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Friday, 3 June 2016
Change to Tourist and Student Visa Processing
U.S Embassy Kathmandu will begin reduced-document processing for tourist and student visa applicants. Beginning June 1, applicants for tourist and student visas only need to bring a few required documents to their visa interview.
In order to protect applicants from potential scams as well as save them money and time, applicants no longer need to bring bank statements, land titles, letters of invitation, or any similar documents. You will be asked to leave these types of documents with security.
Starting June 1, tourist visa and student visa applicants will only need to bring the following documents:
Any prior passports
DS-160 confirmation page
Application fee payment receipt
Photos- I-20 (for student visa applicants)
Transcripts (for student visa applicants)
The U.S. Embassy verifies the authenticity of all academic transcripts brought to interviews.
In recent months, the U.S. Embassy Kathmandu has received complaints from applicants who paid consultancies to organize or obtain documents for their interview, only to discover that consular officers do not need these documents. The Embassy has also received reports of consultancies using the promise of a visa to obtain documents that could be used to steal an applicant's identity.