Nonimmigrant Visas

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.

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.

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:

Business:

  • Unforeseen, urgent business travel

Medical Emergency:

  • Urgent medical care in the U.S.
  • Urgent medical care in the U.S. 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 U.S.
  • Funeral of an immediate family member

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

ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) Denials:

  • ESTA denial with immediate travel plans

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

Certain young applicants may be able to apply without a visa interview.  Qualified applicants can drop-off the required documentation at any of these DHL locations.

Requirements

  • The applicant is 13 years old or younger.
  • The applicant is an Peruvian citizen or holds a valid permanent residency card of Peru (DNI or Carné de extranjería).
  • The applicant’s last visa application was not refused.
  • Both parents have valid U.S. visas or are eligible to travel to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).
  • The applicant answered ‘NO’ to all of the ‘Medical and Health’, ‘Criminal’, ‘Security’ or ‘Immigration Law Violation’ questions on the DS-160 Visa application form.

Procedure

Applicants who meet the requirements listed above can drop off/mail in their documents by following the steps below:

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 Center website and create an account on behalf of the child(ren) (e-mail and password), choose the appropriate visa category, select the DHL branch where you want to pick up the passport(s) and visa(s), and pay the application fee (MRV fee).

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

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

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

  • Valid passport in good condition.
  • Printed copy of Form DS-160 confirmation sheet with legible bar code.  Do not print the entire application; you need only to send the confirmation page
  • 2″ x 2″ (5cm x 5cm) color photograph.  The photo should be taken against a white background.  The face must occupy 50% of the photograph with the subject directly facing the camera.  Do not submit photos that were taken more than six months ago or that have been retouched (digitally altered).  For more information visit the photo requirements section of Travel.State.gov.
  • Receipt of payment of the visa application processing fee.
  • Original or certified copy of child’s birth certificate or adoption decree, if adopted.
  • Copies of both parents’ 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) or legal guardian’s valid U.S. visa.  The parental information submitted should be in the same name as the parental name that appears on the applicant’s birth certificate.  Do not submit parents’ actual passports with visas.

Important

  • Please verify that you are submitting all the required documentation.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • The Consular Section reserves the right to retain copies of documentation submitted with your visa application.
  • The interviewing Consular Officer reserves the right to request an interview or to request that those exempted from the fingerprint requirement be fingerprinted in order to complete the interview process.
  • Passports with approved visas will be returned via DHL courier service to the DHL location chosen by the applicant when creating the account.
  • DHL can only hold your visaed passport for 30 days.  After that time, the passport will be returned to the Embassy.  Any passports left at the Embassy after 30 days will be considered abandoned and returned to Migraciones with the visa cancelled.

Certain elderly applicants may be able to apply without a visa interview.  Qualified applicants can drop-off the required documentation at any of these DHL locations.

Requirements

  • The applicant is 80 years old or older.
  • The applicant is an Peruvian citizen or holds a valid permanent residency card of Peru (DNI or Carné de extranjería).
  • The applicant’s last visa application was not refused.
  • The applicant answered ‘no’ to all of the ‘Medical and Health’, ‘Criminal’, ‘Security’ or ‘Immigration Law Violation’ questions on the DS-160 Visa application form.

Procedure

Applicants who meet the requirements listed above can drop off/mail in their documents by following the steps below:

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, and pay the application fee (MRV fee).

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

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

  • Valid passport in good condition.
  • Printed copy of Form DS-160 confirmation sheet with legible bar code.  Do not print the entire application; you need only to send the confirmation page.
  • 2″ x 2″ (5cm x 5cm) color photograph.  The color photo should be taken against a white background.  The face must occupy 50% of the photograph with the subject directly facing the camera.  Do not submit photos that were taken more than six months ago or that have been retouched (digitally altered).  For more information visit the photo requirements section of Travel.State.gov.
  • Receipt of payment of the visa application processing fee.

Important

  • Please verify that you are submitting all the required documentation.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • The interviewing Consular Officer reserves the right to request an interview or to request that those exempted from the fingerprint requirement be fingerprinted in order to complete the interview process.
  • Approved visas will be returned via DHL courier service to the DHL location chosen by the applicant when creating the account.
  • DHL can only hold your visaed passport for 30 days.  After that time, the passport will be returned to the Embassy.  Any passports left at the Embassy after 30 days will be considered abandoned and returned to Migraciones with the visa cancelled.

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.

Please note that previously holding a valid visa does not 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, a regular visa appointment will be scheduled for a later date on his/her behalf.

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.

Applicants 13 years old or younger, or 80 years old or older, may send their documentation via DHL.  See menu items above.

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 12 months ago.

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.

Procedure

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 to have your fingerprints taken.

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

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 Group_Processing_PER@visaops.netas 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 Extranjeríanumber
  • 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.

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:  Come to the Protocol Window in the Consular Section (or send the required documentation with someone else, on the applicant’s behalf), open Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., except during American and Peruvian Holidays.

Additional Information

Payment

  • 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.