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How to Apply for a Visa

The application process for a non-immigrant visa involves the initial application and an interview at the Embassy of the United States in Lima.  The following steps outline the process of applying for a non-immigrant visa.  For information regarding scheduling appointments, please visit the U.S. Visa Service website.

Important Information for Appointments Scheduled Before 23 September 2011

Information regarding how to apply for a non-immigrant visa has recently changed, effective 23 September 2011.  New applicants should follow the application process described in this website and at the U.S. Visa Service website. 

Applicants that have already scheduled their appointments prior to 23 September 2011 do not have to make another appointment or pay the application fee again.

Applicants that have paid the application fee, but have not scheduled an appointment by 23 September 2011 will have to schedule an appointment via the U.S. Visa Service, but will not be required to pay the application fee again. 

Additional information regarding the transition period and questions should be directed to the U.S. Visa Service.

Appointments Scheduled After 23 September 2011

In order to apply for a non-immigrant visa to the United States every applicant must:

  1. Determine which category of visa is appropriate;
  2. Pay the visa application processing fee and schedule an appointment via the U.S. Visa Service;
  3. Gather the required documentation; and,
  4. Attend the interview at the Consular Section of the Embassy in Lima.

Some visa applications require further administrative processing, which takes additional time after the visa applicant’s interview by a Consular Officer. Applicants are advised of this requirement during the visa interview. Most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days of the visa interview. When administrative processing is required, the timing will vary based on the individual circumstances of each case. 

We always recommend that individuals apply for visas well in advance of their proposed date of travel. No assurances regarding the issuance of visas can be given in advance. Therefore, final travel plans or the purchase of non-refundable tickets should not be made until a visa has been issued and you have received your passport via DHL.


Updated: September 22, 2011