Changes in Visa Services due to COVID-19

For nonimmigrant visa applicants (updated February 26, 2021):

Overview

Due to the ongoing pandemic and for the safety of our customers and staff, 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.

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 September 30, 2022, 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.

For applicants who have yet to pay their application fee and will require a routine visa interview, your wait for an appointment may well be one year into the future. As well, applicants using our interview waiver program will also see substantial wait times to schedule their drop off appointment at a Cargo Expreso location. You may not be able to submit your application for four months or more from the date you pay your fee. As these timelines are apt to change, please continue to check back at this website for updates.

As always, 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.

Specifics

The Embassy continues to process applications for the following visa categories:

Interview Waiver – Renewals of B1/B2, C1/D, F-1 Visas

The United States Embassy is now accepting specific visa renewal applications through Cargo Expreso under the Interview Waiver mechanism for Guatemalan citizens or residents.  This process uses an appointment system whereby applicants pick a day to drop off their applications at a Cargo Expreso location of their choice (click  here for more details). Once submitted, applicants should expect a longer-than-normal wait time for this service (at least four weeks) and plan accordingly.  Individuals applying for renewal of their B1/B2 (tourism or business visitor) visa must be at least 30 years old; B1/B2 applicants aged 80 years or more may use the Interview Waiver mechanism even if they have never applied before.  Applicants of any age can use the program to apply to renew their F-1 (student) or C1/D visas (crew).  For further details, please visit  Apply for a U.S. Visa | Apply for a Visa – Guatemala (English) (ustraveldocs.com). 

Interview Waiver – H2 Visa Program

The H-2 program is essential to the economy and food security of the United States and is a national security priority. Therefore, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala will continue processing H-2 cases as much as possible, as permitted by post resources and local government restrictions. When possible, consular officers may waive the visa interview requirement for first-time and returning H-2 applicants who have no apparent ineligibility or potential ineligibility. Please note that applicants whose most recent visa application resulted in a denial are not eligible for a waiver of the interview requirement and thus cannot be processed at this time.

Until complete resumption of routine visa services, applicants who appear to be subject to entry restrictions under Presidential Proclamation 10052 or 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.

New Student Visas (F, M, J)

The U.S. Embassy is currently offering limited appointments for students seeking M, F or J visas with an approved I-20 or DS-2019 form. Appointments are currently available for Guatemalan citizens or legal residents of Guatemala.  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 http://cdn.ustraveldocs.com/gt/gt-niv-typefandm.asp for more information.

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: 

The U.S. Embassy is currently processing immigrant visa cases as efficiently as possible following State Department and local health and safety guidelines. The safety of our applicants and staff remains our top priority. We ask for your continued patience as we work as quickly as possible under the present extraordinary conditions to resolve our existing backlog of cases. For an explanation of how cases are being prioritized, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/immigrant-visa-prioritization.html

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. For further information, email GuatemalaIV@state.gov.

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.

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