Nonimmigrant Visa FAQs

  1.  If you are a  Mexican citizen who will be:
  • Traveling to the U.S. by air or sea, or
  • Entering at a land border with the states of Texas, New Mexico, or California with the intention of traveling beyond the 25 mile “border zone”, or
  • Entering at a the land border with the state of Arizona with the intention of traveling beyond the 70 mile Arizona “border zone”, or
  • Entering at a land border with the intention of staying in the U.S. for more than 72 hours, even if you plan to stay within the border zone,

You must bring the following documents:

  • A visa or a Border Crossing Card that is valid on the date that you will enter the U.S.  The visa or Border Crossing Card is necessary only for entry into the U.S. and does not have to be valid after the date on which you enter.
  • A passport that is valid until the date on which you intend to depart the U.S.  U.S. immigration authorities will not authorize a period of stay that is longer than the validity of your passport.
  1. If you are a Mexican Citizen who will be:
  • Entering at a land border with the states of Texas, New Mexico, or California and plan to remain within the 25 mile “border zone” for less than 72 hours, or
  • Entering at a the land border with the state of Arizona and you plan to remain within the 70 mile Arizona border zone for less than 72 hours

You must present the following documents:

  • A Border Crossing Card that is valid on the date that you enter the U.S.   A passport is not necessary if your travel meets the criteria described immediately above.- OR –
  • A visa that is valid on the date that you will enter the U.S.  The visa is necessary only for entry into the U.S. and does not have to be valid after the date on which you enter, AND
  • A passport that is valid until the date on which you intend to depart the U.S.  U.S. immigration authorities will not authorize a period of stay that is longer than the validity of your passport.

No. The Embassy issues Border Crossing Cards which function as B1/B2 visas for Mexican citizens. These do not require you to leave your passport at the Embassy after your interview. You will be able to pick up your Border Crossing Card at DHL about 2-3 weeks after your visa interview. If you need to travel sooner than that, you can request to have the visa printed in your passport, and can receive it in about 4-6 days at DHL. In that case, you will have to leave your passport at the Embassy.

If the passport expires before the visa, you must travel with two passports (your current passport and the expired passport with the valid visa inside).

“Indefinite” visas are no longer valid. Visas that are not “indefinite” have an expiration date clearly marked on the visa. After that date, the visa is no longer valid and a new application should be made.

You must report the stolen visa to us.  If you would like to apply for a new visa, please fill in the lost & stolen form 

Yes, you can apply for the new visa before your previous visa expires. Please note that the previous visa will be cancelled or taken up as part of the process of issuing a new visa.

All applicants will be photographed at the time of the interview.  Please do not wear earrings, hats, glasses or head coverings for the photo.  Only minors under the age of 7 that aren’t present at the interview need to attach a photo to the DS-160 form.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has implemented the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).  ESTA is a fully automated, electronic system for screening passengers before they begin travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program. Check more information about the ESTA program.

  • A letter from a doctor in the U.S. authorizing treatment and specifying all costs of the medical care.
  • Proof of financial solvency to pay for all medical care.

No. American citizens by law cannot be issued visas. If you believe that your child is an American, please click on the following to go to the webpage of the U.S. passports at the embassy.

Individual applicants must qualify for the visa based on their own qualifications. Unless a citizen or resident of the United States is supporting a petition-based work visa application, or an immigrant visa petition, we recommend that you do not try and assist.

If you left the United States with your Form I-94 still in your possession, your departure was not recorded properly. If you do not correct this record or if you cannot reasonably prove that you departed in a timely way when you next apply for admission to the United States, CBP may conclude you remained in the United States beyond your authorized stay. If this happens, you may be returned immediately to your foreign point of origin.

If you failed to turn in your I-94, please send it – along with any documentation that proves you left the U.S. to:

Coleman Data Solutions
Box 7965
Akron,OH 44306
Attn: NIDPS (1-94)
(U.S.Postal Service)

or

Coleman Data Solutions
3043 Sanitarium Road,
Suite 2
Akron, OH 44312
Attn: NIDPS (1-94)
(FedEx or UPS)

Coleman Data Solutions
Box 7965
Akron,OH 44306
Attn: NIDPS (1-94)
(U.S.Postal Service)

 or

Coleman Data Solutions
3043 Sanitarium Road,
Suite 2
Akron, OH 44312
Attn: NIDPS (1-94)
 (FedEx or UPS)

Documentation to prove your departure can include the boarding pass from your flight. If you exited the country by a land border it is much harder to verify that you did- in fact – leave the country on the date you claim. If you have any documentation of your arrival in your home country (i.e. passport stamp), then you should send a copy of that. If the above office does not have any supporting documents to substantiate your claim to have left the U.S. on a certain date, there is no guarantee that you will be entered into the record as having done so. We strongly urge you to keep a copy of what you send to ACS Inc. and to carry it with you the next time you come to the U.S. in case the CBP officer has any questions about your eligibility to enter.

For more information please visit the CBP website.