Changes in Visa Services due to COVID-19

For non-immigrant visa applicants:

Update on student visas

Beginning on August 11, 2020, the consular section of the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala will offer limited appointments for students seeking M, F or J visas with an approved I-20 or DS-2019 form.  In regards to J visas, we will only accept student visa applications at this time. 

Applicants should visit https://www.ustraveldocs.com/gt/gt-niv-typefandm.asp to schedule an appointment. 

Interviews for all other visa categories, including B1/B2, remain suspended.  Applicants of any visa category with an urgent need to travel can request an emergency appointment: 

https://ustraveldocs.com/gt_es/gt-niv-expeditedappointment.asp 

In order to protect the health and safety of our personnel and the public, we will institute strict social distancing practices in our facilities. All applicants must wear masks. Any applicant with symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, or fever should contact to support-guatemala@ustraveldocs.com to reschedule their interview.  

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/ 

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:

  • Due to resource constraints, we would like to inform you that the processing time for H-2A visas at Embassy Guatemala is currently two weeks from the time that the documents are dropped off at Cargo Expreso.

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.