The visa number, also known as the visa folio number, is the red number printed in the lower right corner of your visa document. Normally, the number on a U.S. visa consists of eight digits. However, it can also begin with a single letter and be followed by a seven-digit number.
The visa number is a random sequence of numbers. Since they are randomly generated, they have no meaning to the person who has them. They also do not differ by visa type; a K-1 visa number is no different in format from an H-1B visa number or an F-1 visa number. They are all random and have no specific pattern.
Location of the US Visa Number
Regardless of whether it is a nonimmigrant visa number or an immigrant visa number, the location and color do not change. The example below shows what a US visa looks like. As you can see, most of the information is written in black ink. The number in red is your visa number. So when you are asked for your visa number, you will see it listed there.
Use the following examples to identify your U.S. visa number:
In addition to the visa number, a U.S. visa contains the following information:
- Port of Issuance – This lists the U.S. Embassy where the person obtained the visa.
- Full Name (Last Name)
- First Name
- Gender – Indicates the F (female) or M (male) gender of the person.
- Date of Birth.
- Passport number
- Visa Type – Indicates what type of visa the person has. In the example above, this is a K-1 visa or a fiancé(e) visa.
- Single Entry – This is the number of times or letters the person can enter the United States. If this field says S (Single Entry), it means the person can only enter the U.S. once; if it says M (Multiple Entries), it means the person can enter the U.S. many times.
- Date of Issue – The date on which the visa was issued.
- Expiration Date – The date your visa expires and you can no longer enter the United States.
- Endorsement – An endorsement written by the U.S. Embassy, such as the name of your fiancé, spouse, or employer.
How to Get a US Visa Number?
A U.S. visa number is only issued to individuals who have been issued a visa. So, to obtain a visa number, you must go through the process of applying for a U.S. visa. Depending on what type of visa you are applying for, the application process will vary. In general, you will need to do the following
- Submit an application to the U.S. embassy.
- Take a medical examination.
- Have a visa interview.
- Submit supporting documents.
If the U.S. Embassy approves your application, a visa stamp will be placed in your passport. There will also be a visa number on your visa. The visa number is valid for a specific period of time for nonimmigrant visas and permanently for green cards.