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Non-Immigrant Visas

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  • All U.S. citizens and visa applicants must go through a security screening process before entering the embassy.  Please note that the embassy will not provide storage of any kind and applicants with prohibited items will not be allowed to enter the Consular Section.  In order to make the process as quick as possible, applicants should only carry their passports and supporting documents for their consular service.

Non-Immigrant Visas

The following provides visa information for travelers to the United States who wish to visit, work or study for a temporary period.  The type of visa required will depend on the purpose of your travel.  For information on the application process, please visit the How to Apply page.

We always recommend that individuals schedule appointments 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 ticket should not be made until a visa has been issued and you received your passport via DHL.

Who needs a visa?

All travelers who are not eligible to enter the United States without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) or Visa Free Travel, must apply for a non-immigrant visa.

How to apply for a non-immigrant visa (visit, work, study, etc.)?

You may find detailed instructions on the How to Apply page. 

How to renew a visitor visa (B1/B2)?

With wait times of less than a week for appointments, this program can help qualified applicants avoid a long wait.  See if you qualify for the B1/B2 Visitor Visa Renewal Program (Interview Waived).

Group Processing

We have set up a special program to facilitate appointments for qualified groups travelling together.  The purpose of this program is to increase the efficiency of visa interviews and make the arrangement of a visa appointment more convenient for applicants.  Please see more details on the group processing page.


Additional Information

Important Recommendation: Apply Early!

The Consular Section recommends 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.


  • Please note that the Embassy does not deal with visa brokers or visa fixers.  Anyone who claims they can guarantee visa issuance or expedite visa processing is lying.  The Embassy treats allegations of fraud or malfeasance in visa processing very seriously.  

    Do not present false documents or statements, or use a fixer or facilitator.  Each applicant is personally responsible for the entire NIV application, documents and statements, even if another person helps prepare your application.  Making false statements to a U.S. government official is a felony and you may be permanently ineligible for a U.S. visa.  

Visa Fraud Alert

Fraud Warning: Visa Lottery

  • Peru does not currently qualify to participate in the Diversity Visa Program, commonly referred to as the Visa Lottery.

    Fraudulent websites are posing as official U.S. Government sites.  Some companies posing as the U.S. Government have sought money in order to "complete" DV entry forms.  There is no charge to download and complete the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form.  To learn more, see the Department of State Warning and the Federal Trade Commission Warning.

    The Department of State does not notify successful DV applicants by letter or email.  Entrants can check the status of their entries by visiting the DV Entrant Status Check website.

Rights and Protections

  • The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 relates to the legal rights of employment-based non-immigrants (A-3, G-5, NATO-7, H, J, & B-1 domestic employees) under Federal immigration, labor, and employment laws. As a temporary visitor to the United States, it is important that you are aware of your rights, as well as the protections and resources available when you come to work or study there. Please review this information before attending your visa interview (PDF - 253kb).

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