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The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico have resumed limited processing of nonimmigrant visas. Applicants should expect a longer-than-normal wait time for this service and plan accordingly. 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.
December 16, 2021
|Interview Waiver |
|Student Visas |
(F, M, J)
|Work Visas |
(H1B, L, TN)
|E1 and E2||H2|
|Ciudad Juarez||Yes||Limited||Yes||Yes||E2 only||No|
|Mexico City||Yes||Limited||Yes||Yes||E2 only||No|
* Please note that all services listed above are very limited in availability, and applicants may experience significant delays for visa appointments. For more information about wait times, visit this link.
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.
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 follow the guidance here.
K-1 Fiancé(e) Visas: K-1 applicants with cases at NVC are being scheduled for appointments at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City in the order the cases were documentarily completed. Those applicants should contact NVC with any questions.
Visit this link for more information about immigrant visa operations at the Consulate in Ciudad Juarez.
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.
Visit this link to contact the U.S. Consulate General Ciudad Juarez regarding an immigrant visa case.
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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