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Nonimmigrant Visas

Non Immigrant Visas

Indonesians and other non-U.S. citizens who plan to travel temporarily to the U.S. for pleasure, business, or study may apply for visas at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya.

Every effort is made to ensure that appointments are available and cases are processed quickly.  Following a successful interview, the visa is usually available at the U.S. Consulate within one business day, although courier delivery may take 1-5 days depending on the address location. All visa applicants are encouraged to allow sufficient time to complete the process well in advance of their planned travel.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions about the visa process, available in English and Bahasa Indonesia. 

How to Apply for Nonimmigrant Visa (NIV)

Please follow the below steps to apply for a visa. If you are renewing your visa, please read about the Interview Waiver Program to learn whether you can renew your visa without personally appearing for an interview.

  1. Pay the NIV application fee
  2. Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160)
  3. Schedule your appointment
  4. Collect required documents to bring to your appointment
  5. Appear at the U.S. Consulate with your DS-160 confirmation page, appointment confirmation page, your current passport (and all previous passports) and any other required documents for your visa category.

Note: Citizens of certain countries may qualify for travel to the United States without a visa. For more information, please visit: Visa Waiver Program.

1. Pay the nonrefundable NIV application fee

Pay the NIV application fee by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) from an Indonesian Rupiah bank account, or through cash payment at any CIMB Niaga bank in Indonesia.

Important Notice: Not all Indonesian banks can process EFTs online. If your bank does not include Bank of America on its online beneficiary list, you may visit the nearest branch to pay via EFT.

  • Bearers of diplomatic passports applying for any visa, and applicants for A, G, C-3, NATO and J visas (only if participating in official U.S. Government sponsored exchanges) are not required to pay an application fee.
  • For detailed instruction on how to pay the visa application fee please see:

2. Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160)

Fill out the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) at and print out the confirmation page to bring to your appointment. The DS-160 confirmation page must be printed on letter-sized or A4 paper in portrait format on a high-resolution printer, so that Consulate staff can scan the barcode at the time of your appointment.

While working on your DS-160 online, save a copy to your computer hard-drive often.  Fill out all required information completely and correctly, and select the appropriate NIV Classification.  Your online DS-160 will be verified by Consulate staff when you check-in for your appointment.  If your DS-160 is incomplete, or it if contains many errors, your appointment will be delayed. There is no way to correct an incomplete DS-160 at the Consulate.

Follow these suggestion to avoid common mistakes:

  • Do NOT enter a space between the letter and digits of your Indonesian passport number. Passport numbers must be entered as "R000000", NOT "R  000000."
  • Use the dropdown menu for the name of the city where your passport was issued as it is listed in your passport, e.g. Jakarta Pusat or Soekarno Hatta, NOT Jakarta.
  • Choose the correct visa class, i.e., if you are a student, you are likely an F1 visa applicant. See our NIV Classification page.
  • You must note if you have ever been refused a U.S. visa in the past.
  • If requested, please fill out your complete education history. Include all of your education information, starting from senior high school and including any college or university studies, even if you didn't finish it.

3. Schedule your Appointment

If you are renewing your visa, you may qualify for the interview waiver program and do not need to appear in person for an interview. Please read about the Interview Waiver Program to determine whether you qualify.

Appointment are offered weekdays at 7:45 am through 9:15 am except for certain U.S. and Indonesian holidays.

Log on to our online appointment system to schedule your appointment:

  • Schedule one appointment for each applicant, including children.
  • Applicants younger than 14 years old or older than 80 years old are not required to come in person for an appointment. An immediate relative (parent, spouse or child) may present the completed NIV application on their behalf. Other persons who are not applying themselves and who are not representing immediate family members will be denied entry for space and security reasons.
  • Apply early! Wait times often increase during busy travel periods. We strongly suggest applicants apply at least 30 days in advance of their scheduled departure date to the United States, so they can receive their visas well before their planned travel.
  • Print your appointment confirmation page and bring it to your appointment.

4. Collect the required documents to bring to your appointment

Each NIV applicant must bring the following documents:

  • DS-160 confirmation page printed out on letter or A4 paper in portrait format
  • Appointment confirmation page
  • Passport valid for 6 months beyond your initial entry into United States
  • One front-view, color 5cm x 5cm digital photo with a white background. The photo should be taken within the last 6 months.
  • Receipt for payment for each visa applicant's fee
  • Students or exchange visitors (visa class F, M and J):

                   Original I-20, I-20M or DS-2019

                   SEVIS fee receipt, paid at Student and Exchange Visitor Program: SEVIS I-901 Fee,

                   Proof of funds to pay at least the first year's costs

  • Notice of Action (I-797) for temporary workers or intra-company transferees (visa class H, L, O, P or Q)

The following documents are not required by regulation, but may allow the adjudicating officer to evaluate your application more quickly. Please bring originals, not copies:

  • Proof of income, pay slips, tax payments, property or business ownership, or assets, such as bank books, bank statements or certificates of deposit.
  • Letter from employer detailing your position, salary, how long you have been employed; any authorized vacation; and the business purpose, if any, of your U.S. travel.

 5. Appear for your appointment

Come to the U.S. Consulate General Surabaya no earlier than 15 minutes prior to your appointment.  All NIV applicants must appear in person at their appointment for fingerprinting (except A1, A2, G1, G2, G3, G4, NATO and C3 visa applicants, those under age 14, and those older than 80 years of age). Your visa interview with a U.S. consular officer is the last step in your appointment.

 Additional advice about the nonimmigrant visa appointment

  • Don't be nervous. Our goal is to politely and efficiently process your NIV. Please remember that over 92% of Indonesian applicants qualify for nonimmigrant visas.
  • You don't need a letter of guarantee. Under U.S. law, no one in Indonesia, the U.S. or elsewhere, regardless of their relationship to the applicant or their rank, can guarantee you for a U.S. visa. Each applicant is considered based on his or her own situation.
  • Do not present false documents or statements, or use a fixer or facilitator. Each applicant is personally responsible for the entire nonimmigrant visa application, documents and statements, even if another person helps prepare your application. Making false statements to a U.S. government official is a felony and you will be permanently ineligible for a U.S. visa. In addition, any NIV applicant who gives false documents is turned over to Indonesian police.
  • Remember that a visitor (B) visa is only for a brief, temporary stay in the United States. It does not give the applicant the right to work, study, reside or change to some other status. There are specific visas for other purposes, and U.S. law requires that you enter the United States with the correct visa in hand.
  • Come by yourself. Family, friends, co-workers or employers (including U.S. citizens) who are not applying for a visa themselves will not be allowed to enter the Consulate facility with you.

 Security at the U.S. Consulate

Consulate procedures require that all visitors receive a security inspection. Please do not bring the following items as there are no storage lockers at or near the U.S. Consulate:

  • All battery operated or electronic devices such as mobile phones, digital diaries, pagers, cameras, audio/video cassettes, compact discs, MP3's, floppies, laptops, or portable music players.
  • Any oversize handbags and travel bags, large back-packs, briefcases, or suitcases. Please limit your hand-carry items to a small purse and plastic folder containing your application documents.
  • Any food or consumable. Drinking water is available.
  • Sealed envelopes or packages.
  • Cigarettes/cigars/match boxes/lighters/other flammables.
  • Any sharp objects such as scissors, knives of any size or nail files.
  • Weapons or explosive material of any kind.

The list provided above is not exhaustive. All person and their belongings are subject to search. Other items may be prohibited based on security staff discretion. There is no facility at the Consulate to store prohibited items.

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