For Interview Cases
The visa application process is really quite easy. A complete application package consists of the following:
- A valid photograph
- The appropriate application form DS-160
- Application fee (receipt from MKB Unionbank)
- A scheduled appointment
- A valid passport
- Any supporting documentation
Step 1: Take your picture: You will need a recent photo taken within the past six months, 5 x 5 cm, against a white or off-white background. Photo specifications are very exact.
Step 2: Complete the DS-160 online application.
- Complete the visa application form DS-160. It is available in English only at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/. This is an online application form required from all applicants. It simply needs to be filled online only, print the last barcoded confirmation page. The application form doesn’t need to be printed. You should present the confirmation page only on the day of the interview.
NOTE: Applicants have to answer all questions on the DS-160. They have to pay special attention to the contact information. Business telephone numbers are obligatory, if the applicant is employed. Even if the applicant does not have a direct telephone number at his/her work place, they have to provide a general telephone number for their employer/switchboard number, etc./
Step 3: Go to the US Traveldocs Portal at: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/bg If you are visiting this site for the first time, please follow the links and create a profile. If you have registered previously, use your Username and Password to log in. It is also possible to start the application process via our Call Center by calling:
Bulgaria: 02 4916 461
From the United States: 1-703-988-7106
All users will receive a username and password via e-mail after their account is created.
All users need to access the portal and fill in the required information. Please print a copy of the deposit slip, which is pre-populated with required payment information.
Step 4: Visit one of the branches of MKB Union Bank to pay the non-refundable MRV fee. (Branch locations) You can find payment information at: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/bg/bg-niv-visapay.asp The application fee for the most common nonimmigrant visa types is $160. This includes tourist, business, student, and exchange visas. Most petition-based visas, such as work and religious visas, are US$190. K visas cost US$240 and the fee amount for E visas is US$270.
After receiving your payment, the bank will give you a receipt. Please make sure you keep the receipt. You need your receipt number to schedule an interview appointment. In case you lose that number, you will have to pay the fee again.
Please note: When scheduling your appointment, you will see a list of TNT Courier service document pick-up locations. Choose the most convenient location for delivery of your passport and documents.
One applicant can schedule one appointment. If a family is applying for visas, please schedule appointments for each family member for the same date and time. Families should always appear at the interview together!
Applicants are allowed to reschedule their appointment 3 times per valid MRV fee receipt. In case they miss their initial appointment, applicants are automatically allowed to reschedule their appointment. Applicants are allowed to request emergency appointments after first scheduling a regular appointment.
If you have an unforeseen travel need that requires an appointment time earlier than is possible through the standard procedures, you can request an expedited appointment. Requests will be granted based on the availability at the Embassy. To check out the criteria and apply use: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/bg/bg-niv-expeditedappointment.asp
Step 6: Gather the following required documentation: DS-160 confirmation page, appointment confirmation sheet, 1 photograph, Unionbank receipt, a valid passport, and all previous U.S. visas, even if expired, copy of birth certificate(s) of applicant(s) and of their children, if any. Learn more about the other recommended documents.
Step 7: Arrive outside at the entrance of the Embassy at your specified appointment time. The primary applicant will be the only person allowed into the building for the interview except in the case of minor children (ages 17 and under).
Average Visa Processing Time - 2-4 business days, unless there are
Please note that a small percentage of visa applications require additional special clearances or administrative processing. When additional special clearances or administrative processing is required, the timing will vary based on individual circumstances of each case.
Step 8: Applicants approved for visa issuance will have their passports and visas delivered to the TNT pick up location that they have chosen when scheduling their interview appointment. Document delivery is free of charge.
If you have already scheduled an appointment online, but wish to modify your preferred document pick-up location, you can do so online or through the call center until 11:59 p.m. on the day of your interview at the Embassy. There is no cost to change your pick-up location.
There is an option for same day documents delivery, if applicants select the following designated pick up location in Sofia: TNT Sofia, 35 Nedelcho Bonchev Street, Sofia 1528.
Typical delivery time for Sofia is 1 day, for locations outside of Sofia 2-4 days.
Collecting Your Documents
TNT provides facilities where your passport is held for pick-up for up to 14 calendar days. To collect your passport you must present your original (not a photocopy) government-issued photo ID. We recommend you also bring a printed copy of your appointment letter.
If a representative is collecting your passport from the document pick-up location on your behalf - even in case of family members - the representative must present:
- Their own original government-issued photo ID for identification
- A photocopy of your government-issued photo ID
- A letter of authority, signed by you, authorizing
your representative to collect your passport. The letter of authority must
contain the following information:
- Your representative's full name as shown on their government-issued photo ID
- Your name
If the applicant is under the age of 16, the following documents are required:
- An original, signed letter of authority from either of the applicant's parents
- A clear photocopy of the government-issued photo ID belonging to the parent who signed the applicant's letter of authority
- The representative's original government-issued photo ID
Note: In case of a group/family, a single letter of authority with the required information for each of the applicants will be accepted.
Passport Tracking Options
For your convenience, you have several options to choose from to track the location of your passport.
Email: Send an email to email@example.com and in the subject and/or body enter a valid passport number exactly as it was entered at the time the appointment was scheduled. Do not include any additional text. You will receive an automatic response with the status.
Online: You can track your passport online.
Chat, and Telephone: You can track your passport with the assistance of our call center via chat or telephone. More about the call center.
Application Tracking Options
Applicants for nonimmigrant visas have the option to view the status of their visa cases from the CEAC launch page. The CEAC Status Check may be very helpful for applicants, who receive temporary refusals for administrative processing and often contact post to inquire about the status of their cases.
In order to use the CEAC Status Check, an applicant will need to enter their CEAC Barcode and the interview location.
For additional information, contact the Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia, tel. 359 2 937-5100 Monday - Friday, between 2 PM and 5 PM. Follow the instructions on the recorded message.
Apply for your Visa early and before you make final travel arrangements. The consular section advises that applicants never purchase nonrefundable tickets until a Visa has been issued.