How Do You Check Your U.S. Visa Status?

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To check a U.S. visa application status, visit the Consular Electronic Application Center website from the U.S. Department of State, select the visa application type, input the application ID or case number, and click submit. Applicants for a nonimmigrant visa should also choose a location.

Getting a visa is essential for citizens of foreign countries who want to visit the United States, according to the Bureau of Consular Affairs. People who want to stay for a short term in the United States should get a nonimmigrant visa, while those who plan to stay permanently as a U.S. resident may acquire an immigrant visa.

Individuals who wish to come to the United States for a short period for business or tourism purposes may apply for visitor visas, notes the Bureau of Consular Affairs. Some of the activities allowed with a visitor visa include meeting with business associates, attending a convention, settling an estate and negotiating a contract. Touring the country, having a vacation, visiting relatives or friends and undergoing medical treatment are also allowed.

A person should complete the online visa application and bring a printed copy of the confirmation page to the scheduled visa interview, instructs the Bureau of Consular Affairs. Once a visa application is approved, the applicant may receive details on when and how to receive the visa along with his passport.