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ATTENTION:

U.S. embassies and consulates are currently experiencing technical difficulties that may result in delays in visa processing and receiving and sending communications. Additionally, applicants who have interviews for student and exchange visitor (F/M/J) visas scheduled for this week should bring proof of payment of the SEVIS fee. U.S. citizens may also experience delays in sending and receiving communications. U.S. citizens requiring emergency assistance should call 2326-4942 or 2326-4000.

Consular Consolidated Database: Updates on Operational Status.

We have made significant progress and issued most of the worldwide backlog of nonimmigrant visa cases. We are working to bring the Consular Consolidated Database back to full operational capacity.

We continue to prioritize immigrant visas, adoption cases, and emergency nonimmigrant visa cases. We are printing visas for these cases and all cases with very few delays.

Please check with the embassy or consulate where you will apply for additional information.

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NON-IMMIGRANT VISAS

The Embassy of the United States of America in Guatemala is transitioning to a new appointment service for nonimmigrant visa applicants. This new system is being implemented throughout Central America, and is expected to be easier and more convenient.

  • All services-- including calling for information, scheduling an appointment, and passport pickup at the Cargo Expreso office of the traveler’s choice--will be provided for a single fee.
  • Applicants will no longer pay for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to schedule an appointment.
  • Effective Friday, April 27, 2012: Applicants in Guatemala can either visit the new online scheduling website http://www.ustraveldocs.com/gt or contact the call center at 502-2376-1978 to get information or to start their application for a U.S. visa.
  • Applicants will be able to pay on-line via credit card, rather than having to visit a Citibank or Banrural office in person. However, the in-person option remains available for those who prefer to pay in that manner.

Those who prefer not to make their appointment online should call 502-2376-1978, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 7 pm and Saturdays, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Callers in the United States should call (646) 259-0557 Monday through Friday, 8 am to 7 pm Central time and on Saturdays, 9 am to 3 pm Central time.

These services are the only official sources of general visa information from the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala and provide the only means of scheduling a personal interview for a nonimmigrant visa.

Interview Waiver Program and Visa Renewals

Many applicants who are renewing a full validity visa, and certain applicants age 80 and older, qualify for the Interview Waiver Program. Qualified applicants who are renewing their visas may skip the interview portion of the application, and qualified applicants who are 80 or over may use the Cargo Express dropbox to mail in their applications.

Applicants who do not meet the program qualifications must apply for a visa or renew a visa by following the regular process as outlined here.

Make Sure you are Eligible

Please use the following links to learn more about which applicants may be eligible for the Interview Waiver Program.

Important Note: The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala reserves the right to interview any applicant for any reason. If a case requires an interview, a representative from the Embassy will contact the applicant to return for an interview. Eligibility for the Interview Waiver Program does not guarantee visa issuance.

Medical Emergencies

If you need to travel urgently, since the purpose of the trip is to obtain urgent medical attention you may qualify for an expedited appointment depending on availability at the Embassy. The steps for requesting an emergency appointment are:

1. Pay the visa application fee,
2. Fill the Visa Electronic Application, Form (DS-160)
3. When scheduling your appointment, you will see a message on the screen indicating the first available appointment date, which includes urgent appointment dates. If you wish to proceed to request an urgent appointment, complete the Application Form or contact Urgent Information Service 2376-1978 for help,
4. If the Embassy approves your request, you will receive an email from no-reply@ustraveldocs.com telling you that you can schedule your appointment,
5. Attend to the U.S. Embassy on the day and time of your interview

Lost or Stolen Visas

If your passport containing a U.S. visa has been lost or stolen in Guatemala, you must report the loss or theft to the Public Ministry or the Guatemala National Police as soon as possible. The police or Public Ministry will issue a report documenting the loss or theft. A copy of this report, including your full name and date of birth, must be sent to GuatemalaFPM@state.gov or faxed to (502)-2326-4674 as soon as possible. If the loss or theft took place abroad, you will also need to submit in this same email a copy of the report you filed in that country.

As soon as the Consular Section receives this report, the visa will be reported as lost/stolen in U.S. Government databases, which will alert officials at all ports of entry into the United States. Once the visa has been reported lost/stolen, neither you nor anyone else will be able to use it again in the event that your passport is subsequently found. If you wish to obtain another visa, you will need to reapply and bring a copy of the previously submitted police report to your interview appointment.

Nonimmigrant Visa Processing Fees

Type of Visa Fee
Tourist, Business, Transit, Crew Member, Student,
Exchange Visitor, and Journalist visas
$160
Petition-Based visas (H, L, O, P, Q and R)
$190
Treaty Investor and Trader visas (E)
$205
Fiancé(e) visas (K)
$265
Border Crossing Cards (age 15 and older)
$160
Border Crossing Cards (under age 15)
$16

  

IMMIGRANT VISAS

Immigrant visa applicants should visit http://www.ustraveldocs.com/gt for general immigrant visa information.

For applicants in Guatemala who have been interviewed at the Embassy and are in need of a follow-up appointment, please contact the call center at 502-2376-1978 to schedule an appointment.

For applicants who have been interviewed and need to submit documents after completion of the waiver process, please contact the call center at 502-2376-1978 to register and mail the documents through Cargo Expreso.

If you failed to show up for a previously scheduled appointment, DO NOT make an appointment through the call center. To schedule a new appointment, please send an e-mail to support-guatemala@ustraveldocs.com. Please include the beneficiary’s full name and case number (begins with GTM) in your correspondence.

Immigrant Visa Processing Fees

Additional fee for Immigrant Visas: Effective February 1, 2013, all individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a $165.00 USCIS Immigrant Fee before traveling to the United States. Only prospective adoptive parents whose child(ren) is/are entering the United States under either the Orphan or Hague Process, Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants who were employed by the U.S. government, returning residents, and those issued K visas are exempt from the new fee. To make this payment, please visit https://www.pay.gov/paygov/forms/formInstance.html?agencyFormId=40850201

Additional information regarding this fee can be found at
USCIS Implements New Immigrant Fee

Type of Visa Fee
Immediate Relative and Family Preference Applications    
$325
Employment-Based Applications
$345
Other Immigrant Visa Applications
$205
Diversity Visa Program Fee
$330
Determining Returning Resident Status
$180

 

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