There are several steps to apply for a visa. The order of these steps and how you complete them may vary at the U.S. embassy or consulate where you apply.
Once an applicant enters the consulate with all his documents, he has to collect an application form called F-156 using which he has to apply for Visa. Students are advised to carefully fill up the form as this would be considered as a ready reckoner during the review of your application for the visa. Special attention should be paid when filling up the name and other details pertaining to the passport as this would be used for printing the details on the Visa if granted. This information should be accurate as in the passport.
The applicant will also have to pick up an envelope on which he has to carefully fill in his address and telephone numbers. If granted a Visa, the consulate would return all the documents including the passport in this envelope. A courier fees of rupees … in the form of DD or cash is accepted at separate counter towards courier charges for delivering this envelope.
The applicants are also advised on the public addressing systems in the consulate to arrange all their documents in a particular order and then present them at the counters.
At the first counter the officer would request to see your passport and the demand drafts. After inspection, the officer accepts the DD amount of rupees which is collected as Visa application fees and issues a receipt for it. Along with this, the officer will also give the applicant a 3-fold detachable pink counter foil with an identity number that you need to carry along with your documents. After this, the applicant has to proceed to the next counters for scrutiny of the documents.
After submitting the Visa fees the applicants proceed to the counters 1 to 5 as per their turn and submit their documents. The consulate officer examines your documents and if required will ask you to appear for an interview.
If asked to appear for an interview, the applicant has to take the second counter fold of the pink slip that the officers at the second counter gives, and then proceed to the consular hall. The applicant has to take all his papers along with the conter foil of to join a queue of applicants who are awaiting their turn for an interview. As his turn arrives, the applicant is granted an interview at one of the 5 counters.
In this instance you are not required to appear for an interview at the time of submission of the application and the Visa will be directly couriered to you. In this procedure all your documents are retained by the consular officer and will be returned to you along with the passport and the Visa.