Consular services, including visa issuance, are not suspended. We continue to receive applicants, although in many cases returning passports with visas is taking longer than normal.
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.
We have made significant progress and issued most of the delayed visas worldwide. We are working to bring our systems back to full operational capacity.
We continue to prioritize immigrant visas, adoption cases, and emergency nonimmigrant visa cases. We are printing visas for these cases and all cases with very few delays.
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.
Welcome to the U.S. Embassy's Visa Unit!
In my time here in Lima as Consul General, I have quickly learned how important visas are in supporting the relationship between the United States and Peru. In 2011, Peru's National Institute of Statistics and Information Technology announced that 1 out of every 10 travelers through the Jorge Chavez International Airport has the United States as their destination, and the economic, cultural, and family ties between our two countries run very deep.
Last year, the U.S. Embassy in Lima issued almost 67,000 non-immigrant visas and over 4,500 immigrant visas to residents of Peru. Most of the visa applicants that we interview here each day receive a visa to the United States. We have granted visas to Peruvians from every region and from a wide variety of backgrounds, and we are thrilled that the many tourist destinations, business opportunities, and cultural experiences found in the United States continue to attract so much interest.
Our goals in the consular section are to review each visa application in accordance with immigration laws and regulations, and to treat each visa applicant efficiently and with respect. We look forward to seeing you at your visa appointment.
Elizabeth C. Power
Consul General of the United States of America
Non-Immigrant and Immigrant Visas
The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru, handles all processing of non-immigrant and immigrant visas in Peru. For more information on each of these visa types, please select a category below:
For tourism, business, study, transit, exchange, and short-term employment visas:
For petition-based legal permanent residence in the United States through a qualifying family relationship or employment offer:
Fraud Warning: Fraudulent Job Opportunities in the United States
- Beware of U.S. companies offering jobs, and asking for special labor or visa certifications in return for large sums of money. Make sure you understand the process to obtain a work visa. Do not be misled! There are many scammers who make false promises of jobs in the U.S. in order to obtain your money.
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.