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Uniting for Ukraine (U4U)

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.


Non-Immigrant Visas 

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.

For more information click here.


Immigrant Visas 

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. 

Important Notice about Immigrant Visas

Visit this link for more information about immigrant visa operations at the Consulate in Ciudad Juarez.

Our Locations
The U.S. Mission to Mexico comprises the Embassy in Mexico City, nine consulates and nine consular agencies.

U.S. Embassy Mexico City

U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez

U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara

U.S. Consulate General in Hermosillo

U.S. Consulate General in Matamoros

U.S. Consulate General in Merida

U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey

U.S. Consulate General in Nogales

U.S. Consulate General in Nuevo Laredo

U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana

What is a Visa?

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.

Do You Already Know What Type of Visa You Need?

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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