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The United States Department of Homeland Security website supporting Uniting for Ukraine (U4U) is now live at https://www.dhs.gov/ukraine.
This site will be the best source for up-to-date information about U4U, a sponsorship-based program enabling Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s invasion of their country to temporarily remain in the United States for up to two years while living conditions in Ukraine are such that they cannot safely return to their homes. Uniting for Ukraine provides a safe and orderly process for Ukrainians currently in Europe who have ties to the United States to temporarily travel, work, and stay in the United States.
The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico are currently processing nonimmigrant visas. Applicants should expect a longer-than-normal wait time for this service and plan accordingly. For more information about wait times, visit this link. Applicants applying in the same visa class and whose previous visa expired within the last 48 months may be eligible for interview waiver. Applicants may schedule a renewal appointment here.
The U.S. Department of State has extended the validity of visa payments (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2023, 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 paid fee.
Expedited/Emergency Appointments: If applicants have an urgent need for travel, they may request an emergency appointment by following the guidance found here.
Non-Resident Applicants: Routine appointments for applicants not ordinarily resident in Mexico are not available at this time. Any applicant currently residing in the United States who seeks to extend their legal stay should contact U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services here. Additional information can be found here.
Applicants entering the Embassy or Consulates must wear a face mask at all times and follow social distancing protocols. Any applicant with symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, or fever must reschedule their interview by following the instructions here or by contacting us here.
For questions about specific visa cases in progress, please contact us here.
Travel to the United States
Non-U.S. travelers entering the United States are no longer required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and do not need to provide proof of vaccination. This applies to noncitizen nonimmigrant travelers who enter the United States via air, land ports, and ferry terminals.
Important notice: Visa fee increase
The application fee for visitor and certain other non-immigrant visa categories will increase from $160 to $185, effective June 17, 2023. Similarly, the application fee for certain petition-based nonimmigrant visas for temporary workers (H, L, O, P, Q, and R categories) will increase from $190 to $205. The fee for a treaty trader, treaty investor, and treaty applicants in a specialty occupation (E category) will increase from $205 to $315. Applicants who paid for their visa application before June 17, 2023 will not be charged any additional fees.
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The U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez has resumed routine immigrant visa operations, scheduling thousands of socially distanced interviews each week in ALL immigrant visa categories. For more information or instructions on requesting an emergency appointment, please visit the Immigrant Visa Navigator
K-1 Fiancé(e) Visas: K-1 applicants with cases at the National Visa Center (NVC) are being scheduled for appointments at the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez in the order the cases were documentarily completed.
Visit this link for more information about immigrant visa operations at the Consulate in Ciudad Juarez.
U.S. citizens may sponsor their spouses, minor children, adult sons and daughters, parents, and siblings. U.S. lawful permanent residents may sponsor their spouses, minor children, and adult sons and daughters.
The K-1 visa permits a foreign-citizen fiancé(e) to travel to the United States and marry his or her U.S. citizen sponsor within 90 days of arrival.
Complete information on applying for an immigrant visa, including employment-based immigration and diversity visas
A U.S. lawful permanent resident (LPR) who has remained outside the United States for longer than one year (sometimes shorter for conditional residents) or beyond the validity period of a Re-entry Permit must qualify for and obtain a new immigrant visa to re-enter the United States and resume permanent residence.
Applicants for immigrant and K visas may check the status of their visa cases online.
Need assistance with an immigrant visa at the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juárez? Our navigator will guide you to information that you need, and help you ask us for assistance as well.
Detailed instructions for diplomats and government officials (A visas) and personal employees.
Temporary Agricultural (H-2A) and Temporary Nonagricultural (H-2B) visas are available for applicants to work in agriculture, construction, forestry, and many other kinds of industries. Visit this link for information about the H-2 visa.
Treaty Investor (E-2) visas are available for citizens of countries with which the United States maintains treaties of commerce and navigation, including Mexico, who work for companies that trade or invest in the United States. Visit this link for detailed instructions for applying for the E-2 investor visa in Mexico.
Treaty Trader (E-1) visas are available for citizens of countries with which the United States maintains treaties of commerce and navigation, including Mexico, who work for companies that trade or invest in the United States. Visit this link for detailed instructions for applying for the E-1 investor visa in Mexico.
B-1 visitor visas to work in the United States as a personal or domestic employee for an employer are available in limited situations.
Visit this link to contact the Embassy or Consulate where you applied for your non-immigrant visa.
If you have questions regarding an immigrant visa case, please visit the Immigrant Visa Navigator.
Visit this link to submit a legal inquiry regarding an immigrant visa case to U.S. Consulate General Ciudad Juarez.
Visit this link to report a lost or stolen U.S. visa.
The pamphlet linked below informs you of your rights as a nonimmigrant visa holder in certain employment- and education-based categories.
The pamphlet informs applicants applying for K-1 visas, K-3, IR-1/CR-1 immigrant visas, and F2A immigrant visas of their legal rights relating to domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.
A Third Country National is a citizen of a country other than Mexico who applies for a non-immigrant visa with their non-Mexican passport.
If your Green Card has been lost, stolen, or destroyed, you may be able to obtain a “Boarding Foil” to facilitate your return to the United States.
Security notice for when visiting the Embassy or Consulates.
Visit this link to view the DS-5535 form if the Visa Section requested additional information in order to complete your visa application.
A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.
Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.
Note: U.S. citizens do not need a U.S. visa for travel but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit.
For nonimmigrant visas, you can go directly to the online application for the DS-160; or for immigrant visas, directly to the USCIS site for the relevant forms. If you are unsure, please use the Visa Wizard below to help you determine your visa type.
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