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Important Visa Information

Payment Methods & Details

Visa Fee Validity: The visa application (MRV) fee remains valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Lima through September 30, 2023.

Appointments & Locations

Appointment Scheduling: Visa applications and appointments in Peru are handled by a third-party company, Applicant Service Centers.  Please visit their website for information on determining which visa type is best for you and how to apply.

Emergency Travel: Applicants with a verified emergency need to travel to the United States should access their account on the Applicant Service Centers website, schedule a visa appointment, and then select the emergency appointment option and provide a justification for their request.  Emergency need includes urgent travel related to a life-or-death situation and other medical emergency of the applicant and/or close family member.  Travel for tourism is not considered an emergency need.  Please contact your airline if you need to reschedule an upcoming international flight.  Approval of an emergency appointment request is never guaranteed.

COVID-19 Visa Operations:

  • Availability: Visa appointment availability remains at significantly reduced levels, and visa processing times, even for emergencies, are contingent upon favorable health and safety conditions at the time of the confirmed appointment.
  • Cancellations: For the safety of the public, in-person interview appointments may be cancelled at any time.  Applicants whose appointments are cancelled will be rescheduled and will receive an automatic email from the Applicant Service Centers confirming the new day and time of their appointment.
  • Rescheduling: Should you experience coronavirus symptoms or are in close contact with someone who is experiencing coronavirus symptoms, do not come to your interview.  You must reschedule your appointment.  Any applicant for any reason may reschedule his or her appointment at the day and time of their convenience on the Applicant Service Centers website.  Rescheduling your appointment does not impact the adjudication of your visa.

Security Information

Every person visiting the Embassy must agree to a security screening before entering the Consular Section with their belongings.

What not to bring to your appointment:

  1. Visitors are not allowed to bring cell phones, laptops, tablets, and similar electronic devices onto the premises.  Visitors carrying unauthorized objects will not be granted entry.
  2. To facilitate and speed up your entry into the compound we recommend you do not bring large bags, such as suitcases, backpacks, and packages.
  3. Baby food and/or essential medications (in plastic containers only – no glass) should be brought to the attention of the guards.
  4. Once you enter the screening area, be prepared to remove all metallic items, together with your coat/jacket, belt, handbag/rucksack/briefcase, etc.

The Embassy maintains a small kiosk outside the main entrance where applicants can typically leave bags, keys, phones, and other small items while inside the Embassy compound, for a small fee.

Reasonable Accommodation

If you need reasonable accommodation for your appointment, we encourage you to request your accommodation immediately once you schedule your appointment. We make every effort to provide accommodations to persons with disabilities and medical conditions. Reasonable accommodations vary, depending on the situation and the person’s needs.

Examples of accommodations include, but are not limited to:

    • If you require a private appointment due to a medical condition or disability, we may schedule an alternative time for you to come in for your interview.
    • If you or your child has special needs that requires a private appointment in a quiet space without distractions, we may schedule an alternative time for you or your family to come in for your interview.
    • If you are unable to speak, you may be allowed to respond to questions in an agreed-upon nonverbal manner such as using pen and paper.
    • If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may bring a sign language interpreter to translate during the interview if needed.
    • If you have low vision, we may provide you with communications in large print.
    • If you are unable to provide fingerprints because of a medical condition, including birth defects, physical deformities, skin conditions, you may qualify for a fingerprint waiver for certain fingers.

Interview waivers are only granted in extreme situations, such as having a medical condition that requires flying in an air ambulance.

The waiting room of the Consular Section and its restroom is wheelchair-accessible.