US Embassies in Foreign Countries
Processing US Visas
Embassy at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
days are Monday-Friday mornings from 7:45 am to 10 am. The majority of
successful applicants normally receive their visas from us the next
business day between 2-3pm. Applications from some males can take longer
to process - 2 to 3 weeks on average. Additional factors such as the need
for special clearances, additional documents or incomplete applications
may affect the processing time of other individual cases.
Kuala Lumpur has mandatory online scheduling system for visa interviews.
Applicants must book an interview arrival time on the embassy web site and
print out their own interview arrival time receipt. Applicants must arrive
no earlier than 30 minutes or no later than 30 minutes from the scheduled
|All visa applicants
must be interviewed except the following:
- Applicants over 80 years old who have never been refused a U.S.
- Applicants under 14 years old who have never been refused a U.S.
- Applicants for U.S. diplomatic or official visas
|Completed applications for those who are exempt from an interview
may be dropped off at the U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur anytime without
scheduling an arrival time. Children’s applications must include both
parents' passports with their original, unexpired U.S. visas,
the child(ren)’s original birth certificate(s), and the parents'
supporting documents (see Item 7 below for suggested documents).
Applications for diplomatic visas must include a diplomatic note from
the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs or from their respective
Application Fee (MRV Fee). All applicants, regardless
of nationality and visa category, must pay a MYR 380 fee for visa
application processing. This fee is non-refundable and is in addition to
any other fees that may apply. This MRV fee should be paid at RHB Bank.
After you have paid the fee, attach the pink RHB receipt, which is valid
for one year from date of issuance, to your EVAF.
Reciprocity/Issuance Fee. Reciprocity/Issuance fees vary
by nationality and visa category. This fee is in addition to the MRV
application fee paid at RHB Bank and is payable in cash at the embassy.
Checks and credit cards are not accepted.
All NIV applicants must bring to the interview
appointment the following documents:
- Application (MRV Fee) receipt. RHB Bank pink receipt.
- Completed and signed form DS-156
Electronic Visa Application (EVAF) To access the EVAF, go to
- Completed and signed Form DS-157. For all male nonimmigrant visa applicants between 16 and 45 years of age.
DS-157 cannot be completed online.
- Completed and signed Form DS-158, contact
information and work history. For all
student visa applicants. DS-158 cannot be
- One recent photo (taken within the past 6 months). Attach photograph
DS-156. Photo should be 2 inches square (roughly 50 mm square) with your head
centered in the photo. The photo must be of your full face, against a white or off-white background.
Photos not meeting these requirements will not be accepted.
- Schedule an arrival time through this Web site (see "Schedule
Arrival Time" on main page). Before doing this, please complete and
print your EVAF per item #2
above, as you will not be able to schedule an arrival time without a
- Passport. Your passport needs to
be valid for the duration of your trip, including your return home.
The Department of Homeland Security may limit your initial period of
stay in the United States to the duration of your passport’s validity.
- All previous U.S. visas in old passports (even if expired)
- Students: proof of SEVIS payment (if not paid by school, go to
- Petition-based visas (such as H1B and L visas): DHS Notification
- Your arrival time confirmation receipt
- Supporting documents. To qualify for a visa applicant must
demonstrate strong financial, social, and familial ties to Malaysia that
will compel the return after a temporary business trip or vacation in
the United States. Below is a list of
original documents that are frequently submitted:
- Current, original proof of salary and/or income (pay slips or
most recent J form)
- Letter from your employer explaining your position and the
purpose of your U.S. business trip
- Property documents (if you own property)
- Bank savings account books or other evidence of liquid assets
- Business registration and recent profit tax statement (for
- Birth certificate and parents’ valid visas (for children's
- When appropriate, an itinerary and/or information about your
planned trip (this can be tentative)
- Marriage certificate (for spouse’s application)
American citizens who live in Malaysia may file immediate relative
petitions at the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. Immediate relatives include
spouses, minor unmarried children and parents. Fiancés are not considered
immediate relatives and fiancé petitions must be filed with the Department
of Homeland Security (DHS) in the United States.
To file an immigrant visa petition for an immediate relative, the U.S.
citizen petitioner and all immediate relatives beneficiaries must appear
in person at the Immigrant Visa Unit of the U.S. Embassy between 2:00 -
3:30 PM on Mondays or Fridays.
Please note that
only applicants with scheduled
arrival times will be admitted into the Embassy, except for
assistant(s) of disabled applicants. Relatives, friends, co-workers,
employers, lawyers, etc. who are not applying for visas will not be
admitted without prior permission from the consular section.
376 Jalan Tun Razak
50400 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Main: (+60) (3) 2168-5000
Fax: (+60) (3) 2148-5801