For nonimmigrant visa applicants (updated February 26, 2021):
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.
The Embassy continues to process applications for the following visa categories:
- Renewal of B1/B2, C1, C1/D, or F1 visas (via Cargo Expreso)
- Diplomatic and official visas
- H-2 Temporary Employment visas for applicants eligible for a waiver of the interview requirement (via Cargo Expreso)
- Medical professionals applying for J-1, H-1B, or O-1 visas to engage in employment or research in the United States
- Air and sea crew members (in-person applications and renewals via Cargo Expreso)
- Medical emergencies
- Student visas (limited in person interviews and renewals for F1, via Cargo Expreso)
- Support to U.S. economic interests: If the purpose of your travel is business related, you may qualify for an emergency appointment if you demonstrate that your travel is time-sensitive and is significant to U.S. economic interests.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For immigrant visa applicants:
All routine visa appointments at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala are suspended until further notice.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org