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Visa Renewal

Visa Renewal (Interview Waived)

All applicants must schedule an appointment to apply for a visa.  If the applicant qualifies for the 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.  The only exception is for applicants under the age of 14 or over the age of 79 who meet all requirements below.

Please note that previously holding a valid visa does not automatically guarantee re-issuance.  If any of the qualifications listed below is not met or if the applicant schedules a 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.

 

How to Qualify

General requirements

To qualify, all of the following must be true:

  • The visa you wish to renew falls into one of the following categories: B1, B2, B1/B2, C1/D, F1, F2, J1, J2, M1 or M2
  • You are applying for a visa of the same category as the visa you wish to renew
  • Your current visa was issued at U.S. Embassy - Lima
  • You are a Peruvian citizen currently residing in Peru or a foreigner legally residing in Peru with a resident card ("carné de extranjería")
  • You have a valid passport in good condition
  • The visa you wish to renew was not reported as lost or stolen, and was not revoked
  • You answered "no" to all of the 'Medical and Health', 'Criminal', 'Security' or 'Immigration Law Violation' questions on the DS-160 Visa application form.
  • 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.
  • You are over 17 years old, or you are younger and both your parents have valid US visas or qualify to travel under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)

>> Applicants under age 14 or over the age of 79 who meet all requirements mentioned above may send their documentation via DHL <<

Additional requirements depending on the visa category

B1, B2 and B1/B2 visas:

  • The visa you wish to renew is a multiple-entry visitor visa that was issued for 5 or 10 years 
  • The visa is current or expired less than 48 months ago (from the date of the appointment or document drop-off at DHL)

C1/D visas:

  • The visa is current or expired less than 12 months ago (from the date of the appointment or document drop-off at DHL)
  • You are returning to work for the same employer/company, as annotated on your previous visa

F, J and M visas:

  • The visa is current or expired less than 12 months (from the date of the appointment or document drop-off at DHL)
  • You are renewing a visa to attend the same academic institution, as annotated on your previous visa

 

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.  To schedule an appointment, first you need to create an account here.

      • b) Download and print the payment receipt.  Once your account is created you will be able to print the receipt that you will need to take to Scotiabank to pay the MRV fee.

  • 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 making the payment, log back into your account to verify that it was validated.

      • b) Schedule the appointment.  Once the payment is validated you will be able to click on the "Continue" button in order to schedule your appointment.

  • 6. Attend the visa interview

    6. Attend the visa interview

    • Bring all required documentation:

      • • Valid passport in good condition.
      • • Passport with the visa to renew.
      • • 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).
      • • For residents, copy of both sides of Peruvian resident card ("carné de extranjería").

      Additional requirements/instructions for minors (applicants 17 old or younger):

      • • Original or notarized copy of the applicant's birth certificate, or adoption documentation if the child was adopted.
      • • Copies of both parents' valid U.S. visas or of their passports' biographic page if they qualify to travel under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).  If the parents do not have a valid visa or do not qualify to travel under the VWP, they will need to follow the regular visa application process for the minor.
      • • Copy of the legal guardian's valid U.S. visa, if applying with a legal guardian.
      • • If the applicant is under 14 years old and meets all requirements listed on this page, his/her documentation may be sent via DHL

      Please note that the embassy will not provide storage of any kind and applicants with these prohibited items will not be allowed to enter the Consular Section.

  • 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.

To request an expedited appointment, first you will need to follow the application process and schedule a regular appointment.  Then, from within your account, you will need to click the appropriate link to request the expedited appointment.

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.