How to Apply

Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the period of your stay in the United States.

  • Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application DS-160, you will be required to upload a 2″ x 2″ color photo, no glasses, on a white background, taken within the last 6 months.Your signature is not required on the DS-160. IMPORTANT! After submitting the DS-160 online, please print out the confirmation sheet. Please see our instructional link in Burmese (PDF 166 KB) or English (PDF 94 KB) before filling out the DS-160.
  • Additional Form (PDF 118 KB) If you are a third country national (not a citizen of Burma) applying for a nonimmigrant or immigrant visa, the additional form listing family members and occupations is not required. You must answer EVERY question. Incomplete/incorrect forms will be returns and will require you to schedule a new interview appointment.  If the answer to a question is “none,” please write “none.”  Do not leave it blank!

Business Visa:

Additional documents may be requested at the time of your interview to establish if you are qualified. If you chose to bring supporting documents to your interview they must support the following:

  • The purpose of your trip;
  • Your intent to depart the United States after your trip; and/or
  • Your ability to pay all costs of the trip ( i.e.: bank statements)
  • A letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support

Temporary Worker Visa:

You will be required to provide the following:

  • Receipt Number for your approved petition as it appears on your Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker (Form I-129) or Notice of Action (Form I-797), from USCIS.
  • L Visa Applicants – If you are included in an L blanket petition, you must bring Form I-129S, Nonimmigrant Petition Based on Blanket L Petition, to your interview.

All visa applicants, except H-1B and L, will generally need to show proof of compelling ties to your home country to demonstrate your intent to return after your temporary stay in the United States. Examples of compelling ties include:

  • A residence abroad which you do not intend to abandon
  • Your family relationships
  • Your economic situation
  • Your long term plans

 To schedule an appointment for a non-immigrant visa (NIV) interview, please consult the Embassy’s online NIV Appointment System. You will need the barcode number located on your DS-160 Online Non-Immigrant Visa Application. You must bring your appointment confirmation sheet to your appointment. If you do not bring the confirmation sheet, you may not be allowed in to the Embassy.

IMPORTANT! If you make changes or edits to your visa application (DS-160) you are required to cancel your appointment and make a new visa appointment using your new DS-160.  The barcode number (upper right hand corner) from your DS-160 confirmation sheet that you use to make your appointment must match the barcode number that you bring to your visa interview at the Embassy.

If you attempt to show up to your interview with a DS-160 that doesn’t match the one used to make your appointment, you will be turned away and asked to reschedule your appointment.

Please see our instructional link in Burmese (PDF 50 KB) before making an appointment.

Do you have a valid visa? Are you applying for the same visa?  You may qualify for the Interview Waiver Program. Click here for more information.

Applicants with questions about their interview appointments or applicants with pressing travel needs, particularly students, should direct their inquiries to NIVAppointmentRangoon@state.gov.

On the day of your interview, please bring the following documents:

  • Completed DS-160 confirmation sheet
  • Additional form
  • One photo (2 x 2 inch color photo, no glasses, on a white background, taken within the last 6 months). See the required photo format explained in Photograph Requirements.
  • Valid passport

Applicants with questions about their interview appointments or applicants with pressing travel needs, particularly students, should direct their inquiries to NIVAppointmentRangoon@state.gov.

The Consular Office accepts U.S. dollars cash only. Credit cards, personal checks and other currencies are not accepted. 

On the day of your interview appointment, applicants are required to pay the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee). Please see the Department of State website for information on all visa fees.

Applicants should not arrive more than 15 minutes prior to their appointment time.  Cars are not allows to enter the Embassy gate area.  Only visa applicants with confirmed appointments will be granted access onto the Embassy compound. You will not be allowed to bring large bags, weapons electronics into the waiting room.

Policy for Personal Electronic Device Access to Embassy

Consular section visa applicants are not permitted to bring personal electronic devices (PEDs) or liquids onto the Embassy compound.

PEDs include computers, laptops, radios, cell phones, smart phones, MP3 players, iPads and other tablet devices, handheld gaming devices, smart watches, and wearable electronic fitness devices.

Water fountains are available in the consular section waiting room.

During your visa interview, a consular officer will determine whether you are qualified to receive a visa, and if so, which visa category is appropriate based on your purpose of travel. You will need to establish that you meet the requirements under U.S. law to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.

Ink-free, digital fingerprint scans will be taken as part of your application process. They are usually taken during your interview, but this varies based on location.

What is administrative processing?

Some visa applications require further administrative processing, which takes additional time after the visa applicant’s interview by a consular officer. Applicants are advised of this requirement when they apply. Most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days of the visa interview. When administrative processing is required, the timing will vary based on the individual circumstances of each case.

My visa was denied.

If your visa has been denied, you may find useful information on Ineligibilities and Waivers.  To learn more about visa denial please see the Department of State website.

The Consular Office accepts U.S. dollars cash only. Credit cards, personal checks and other currencies are not accepted.

If your visa is approved, you may also pay a visa issuance fee also known as the reciprocity fee.  Please see the Myanmar Reciprocity Schedule for any additional fees and validity period.  You will need to select your visa type from the drop down menu.

If you are issued the visa, your passport/visa will be available for pickup every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3 to 3:30 pm (not including Embassy holidays). A friend/family member can pick up your passport and visa with a signed letter of permission and the green color card.