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How to Apply for a Visa

The regular 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.

  • 1. Determine if you need to follow the regular process

    1. Determine if you need to follow the regular process

  • 2. Determine which visa type is appropriate, and gather the required documentation

    2. Determine which visa type is appropriate, and gather the required documentation

  • 3. Have a photo ready before starting Form DS-160 online application

    3. Have a photo ready before starting Form DS-160 online application

  • 4. Complete Form DS-160 online application (72 hours before your appointment)

    4. Complete Form DS-160 online application (72 hours before your appointment)

    • Use a computer with a printer to complete and submit the online Form DS-160 visa application here,  Print the confirmation page with the barcode to bring to your visa interview.

      Please note:

      • • Every traveler, regardless of age, must complete a DS-160 form.
      • • It is strongly recommended that you complete your application on a computer with a printer with sufficient ink to print the barcode clearly.
      • • All answers must be in English or your application will be denied, and you will be asked to submit a new one.
      • • You must only use English characters (no accents or “ñ”, for example).
      • • Translations of questions are available from the drop-down menu in the upper right corner of the application. Just point your mouse over the question.
  • 5. Create an account in the U.S. Visa Service website and print the payment receipt

    5. Create an account in the U.S. Visa Service website and print the payment receipt


      • a) Create an account.  Before you can access the U.S. Visa Service website, you must first create an account here.   To create an account, you must enter the account information of the applicant or family member applying for a visa.

      • b) Download and print the payment receipt.  After signing in to the account, click the link to schedule the appointment, and follow the steps until you reach a page where you are asked to type the payment number in a text field.   Below that field you will find the link to download and print the receipt.   In the process you will be asked to select your purpose of travel (visa type), preferred DHL delivery location, and other relevant information.

  • 6. Pay the visa application fee

    6. Pay the visa application fee

    • Take the payment receipt printed in the previous step to any Scotiabank branch in Perú, and pay the non-refundable MRV fee.

      If you experience problems with any of the following, please contact the U.S. Visa Service directly:

      • • account creation, including name errors
      • • MRV fee payment/validation
      • • appointment scheduling
      • • document delivery
  • 7. Validate the visa application fee, and schedule the appointment

    7. Validate the visa application fee, and schedule the appointment


      • a) Validate the payment.  One business day after you made the payment, log back into your account and follow the same steps as in Step 5b, and type in the payment number on the text field.

      • b) Schedule the appointment.  After validating your payment, a page will open with the appointment calendar.

  • 8. Attend the visa interview

    8. Attend the visa interview

  • 9. Pick up the passport

    9. Pick up the passport

    • In order to pick up your passport, you will need to sign in to your account (created in Step 5), retrieve the DHL Waybill Number (AWB) generated by DHL after they receive and process the passport, and take it to your chosen DHL location, along with a valid photo ID.  This number is usually available within 3 to 5 business days after the interview.  Once it is available, you will be able to find it below your personal data.

      If picking up the passport on behalf of someone else, please refer to the Passport Delivery Information page on the U.S. Visa Service website for details.

 

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.

Administrative Processing

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

Emergency Travel

If you need to travel to the United States for a medical emergency / treatment, or for business or study purposes, an expedited appointment can be requested. 

The U.S. Visa Service handles the scheduling of all interview appointments, including requests for expedited appointments due to urgent travel needs.  For more information on scheduling an appointment and the requirements to qualify for an expedited appointment, please visit the Expedited Appointments section of its website.

Invitation Letters

Please be advised that an invitation letter sent by a relative or friend in the United States is not sufficient to grant a visa.  Each visa applicant must qualify on his/her own merits.