The U.S. Department of State is currently experiencing technical problems with its visa system, which are affecting global operations. This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular country or visa category. We recognize and deeply regret the inconvenience to travelers. We are doing everything possible to return passports with visas as soon as we are able to complete processing. We regret that we are currently unable to predict how long the delay will be.
Applicants who interviewed with the U.S. Embassy/Consulate after July 21 and would like their passports returned to them without the U.S. visa may contact LimaNIV@state.gov with their name and passport number.
We appreciate your patience as we work to resolve this matter and apologize for the inconvenience.
"The Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our passport/visa system. This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category. We apologize to applicants who are experiencing delays or are unable to obtain a passport, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or visa at this time. We are working urgently to correct the problem and expect our system to be fully operational again soon."
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 Schedule an Interview Appointment
All appointments for visa interviews are handled by the U.S. Visa Service. Please visit their webpage for more information regarding scheduling appointments. Prior to scheduling an appointment, however, all applicants must complete the required application form. Please visit How to Apply for more information regarding the application process.
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.
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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