Changes in Visa Services due to COVID-19

For non-immigrant visa applicants:  

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. The MRV 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. 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. 

Applicants for H1B, H2B, H4, L and certain J categories covered by Presidential Proclamation 10052 should request an appointment only if you have reason to believe you may qualify for one of the exceptions listed in the Proclamation here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-aliens-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-following-coronavirus-outbreak/.

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 on an emergency basis only:

  • IR1/CR1 (Spouse of a U.S. Citizen)
  • IR2/CR2 (Child of a U.S. Citizen)
  • K1/K2 (Fiancé of a U.S. Citizen/Child of Fiancé)

RESCHEDULE APPOINTMENTS:

If your scheduled appointment was cancelled due to COVID-19, please wait until after December 31, 2020 to request another appointment.

If your case involves an emergency, your case may be expedited. To request a review for expedite, please send an email to: guatemalaiv@state.gov with a scanned letter or statement explaining your emergency circumstances. Please attach evidence to support your claim.

The “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens who present a risk to the U.S. Labor Market following the Coronavirus Outbreak” was issued by President Trump on June 22, 2020.

This restriction follows Presidential Proclamation 10014 of April 22, 2020 and extends the suspension of entry for certain immigrants through December 31, 2020.

This proclamation shall expire on December 31, 2020 and may be continued a necessary.

If you already had an interview and were requested to submit additional documents, and your visa category is one of the following: IR1, IR2, CR1, CR2, K1, K2 you may send them through Cargo Expreso at no additional cost.

If your visa category is any of the following: IR5, F1, FX, F2A, F2B, F3 or F4 you will need to wait until after December 31, 2020 to submit the requested documents due to the Presidential Proclamation issued on June 22, 2020.

Reminder concerning the validity of documents:

* Medical Report: 6 months (or 3 months in some cases)

* Birth Certificate issued by Renap: 1 year

* Police Certificate issued by the Public Ministry (MP): 1 year

The “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens who present a risk to the U.S. Labor Market following the Coronavirus Outbreak” was issued by President Trump on June 22, 2020.

This restriction follows Presidential Proclamation 10014 of April 22, 2020 and extends the suspension of entry for certain immigrants through December 31, 2020.

This proclamation shall expire on December 31, 2020 and may be continued as necessary.

APPROVED WAIVERS

If your waiver has been approved, you do not need an interview, and your visa category is IR1, IR2, CR1, CR2, K1, K2 we will contact you with new instructions and renewal of documents.

REPLACEMENT OF VISAS

We understand there are difficult situations due to Covid-19. If your visa has not expired, we encourage you to travel as soon as possible to avoid further expenses when replacing your visa. If your visa was issued prior to April 22, 2020 and you were unable to travel to the US due to restrictions imposed by the Government of Guatemala, we can print a replacement of your visa. Please follow the instructions below:

INSTRUCTIONS:

Contact the Immigrant Visa Unit at guatemalaiv@state.gov to schedule an appointment. Please write in the subject line “Replacement of Expired Visa” and in the body of your message include your full name, case number, and your visa expiration date. We will reply to you with further instructions. You will have to pay the visa fee of $325 again. This payment is done at the Consulate the day of your appointment. We accept cash, Dollars and Quetzales, and international credit cards.

You will need a new medical report. You need to contact the panel physician approved by the US Embassy who performed your last medical examination to schedule an appointment for your new medical report.

BOARDING VISAS

The US Embassy in Guatemala is also processing boarding visas I-131A for those legal permanent residents whose card was lost, stolen or destroyed, and who have been outside of the United States for less than 365 days.

Please send an email to: guatemalaiv@state.gov to request instructions. In the SUBJECT line, put “I-131A, Appointment Request”.

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