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How to Apply for a Visa

In order to minimize any potential inconvenience, applicants are strongly encouraged to renew their visas several months before expiration. All applicants should apply at least three months before their intended travel.

Apply for a visa to visit the United States through the following steps:

STEP 1: Select your visa type. Many people visit the U.S. for business or pleasure on B1/B2 visas but there are many different types of visas for study, exchange programs, employment, and investment in the U.S.  Please review our Visa Categories page for more information.  We suggest that all applicants apply well in advance of planned travel to ensure there is enough time for visa processing.

STEP 2: Complete the DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Application form. This form is available online in English with Spanish translation Print out the “Confirmation Page” with a barcode after filling out the application. See our TIPS for the DS-160 if you need additional help.

STEP 3: Pay the non-refundable application fee and schedule your your ASC and interview appointments through the CSC Visa Information Service. You will also choose your passport pick-up location through this site. Save this information for Step 4 and 5.

***Please note that Persons whose previous visa was issued after Jan 1, 2008 or are under the age of 14 or over the age of 80 may qualify for our Personal Appearance Waiver program and may not need to appear at the Embassy or the ASC. It may take up to three weeks to receive your visa through the Personal Appearance Waiver program. If you need your visa more quickly please schedule an interview through the regular process.

STEP 4: Attend your ASC appointment in either Bogota or Medellin to have your biometric information collected. Applicants will need to present their current passport and DS-160 confirmation page.

STEP 5: Appear at the Visa Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota on the date/time of your visa interview appointment.

STEP 6: Pick up your passport and visa at your local DHL office or the ASC you selected during Step 3. Note: If you need to reschedule your appointment or change your pick-up location, contact the CSC Visa Information Service directly. There is no need to contact the Embassy. 

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