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Visitor Visa Renewal

B1/B2 Visitor Visa Renewal (Interview Waived)

All applicants must schedule an appointment to apply for a visa.  If the applicant qualifies for the Visitor Visa Renewal Program – Interview Waived, he/she will only need to come to the appointment to have fingerprints taken and drop off the required documentation.

Please note that previously holding a valid B1/B2 or B2 visa does not automatically guarantee re-issuance.  If any of the qualifications listed below is not met or if the applicant schedules a Visitor Visa Renewal (Interview Waived) appointment and does not qualify for one, he/she will not be allowed in the Consular Section.  The applicant will be asked to apply through the regular visa application process and schedule a regular appointment before coming back for his/her appointment.

How to Qualify

To qualify, all of the following must be true:

  • You are a Peruvian citizen currently residing in Peru or a foreigner with legal residence in Peru.
  • You have a multiple-entry Visitor Visa (B1/B2) that was issued for 5 or 10 years and is current or expired less than 4 years prior to the date of application.  For example, if your most recent visa is a B2 visa, you do not qualify for this program and must apply through the regular visa application process.
  • You are applying to renew a B1/B2 Visitor Visa.  If you are applying for another type of visa, you will need to apply through the regular visa application process.
  • You were not refused a visa (of any type) after your most recent visa was issued.
  • You have not lost or reported your most recent visa as stolen within the past 10 years.
  • Both your parents have valid visas or are renewing their visas at the same time of your application (only for applicants 17 years old and younger).
  • You have a valid passport in good condition.
  • You have never been arrested or convicted of a crime, deported from the United States, denied entry to the United States, or had any other problems or difficulties with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol when attempting to enter the United States.


How to Renew a B1/B2 Visa

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

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

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

    2. 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.
  • 3. Create an account in the U.S. Visa Service website and print the payment receipt

    3. 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.  Sign in to the account, click the link to schedule the appointment, select your trip purpose (Non-Immigrant Visas >> Visitor (B) >> Visitor Visa – Interview Waived), and follow the steps until you reach a page where you will be 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 preferred DHL delivery location, and other relevant information.

  • 4. Pay the visa application fee

    4. 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
  • 5. Validate the visa application fee, and schedule the appointment

    5. 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 3b, 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.  Select the "Visitor Visa - Interview Waived" option under trip purpose.

  • 6. Attend the visa interview

    6. Attend the visa interview


      • Bring all required documentation:

        • • Valid passport in good condition.

        • • Printed Form DS-160 confirmation sheet with a legible bar code.

        • • Photograph (only if the printed confirmation page does not show the photograph you uploaded or if the photo does not meet the criteria listed in Step 1).

        • • Passport with the B1/B2 visa to renew.

        • • For residents, copy of both sides of Peruvian resident card.

        • • For minors (applicants 17 and younger), also bring a copy of the minor's DNI (birth certificates are accepted as well) and a copy of both parents’/legal guardians’ valid visas.  If parents do not have valid visas or are not renewing at the same time, they will need to follow the regular visa application process for the minor.



      • To reduce your wait time, please carefully read the list of items you will not be allowed to bring to your appointment and the Consular Section's access policy

  • 7. Pick up the passport

    7. Pick up the passport

    • In order to pick up your passport, you will need to sign in to your account (created in Step 3), 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 5 to 10 business days after the interview.  Once it is available, you will be able to find it below your personal data.

      For questions regarding passport or document delivery, please contact the U.S. Visa Service directly.

      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.

      Note: If, upon arrival for a ”Visitor Visa - Interview Waived” appointment, the Consular Section determines that you do not qualify for this program, you will not be allowed to enter the Embassy and will have to make a new appointment on a different date.

 

Additional Information

Important Recommendation: Apply Early!

It may take up to three weeks to issue your visa.  If further information is required, the Consular Section will contact you directly and may request an in-person interview at a later date.   Please do not contact the Consular Section before three weeks have passed.

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.