As of my last knowledge update in September 2021, citizens of Malta who wish to visit the United States for tourism or business purposes typically need to obtain a visa. Here are the general steps to apply for a U.S. visa:

  1. Determine the Type of Visa: Determine the purpose of your travel to the United States. The most common visa types for Maltese citizens are the B-1 (Business) and B-2 (Tourism) visas. Choose the one that aligns with your travel plans.
  2. Complete the DS-160 Form: Visit the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) website and complete the DS-160 form online. After completing the form, you will receive a DS-160 confirmation page with a barcode.
  3. Pay the Visa Application Fee: Pay the non-refundable visa application fee. The fee amount depends on the type of visa you are applying for.
  4. Schedule a Visa Interview: Create an account on the U.S. Visa Information and Appointment Services website, pay the Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee, and schedule a visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Malta.
  5. Gather Required Documents: Prepare the necessary documents for your visa interview. These typically include:
    • A valid passport that will be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in the U.S.
    • DS-160 confirmation page.
    • Visa application fee receipt.
    • A passport-sized photo that meets the U.S. visa photo requirements.
    • A letter explaining the purpose of your trip (business or tourism) and your intended itinerary.
    • Documents demonstrating strong ties to Malta, such as employment records, property ownership, or family relationships, to show that you intend to return after your visit.
    • Any additional documents related to your specific visa category (e.g., invitation letters, business-related documents, travel itineraries, etc.).
  6. Attend the Visa Interview: Arrive at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate on the scheduled date and time for your visa interview. Be prepared to answer questions about your travel plans, ties to Malta, and other relevant information.

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