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Important Visa Information

Payment Methods & Details

Visa Fee Validity: Visa application (MRV) fee receipts issued before October 1, 2022 remain valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Lima through September 30, 2023.  MRV fee receipts issued on or after October 1, 2022 will be valid for 365 days from the date the MRV fee receipt was issued for applicants to schedule an interview appointment.  Please note applicants are only required to schedule their interview or submit their interview waiver application within the 365-day period.  There is no requirement the interview must occur during the 365-day period.

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.

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.