Changes in Visa Services due to COVID-19

For non-immigrant visa applicants (updated October 21, 2020):

Update on H-2B Visas

Beginning on August 19, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala will begin processing H-2B visa applications through its H-2 Interview Waiver mechanism, pursuant to Section 222(h)(1)(C)(ii) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.  

Until complete resumption of routine visa services, applicants who appear to be subject to entry restrictions under Presidential Proclamation 10014, Presidential Proclamation 10052, and/or regional-focused Presidential Proclamations related to COVID-19 (P.P. 9984, 9992, 9993, 9996, and/ or 10041) might not be processed unless the applicant also appears to be eligible for a national interest exception or other exception. For more information, please visit ustraveldocs.com/gt . Final determination regarding visa eligibility will be made at the time of visa processing.

Update on student visas

Beginning on August, 11, 2020, the consular section of the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala will begin to offer limited appointments for students seeking M, F or J visas with an approved I-20 or DS-2019 form. Appointments for student visas are on a limited basis.  Student visa applicants should bring their latest I-20 or DS-2019 form issued by their university to their visa interview in addition to meeting the additional requirements to qualify for a student visa. Please visit ustraveldocs.com/gt for more information. 

Overview

Due to health concerns, the United States Embassy in Guatemala City remains unable to resume routine nonimmigrant visa services at this time. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date. 

If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at http://cdn.ustraveldocs.com/gt/gt-niv-expeditedappointment.asp to request an emergency appointment. 

The U.S. Mission to Guatemala understands that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment.  We are working diligently to restore all routine visa operations as quickly and safely as possible.  In the meantime, rest assured that the U.S. Mission will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until December 31, 2021, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee.  Please continue to monitor www.ustraveldocs.com/gt  for information on when we will return to routine visa operations.

Specifics

As of Thursday, July 16, the United States Embassy in Guatemala is cancelling all routine nonimmigrant visa appointments.  Beginning July 16, the Embassy will also temporarily suspend B1/B2 visa renewals via Cargo Expreso (Interview Waiver).  We will resume these types of routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date.

Applicants whose scheduled appointment has been cancelled will receive an email notification to the email address they provided when they created their visa appointment.  If you used the services of a travel agency or other facilitator to make your appointment, you may want to consult with that service provider for notifications regarding your appointment.  If you have already paid a non-immigrant visa application fee, this fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment.  The application fee is non-transferable.   

The Embassy continues to process applications for the following categories of visas:

For more information please visit www.ustraveldocs.com/gt  or contact our call center at 2376-1978 (from Guatemala) or (703) 745-5477 (from the United States)You can also email your inquiries to support-guatemala@ustraveldocs.com.

For immigrant visa applicants:  

All routine visa appointments at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala are suspended until further notice.  However, the Embassy continues to process the following categories of family-based immigrant visas: 

  • IR1/CR1 (Spouse of a U.S. Citizen) 
  • IR2/CR2 (Child of a U.S. Citizen)
  • K1 (Fiancée visas)

If your case involves an emergency situation, then the processing of your case may be expedited. To request an expedited appointment, please email a scanned letter or statement and proof of the emergency circumstances, where applicable, to GuatemalaIV@state.gov.

The Embassy also continues to process I-131A (Application for Travel Document), for those permanent legal residents whose card was lost, stolen, or destroyed. 

If your appointment has been rescheduled or cancelled and you have already paid an immigrant visa application fee, this fee is valid for one year after the first interview.

If your immigrant visa has expired, please follow the instructions below:

  • Contact the Immigrant Visa Unit at guatemalaiv@state.gov to schedule an appointment.  Please write “Replacement of Expired Visa” in the subject line and include your full name, case number, and your visa expiration date in the body of your email.   We will reply to you with further instructions.
  • You will need to pay the visa fee of $325 again.  This payment is done at the Embassy inside the consulate on the day of your appointment. 
  •  Cash and international credit cards are accepted. You will need to obtain a new medical report.  You may contact the same panel physician who performed your last medical examination and schedule an appointment for your new medical report.

For more information please visit www.ustraveldocs.com/gt  or contact our call center at 2376-1978 (if calling from Guatemala) or (703) 745-5477 (if calling from the U.S.) You can also email your inquiries to support-guatemala@ustraveldocs.com.