation and financial proof for the US Visa if I am not currently employed on a yacht whilst still in SA, but will be travelling to Europe in August to get the work?
    I would like to be prepared in case the yacht I do end up working on decides to do a crossing or even if I choose to join family on their US trip in December?
    My Mother will however be able to provide the finances if I am not employed yet so that there is financial security.
    I would like to be prepared for any of the options before time becomes an issue.
    Your advise is greatly appreciated.

    • Hi Tamarin,

      Thanks for the interesting question.

      I suggest you contact the US Embassy direct. Applying for a US visa can be tricky and one needs to have all the relevant documentation.

      You can contact on the below:

      American Consulate-General – Johannesburg
      1 Sandton Drive, Sandhurst 2091
      P O Box 787197,SANDTON 2146
      Tel: (011) 290 3000 Fax: (011) 884 0194
      E-mail: consularjohannesburg@state.gov
      web: http://www.travel.state.gov

      And they should be able to answer any queries you might have.

    • Thank you.
      I will get hold of them asap.

  70. Hi I need to came USA am very straggly to steay South Africa pls

    • Hi Aynalem,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I am not sure what your question is. Please can you refrase it and I will gladly try assist by answering any queries you might have.

  71. Hi there

    I have a question, I am planning a trip to the US to visit friends, I currently reside in Australia- i.e: (work and study) but am an South African Citizen.

    I have the relevant documentation to prove my ties to both South Africa and Australia alike, would I need to fly home to apply for a visitors visa or can I apply here and show that I intend to go back to Australia, as I have to return to work and university after the summer holidays are over?

    Please help me clarify this

    Thanks so much 🙂

    • Hi Lindie,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      To my knowledge you should be able to apply for your American visa in Australia.

      However I suggest you contact the Embassy direct to clarify this.

  72. I’m 20 years was working at a gym now I’m a jehovah witness want to be baptized in the usa and one of the elders is sponsering my trip and have his three months bank statement and I have my daughter s. Certificate and want to just visit for two months and be back in my. Country to pioneer I have applied and having my interveiw on wednesday do you think I might be granted a visa or not

    • Hi Monica,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      We are not at liberty to say as we are not guarantying the visa. It is up to the US Embassy’s discretion if they feel you have submitted sufficient documentation before they make their decision.

  73. hi im 20 years of age i was working at the gym i have a month i have left it and now im planing to go to the states as a visit as i am a Jehovah witness and would like to attend a baptism and be baptized im going to spend two months and one of the elder brother is going to take care of my expenses is i have applied for it online and i have the required documents such as the prove that the elder will take care of me where i have a three months statements and also my own daughters certificate and my mother and i will be meeting the consular this Wednesday so do you think i will be granted a visa

  74. i have visited the embassy in jhb where one lady was assisting me and refused me many where not asked for documentation and so was i and got denied but in all this i want to reapply again is it wise i reapply just after i got denied since i feel like i know how it goes and will have valid proof and documentation i got denied and want to apply again for next week

    • Hi Lerato,

      yes the Embassy can ask for more documentation if they like, they can also deny visas without providing reasons. The most common reason is that they don’t feel you have sufficient motivation to return to South Africa, or they don’t believe you have sufficient means to support yourself while in the USA.

      For proving you’re coming back to SA, you may need to demonstrate that you have:
      – a job you’re coming back to (letter from your employer on company letterhead stating that you’re coming back)
      – you earn sufficient money to motivate you to return
      – you have other reasons to return like having family here, or property you own

      For proving you have enough money for your trip, you may need to demonstrate that you have:
      – a well paying job here in SA (it’s impossible to say exactly how much that is unfortunately)
      – a bank balance in good standing with sufficient money in the account to support your stay
      – an idea of costs of your trip which are appropriate for the duration of your stay (such as accommodation, food, entertainment, transport costs etc)

      It’s true that the US don’t require you to have any documentation to prove the above, however, having documents to prove this can’t hurt. As to your question about reapplying… I’m not going to lie, your chances are more difficult after having been rejected, but they are not impossible. It’s up to you if you want to take the gamble again with supporting documentation though.

      Best of luck, I hope it all works out for you in the end.

  75. Hi sir I am Indian but I am marred with South African we want aplay vissa for USA so how long my relative permit must be valid when I aplay USA vissa

  76. Good day
    Is possible for me to get n visa to go to the USA on holiday. I have enough savings for the trip but are currently unemployed. Want to go on trip before I start new employment in SA.

    • Hi Jaco, it should be possible for you to get a visa, you may need to show that you have a good reason to come back to SA. Usually an offer of employment helps. If you don’t have that, it’s not the end of the world and you could still possibly get a visa for the US, it’s just that having a formal job lined up does help a lot to bettering your chances of being granted one.

  77. Hello,

    Well this is a quick run down on my situation. I’m a south African citizen that is engaged to be married to an American citizen. We certainly don’t want the K1 visa option because we want the wedding to be in SA and that visa has many restrictions. However We have been looking at a few visa options [IR-1/CR-1, B2, immigration, etc]. And I’m just curious (now comes the questions); if I were to acquire an immigration visa and then get married how would that affect the standing of my visa? Would we have to make additional filing? If so which kind? Or would what steps should we take if we got married and I’m holding the immigration visa?
    I’ve also heard that the IR-1/CR-1 could take up to 7 months to be approved, is there a way to expedite the visa or quicken the process? Because frankly it would be terrible to be married and have to be separated from my spouse for that long.

    Thank you for taking the time to read this. I truly appreciate any help, suggestions or advice.

    Yours Kindly,
    Buenos Días

    • Hi there, thanks so much for reaching out. I have to be up front with you, I know very little about immigrant visas for the US, so I’m not going to be able to advise you on the procedure for this. We mainly deal with SA tourists travelling overseas and so don’t know all the ins and outs of immigrating to the US. I would seriously suggest to you to get the help of an immigration lawyer who specialises in the US to get the best possible advice which will ensure you won’t land in any hot water and you won’t waste your money applying for the wrong visa.

  78. Hi,am a DRCONGO refugee in south africa,and am holding a south african refugee passeport and would like to visit my parents in USA for three months,what is requirement for me to apply for the visa as refugee.and how much will it cost .thank

    • Hi Ebengo, thanks for reaching out. I must admit that I am not an expert on applications on refugee passports. I would think that you would follow the sam procedure as a South African citizen. Just be very careful that you can prove that you are coming back to SA after your trip (employment letters or letter showing that you’re enrolled at a university should suffice). I would contact the US embassy for clarification on the numbers provided on this page: http://southafrica.usembassy.gov/non-immigrant_visas.html

  79. Please I have being denied visa at three occasion on F-1 visa please what should I do ? Please reach to me at my Email because I might not reach this site again.

    Respectfully

    Patrick

    • Hi Patrick, unfortunately there’s not much we can do for you. If you have been denied a visa, that is all down to the embassy. The US government can for any reason decide to deny you a visa and they don’t have to say why. Usually they deny visas because they fear that the applicant doesn’t have reason enough to return home or doesn’t have enough funds to support themselves while in the US. If you can show that you have a stable job with good funds in your account that usually helps. However, if you have been denied 3 times already I would say the chances of you being granted a visa in the near future are very very small. I would advise you to save your money, wait a few years and try again then.

  80. Hi my fiance planing to visit me here from Alabama what she will need to provide as travel docent to come to south Africa

    • Hi Hafees,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Your fiance will need to contact the South African Embassy and see if a visa is required when visiting.

      They will be able to give her all the most up to date information.

  81. May l know where can l report a scheme for l got someone from USA on gumtree and offered me a job but it seems she is a schemer. Where do l report this.
    Thanks

    • Hi Thandeka,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You welcome to log this with Gumtree, report it directly to them, so they can maybe block this person or next time they try re-post they are aware of this.

  82. I have a friend in the USA who wanted to give me an invitation but i want to know what type of south African permit will allow me or suitable for an invitation from the USA. am a Ghanaian but reside here in South Africa help me please.

    • Hi Fred,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the visa requirements for a Ghanaian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      You will need to contact the Embassy direct and they should be able to answer any queries you might have.

      Please find link below:

      American Consulate-General – Johannesburg
      1 Sandton Drive, Sandhurst 2091
      P O Box 787197,SANDTON 2146
      Tel: (011) 290 3000 Fax: (011) 884 0194
      E-mail: consularjohannesburg@state.gov
      web: http://www.travel.state.gov

      b) FOR THE FOLLOWING REGIONS:
      NORTHERN CAPE
      WESTERN CAPE
      EASTERN CAPE:
      American Consulate General – Cape Town
      2 Reddam Avenue,Westlake, 7945
      Tel: (021) 702 7300 Fax: (021) 702 7493
      E-mail: consularcapetown@state.gov
      Fridays closed to the public

      c) KwaZulu/Natal ONLY:
      American Consulate General – Durban
      Old Mutual Centre, 31st Floor
      303 Dr Pixley KeSame Street, DURBAN 4001
      Tel: (031) 305-7600 Fax: (031) 305-7691
      E-mail: consulardurban@state.gov

  83. l am aupair/ nanny and may l know is there an agency called USA Aupair which is at 3393 Peachtree Road NE Atlanta GA 30326. Do you mind to check for me please. l have their phone number and email. ls it legal please. Are they real.
    Thanks Marcelle for you help.

    • Hi Thandeka,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Unfortunately we do not specialize in this area and would not be able to advise if this agency is legal or not.

      Best of luck and hope you find the info you looking for.

    • I live % minutes from that address i can check for you! I am in Atlanta and I live in the Northeast Atlanta. Generally if your given an address on that street its legitimate because there is also a passport office there by the hard rock cafe.

  84. Hie guys.i am a zimbabwean living in south africa,i want to visit my husband in usa so what must I have for me to get a visa in south africa.plz help need to around December

    • Hi Lucie,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the visa requirements for Zimbabwean passports holders as we specialise in South African travellers.

      You will need to contact the US Embassy direct and they should be able to assist with any queries you might have.

      American Consulate-General – Johannesburg
      1 Sandton Drive, Sandhurst 2091
      P O Box 787197,SANDTON 2146
      Tel: (011) 290 3000 Fax: (011) 884 0194
      E-mail: consularjohannesburg@state.gov
      web: http://www.travel.state.gov

  85. l have been accepted to present my paper at a Global Finance research
    conference in Las Vegas USA. What is required on my side by the consulate. Which type of visa do l apply for?

    • Hi Shaynr,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Wow, that sounds amazing.

      American Consulate-General – Johannesburg
      1 Sandton Drive, Sandhurst 2091
      P O Box 787197,SANDTON 2146
      Tel: (011) 290 3000 Fax: (011) 884 0194
      E-mail: consularjohannesburg@state.gov
      web: http://www.travel.state.gov

      If you are a South African passport holder you would need to apply for a Tourist Visa. This information should be used as a guide only. Please confirm requirements with the consulate or embassy.

      Information for Non-Immigrant Visa Applicants:

      Visa Interviews are by appointment only.

      STEP ONE: Call Centre Contact numbers are as follows: From anywhere in South Africa: +27 (087) 550 2160
      From Skype: usavisasouthafrica
      From the USA: +1 (703) 439 2301
      Call centre support is available Monday – Friday 8 AM and 8 PM local time, excluding SA and US public holidays. Fur further info visit the website http://southafrica.usvisa-info.com to determine your non-immigrant visa type or for any general questions.

      STEP TWO: Complete the visa application form: Each applicant must visit https://ceac.state.gov/GENNIV/ to complete the DS-160 visa application form. Upon completion you need to print out the bar-code confirmation page. You will need this barcode number to schedule the appointment and this page must be produced at the Consulate on the day of your interview.

      STEP THREE: After completing the DS-160 application form, you will need to contact the call center website at http://southafrica.usvisa-info.com) to obtain a unique deposit slip instruction sheet for cash payment at an ABSA branch which you will receive by email for you to print out. It has unique numbers you will need to make the deposit.

      STEP FOUR: Take the deposit slip to an ABSA branch to make payment. Wait up to four hours until payment has been posted, and then re-contact the call center/website with the deposit receipt number necessary to schedule an appointment. If you pay near close of business, you may have to wait until mid-morning the next business day until your fee has been posted.

      STEP FIVE: You will be given an appointment date and asked to pre-select a DHL office to which your passport can be delivered free of charge. You will then receive an appointment confirmation letter by e-mail.

      STEP SIX – Bring to Your Interview:
      • A valid passport which has unused visa pages (not amendment pages).(Minimum of 2 blank pages in the passport) Please bring all prior passports. • The application confirmation page from the DS-160.
      • The appointment confirmation page.
      • A recent front-facing, 50 mm x 50 mm photograph of each applicant.

      Passport delivery after a successful visa interview: Successful applicants may choose from the following three options:

      1. Free delivery to the DHL office that you have pre-selected, where you will pick it up after 3-5 business days.
      2. Pay R90 for standard home/office delivery, which usually takes 3-5 business days.
      3. Pay R288 for expedited delivery to one of three specified DHL locations where you will pick it up. In general, applicants who opt for the expedited delivery option are able to pick up the passport the next business day after the interview, but this cannot be guaranteed.

      The fees for options 2 or 3 must be paid at the Consulate DHL in-House counter on the day of your interview. If you are applying in Durban, you must go to the DHL office at 10 Riverhorse Valley, Riverside Valley (opposite Ethekwini Hospital) to make payment. Call DHL on (031) 941 7800/086 0345 5000 to make payment or pick up. Any application may be subject to additional review or processing resulting in additional time before the visa is returned.

      GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:
      •Passport – Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the U. S.
      •Non-immigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 confirmation page
      •Application fee payment receipt, if you are required to pay before your interview
      •Photo – You will upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160. If the photo upload fails, you must bring one printed photo in the format explained in the Photograph Requirements.
      • Additional Documentation May Be Required

      Review the instructions for how to apply for a visa on the website of the embassy or consulate where you will apply. 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 U.S. after your trip; and/or
      •Your ability to pay all costs of the trip.

      Evidence of your employment and/or your family ties may be sufficient to show the purpose of your trip and your intent to return to your home country. If you cannot cover all the costs for your trip, you may show evidence that another person will cover some or all costs for your trip.

      Please Note: • Plane Tickets: Applicants should obtain a visa BEFORE purchasing tickets or making irrevocable travel plans.
      Application forms:•Form DS-160 : http://evisaforms.state.gov/ All non-immigrant visa applicants are required to complete this form. Note that it is compulsory for all visa applicants to have the DS-160 biographical confirmation page at the time of the scheduled visa interview.

      VALIDITY: 3 months, 6 months etc., to a maximum 10 years
      – This applies only to B1/B2 visas and is not automatic but determined by the Consular Officer.

      PROCESSING TIMES: 5 – 6 working days
      • Please allow for delays during busy periods.
      • It is advisable to apply for visas well in advance.
      • Applicants are advised to apply for visas as soon as they know they are planning to travel to the USA in order to facilitate application process.

      NB South African Residents travelling to the USA on a British or European passport will have to pay US$14 for electronic visas with immediate effect.

      BUSINESS TRAVEL: •Business travellers should present a letter from their company detailing the nature of applicant`s position, length of service with the company and type of business to be conducted in USA (i.e. conference, contract negotiation etc.)as well as whether travel and incidental expenses will be paid for by the firm in SA, the individual or USA contact companyand the expected duration of the business trip. •Letter from the bank indicating how long you have been a client, your current balance and whether or not you have sufficient funds to travel. • Your financial situation – financial records that demonstrate financial stability such as copies of the last 3 months bank account statements & pay slips.

      COST: Visa application fee is dertermined by the type of visa being applied for. Non-Immigrant visa applicants are to pay the Non-Immigrant visa application processing fee (MRV) prior to scheduling an appointment through this service (cash or credit card). Fee is non-refundable.

  86. Hi originally I am from Ethiopia but I stay on johannsburg with a valid business permit in my ethiopian passport and my best friend and his wife both born and raised in us and have a big company in indiana want to invite me to us on by the end of December and cover all my expenses for 2 weeks so I just wanna find out how do I start the process. .. how long it takes .. and which type of visa I have to apply 4 and what documents I have to make ready. . Tnx in advance

    • Hi Kaleb,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for an Ethiopian passport holders as we specialise in South African travellers.

      The below link will give you an idea what is required and the procedure to follow, however this is for South African passport holders.

      I suggest you contact the American Embassy and they should be able to advise the visa requirements for a Ethiopian passport holder.

      Visa Interviews are by appointment only.

      STEP ONE: Call Centre Contact numbers are as follows: From anywhere in South Africa: +27 (087) 550 2160
      From Skype: usavisasouthafrica
      From the USA: +1 (703) 439 2301
      Call centre support is available Monday – Friday 8 AM and 8 PM local time, excluding SA and US public holidays. Fur further info visit the website http://southafrica.usvisa-info.com to determine your non-immigrant visa type or for any general questions.

      STEP TWO: Complete the visa application form: Each applicant must visit https://ceac.state.gov/GENNIV/ to complete the DS-160 visa application form. Upon completion you need to print out the bar-code confirmation page. You will need this barcode number to schedule the appointment and this page must be produced at the Consulate on the day of your interview.

      STEP THREE: After completing the DS-160 application form, you will need to contact the call center website at http://southafrica.usvisa-info.com) to obtain a unique deposit slip instruction sheet for cash payment at an ABSA branch which you will receive by email for you to print out. It has unique numbers you will need to make the deposit.

      STEP FOUR: Take the deposit slip to an ABSA branch to make payment. Wait up to four hours until payment has been posted, and then re-contact the call center/website with the deposit receipt number necessary to schedule an appointment. If you pay near close of business, you may have to wait until mid-morning the next business day until your fee has been posted.

      STEP FIVE: You will be given an appointment date and asked to pre-select a DHL office to which your passport can be delivered free of charge. You will then receive an appointment confirmation letter by e-mail.

      STEP SIX – Bring to Your Interview:
      • A valid passport which has unused visa pages (not amendment pages).(Minimum of 2 blank pages in the passport) Please bring all prior passports. • The application confirmation page from the DS-160.
      • The appointment confirmation page.
      • A recent front-facing, 50 mm x 50 mm photograph of each applicant.

      Passport delivery after a successful visa interview: Successful applicants may choose from the following three options:

      1. Free delivery to the DHL office that you have pre-selected, where you will pick it up after 3-5 business days.
      2. Pay R90 for standard home/office delivery, which usually takes 3-5 business days.
      3. Pay R288 for expedited delivery to one of three specified DHL locations where you will pick it up. In general, applicants who opt for the expedited delivery option are able to pick up the passport the next business day after the interview, but this cannot be guaranteed.

      The fees for options 2 or 3 must be paid at the Consulate DHL in-House counter on the day of your interview. If you are applying in Durban, you must go to the DHL office at 10 Riverhorse Valley, Riverside Valley (opposite Ethekwini Hospital) to make payment. Call DHL on (031) 941 7800/086 0345 5000 to make payment or pick up. Any application may be subject to additional review or processing resulting in additional time before the visa is returned.

      GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:
      •Passport – Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the U. S.
      •Non-immigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 confirmation page
      •Application fee payment receipt, if you are required to pay before your interview
      •Photo – You will upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160. If the photo upload fails, you must bring one printed photo in the format explained in the Photograph Requirements.
      • Additional Documentation May Be Required

      Review the instructions for how to apply for a visa on the website of the embassy or consulate where you will apply. 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 U.S. after your trip; and/or
      •Your ability to pay all costs of the trip.

      Evidence of your employment and/or your family ties may be sufficient to show the purpose of your trip and your intent to return to your home country. If you cannot cover all the costs for your trip, you may show evidence that another person will cover some or all costs for your trip.

      Please Note: • Plane Tickets: Applicants should obtain a visa BEFORE purchasing tickets or making irrevocable travel plans.
      Application forms:•Form DS-160 : http://evisaforms.state.gov/ All non-immigrant visa applicants are required to complete this form. Note that it is compulsory for all visa applicants to have the DS-160 biographical confirmation page at the time of the scheduled visa interview.

      VALIDITY: 3 months, 6 months etc., to a maximum 10 years
      – This applies only to B1/B2 visas and is not automatic but determined by the Consular Officer.

      PROCESSING TIMES: 5 – 6 working days
      • Please allow for delays during busy periods.
      • It is advisable to apply for visas well in advance.
      • Applicants are advised to apply for visas as soon as they know they are planning to travel to the USA in order to facilitate application process.

      NB South African Residents travelling to the USA on a British or European passport will have to pay US$14 for electronic visas with immediate effect.

      BUSINESS TRAVEL: •Business travellers should present a letter from their company detailing the nature of applicant`s position, length of service with the company and type of business to be conducted in USA (i.e. conference, contract negotiation etc.)as well as whether travel and incidental expenses will be paid for by the firm in SA, the individual or USA contact companyand the expected duration of the business trip. •Letter from the bank indicating how long you have been a client, your current balance and whether or not you have sufficient funds to travel. • Your financial situation – financial records that demonstrate financial stability such as copies of the last 3 months bank account statements & pay slips.

      COST: Visa application fee is dertermined by the type of visa being applied for. Non-Immigrant visa applicants are to pay the Non-Immigrant visa application processing fee (MRV) prior to scheduling an appointment through this service (cash or credit card). Fee is non-refundable.

      VISA WAIVER PROGRAMME: PLEASE NOTE THAT SAA HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE LIST OF CARRIERS PARTICIPATING IN THE U.S.VISA WAIVER PROGRAMME. CONSEQUENTLY, CITIZENS OF 34 COUNTRIES PARTICIPATING IN THE PROGRAMME (N.B. SOUTH AFRICA IS NOT AMONG THEM) NO LONGER NEED VISAS TO ENTER THE U.S. ON THE DIRECT SAA FLIGHTS TO NEW YORK and ATLANTA, PROVIDED THEY MEET ALL OF THE OTHER CONDITIONS. The visa waiver programme enables citizens of certain countries to travel to the U.S. for tourism or business for 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.
      See: http://www.travel.state.gov for more information

      NOTES: Travel agents are strongly cautioned against advising clients to withhold or alter information relevant to their application.
      Should this happen, the applicant`s visa will be refused and the U.S. Consulate reserves the right to take action against the travel agent concerned.
      While the U.S. Consulate provides an after hours emergency service, this is solely for the use of distressed U.S. citizens. Duty officers are not authorised to provide any after hours visa facilities
      to travel agents or the general public. Passports cannot be picked up after hours.Accordingly, please do not phone the after hours emergency numbers.
      Please plan ahead when preparing visa applications. Please also note that once an application has been received we are not able to expedite the visa return date based on telephone calls. Any
      expeditious processing regarding the visa return date must be discussed and agreed to when the application is turned in.
      Subsequent telephone calls only delay visa processing further.
      “Round-trip ticket” includes:
      (a.) Passes indicating return passage for airline employees
      (b.) Individual vouchers
      (c.) Group vouchers – charter flights only
      (d.) Travellers in transit, provided they meet the above criteria.
      A `round-trip ticket` must transport the visitor out of the U.S. to any foreign port but must not terminate in contiguous territory or adjacent island UNLESS he/she is a resident of the country of destination. For a list of airlines and companies that qualify for the visa waiver program contact the American Consulate-General.

      SA REPRESENTATIVES:
      South African Embassy
      Web: http://www.saembassy.org

  87. Hi, my name is esther, am a nigerian but married to a South Africa. I do have a spouse permit on my passport and my husband want to take me for holiday in the USA to visit his mother. My husband have
    10years visa in his passport and he has been in the United States for two times now. I am working in my husband guesthouse but i dont have a bank statement i share my husband account Will I have a problem since I don’t have mypersonal bank acaccounts

    • Hi Esther,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      You will need to contact the US Embassy direct, only they will be able to advise if they will accept a joint bank account as part of the documents required when applying for a visa.

      American Consulate-General – Johannesburg
      1 Sandton Drive, Sandhurst 2091
      P O Box 787197,SANDTON 2146
      Tel: (011) 290 3000 Fax: (011) 884 0194
      E-mail: consularjohannesburg@state.gov
      web: http://www.travel.state.gov

  88. I am traveling to Mexico going VIA Atlanta (won’t be leaving the airport), do i need to get a VISA?

    • Hi Jamie,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you are a South African passport holder and transiting in the United States you will need a visa for the USA.

      You will need to organise a visa, yourself. They do not allow you to do an application through an agency or courier, you have to appear in person.

      Find below a list of issuing authorities:

      American Consulate-General – Johannesburg
      1 Sandton Drive, Sandhurst 2091
      P O Box 787197,SANDTON 2146
      Tel: (011) 290 3000 Fax: (011) 884 0194
      E-mail: consularjohannesburg@state.gov
      web: http://www.travel.state.gov

      American Consulate General – Cape Town
      2 Reddam Avenue,Westlake, 7945
      Tel: (021) 702 7300 Fax: (021) 702 7493
      E-mail: consularcapetown@state.gov
      Fridays closed to the public

      c) KwaZulu/Natal ONLY:
      American Consulate General – Durban
      Old Mutual Centre, 31st Floor
      303 Dr Pixley KeSame Street, DURBAN 4001
      Tel: (031) 305-7600 Fax: (031) 305-7691
      E-mail: consulardurban@state.gov

  89. Hi
    My name is shahalam I m south Africa citizen I would like to see in USA dat is my dream so my cousin n all of them there they want me to come n visit to them I did apply two times before so I didn’t get visa the reason was I don’t have a wife n children’s in south africa now my wish is to see USA n my family in USA so how can I get visa

    • Hi Shahalam,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      It is up to the US consulate if they will grant you a visa. One does not need to have a wife and children in order to qualify for a US visa.

      They do the necessary background checks on all applicants and if they feel the person is a risk they have the authority to deny them a visa. If you have been denied twice already this does make the chances of applying for a visa harder.

  90. Hi
    Thanks for replying me
    I m so glad that u explained me
    Can I try again my cousin want me to send U.S. passport copy sponsor later bank statement he says I must try again buz we haven’t meet each other more than 18 years so I would like to go n see him n see the beautiful country as in my dream I would like to celebrate a new year in U.S.A with my cousin as we celebrated in Bangladesh 18 years ago if there anything that I can keep or deposit when I will come back I will get it I really want to vist n see king of the world country
    Thanx for ur kind
    Shahalam

    • Hi Shahalam

      Unfortunately we can not assist you in applying for a US visa, you will need to apply through the Embassy direct.

      It will be up to their discretion if they grant you the visa or not.

      The more information and documents you provide the better your chances are. However if you have already been denied twice for a US visa this will be on record.

  91. Hello Dear

    I’m mr James from Congo Brazzaville, I’m staying at Cape Town and study at Damlin college. I have a study permit for 2 years. I’m planning to go to visit the United States on December with my sister for 3 weeks maximum, she is 23 years old and I am 19 years old. It’s should be possible for me to get a visitor visa? Because am 19 years old? And I have my own bank statement around R40000 in dollars $4000 she also has her own bank statement. Can we apply together and make an interview together? We got all paper.

    Your sincerity

    Sent from my iPhone5c

    • Hi James,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      That shouldn’t be a problem applying for a US visa.

      You will need all the correct documentation when apply.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Congolese passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      You welcome to contact the Embassy direct to get the most up to date information on what all is required when applying. They should also be able to answer any questions you might have.

      FOR THE FOLLOWING REGIONS:
      NORTHERN CAPE
      WESTERN CAPE
      EASTERN CAPE:
      American Consulate General – Cape Town
      2 Reddam Avenue,Westlake, 7945
      Tel: (021) 702 7300 Fax: (021) 702 7493
      E-mail: consularcapetown@state.gov
      Fridays closed to the public

  92. Hi plz help me I have south African passport and I need visa usa

    • HI Imran,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      You welcome to read the blog you commented on, this will give you all the information required to apply for a US visa.

      All applicants will need to apply in person for a US visa.

      Should you need further information you can contact them direct on:

      American Consulate-General – Johannesburg
      1 Sandton Drive, Sandhurst 2091
      P O Box 787197,SANDTON 2146
      Tel: (011) 290 3000 Fax: (011) 884 0194
      E-mail: consularjohannesburg@state.gov

  93. Hi There….
    I would love to visite u.s.a but I need to know what documents I must have to attach? because I have south African work permite. Please feed back asap
    Thanks

    • Hi Sadiq,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      This depends on what passport you are holding.

      All applicants wanting to apply for a US visa needs to apply in person.

      You can contact the Embassy direct they will be able to answer any queries you might have on what documents are required from their side.

  94. Hi,
    i am an Ethiopian man living in Ethiopia.I have a girl friend in USA.She is an American woman.We have no marriage certificate.She wants to take me but she has no information how to do that.She asked me to try visa so that I can visit America.Anyways what is the best and queasiest way to go there so that we marry and live together?

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid we don’t specialize in that area. You will need to contact the American embassy direct they will be able to assist in answering any questions you might have.

  95. Good evening! I am enquiring regarding the number of blank pages required in the SA passport in order to travel to the USA on a B1/B2. Does one need 4 blank pages (1 for the Visa) and the other 3 for stamping? or does one require only 3 blank pages (1 for the Visa) and the other 2 for stamping.

    Thank you so much for your help!

    • Hi Nicola,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      To my knowledge one needs 2 blank pages after you have been granted your visa. But its best to contact the US Embassy direct as they will be able to give the most up to date information.

  96. Hi
    i am a south African would like to apply for a visa to USA, can you please tell me what type visa do i need to apply online, in mean time they dont give me an option to choose for visitor’s visa.

    • Hi Theresa,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’ve done a search and found the following information.

      Kindly not this visa information is not guaranteed. Please confirm details with the relevant authorities.

      Important Note – Passport delivery after a successful visa interview – Visa Cost – Requirements/Delay – Days Closed Office Hours – Contact Details
      Important Note
      Visa Interviews are by appointment only. Appointments are available most weekdays. Applicants may contact the Visa Information Service Centre (VISC) via telephone at 087 550 2160 (between 8 AM and 8 PM Monday to Friday, or visit the website http://southafrica.usvisa-info.com to determine your non-immigrant visa type or for any general questions.

      STEP ONE: Complete the visa application form: Each applicant must visit https://ceac.state.gov/GENNIV/ to complete the DS-160 visa application form. Upon completion you need to print out the bar-code confirmation page. You will need this barcode number to schedule the appointment and this page must be produced at the Consulate on the day of your interview.

      STEP TWO: Payment. You must make a decision as to whether you will pay the non-refundable MRV application fee by cash or by credit card.

      CREDIT CARD: If you pay by credit card, you may contact the Visa Information Service Centre (VISC) via telephone at 087 550 2160 between 8 AM and 8 PM Monday to Friday, or visit the website to make payment and to schedule your appointment. As part of scheduling your appointment, you will be asked to pre-select a DHL office to which your passport can be delivered free of charge before you can make the appointment. Go to STEP THREE.

      CASH: After completing the DS-160 application form, you will need to contact the call centre website to obtain a unique deposit slip instruction sheet for cash payment at an ABSA branch which you will receive by email for you to print out. It has unique numbers you will need to make the deposit. As part of obtaining the deposit slip, you will be asked to pre-select a DHL office to which your passport can be delivered free of charge before you can make the appointment.

      If paying by cash, take the deposit slip to an ABSA branch to make payment. Wait up to four hours until payment has been posted, and then revisit the website with the deposit receipt MRV number necessary to schedule an appointment. Once your payment has been validated, you may make an appointment through the website, or by calling 087 550 2160 If you pay near close of business, you may have to wait until mid-morning the next business day until your fee has been validated. GO TO STEP THREE.

      You must follow the instructions to pay by cash OR credit card. Please do not use both methods.

      STEP THREE: After successfully scheduling an appointment, you will receive an appointment confirmation letter by e-mail. You must print the appointment confirmation and bring it with you to the appointment.

      STEP FOUR – Bring to Your Interview:

      A valid passport which has unused visa pages (not amendment pages). Please bring all prior passports.
      The application confirmation page from the DS-160.
      The appointment confirmation page.
      A recent front-facing, 50 mm x 50 mm photograph of each applicant.
      PASSPORT DELIVERY AFTER A SUCCESSFUL VISA INTERVIEW: Successful applicants may choose from the following three options:

      Free delivery to the DHL office that you have pre-selected, where you will pick up your visa after 3-5 business days.
      Pay R90 for standard home/office delivery, which usually takes 3-5 business days.
      Pay R288 for expedited delivery to one of three specified DHL locations, where you will pick up your passport with visa. In general, applicants who opt for the expedited delivery option are able to pick up the passport the next business day after the interview, but this cannot be guaranteed. Contact Tel No: 031 941 7800
      Please note:
      Plane tickets: Applicants should obtain a visa BEFORE purchasing tickets or making irrevocable travel plans.
      Cell phones: and other portable electronics are not allowed in the Consulate. Arriving at the Consulate with these items will delay your entry.
      Paid parking: is available in the vicinity of the Consulate. There is no public parking at the Consulate.
      Visa cost
      The visa application fee is determined by the type of visa for which the applicant is applying.

      All Non-immigrant visa applicants must pay the Non-immigrant visa application processing fee (MRV) prior (by cash or credit card) to scheduling an appointment through this service.
      This fee is non-refundable and non-transferrable regardless of whether a visa is issued. Certain visa categories are subject to a reciprocity fee which must be paid at the Consulate.
      All visa application fees are $160. Petition (H,L,0,P,Q,R) based reciprocity fee for South African passport holders is $85 which is paid at the consulate.
      Category – Costs subject to fluctuation

      Fee

      Non-immigrant Visas, non-petition based
      (B1/B2, C1/D, F, M, J, I, TN, TD)

      $160

      Non-immigrant Visas, petition based (H, L, O, P, Q, R)

      $190

      General Fee Information:
      All visa applicants, including children, are required to pay a non-refundable and non-transferable Non-immigrant visa (MRV) application fee. fees can be paid using the website or through the automated phone system. Payment of the visa application fee is required whether or not an application results in the issuance of a US visa.

      If paying by cash:

      Create a user account on the website
      Add applicant information to complete the registration.
      Continue with the flow of the website until you arrive at the Payment page.
      Select Pay by Cash
      Download, print and follow the Cash payment instruction sheet.
      Cash payment Notes:
      Please allow 2 business days for the cash payment to complete and be active in this system.
      Do not use this payment slip to pay the amount indicated more than once.
      If paying by credit card online:
      Enter all required fields to complete the transaction
      After the transaction is approved, click “Continue” to proceed to the appointment calendar.
      If paying by credit card by phone: You must follow instructions to pay by cash OR credit card. Please do not use both methods.
      Requirements/Delay Delay: Based on individual circumstances of each case.

      Requirements:
      Current Passport valid for travel to the USA. The passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the period of stay in the USA (unless exempt by country-specific agreements).
      Passport containing the most recently issued US Visa (if applicable).
      Non-immigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 confirmation page.
      Confirmation and instructions page printed from above website.
      One 5x5cm colour photo taken within the last 6 months. See website for further guidelines.
      Accompanying family members, unless entering the United States for another purpose, should present an original marriage certificate (spouse) and/or birth certification (for unmarried children under 21), as applicable.
      Many visa types require additional documents.
      Intention to depart the United States upon completion of your travel.
      Sufficient funds to cover all expenses while in the USA.
      Evidence to show that the applicant has a residence abroad to which he/she intends to return at the end of the stay in the USA. This is generally established by evidence of family, professional, property, employment or other ties and commitments to some country other than the USA sufficient to cause the applicant to return there at the conclusion of his/her stay.
      Info available: http://travel.state.gov or fax on demand 0839000800.
      Days Closed Public Holidays 2015:
      All U.S. Consulates in South Africa are closed on South African and US holidays. The Consulates General in Cape Town and Durban are closed to the public every Friday. The Consulate General in Johannesburg is closed the last Friday of every month to the public. 01, 19 Jan / 16 Feb / 21 Mar / 03, 06, 27 Apr / 01, 25 May / 16 Jun / 04 Jul / 09 Aug / 07, 24 Sep / 12 Oct / 11, 26 Nov / 16, 25, 26 Dec
      Office Hours Mon-Thu: 08h00 – 12h00 Visa Applications
      Mon-Thu: 08h00-17h00 (closed between 13h00-14h00)
      Friday: 08h00-12h00
      The Visa information Service Centre (VISC) is open Monday to Friday, 8:00-20:00, for telephone calls to answer questions, accept payments, and book appointments.
      Contact Details US CONSULATE: Johannesburg
      Telephone No : +27 (11) 290-3000
      Visa call centre : 087 550 2160
      Fax No : 011 884 0396
      Street Address : 1 Sandton Drive, Sandhurst (opp Sandton City Mall)
      Postal Address : P.O. Box 787197, Sandton, 2146
      Email Address : consularjohannesburg@state.gov
      Website Address :
      http://southafrica.usembassy.gov / https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-ZA/niv​

      US CONSULATE GENERAL: Durban
      Telephone No : (27 31) 305-7600
      Call Centre : 087-550- 2160
      Fax No : (031) 305-7691
      Email Address : consulardurban@state.gov
      Street Address : Old Mutual Centre, 31st Floor, 303 Pixley KaSeme Street, Durban
      Web Address : http://travel.state.gov / http://southafrica.usembassy.gov / https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-ZA/niv​
      US CONSULATE: Cape Town
      Telephone No : (27) 21 702-7300 between 11:00 – 12:00
      Fax No : (021) 702 – 7493
      Call centre : +27 (0)87 550 2160
      Street Address : 2 Reddam Ave, Westlake
      Postal Address : Postnet suite 50, Private Bag X26, Tokai 7966
      Email Address : consularcapetown@state.gov
      WebAddress : http://southafrica.usembassy.gov / https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-ZA/niv​

  97. Hi there,
    My husband and I got recently married and we have an interview for our C1 transit visa tomorrow morning. We are going to be visiting Canada for the December holidays but our flights have a stop over in America, thus the Non immigrant Visa application. Now, we have not yet received our marriage certificate. Do you think our visas will be denied because of lack of the marriage certificate?
    Also, do we sit in the same interview, or do we have separate interviews when we get there?

    Kind regards,
    Diana

    • Hi Diana,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I wont be able to answer your query as we are not the ones granting the visas. It will be up to the US official discretion. I suggest you contact them direct, they should be able to assist and advise if this documents you have is suffice or if they need the marriage certificate.

      With regards to the interview process, if they feel the need to interview each person separately they will request this.

    • Hi Marcelle,

      Thank you very much for your response. We managed to get our C1 transit visas on the same day. They approved there and then, then they told us to leave our passports and after two days they send them via DHL to our chosen offices.

      Thanks
      Diana

    • Hi Diana,

      That’s wonderful news 🙂

      Have a safe trip. Enjoy and have a fabulous holiday.

  98. Hi, I am planning on travelling to Las Vegas a friend of mine invited me to come visit them, I’m currently unemployed and all expenses will be paid for in this trip, it will be my first time travelling outside of South Africa can you please advise on what necessary steps I need to take?

    • Hi Membrey,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Below is our blog advising on how to apply for a visa. You will need to click on the links provided and follow the necessary procedures. Please read through it carefully and have all the correct documentation when applying.

      The US is a rather tricky country to go via, let alone get into. Put it this way, if the plane you are on even touches US soil (even if you don’t), you will need a visa for the USA. Always look out for airlines publishing flights to central America or Canada that these definitely do not stop in the US anywhere.

      However if you do go to or via the states, you will need to organise a visa, yourself. They do not allow you to do an application through an agency or courier, you have to appear in person for a cosy interrogation by a self-important official. It’s not as simple as arriving for an interview though, you need to make and pay for an appointment to be interviewed, there are two ways to do this:

      go online and make an application online at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/
      Get a pre-printed bank deposit slip at http://southafrica.usvisa-info.com/ You may need to wait up to 4 hours for the payment to be processed before contacting the call-centre to continue with the application process (the fee is about USD140 – payable in Rands equivalent)
      Continue by visiting http://southafrica.usvisa-info.com/ or by calling 080-098-0444, 021-300-9700, 031-100-3000 or 010-500-8800
      Keep your deposit slip, you may need this as proof that you have paid.

      Finally before attending your interview with all the relevant documentation, make sure you have the exact right photo for the US visa. Pay a little extra and make sure you are at a decent and reputable passport photo shop, the incorrect photos could see you having to repeat the entire process – ensure you specify the photo is for a US visa.

      Once you have everything together, head down to the consulate, remember the US government is paranoid about cars – so parking at the consulate is not always possible, you may need to park a few blocks away and walk. Good luck with it!

  99. Hi, my son is doing a gap year year in 2016. He will be playing rugby in Netherlands fo 3 months and then he wants to go to a rugby club in New York. For what Visa do we apply? He will be staying with the people that are inviting him and he will not be working.

    • Hi Heleen,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      To my knowledge it will be the normal tourist visa. The US is a rather tricky country to go via let alone get into so I do suggest you contact the US Embassy direct asking what visa should your son apply for, the documents required and the procedures.

      They should be able to answer any queries you might have.

  100. My husband and I got recently married and we have an interview for our C1 transit visa tomorrow morning. We are going to be visiting Canada for the December holidays but our flights have a stop over in America, thus the Non immigrant Visa application. Now, we have not yet received our marriage certificate. Do you think our visas will be denied because of lack of the marriage certificate?
    Also, do we sit in the same interview, or do we have separate interviews when we get there?

    Kind regards,
    http://www.priestgbengamagicpalace.webs.com
    Migils

    • Hi Migils,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      If the Embassy has requested this information when applying for your visa and it is not submitted, it could result in them denying your visa’s. However it is up to their discretion.

      I would suggest following up with them direct to see what advise they give, if it is ok if you do not submit it with the rest of the documents required.

  101. I am a native and resident of South Africa. I have been on a modeling assignment in Bangkok since 8/15 (it is now 12/15) and now want to continue on to the United States for a holiday. I have two letters of recommendation, my passport, documentation of my airfare (in and out of the United States) and a letter from a family friend where I will be staying during my visit. I have no criminal history. What is the likelihood that the US Embassy in Bangkok will approve my visa? If they deny my visa do I have any recourse? I do not want to have to go back to Cape Town to apply and wait as the offer of 2 week temporary housing/expenses is only good for a limited time.

    Key question – if denied, what recourse do I have?

    Thank you.

    Lawrence

    • Hi Lawrence,

      I’m afraid I wont be able to answer if they will grant you a visa. It is up to the Embassy discretion.

      Best to contact them and they will be able to answer any questions you might have with regards to applying for US visa from abroad.

  102. Thanks for sharing and it was very informative..I need more tips from your side..I am working in ERP In Chennai

  103. What sort of questions to expect in the US visa interview?

    • Hi Thabiso,

      It really depends on the US Embassy official asking the question.

      They can ask anything from questions relations to your job, salary, previous travels, family etc.

      When you apply for a visa and submit your form, they will do back ground checks on you before you go for your interview to see if a visa will be granted or not.

  104. I am travelling to the US in March to visit my boyfriend who is working there for a couple of months. We are going to be travelling around for the duration of my stay. I am worried about the additional documents required for the visa appointment – the intent to come back to SA is covered as I will have a letter from my Employer, however I am not sure how to show proof that I will have enough money to cover my costs while there. My parents will be paying for some of my trip and I will also be paying. What is sufficient evidence to show this at my visa appointment?
    Thanks

    • Hi Michelle,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      The US Embassy needs to see your bank statement (I think 3 months or 6 months bank statement) showing you have sufficient funds.

      If you do not have all the required documents when applying for your US visa this will stand against you.

      I suggest you contact the US Embassy direct as they are the ones who will be granting the visa and should be able to answer any queries you might have.

  105. Hi.
    My name is Lorealle and i am 17 of age. I am going to Washington DC as an Au Pair and would like to know what i can do if i happen to be exploited? – as my host family are the only people with whom i will be famliar.

    • Hi Lorealle,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m not sure if I really understand your question. If you have the correct working holiday visa / documentation to work in the USA you could try find another job. Always good to bringing over sufficient funds to tied you over should something happen.

  106. hi sir/madam i am Bangladeshi and i live in south Africa 11 years. i got south African Relative visa (temporary visa) permit and i got business in south Africa. i want to visit us, can i apply for tourist visit visa.
    thank you

    • Hi Abul,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Bangladeshi passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      To my knowledge you should be able to apply for a US embassy. All visa applications need to be made directly through the Embassy direct.

      Should you need further information on the procedure and requirements for a Bangladeshi passport holder I suggest you contact the Embassy direct.

      They will be able to advise on the correct procedure to follow.

  107. Please help!!
    I admitted to smoking pot years ago when applying to immigrate to the USA .
    This happened 7 years ago and I have been granted a waiver but there is no option for a waiver for South Africans on their web site .

    No one seems to be helpful and there is very little in terms of steps and procedures .

    • Hi Rory,

      I’m afraid we do not specialize in this area. You would need to contact the US Embassy direct. They will be able to give the most up to date information and advise the correct procedures to follow.

      Best of luck.

  108. Hi Ive been approved for a R1 visa, but now before i go to my interview im not sure if i should have a police clearance ??? do i need one. i dont seem to get any info about this anywhere. Please help

    • Hi Zaan,

      I’m afraid I do not know what you are referring to about a R1 visa.

      Visa’s to the United states cost in the region of R1800

      I suggest you contact the American Embassy direct they will be able to give you the most up to date information.

  109. Hi

    I would like to find out about US VISA’s for infants/babies. I am a South African, my wife is a US citizen and our daughter, who is now 5 weeks old was born in South Africa. She already has an unabridged birth certificate and a passport.

    Question: Do I need to apply for a US VISA for her to visit the US? We are planning on going to the US mid April 2016 for a month to visit family.

    I would appreciate your thoughts.

    • Hi Jan,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      If your daughter is traveling on a South African passport she would require a US visa.

      For any information on apply for a US visa please contact the Embassy direct they will be able to give the most up to date information on what the correct procedures are to follow and what documents are required when applying.

  110. My US visiting visa was declined recently by the officer with a reason of not having much experience and not much proves of documents , in which I do not understand . I did submitted every requirements needed before the interview . Bank statement, letter from my company, educational certificate, flight bookings and hotel bookings. So please if you could advise What went wrong.

    • Hi Passi,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid this is up to the Embassy’s discretion should they deny someones visa or not.

      We do not have any authority over this decision. You welcome to contact the Embassy direct to see if they will give an explanation as to the reason they denied you a visa.

  111. Hi i want to that i have a valid work permit in south africa. And i have a indian passport. Can i apply for a tourist visitors visa for USA with my wife. Please assist me
    Thanks & Regards

    • Hi Ambresh,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for an Indian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      For this you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency.

      They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  112. Hi

    I have a a South African passport as well as a British passport. If I apply for a VWP with my British passport, will I be able to leave SA on my SA passport? Will it make a difference that I have a layover in Doha?

    • Hi Debbie,

      Thanks for the interesting question.

      For this it is best you contact the Embassy direct. I’m afraid we do not specialize in visa’s. They will be able to give the most up to date information.

  113. Hi

    Sorry I meant to say I have a South African and British passport. I will be traveling to the USA later in the year. If I apply for a VWP on my British passport, will I be able to leave SA on my SA passport, and will it make any difference that I have a layover in Doha?

  114. Hei Im a Zimbabwean women I have won a green card American visa with the Kentucy consular center but now it has expired coz I didn’t have enough money that time . so I don’t know if I can use the papers again . pliz help
    My name is Tariro

    • Hi Tairiro,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid we do not specialize in that area.

      For this you will need to contact the Embassy direct, they will be able to answer any questions you might have.

  115. Hello
    I’m Hlubi I’m at varsity student I’m SA citizen, I want to apply for US visa what type of document I need, I’m just going to visit my boyfriend who is a US citizen. He will be the one paying all the expenses of the trip, do I also need any prove of letter from that I’m coming to visit him? His a well known business man. I do plan to return to SA to finish my degree but I’m scared I might be denied visa because of my boyfriend since his a well known business man in the US. And how much do i have to pay for the US visa. And I have travelled to Dubai two times. Just hope I don’t get denied a US visa

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You will need to contact the US Embassy direct, they specialize in this area and grant the visa’s. They will be able to advise on the cost, the correct procedure to follow and what documentation is required when applying for the visa.

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  117. Hi my visa application was decline last while having all the supporting documents any USA visa agency in durban

  118. I have south African passport and I want go there in United States to visit my sister so that would i need to do?

    • Hi Omar,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      You will need to contact the US Embassy direct.

      They specialize in this area and will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  119. Hi
    I have a 10 years USA visa that I obtained in 2014. I would like to take my 12 years old son along when I visit in July. What is the process of applying for a non Immigrant visa for him?

    Kind regards

    • Hi Rethabile,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      You would need to contact the US Embassy direct. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required for a 12 year old to apply for a visa. To my knowledge it is the exact same as when an adult applies but you would need to clarify this with the Embassy direct.

  120. Just have to correct you. The US Embassy only deals with US Citizens not locals – it is the Consulates country wide that issues local South African citizens with Visas

  121. Hi there, I have two passports, one of which has my 10 year USA visa which is still valid for a few more years. I have misplaced this passport but still have my other current valid passport which does not contain my USA visa. Can I go to the the USA consulate for them to put a visa in my current passport? Or do I have to apply as if I havent already been issued with a visa? Thanks stax, Tracy

    • Hi Tracy,

      Thanks for getting in touch and for the interesting question.

      The US Embassy should have record that they granted a 10 year visa to you.

      However I am not sure if they are able to put another US visa with same details into your current passport.

      I would suggest contacting them to see if they are able to assist.

  122. Hii… Can I be allowed to go to the U.S if I have enough money to go there nd to return home even if I am not permanently employed

    • Hi Thabo,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      This will be up to the discretion of the US embassy who grants the visa. When applying for the visa you will need all the required documents they ask for and they will make a decision from their side.

  123. Hi , Have a friend in usa n sent me invitation to visit him , i have a south african travel document so am asking if it ‘s possible to use a travel document as a passport to get a visit visa to USA , what documentation i need .

    • Hi Rahwa,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      In order to travel abroad all passengers will need a valid passport. You will fist need to apply for a passport, there after you can apply for an American visa.

      The blog we posted on USA visas for South Africans – the most confusing visa, made a little simpler was posted in 2010.

      I would sugguest contacting the US Embassy direct to get the most up to date information on the correct procedures to follow.
      They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

      Telephone No : +27 (11) 290-3000
      Visa call centre : 087 550 2160
      Fax No : 011 884 0396
      Street Address : 1 Sandton Drive, Sandhurst (opp Sandton City Mall)
      Postal Address : P.O. Box 787197, Sandton, 2146
      Email Address : consularjohannesburg@state.gov
      Website Address :
      http://southafrica.usembassy.gov / https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-ZA/niv​

  124. Hi my south african passport got stolen with my US visa inside of it, what do i do? Do i need to apply for a new visa or how does this work?

    • Hi Francois,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      The US Embassy will have your details on record. However you would need to contact the direct, they will be able to confirm if they will grant you another visa free of charge or if you have to pay a fee or if you have to re-apply.

  125. I am a Zimbabwean national , I have a temporary residence permit for South Africa. I am married traditionally to a South African citizen and we have three children all South African. I would like to apply for a visa to the USA to visit my sister who is an American citizen by marriage. Firstly can I apply from here or would I need to go to Harare for the application. Secondly would my kids act as enough reason for me to return to South Africa though I do not have a marriage certificate. Thirdly I don’t earn very much but we get by, My sister plans to sponsor the trip, would this be a problem?

  126. hie my name is Zinhle may I pliz known the visa fee for USA ,I’m going there to wk

    • Hi Zinhle,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      For this you will need to contact the Embassy direct. Please let them what passport you hold. They will be able to

      advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  127. Hi
    My daughter has her interview next week. She is 19 years old and is going to California. Do both her parents need to be present for the interview or is she old enough to go on her own?
    Thanks

    • Hi Yvette,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      For this I suggest you contact the Embassy direct, they will be able to advise if your daughter is old enough to apply in person or if she would need both her parents present.

      US Consulate: Johannesburg
      Telephone No : +27 (11) 290-3000
      Visa call centre : 087 550 2160
      Fax No : 011 884 0396
      Street Address : 1 Sandton Drive, Sandhurst (opp Sandton City Mall)
      Postal Address : P.O. Box 787197, Sandton, 2146
      Email Address : consularjohannesburg@state.gov
      Website Address :
      https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-ZA/niv​

  128. Hi. I just discovered that I might be eligible for a 3 day trip to the Us. All expenses paid for. I just need my visa and passport. Ive researched some of the questions and my concern is that I am unemployed at the moment. I fear that will hinder my chances. Is this a legitimate concern? How else can I prove my “economic stability” here?

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      This is up to the discretion of the Embassy as they are the ones who decide if a visa is granted or not.

      If you provide all the relevant documentation this helps, however again it is up to the Embassy discretion.

  129. Hi ! It is our pleasure to contact you. My wife and I with 4 kids would like to move to USA permanently. Our kids aged between 13, 11 and 8 months old. Our budget is R300,000. My background is tanzanian with south african permanent resident while my wife and kids are south Africans. What do u advice us?

    • Hi there,

      Thank you for getting in touch with us, kindly note as this information is always changing, we suggest you contact Home Affairs direct to get the most up to date information.

      They will be able to answer any questions you have and they specialize in this area.

  130. Hi

    I am querying what documentation I would need to take with me for my Visa interview if I have a negligent driving criminal record – I paid a fine (no jail) –

    Would it be just police clearance certificate which outlines what I was charged for and my only offence?

    Thanks very much in advance

    • Hi there Rhys,

      Please be advised that we do not advise on Visas however you may contact Visa box Tel : 021 551 8829 http://www.visa-box.co.za, for further information. -Stacey

  131. Hi there

    I am planning to visit a friend in the USA next year (Feb-March 2017) and may extend my visit for a period of 6-8 weeks.

    I have never traveled abroad and would like to know what is required from my side in order to obtain the visa, what type of visa would be issued, what are the costs involved and how long ahead of time do I need to apply for my visa.

    Many thanks 🙂

    • Hi Ina,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid we do not specialize with visa related queries. For this you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency.

      They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

      Please find below their contact details and they will be able to assist.

      US Consulate: Johannesburg
      Telephone No : +27 (11) 290-3000
      Visa call centre : 087 550 2160
      Fax No : 011 884 0396
      Street Address : 1 Sandton Drive, Sandhurst (opp Sandton City Mall)
      Postal Address : P.O. Box 787197, Sandton, 2146
      Email Address : consularjohannesburg@state.gov
      Website Address :
      https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-ZA/niv​

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