Complete the DS-11 passport application online. Online application tips: Complete the address fields completely. If you are in India, your passport will not be sent back to the United States. When you drop off your application, you can designate if you wish to pick it up or have it sent to you by registered mail to an address in India. In all cases: You must first submit the online visa application form (DS-160), pay the application fee, and schedule the first available interview appointment. Only at this point will a consular section consider your request for an expedited appointment.

If you do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program or are traveling to study, work, or participate in an exchange program, you must apply for a nonimmigrant visa. Applicants for U.S. visas are required to appear in person for an appointment at the Visa Application Center (VAC) and the visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Nonimmigrant visa applicants are encouraged to apply at least three months in advance of the intended date of travel. Remember: Apply early! Visa Processing Time. Although visa processing time is typically seven to ten working days, processing time for specific cases may vary due to individual circumstances and other special requirements.