Labor Certification – Some temporary worker visa categories require your prospective employer to obtain a labor certification or other approval from the Department of Labor on your behalf before filing the Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Form I-129, with USCIS. Your prospective employer should review the Instructions for Form I-129 on the USCIS website to determine whether labor certification is required for you.
Petition Approval – Some temporary worker categories are limited in total number of petitions which can be approved on a yearly basis. Before you can apply for a temporary worker visa at the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg, a Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Form I-129, must be filed on your behalf by a prospective employer and be approved by USCIS. For more information about the petition process, eligibility requirements by visa category, and numerical limits, if applicable, see Working in the U.S. and Temporary (Nonimmigrant) Workers on the USCIS website. Once the petition is approved, USCIS will send your prospective employer a Notice of Action, Form I-797.
Step 1. Check the Validity of Your Passport
Your passport must be valid for at least six months. The passport must be in good condition and have at least one blank visa page.
Step 2. Complete Form DS-160
Complete Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160. If you’re not able to generate a confirmation page, it means that the form is not complete and you will not be able to schedule an appointment online.
Step 3. Photo Requirements
Please review photo requirements and photo examples when completing the DS-160.
The following minimum requirements must be met or your application will not be accepted.
- Eye glasses are no longer allowed.
- The photograph must not be older than six months.
- The photograph must measure roughly 2 inches square (roughly 5 cm x 5 cm) with the head centered in the frame.
- The photograph of the applicant’s head should be between 2.5 cm and 3.5 cm when measured vertically.
- The photograph must be in color and taken against a white background, printed without borders or shadows.
- The applicant must face the camera directly, preferably with both ears visible.
The photograph must be an unmounted full face photo. A “full face“ photo is one in which the applicant is facing the camera directly. The applicant should not be looking down or to either side, and the face should cover about 50 percent of the area of the photo. Although variations in hair styles and in head coverings make it difficult to rigorously define the term “face,“ in general, the head of the applicant, including both face and hair, should be shown from crown of the head to tip of chin on top and bottom and from hair line side-to-side.
Step 4: Prepare Application and Supporting Documents
All temporary worker visa applicants must present following at the interview:
1. A valid passport
2. DS-160 confirmation page
3. A 2 x 2 inch (5 x 5 cm) color photo not older than 6 months – with a light or white background, without eyeglasses. Please review our photo requirements.
4. Receipt Number for your approved petition as it appears on your Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Form I-129, or Notice of Action, Form I-797, from USCIS.
L Visa Applicants: If you are included in an L blanket petition, you must bring three copies of form I-129S, Nonimmigrant Petition Based on Blanket L Petition, to your interview.
5. Applicants must bring a self-addressed envelope with a FollowMe label to the visa interview to allow return of their passport by mail. It is not possible to purchase envelopes, stamps or labels at the Embassy.
Step 5: Schedule an Appointment at the Embassy
To schedule an appointment for an interview, please use the Embassy’s online NIV Appointment System. The barcode number on your DS-160 confirmation page will allow you to schedule an appointment. Please select Luxembourg as location where you will apply. It is not possible to request an appointment by calling or writing to the Embassy. Interviews are required for visa applicants age 14-79; please schedule one appointment for each person. Children under the age of 14 do not have to be present for an interview, however the parent(s) should bring the complete application and birth certificate.
Step 6: Pay Fees for Visa Services
- On the day of your interview, please be prepared to pay the nonrefundable visa application fee in cash only: $190 or equivalent in Euros (exchange rate may vary). Credit card payment is not possible.
- L visa fraud prevention and detection fee – for visa applicant included in L blanket petition (principal applicant only): $500 (cash or credit card)
- The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 (Public Law 114-113) increases fees for certain H-1B and L-1 petitioners. Consular sections collect this fee for blanket L-1 visa applications (principal applicant only) filed by petitioners who employ 50 or more individuals in the United States if more than 50 percent of those individuals are in H-1B or L-1 nonimmigrant status: $4,500
Step 7: Attend Your Visa Interview with a Consular Officer
During your visa interview, a consular officer will determine whether you are qualified to receive a visa based on your purpose of travel. You will need to establish that you meet requirements under U.S. law to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.
Ink-free, digital fingerprint scans will be taken as part of your application process during your interview. The consular officer will inform you if the application is approved, denied or if it requires further documentation or longer administrative processing.