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How to Apply for a Visa

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 interview appointment 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.

STEP 4: Appear at the Visa Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota on the date/time of your visa interview appointment.

STEP 5: Pick up your passport and visa at your local DHL office 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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