If you are applying for a Q-1 visa from outside the United States, Form DS-160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application is the generic form you use to apply for just about any nonimmigrant visa. You must fill it out and pay the filing fee of $190 on the US State Department website.
You must also print out the confirmation page and the fee payment receipt. Before you leave the State Department website you should schedule an interview appointment. You will receive a letter confirming your appointment.
Assembling Documents for the Interview
You must assemble the following supporting documents and bring them with you to your interview:
- Form DS-160 confirmation page;
- $190 fee payment receipt;
- Your passport.
- A photograph of yourself that meets the US visa specifications;
- Form I-797, your Approval Notice from the USCIS (your sponsor should send this to you);
- Your visa interview confirmation letter;
- Documents proving your educational and professional qualifications (academic transcripts, for example); and
- Evidence that you intend to return home after your Q visa expires (evidence of property ownership or family ties, for example).
Any documents not written in English should be accompanied by a certified translation from a reputable translation agency.
The Visa Interview
The visa interview is the final step in the Q visa application process, and it must not be overlooked. Become familiar with all of your supporting documents, and bring them all with you. You will be asked about your personal, academic, and professional background as well as your reasons for coming to the United States. Be sure to mention that you intend to return to your home country as soon as your Q visa expires.