Nonimmigrant Visas

Information for visa applicants regarding the novel coronavirus    

Due to the COVID-19 health emergency in Peru and to protect the safety of our applicants and staff, nonimmigrant visa appointment availability remains at significantly reduced levels.  

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 U.S. Visa Appointment Service confirming the new day and time of their appointment. The U.S. Embassy in Lima appreciates in advance your patience with any unexpected scheduling changes that may result from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 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, 2022.
  • Rescheduling Due to Illness:  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 S. Visa Appointment Service website.  Rescheduling your appointment does not impact the adjudication of your visa.
  • Emergency Travel:  Applicants with a verified emergency need to travel to the United States should access their account on the S. Visa Appointment Service 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.
  • Visa Renewal Without Interview:  Applicants renewing visas for study, work, and travel (B-1/B-2, C-1/D, M-1, F-1, H-2A, and some J-1 programs) that expired within the previous 48 months are encouraged to apply, and in most cases will not require an in-person interview.  Estimated processing times currently average about 10 weeks from drop-off to delivery.
  • Age-exempt Visa Applicants:Applicants under the age of 14 and over the age of 79 in most cases will not require an in-person interview. 
  • First-time Student Visa Applicants:First-time students (F-1/M-1) may schedule an in-person interview.  If your appointment date is beyond your program start date, then follow the instructions for requesting an Expedited Visa Appointment.
  • First-time Tourist Visa Applicants: In-person appointments for first-time, nonemergency tourist (B-1/B-2) applicants are unavailable for the remainder of this year until further notice to ensure the health and safety of applicants and consular staff alike.   Currently there is no estimate of when these interviews will resume in 2022 at the Embassy.
  • Health, Safety, and Appointments:    Visa appointment availability and visa processing times, even for emergencies, are contingent upon favorable health and safety conditions at the time of the confirmed appointment.  The U.S. Embassy in Lima appreciates in advance your patience with any unexpected delays and scheduling changes that may result from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

We appreciate your continued interest in traveling to the United States, and we hope to see you soon.

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Lima is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for tourism, business, study, medical treatment, work or other temporary travel purposes.

Please visit our Visa Appointment Service website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.

Access

Only non-immigrant visa applicants with a scheduled appointment and those specified below will be admitted into the Embassy.  Applicants should arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment.  You will not be allowed to enter prior to your scheduled appointment.

COVID-19 Information for Embassy visitors:  

All applicants, including children over the age of two, are required to wear face masks at all times.  Applicants who are experiencing flu-like or gastrointestinal symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days prior to their scheduled appointment should stay home for the safety of fellow applicants and our staff. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you may reschedule your appointment by following the instructions on the scheduling site: https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-pe/iv/. You will be given priority as soon as your period of illness is over.

The following people may be allowed to enter with the visa applicant:

  • Parent(s) or guardian(s) accompanying children under 18 years old
  • Interpreters for applicants who do not speak English or Spanish
  • Assistants for the disabled
  • Employers of domestic employee applicants

Security

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

Applicants will not be allowed to enter the Embassy with the following items:

  • Weapons or any element that could be used as a weapon, including knives, metallic files, nail clippers, scissors, etc.
  • Electronic devices (mobile phones, cameras, laptops, tablets, USBs, cables, remote controls, remote access keys or other electronic equipment)
  • Liquids and/or flammable items, including sodas, perfume, lighters, matches, etc.
  • Purses or bags measuring 20 x 15 x 10cm or more (smaller purses are allowed)
  • Packages, bags, backpacks, briefcases, suitcases
  • Drugs, narcotics or any illegal substance, as well as medicines without a prescription

In order to make the process as quick as possible, please avoid wearing the following items:

  • Platform shoes with high heels
  • Metallic belts
  • Clothing with metallic accessories (buttons, buckles, etc.)

Embassy Location
The Embassy of the United States in Peru is located on Avenida La Encalada, block 17 – Monterrico, in Surco.  The Embassy is across the street from the El Polo shopping center.

Hours of Operation
The business hours of the Embassy of the United States are Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excluding Peruvian and American holidays.  However, access to the Consular Section is by appointment only.

Useful Information

  • No parking on Embassy grounds is available.
  • The waiting area is outdoors, so please come prepared during inclement weather.
  • To ensure a quicker process, please check our Security and Access Policy and our COVID-19 health and safety protocols (above).

Emergencies Request for Expedited Nonimmigrant Visa Appointment

Travel for tourism does not qualify for an expedited appointment; however, an expedited appointment may be approved for the following purposes of travel:

Medical Emergency:

  • Urgent medical care in the United States.
  • Urgent medical care in the United States of an immediate family member (spouse, mother, father, brother, sister, or child)
  • Serious medical condition of an immediate family member who requires your presence in the United States.
  • Death or Funeral of an immediate family member in the United States

Study, Work or Exchange Visitor Visa:

  • Urgent travel of student or exchange visitor whose appointment date is after the beginning of classes or exchange program
  • Approved I-797 with immediate start date
  • Important Note: An expedited appointment does not guarantee visa issuance.

If the Consular Officer determines during the visa interview that the reason for which the emergency request was approved is not consistent with the actual purpose of your trip, it may have a negative impact on the outcome of your current or future request(s).  

How to request an expedited appointment

In order to request for emergency appointment, you must first apply for a regular appointment.

  1. Sign in to your account at the Visa Appointment Service.
  2. Select the option “request expedite” at the top of the site’s home page.
  3. Follow the steps indicated and wait for the response sent to the e-mail address used when creating your account.

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.

You may check your case status here, entering the following information:

· Visa Application Type: NONIMMIGRANT VISA (NIV)

· Select a location: PERU, LIMA

· Application ID: The code on your Form DS-160 confirmation page

The Consular Section recommends that individuals apply for visas well in advance of their proposed date of travel, and not make final travel plans or purchase non-refundable tickets until the passport and visa have been received.

To contact a customer service representative for assistance with any of the following, please visit the Visa Appointment Service:

  • Account creation, including name errors
  • MRV fee payment/validation
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Document delivery

To contact the Consular Section for information about any of the following, please write to LimaNIV@state.gov:

  • Lost or stolen passport with a nonimmigrant visa
  • Visa application status *
  • Visa denials

When contacting the Consular Section, please include

  • Your full name.
  • The full name of the applicant and your relationship to him/her, if applicable.

*  Before contacting the Consular Section, applicants should keep in mind that certain visa applications require further administrative processing, which takes additional time after the visa applicant’s interview.  When further administrative processing is required, the timing of a final decision will vary based on the individual circumstances of each case, although most are resolved within 60 days of the visa interview.  U.S. Embassy Lima’s Consular Section recommends that visa applicants apply well in advance of their anticipated travel date and wait until they have received their passport with the U.S. visa before making travel plans or buying non-refundable tickets.

Before sending an email to the Consular Section, we encourage you to carefully read the information provided on this website in order to find a quicker answer to your question.  Emails for which an answer is not provided here are usually answered within 3 to 5 business days.


Applying for a Nonimmigrant Visa

There are different options and procedures to apply for a nonimmigrant visa.  You may find detailed information below.

Procedure

Most applicants who do not meet the requirements of the Visa Renewal Program (see options menu below), must complete the following steps in order to schedule an appointment:

Step 1: Complete the DS-160 online application form and print the confirmation sheet (barcode) for each applicant.

Step 2: Go to the Visa Appointment Service website and create an account (e-mail and password), choose the appropriate visa category, select the DHL branch where you want to pick up your passport and visa after the interview, pay the application fee (MRV fee) and schedule the appointment.

In order to complete this step, you will need the following:

  • Current passport and previous passports (if any)
  • DS-160 form’s barcode for each applicant

Applicants under the age of 18 that do not qualify under the interview waived process (see below menu item), must attend their interview accompanied by at least one parent.

Certain young applicants may be able to apply without a visa interview.  Qualified applicants can complete the online application, pay the fees, and drop-off the required documentation at any of these designated locations. Please note that processing can take up to 10 weeks. If you have urgent travel, please make an appointment through the Visa Appointment Service.

Requirements

  • The applicant is younger than 14 years old.
  • The applicant is a Peruvian citizen or legal permanent resident in Peru.
  • This is either the applicant’s first application or his/her last visa application resulted in an issuance.
  • Both parents have valid U.S. visas or are eligible to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). 

Procedures

Step 1: Complete the DS-160 online application form and print the confirmation sheet (barcode) for each applicant.

 Step 2: Go to the Visa Appointment Service website and create an account on behalf of the child(ren) (e-mail and password), choose the appropriate visa category, select the location where you want to pick up the passport(s) and visa(s), and pay the application fee (MRV fee).

 Step 3: Send only the following documents through any of these locations:

  • Valid passport in good condition.
  • Printed copy of Form DS-160confirmation sheet with legible bar code.
  • 2″ x 2″ (5cm x 5cm) color photograph on a white background.  For more information visit the photo requirements section of Travel.State.gov.
  • Photocopy of front and back of the child’s Documento Nacional de Identidad (DNI) card.  If adopted, original copy of adoption decree.
  • Copies of both parents’ or legal guardian’s valid U.S. visas or a copy of bio info passport page if eligible to travel to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).  The parental information should match the applicant’s birth certificate. 

Important:  The Consular Section reserves the right to retain copies of documentation submitted with your visa application, and to interview any applicant.

Certain senior applicants may be able to apply without a visa interview.  Qualified applicants can complete the online application, pay the fees, and drop-off the required documentation at any of these locations.  Please note that processing can take up to 10 weeks. If you have urgent travel, please make an appointment through the Visa Appointment Service 

Requirements

  • The applicant is 80 years old or older.
  • The applicant is a Peruvian citizen or legal permanent resident in Peru.
  • This is either the applicant’s first application or his/her last visa application resulted in an issuance.
  • The applicant’s last visa application was not reported as lost or stolen, nor was revoked.
  • 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. 

Procedures

Step 1: Complete the DS-160 online application form and print the confirmation sheet (barcode) for each applicant.

Step 2: Go to the Visa Appointment Service website and create an account (e-mail and password), choose the appropriate visa category, select the location where you want to pick up your passport and visa, and pay the application fee (MRV fee). 

Step 3: Send only the following documents through any of these locations:

Important:  The Consular Officers reserve the right to interview any applicant.

Certain applicants, including applicants under 14 years of age or over 80 years of age, may be able to apply to renew their visas without an interview.  Qualified applicants can complete the online application, pay the fees, and drop-off the required documentation at any of these locations. Please note that processing can take up to 10 weeks. If you have urgent travel, please make an appointment by contacting the Visa Appointment Service.

Requirements

To qualify, all of the following must be true:

  • Your passport has a minimum of six (6) months validity.
  • Your visa is current or expired less than 48 months ago.
  • The visa you wish to renew falls into one of the following categories: B1, B2, B1/B2, C1/D, F1, F2, H2A, J1, J2, M1,or M2.
    • For B1, B2 and B1/B2 visas:  The visa you wish to renew must be a multiple-entry visitor visa that was issued for 5 or 10 years.
    • For F, J and M visas:  You must be returning to work for the same employer/company.  Please submit a letter of employment with your passport.
    • For F, J and M visas:  You must be continuing participation in the same program even if at a different institution; or attend the same institution even if in a different program.  Your application should have the same Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) number from the previously issued visa.  Please submit the I-20 or DS-2019 with your passport.
    • For H2A visas:  In order to renew an H2A visa without an interview, you must have been issued at least two prior H2A visas.  Also, please send a copy of your written job contract in your native language, along with a valid and approved I-129 petition.
  • Your last application resulted in an issuance.
  • You are a Peruvian citizen or legal resident currently residing in Peru.
  • The visa you wish to renew was not reported as lost or stolen, and was not revoked.
  • 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. 

Note: If your fingerprints were not taken at U.S. Embassy Lima for your prior visa, you will be required to schedule an appointment.

Procedures

Step 1: Complete the DS-160 online application form and print the barcoded confirmation sheet.

Step 2: Go to the Visa Appointment Service website and create an account (e-mail and password), choose the appropriate visa category, select the location where you want to pick up your passport and visa, and pay the application fee (MRV fee).

Step 3: Drop off your passport, a photo, and any required documentation at any of these locations. 

Important: The Consular Section reserves the right to interview any applicant.

H-2A Temporary Agricultural Worker visa applicants are not subject to the recent emergency Presidential Proclamations.  Applicants who have received at least one prior H-2A visa within the last 48 months may be eligible for renewal without an interview.  First-time applicants will require an interview.  Processing times and interview availability remain extremely limited as the Embassy implements measures to ensure the safety of visa applicants and consular staff.  However, H-2A applicants will receive expedited appointment dates as early as conditions and availability permit.

For detailed information on H-2A visa processing, visit the H-2A Visas: Temporary Agricultural Workers page.

Visit our B-1 Visas for Domestic Employees page for detailed information.

Groups are considered 8 or more non-related individuals traveling together on the same itinerary for the specific purpose of participating in a particular event.  Groups can be attending sporting events, educational events, cultural events, religious events, workshops, conferences, etc.

Process

Groups must request special group appointments.  If you think your group might qualify, the group coordinator or representative must email LimaGroupsNIV@state.gov as soon as they have all of the required documents.  Your request must include:

  1. An invitation letter from the sponsoring party in the US that includes:
    • Purpose and date of travel
    • City (cities) in the US to be visited
    • Point of contact in the U.S. and contact information
  2. A list of all visa applicants including complete names, date of birth, passport number and visa classes that they will be applying for.
  3. Approved I-797 and information of the petitioner (full name, birth date, address, phone number, and address) for petition-based visas (if applicable).

Group representatives will be notified via email with further information if the group request is approved.  Once approved, the group representative must then schedule an appointment as soon as possible.  Please apply early.  Click here for visa delivery information.

If you do not meet the above criteria for a group appointment, you can apply through the normal Non-Immigrant Visa process at: https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-pe/niv/signup/niv

For technical assistance with the group website, MRV fee payments, or your login information (email and password) please email: Group_Processing_PER@visaops.net.

If your passport with a U.S. visa (valid or expired) is stolen or lost, even if you have no immediate travel plans, please report the theft immediately to the Embassy via email to LimaNIV@state.gov.

Please include the following information, as well as the words “Lost” or “Stolen” in the subject line:

  • Full name (as it appears on your stolen or lost passport)
  • Date of the robbery or date in which you believe your passport with the visa was lostPassport number of your lost or stolen passport (if available)
  • Number of the lost or stolen passport (if you have it)
  • DNI or Carné de Extranjería number
  • Phone number
  • Police report

A visa cannot be transferred to a new passport.  To apply for a new visa, please follow the regular visa application process.  If you need to travel to the United States for a medical emergency/treatment, business or study purposes, you will find how to request an expedited appointment on the same Nonimmigrant Visas page.

Please note that once a passport with a U.S. nonimmigrant visa is reported as lost or stolen to the Embassy, the visa is electronically cancelled.  This means that, even if it is later found, the visa may not be used to travel to the United States.

Due to safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please contact the Visa Unit at LIMANIV@state.gov to schedule an appointment for applicants for diplomatic, official, and protocol tourist visas.

COVID-19 Information for Embassy visitors: 

All applicants, including children over the age of two, are required to wear face masks at all times.  Applicants who are experiencing flu-like or gastrointestinal symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days prior to their scheduled appointment should stay home for the safety of fellow applicants and our staff. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you may reschedule your appointment by following the instructions on the scheduling site: https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-pe/niv/. You will be given priority as soon as your period of illness is over.

Rather than scheduling an appointment, applicants for diplomatic, official and protocol tourist visas are asked to come to the Protocol Window or send their documents with someone else.

Application Process

Step 1:  Complete the DS-160 online application form and print the confirmation sheet (barcode) for each applicant, and gather the following documentation:

  • A Protocol or Diplomatic Note from the sending country’s Ministry of Foreign Relations, International Organization or Directorate of Privileges and Immunities of the Ministry of Foreign Relations, as applicable (see below), requesting the issuance of a visa, and including the following information:
    • name and date of birth
    • position and title
    • place of assignment or visit
    • purpose of travel
    • brief description of duties
    • travel date
    • anticipated length of stay or tour of duty in the United States; and
    • names, relationships, and dates of birth of any dependents and other members of household who will be accompanying or joining the principal
  • A 2 x 2 inch photograph, in case the photo did not upload correctly or does not meet the photograph requirements.
  • A valid passport.

Step 2: Email LimaNIV@state.gov to schedule an appointment to bring the required documentation to the Protocol Window in the Consular Section (or send it with someone else on the applicant’s behalf).  Currently, appointments are on Thursdays at 11:00 a.m., except on American and Peruvian Holidays.

Additional Information

Payment

  • Most diplomatic passport holders are exempt from paying any type of visa fees.
  • Official passport holders are exempt from paying visa fees for official visas, but are required to pay for visa application and reciprocal issuance fees, if applicable, for any non-official visa.
  • Diplomatic/official passport holders applying for a tourist visa on their regular passports are required to pay for visa application and reciprocal issuance fees, if applicable, and personally attend a visa interview.  Their dependents under 14 years old are not required to come.

Who should send the Diplomatic Note?

  • Ministry of Foreign Relations, for A1/A2/G1/G2 visas
  • International Organization, for G4 visas
  • Directorate of Privileges and Immunities of the Ministry of Foreign Relations or Foreign Diplomatic Mission (Embassy) in Peru, for B1/B2 & C3 visas

More information on protocol visa categories

Other visa categories

  • Applicants within the following categories may request a B1/B2 (tourist visa) with a Protocol Note from the Directorate of Privileges and Immunities of the Ministry of Foreign Relations or with a Diplomatic Note from a Foreign Diplomatic Mission (Embassy) in Peru:
    • Ministers of State of the government of Peru;
    • Members of the Peruvian Congress;
    • Active judges of the Peruvian Supreme Court;
    • Active members of the Peruvian diplomatic service;
    • Diplomatic or Official active members of a foreign Diplomatic mission in Peru; and,
    • The legally married or same-sex spouse, and unmarried children under 21 (or children under the age of 23 and in full-time attendance as students at post-secondary educational institutions or with a physical or mental disability) of individuals in the above categories, bearing the same type of passport as the principal applicant. Any other family members, including parents, siblings, divorced spouses, and adult children, must apply for a visa though the regular appointment process.
  • Applicants for visa categories other than tourist and official – including students or those seeking temporary work – must apply for a visa through the regular appointment process.