The US Embassy Kathmandu had decided to begin reduced-document processing for tourist and student visa applicants. Starting June 1, tourist visa and student visa applicants will only need to bring the following documents:
"In order to protect applicants from potential scams as well as save them money and time, applicants no longer need to bring bank statements, land titles, letters of invitation, or any similar documents. You will be asked to leave these types of documents with security," the US Embassy said in a statement on Tuesday.
"The U.S. Embassy verifies the authenticity of all academic transcripts brought to interviews," the statement read.
In recent months, the U.S. Embassy Kathmandu has received complaints from applicants who paid consultancies to organise or obtain documents for their interview, only to discover that consular officers do not need these documents. The Embassy has also received reports of consultancies using the promise of a visa to obtain documents that could be used to steal an applicant’s identity.