Process and Documents needed for Parents Visa to visit USA? B2 Visa/ Tourist visa Sample Documents

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Process and Documents needed for Parents Visa to visit USA? B2 Visa/ Tourist visa Sample Documents

One of the most frequently asked questions among friends after they start working in US and typically whenever they are expecting a baby is “What is the process for applying visa to parents to come to USA ? What documents do I need ? How do I start ?” . I was in the same boat and found information I needed from friends and other sources. This article will focus on the whole process with documents needed and what to do step by step.

Getting Started:

When you have an idea that you plan to get parents to US, couple of things you have to plan are

  • Bank Savings for Sponsorship: Make sure you save some good amount totaling up to $10,000 dollars. It is advised to start saving 3 months before and accumulate steadily rather than just borrowing money and putting in bank. There is no hard fast rule. Just an advice.

Step by Step process for Applying for Parents/ B2/ Visitor Visa :

1. Employment letter from your H1B sponsor / current employer : Employment letter verifying your current H1B visa employment, indicating your salary and other stuff. Typically employer knows this stuff and they will give you the letter. They may ask for your parents passports and sometimes the appointment letter of interview. Depending upon the employer rules and regulations. Some employers are quick and some are slow in doing this. Plan well and make sure you have it with you.

2. Get Scan copy of Parents passports:  You will need copy of your parents’ passports with all the information that is on the passport when you book the appointment online. You may ask them and get it item by item, but you may end up with mistakes. Best way to it is ask for scan copy for Parents passports. Ask your parents or anyone to send this to you. Your employer may ask for copy of Passports for giving the employment verification letter. So, it is easy if you get scan copies of parents’ passports.

3. Booking Visa stamping appointment for your parents: Depending on the state you belong to, you will have to choose the consular office. Unless, your parents are well educated, you might want to book the appointment and fill up the application and other forms, etc.  If you are booking, make sure you have 15 days before from the day you are booking appointment. Because, you will need to get your documents straightened and send them on time.

4. New DS 160 Form vs old DS-156, DS-157 Forms: There has been a new rule change about the forms and DS 160 is the current form that needs to be filled from January 19th 2010. Exactly quoted from Visa consulate website:  “After January 19th, 2010, all consular posts in India will require the new DS-160 web-based application for all nonimmigrant (NIV) visas. The DS-160 incorporates all existing NIV application forms (DS-156, 157, and 158) into one interactive, online form”.

Here are the links to complee information about Digital Photo specifications and DS-160 form

5. Parents Visa booking Native Language vs English: Unless your parents are very well educated and can handle English very well, it is a good idea to choose interview language as your mother tongue either Telugu, Tamil, Gujarati, etc. It is better if you choose native language rather than English because, parents if they are not well educated, they can answer questions well with correct Tone of voice.

6. Filling up the forms and What you should fill : Unless your parents are well educated, you may want to fill up all the forms. It is good if we do it because, we know what we are doing and we are sponsoring them.  When you are filling forms, there is a section “Application prepared by”, you should put your name and sign it. There is nothing wrong in it. Think logically, if your parents are educated and fill up forms, why would they need native language visa interview ?  You are fine, just put in your name.

7. Bank Account Verification letter : You will need to go to your primary bank where you have your longest standing account and the bank which has your savings and ask them to give you a Verification letter for Visa. Typically  Chase does it instantly. For Bank of America or others they make take couple weeks or more. Do this in advance.  All they do is, give a letter saying when the bank account was opened and average running balance since opening.  It is just a simple letter. If possible, get the visiting card of the bank manager( not necessary, more documentation the better)

8. Fill out the Affidavit of Support I-134 Form: You will need to fill out the form I-134, which is the affidavit of support. It has some basic info. Nothing fancy and tricky out there. You can Download the I-134 Form, Affidavit of Support from USCIS website

9. Copies of W2 Form, Paystubs, etc : You will need copies of W2 Forms for all the years, last three pay stubs or salary statements, Last three bank statements, Copy of your passport, I-94, H1B visa approval ( I797 ).

10. Invitation Letter : You need to send an invitation letter to your parents saying that you are inviting them to visit you and sign it. It legally supports your parents intent to come to US and  you are sponsoring the visit. Download sample copies below.

11. Visa officer Cover letter: It is recommended to send a cover letter with all the documentation addressing the visa officer. It just lets you keep in track of what you are sending and if visa officer needs to check, it is easier for him and more clear for our parents.

12. How to send and What all to send: Ideally, you want to print out everything and sign all the documents where you filled forms I-134, DS-160(if filled), invitation letter and cover letter. Make copies of all the documents as listed above. Send originals of Employment letter and Bank letter. You can use DHL or FedEx. I used DHL as it was cheaper and it reached in 3 working days. It is around $60.

Check List :

  • Form I-134.
  • Copy of my H1B approval (Form I-797).
  • Copy of my Passport, Visa along with I-94.
  • Employment letter
  • Copy of my last three Bank statements.
  • Bank Account verification letter.
  • Copies of last three salary statements
  • Copies of last year Tax Returns –W2forms.
  • DS forms (if you have filled it)

Download Sample Documents Needed for Applying for Parents visa from Sponsor:

Supporting documents by Parents

Fundamentally your parents have to prove that they have enough ties in the home country back at home.  Some of the ways that can be done is by good supporting documentation.  Sample list of documents may include.

    • Notarized documents of all your property.
    • Bank Statements
    • Pension / employment benefits letters
    • Fixed deposits, any financial related documents.
    • If there are Tax returns, then take them
    • Any other documents that shows your financially strong and you will come back.

If you have not enough documents or property back home, it is OK. No big deal. Because, you are the one in US, who is sponsoring the visitor visa for your parents. So, do not worry. Also, if your parents are older, then they are fine.

Do you have any other ideas or documents that are important  ?

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Manz October 15, 2014 at 12:45 pm

I’m a GC holder working and residing in US. I would like to sponsor B2 visa my parents to visit me for a couple of months. I’m the only child for my parents. They are retired and I support them financially. There are a couple of lands in my name in my home country which are gaurdians of. They have a car and a two wheeler too. They live in a rented apartment.
How to prove their ties back to home country in this case? Will the documents of the vehicles and lands be sufficient?

Thanks,

Manz

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l October 6, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Dear Sir/Madam,

I started working in US from past 6 months.I like to apply visa for my parents.

As i will be not having W2 filled,can i apply visa to them.

Thanks in advance

Regards
NP

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Tia October 6, 2014 at 9:37 am

Hello,

I am planning to Sponsor my parents for USA visit visa, but they don’t have any property to show in india? nor they have and strong ties to show why would they return? but they are working right now, don’t have pay stubs to show but can get letter from employer. Kindly help with what should be done. Their visa has been rejected twice before, but that time I had shown my F1 status. now I am on H1b.

Thanks,
Tia

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SR September 18, 2014 at 10:01 am

If my parents wants to apply for visit visa without my sponsor, like they have job, house, accounts with good amount,my unmarried siblings, then does embassy need sme proof/ verification from me? If yes then Documented form or telephonic? N hws if they arrange thier residence by thier own? Is tht still fine?

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Muthu August 12, 2014 at 9:54 am

Hi,
Please answer for my below questions , that would be greate.
1) Can i get Bank Account Verification letter from Bank1 and Last 3 or 6 months Bank statement in Bank2?
2) Visa application Fee, whether i can pay it from USA or after Filling DS 160,my parents need to pay the fee Axis/Citi bank at India?
3) Can i pay Visa application fee all the Axis Bank Branch at Tamilnadu , India or specific city in Tamilnadu

Thanks
Muthu

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jhanvi sharma July 20, 2014 at 4:11 am

Hello Saurabh,

Thanks for providing such a useful platform through your blog. I am phd student in US and wants to apply for parents visa. They will sponsor themselves except they will stay with me. So all i need to have separate DS-160 form for both, invitation letter, my visa copy, US apartment leased on my name (the place they gonna live) and of-course funds of my parents (bank statements and property documents). Please add if i need any other document. Also, how can i make sure that they give interview together i.e. on one counter?

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AT July 15, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Hi,

I am on L1 B visa and I am getting paid in India, Even my perdiem is paid in INR and is deposited in my Indian Account. Id ont have any pay stubs of USA. My Spouse is also working for last 3 months and she is on L2 (dependent visa).

1. Will it be fine if I sponsor my parents with my Indian pay stubs and indian bank account details?
2. Will it be better if me and my spouse both sponsor my parents.

Please suggest. Thanks.

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Saleha June 8, 2014 at 5:55 pm

Hi!

I just graduated from university and started my job on OPT however I postponed my walk till December so my mother and brother could visit. However I want my brother to come within the next couple of months and my mom to come for a shorter time closer to graduation like in December. Can you advise me as to what I will need from my side to facilitate their visits? I don’t have a lot of money in my account because I just started working and they can’t possibly expect me to have these funds … plus I want them to visit mainly for the purpose of my graduation so I can tell my dad to show the funds on his end. Would really appreciate detailed advice in this regard.

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Vaishali June 2, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Hello Saurabh,

My mother holds British passport, n she is residing in India since last 55 years, she has PIO card now.She has compelted her educationn has lead her whole life in India. She just visited UK once. She is 65 years old and a widow.

I am planning to call her on visitor visa to USA.

Is it okay for her to attend visitor visa interview for USA from Mumbai?

Will the above situation affect her chance of getting the visa?

Thanks

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Fahad May 19, 2014 at 6:35 am

Great very helpfull guide. I have a question that what if i apply for my mother and my father at same time? normally if both apply they give visa to only one of them. what is the best solution?

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arvind May 7, 2014 at 11:39 am

Hi Saurabh,

Thanks for the forum. Its really helpful. Need a small assistance/clarification.

I have recently shifted to US (barely 2 months) and i have the reqd amount (10000$) in US bank but tenure is small.
I am planningto invite my father in august with visa processing next month. Do you think its advisable for me to invite him as i have short span of history in USA.

I have my cousin sister staying here for morethan 5 years. Can i ask her to invite instead of me as it will be more weighed.? Please advice!!!

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visit visa May 6, 2014 at 5:34 am

Hi Saurabh,

i am planning to visit US in june on visit visa. i have few queries, kindly pls clarify

1) last year i applied for H1 and it got denied bcs of client letter. I dint even go for stamping. ( will this be an issue, when i go for visit visa stamping)

2) one of friend ( US born citizen) is inviting me, and she will provide letter for me and she shows all her pay slips and bank balance and all other required docs.

3) i am showing around 18 lakhs in my account, is that enough?? or do i need to show anything else. as i don’t have any other property on my name.

4) i would like to stay for 4 months, will visa be given for 4 months?

5) and lastly, my friend who is inviting me was my colleague(worked on same project, she is US and me in india), we both never met in person, will visa office asks this? and does he ask what is the reason for traveling? anyways i am jus going on vacation.

please answer my question…it would be great help.

also thanks for helping many ppl like and solving their queries.

Thanks

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visit visa May 8, 2014 at 8:15 am

Hi saurabh,

could u pls give ur views on my queries.. i really need it badly..

thanks

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Carolina April 20, 2014 at 7:33 am

Please help me to right a letter to help my mom bring my grandmother to USA with a visa, I am a US Army sergeant for two years and I have been in the military service for 5 years. My grandmother was rejected the first time in 2012. I would like to know how to write a letter to the US Embassy of Ecuador to let them know that I would like to see my grandmother for 12 years and I missed her a lot. My son born in February 2014 and I would love her to see my son, as you know Us army will not let me travel to Ecuador because I am working here. Please help me.
Thanks and God Bless you
Carolina Cevallos.

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shwetha gururaja March 28, 2014 at 9:31 am

Hi,
The above information is very useful for me. Thanks for the detailed description about the documents.

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Anicetta Kabego March 24, 2014 at 7:08 am

Hello. Could you give me a sample letter of a visitor’s visa application to South africa that the parent Has to write to say that they are allowing and supporting the child during a period of 1month of her holiday in south africa! The parent are not in South africa though. As in not a sponsoring letter. Thank you so much

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Naz March 4, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Hello,

I am on H1-B,
I am inviting my parents to visit on B2 and I am sponsoring them.
I know that I have to fill 2 seperate DS-160 and make 2 sets of each document.

But I want to make sure their interview is together, I mean at the same visa office window, interviwed together by the same visa officer.
One reason for this is I want my mom to answer everything in our native language as my dad panics at the interview.

Can you please help me how can I book the intervew and submit the DS- 160?
Is there a different procedure for this?

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RA February 26, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Hi Saurabh,

I am sponsoring my parents & need your help. I mainly looking for answers to #1
1. What documents should be handed over to the visa officer upfront.
2. What documents should be submitted only upon request (i.e only shown if Visa officer asks for it.)

Thanks
RA

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Anbu February 23, 2014 at 7:09 pm

Hi,

I am asking this question, as I could not find any thread relating to my situation.

I am in US for 1.5 years in H1B Visa and I am planning to invite my Mom(Widow) and my Sister(Unmarried, 27 Age, works in Central Government for last 5 years) to US. I have few question on this,
1. Is it a good practice to invite Mom and Unmarried sister? My friend’s said its not advisable to take appointments of unmarried sister and mom at the same time as the interviewer may think that they may not return back to India. But my Mom knows only Tamil, moreover she is little scared of facing the interview.

2. If I make my Mom to attend interview separately, would there be any employees in chennai consulate to guide her? Because she does not know to monitor and read the number that is visible in display TV.

3. We don’t have any property in India. But my mom has a bank balance of 10,000,00 and my sister has 5,00,000. What could be the possible documents that can be provided from my sister to prove that she will come back to India?

Please suggest and I appreciate any help.

Thanks!

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Radhika February 23, 2014 at 4:55 am

Hi
I am planning to bring my parents to US. Reg the bank balance. Should we have 10,000 dollars? What is the minimum balance that we should show?

Thanks

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Suresh Chowta February 19, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Hi Saurabh,

Thanks for helping the people about visa issues.
I need some suggestions regarding my case…
I came to US in October 2011 and in December 2011 I tried for visa for my parents and the visa officer rejected saying “please try after an year”. My wife was pregnant during that time and we desperately needed a visa. So, I tried immediately in January 2012 and it got rejected with the same reason. The officer asked my parents (in native language) to try after an year.

Now, I want to try again, may be during April 2014.

1. Do you think the previous rejections will have any effect on the next interview ???
2. There is a lot of property and gold with my parents (around 4 crores)… Would it help to mention this during interview ???
3. My father takes care of accounts in a business (no records and business is not owned by us)… What could be done in this case to prove he is working or any other options ???
4. Would it help if they attend separately ???

Thanks in advance.

-Suresh.

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Swetha February 19, 2014 at 11:09 am

Friends,

I have a question on B2 visa i was going through whole forum to see any one asked this question or not. so my question is.
I am Planning to Invite my Parents in that do i need to take 2 DD from bank or just 1 is enough for both of them.
Please reply if any one did.

thanks
Swetha

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Rahul January 17, 2014 at 5:36 pm

Hi saurabh,

First of all I appreciate your efforts to answer our queries.
I live here with my wife and I am on H1b visa .It is going to expire in September .My I94 will be expiring in October. My company will apply for extension next month in February .My wife is pregnant and her due date is August. I am planning to invite my parents in august and they are planning to attend interview in March. As my h1b is going to expire in 6 months can I apply for their visa and invite them in august.

Rahul

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Sreehari February 17, 2014 at 11:53 am

I am just wondering whether Rahul got any reply for his post?? I am kind of in a similar situation and any response would be much appreciated!!

Thanks

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B2Applicant February 20, 2014 at 12:14 pm

Hi Rahul, Sreehari,
I was in a similar situation till last week, and after checking different forums I found that having H1B expiring in few months does not have any impact on B2 visa. My H1B and i-94 are expiring in 3 months from now and my parents went for B2 visa this week and got it approved. Consulate didn’t even ask for my visa/approval letter.
You both should be good. Good luck with the interview.

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Sreehari February 25, 2014 at 5:40 pm

B2Applicant, Thanks for your note. I am planning to bring my mother here and I see lot of comments/posts on the bank balance that we need to maintain in our US bank account, I would be sponsoring the trip and all visa related cost, however I may not have a good balance at the moment. Will that be a significant factor in approving the visa request?

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H1 Spouse January 8, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Hi all,

I came to US on H4 in March 2013 and started working on H1 from October 2013. I have payslips from October 1 till date. I want to invite my parents to visit me.

My spouse has been here since October 2012 (more than an year now) on H1. Spouse has higher salary, better bank balance and ofcourse more number of payslips and W2s.

Pls suggest the best option for sending the invitation letter and being sponsor – Me, Spouse or Joint?

PS: Saurabh: i’ll really appreciate your opinion on this pls.

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Saurabh January 11, 2014 at 7:17 pm

H1 Spouse,
You can send the invitation letter and include copy of your recent payslips. It doesn’t matter who has higher salary, as long as the one inviting has enough funds to take care of the expenses. In other words, if you are getting 5K per month, and spouse is getting 6K, you can still sponsor them as 5K is good enough to take care of expenses.

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Roshan Mirwani December 4, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Hi Saurabh,

Thanks for this forum. My parents visa has been rejected twice and we are in the process of analyzing what went wrong and will be reapplying again.
As mentioned above, we should have property papers – The house that we have in India is with my grandparents name and we recently bought other house which is in our name. So my parents do not have any property on their name directly.
So how should we handle this scenario?
Any help/suggestions are highly appreciated.

Regards,

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Piyush December 9, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Hi Roshan, can you please tell us how you prepared, what all documents you provided from your side as well as your parents’ side?
Above details will help understand the situation better and we can contribute to your assessment of the situation

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Lily October 17, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Hi Saurabh
I am sponsoring my in laws for the visitor visa this week. Can I sponsor my parents now in two weeks time? Will it create any problem? Is there any time limit? Also is it fine to send scanned copies of documents like bank verification letter, invitation letter etc. or do I have to send the originals to them through courier?
Looking forward for your reply.

Thanks
Lily

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Saurabh October 18, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Lily,
It should not be an issue. They can appear for visa interview 2 weeks from now. You can send them scanned copies.

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Dhandapani V October 25, 2013 at 8:49 am

Hi Saurabh,

I am planning to visit US along with my wife in Dec 2013 to see my son who is employed in Denver. We have applied for visitor visa and the visa interview is in the first week of Nov 2013. It is a self sponsored trip for a month. I am retired from a reputed Indian company. My wife is a homemaker. I have good bank balance coupled with very good stock portfolio. We live in our own house plus invested in property under construction. My pension income is not high. Could the last statement become an issue ? Regards,

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Vikas Gupta September 24, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Hi,

I am planning to bring my parents for a short visit to US, I am on L1 visa in US from last 3-4 years with short trips on vacations to India. They just got retired and have properties/bank balance to show ties back home.

Only issue I face is, My I-94 Validity is until Jan,2014, would it cause any hindrance in there Visa application.

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Kchaudhari September 19, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Hi,

I am planning to get my Parents to the US.
I have gone through the posts and they are very helpful.
I just want to confirm If the documents we are collecting (My Docs + my parents docs), do we need to send somewhere?(to the US consulate). like the way we do for our H1B processing?
Or they just have to carry all the documents with them? Thanks again!

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vasu September 12, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Hello,

I want to apply visa for my parents and in laws next month. I am currently on OPT (F-1) and my wife is here as dependent on F2 Visa. I have graduated in August 2012. Can I apply for visa inviting them to my graduation ceremony. I can go to graduation ceremony in Dec 2013.

Can 4 of them go together for visa interview or they need to go seperately?

Any suggestions for this visa application are appreciated.

Thank You

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Dawnz August 12, 2013 at 11:12 pm

AUGUST 12 2013, TEXAS
My parents went for B2 Visa interview on the 12th August and their VisaWAS approved. They haven’t got the passports back yet. However, below is a checklist that covers all the important documents one should carry.

US state website mentions below required documents here:
http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1262.html#documentation

The document mentioned at the above link are:
-Passport valid for travel to the U.S.
-Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 confirmation page
-Application fee payment receipt,
-Additional Documentation

– For example, additional requested documents may include evidence of:

1. The purpose of your trip;
2. Your intent to depart the U.S. after your trip; and/or
3. Your ability to pay all costs of the trip.

The first set of documents are an obvious anyway. DS160, passport etc are required to event set foot inside the US consulate. However the set of additional set of documents is where it gets unclear. Below is the compilation of all the documents.

The documents were divided in to three folders:

1. Gate Pass Folder – contains documents that enable to enter US consulate.
2. Identification Folder – contains documents to establish their identity and the legal status of their US staying child.
3. US stay support document – Contains documents that establishes that they can support their stay in US and will not become a public charge on the US government.

(You can use the copy of the Original. YOU NEED NOT SEND ANY ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS FROM USA. Scan and send them the documents like I797, Bank letter etc., to take print outs )

The divided folder checklist can be seen here:
http://www.viewdocsonline.com/document/s7qb5z
or
http://www.scribd.com/doc/159887176/US-B2-Visa-Interview-Checklist-for-Parents

Invitation Letter sample can be found here:
http://www.immihelp.com/visitor-visa/sample-invitation-letter-parents.html

Letter to consulate sample can be found here:
http://www.immihelp.com/visitor-visa/sample-consulate-letter-visitors-visa.html

I-134 affidavit document is not required per se as H1b cannot sponsor B2 visa. However to show that they can take care of the expenses in US including housing and lodging, an affidavit can be prepared and SHOWN ONLY if the Visa officer asks for it. If both mother and father are applying, you need separate affidavit for each of them. In the affidavit, write your mother’s or father’s name and mention the other as the spouse. It need not be notarized but only signed. Latest I-134 can be found here:

http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=fe3647a55773d010VgnVCM10000048f3d6a1RCRD&vgnextchannel=db029c7755cb9010VgnVCM10000045f3d6a1RCRD

Questions asked:
1. Purpose of Visit.
2. For how Long you want be in US?
3. What do you do now?
4. What did you do while you were in Job?
5. What does your Child do in USA ?

Some Tips :
1. Coach your parents to emphasize on the fact they would want to come back after a stipulated time and they will not stay there more than allowed. They can emphasize this using the property documents.
2. Coach your parents to ask “Sorry I didn’t understand the question. Could You please repeat it?” to visa officer in case the question is not clear
3. Choose a language during booking appointment in which parents are well conversant
4. If any of your parents was in military or defence, please truthfully answer if they had any firearms training.
5. If they want the passport to be delivered to the residence address, then they would have to play extra to Bluedart during the interview process. Else the passport will come to the central blue dart place in the city chosen at the appointment booking process.
6. Please advice them to be at the place half an hour before the scheduled time
7. Please give them a checklist of the required documents and explain to them what each documents is and why it is required. Refer to the Checklist given in this post to know more.
8. Ask parents to be dressed soberly and be confident. Not indifferent, but confident and cordial.
9. Customer care and track your passport:
http://www.ustraveldocs.com/in/in-main-contactus.asp

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PRASHANTH August 8, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Redbus2us.com is really my life saver.Especially the answers from Sourabh are really helpful for me.I posted couple of questions here few years back when i was completely new to all these visa procedures.Now, i am realizing in what level the answers from sourabh got helped me. Thank you very much sourabh. I really appreciate your help.

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Saurabh August 9, 2013 at 4:44 pm

PRASHANTH,
I am glad that forum and I were able to help you in your immigration process.

Good luck :)

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PRASHANTH August 8, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Hi,
i am applying B2 visa for my mother.i got all documents except Birth certificate.Is it really need to carry birth certificate at the time of visa interview.Please suggest.

Thanks in advance,
Regards,
Prashanth.

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Saurabh August 9, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Prashanth,
It can be applied even w/o it. Do you have their name mentioned in your passport? You can use that as an alternate. Also send some family pictures of you all together to show the relationship.

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vikram August 5, 2013 at 10:47 am

Hi Saurabh,

I would like to know whether the invitation letter to parents should be sent as an hard copy to them or I can sign and send the scan copy by mail so that they can take printout and take them along to consulate.

Thanks,
Vikram

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Saurabh August 6, 2013 at 9:08 pm

Vikram,
You can sign it, scan it, email it and they can take the print-out.

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Theck August 2, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Hi- My parents already have a visiting visa valid for 10 years (expiring 2015) which they had got when they traveled to US in 2005 to visit my sister. Now they are planning to travel this November to US to visit me. Is there any other visa related document/sponsor document or anything like that which i need to get ready or i can simply go ahead for the ticket booking?

Can you please help?

Thank you so much

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Saurabh August 5, 2013 at 9:21 am

Theck,
They can use the previous visa stamp as it has not expired. They should carry information about their daughter (contact details, employment, residence etc). If possible, she can send them an invitation letter over email as well.

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Sushal August 1, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Hi,

Will they check sponsor’s credit history for visitor visa? Even tough i have good bank balance i do not have a good credit history, so will this have any impact for my parents visa.

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Saurabh August 5, 2013 at 8:49 am

Sushal,
Your credit history will not impact the outcome of their visa stamping.

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sri July 30, 2013 at 9:42 pm

hai,

can i my sponsor my parents,since i sponsor my in laws last month?

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Saurabh July 31, 2013 at 1:14 am

Sri,
Yes, you can.

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Nanda July 29, 2013 at 10:23 am

Very informative article. My wife’s uncle was able to get visa without any trouble, thanks for the guidance.

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Kumar July 29, 2013 at 11:02 am

Nanda, Good to hear. If you can share the experience of preparation and visa interview with us, we will post it for readers, it would be helpful. You can use the link on top ‘Share your experience’

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For B2 visa July 23, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Do they need to have a Photo with them for OfC or interview? On Appointment letter it asks only for below 14 years old.

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Vikram July 17, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Hi Saurabh,

I would like to know how soon we can re-apply/renew B2 visa. My parents visa is getting expired in April 2014. Is it 6 months before the expiration date?

Please reply.

Thanks,
Vikram

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Saurabh July 18, 2013 at 11:48 am

Vikram,
I am not sure about the right answer. You can post this question in Q&A forum and address it to sudeep travels. He is knowledgable about such questions.

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Geetha raj June 25, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Hey Saurabh or any of friends pls reply,

I am planning to book visitor visa appointment in tamil in chennai embassy.
Can i know how long will it take to book an appointment in tamil???
????

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Saurabh June 25, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Geetha Raj,
Wait times vary from day to day. You will have to check for next available dates on the visa scheduling website for Tamil language.

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I want Mom in US June 25, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Hi Saurabh,

Thanks for this blog, it really helps.

I have few questions to make sure we’re doing our best for my mother in law’s visitor visa.

We were anyhow planning to bring my mother in law here and now we got a reason.
Since I’m pregnant right now and on H1, I would like invite my mother in law. Can she tell this to consulate officer? I hope they trust and not think of possible immigrant.

She has enough property on her name to show them.

Can you suggest if we can tell them the truth?

Appreciate your reaponse.

Thanks

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Nirdesh June 25, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Yes, you can tell them truth. Make sure for everything you say, you have enough documents to support it. Eg. if you say that you are pregnant and want your mother-in-law to visit you, you should give hospital or clinical documents to support your statement. Also give expected date of delivery and related documents to make it strong.
If that is the only reason, you need to change your invitation letter accordingly.

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Saurabh June 25, 2013 at 2:51 pm

I want Mom in US,
Here is something to go through.

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I want Mom in US June 30, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Thanks … that link is scary Saurabh…I guess I should not let consulate understand that we are calling her for the pregnancy.

Also, I would like to know If I need to send few original documents..? like my husband’s birth certificate? one of my friends didn’t send any original like you mentioned on the link or documents for this visa, still they got approved, may be their good luck.

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Saurabh June 30, 2013 at 11:53 pm

I want Mom in US,
Original documents need not to be sent for visitor’s visa. You can send copies.

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Sushal June 20, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Hi,

I want to start my parents visitor visa process. I checked all the documents check list and i had a question on w2. I was previous on H4 and recently from past 5 months am on H1 and i have pretty good bank balance but since i have not completed one full financial year i do not have any w2 in my name so should i wait till next year for my parents visa?? or is there any other document i need to furnish instead of w2.

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Saurabh June 24, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Sushal,
It is ok not to submit W-2 if you haven’t completed one calendar year in US while working. Are you including your spouse in the invitation? If yes, then may be add spouse’s W-2 for last year.

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Panky June 7, 2013 at 10:39 am

Hi

My Parents Visa got rejected [214(b)] t times. But question is , though They have additional supporting documents to show they have property, etc in India, but Officer didn’t event look at those documents and not even taken those documents to see and rejected application only by looking at D160 and Passport. Is this the process? Most of the ppl talking about submitting documents, but where ? No one accepted documents before interview and at interview no one accepted documents.

Thanks
Panky

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Saurabh June 17, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Panky,
It is the officer’s discretion whether to ask for additional documents or just deny it based on what information he is seeing on his screen. Not much one can do about it.

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HM June 3, 2013 at 3:19 pm

My Parents visa got denied last year , reason :possible immigrant. I am on h4 and my husband was sponsoring the trip.
1) Will it make any difference if I sponsor the trip. Since I have sufficient balance in my bank account. But I am on h4.

2) We have another option that my father self sponsors the trip . My father is retired, He does not have any property on his name. He has sufficient bank balance in terms of FD, etc. He currently stays with my brother. He has property on his fathers name. Also my mother has a property but it is family property so the property document has the name of all the members of her family listed , which will be divided among everybody. So I am not sure how to show all this.
3) The third option is my brother sponsors the trip. My brother is CA , he has property on his name and enough bank balance. My father stays with him.

My parents do not have any option of migrating here. They are very happy in India with my brother. Also my mother’s mom stays with them. She is 90 up so they have to go back for her. How to show all this to make a strong case?
Interviewer do not ask any questions so we do not know how to convince them.
Can you please advice.

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TH June 3, 2013 at 1:55 pm

I am on h4 and my husband is on h1.
My parents are self sponsoring their trip. What kind of document do we need to send from US?

I guess we need to send the Visa documents, Invitation letter?
Do we need to send I134 Affidavit , Bank statements etc?
Please advice…

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Saurabh June 17, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Th,
You should still send an invitation letter along w/ your address so that the officer knows where they will be staying in US and what’s the purpose of the trip. They have to show the funds themselves i.e. their own bank statements etc. You should also send copies of your visa documents including employment letter.

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TH June 3, 2013 at 1:39 pm

I am on h4 and I had applied for b2 visa for my parents last year. The visa got rejected as possible migrant. They didn’t check the bank statements , they asked him if he has any property. We had shown my husband is sponsoring their visa.

This year we are filing the visa again.We are showing that my father is sponsoring the trip. He worked as a consultant so he did not had a fixed income , now my father is retired. He does not have any pension. But he has enough bank balance in term of cash,FD and other investments around 12 lacs. Is this enough? Also he does not have any property on his name? He has property on his father’s name . My mother has a ancestral property on her name but it is her maiden name. He is currently staying with my younger brother family. He has a house but since he was consultant that time he could not take a loan so it is on my brothers name.
My parents have no intention of staying in USA they are staying with their two sons and enjoying their life there. So I am not sure how to convince the interviewer the same. I just need them to visit me here in USA once.

Please advice what to do.

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AK May 21, 2013 at 5:48 pm

I am currently on h4 and my husband is onh1. We are planning calling my parents. I had a couple of questions which if answered would be highly appreciable;
1) Does the sponsor needs to be my husband or even can I sponsor them. We both have a joint account so financial stability evidence should not be a concern. Please advise.

2) All the documentation needs to be the same for sponsoring parents or in laws? Please suggest

Thanks..:)

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Saurabh May 22, 2013 at 11:46 am

AK,
1. Either can be the sponsor. If it is your parents, then its better for you to be the sponsor
2. Yes, they are the same

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AK May 22, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Thanks Saurabh but I was wondering about what to enter under employment section on form i134 since am not currently employed.
Please suggest!!

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Saurabh May 22, 2013 at 12:58 pm

AK,
When I sponsored my parents, I didn’t even complete the I-134 form. I don’t think it is mandatory. I usually just submit an invitation letter on personal stationary along w/ other financial/rental documents.

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AK May 22, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Thanks Saurabh…

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Naveen May 14, 2013 at 1:31 pm

My parents don’t have any property in India and my father was an Accountant so no pay stubs and no pensions. Is that would be an issue while requesting for a tourist visa for my parents?

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Saurabh May 21, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Naveen,
He may have to show good enough social-financial ties w/ home country so that officer is confident that he will return to home country after the stay in US.

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Neelu May 3, 2013 at 5:27 pm

My father is retired in Feb 2013 (he gets pension) and my mother is house wife. But he doesn’t have much property except some land. So, he can just show the land document and pension.
Should that be fine?

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Saurabh May 21, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Neelu,
They may have to show good enough social-financial ties w/ home country so that officer is confident that they will return to home country after the stay in US.

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Ankit April 19, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Hello,

I am sponsoring my parents they have properties but on my mother name and it is different in passport. it is arround 1,50,10,000. what can we do..and only letter of properties and business by Chartered Accounted is enough.

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Saurabh April 25, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Ankit,
What’s different in passport? They can show their IT returns to show the assets they own in their home country.

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