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Frequently Asked Questions
 

Questions specific to Nonimmigrant Visas, please click here. 

Questions specific to Immigrant Visas, please click here

  • What Is The Difference Between A Nonimmigrant Visa And An Immigrant Visa?

    What Is The Difference Between A Nonimmigrant Visa And An Immigrant Visa?

    • A nonimmigrant visa is for a temporary stay in the United States–for example tourism, study, or work (depending on its nature).  You cannot stay in the United States permanently on a nonimmigrant visa.  Please review our nonimmigrant visa page for information on the many types of nonimmigrant visas.  An immigrant visa allows you to live and work in the United States permanently.  Please see our immigrant visa page for more information on immigrant visas.

  • How Much Does A Visa Application Cost?

    How Much Does A Visa Application Cost?

    • For information about application costs according to visa type and how to make payments, please click here.

  • How Can I Help My Friends Or Relatives Qualify For A Visa?

    How Can I Help My Friends Or Relatives Qualify For A Visa?

    • Individual applicants must qualify for the visa based on their own qualifications.  Friends or relatives of nonimmigrant visa applicants are rarely able to assist in the approbation of a visa.

  • I Am A Citizen Of A Country That Has A Visa Waiver Agreement With The United States, How Do I Comply With The Electronic System For Travel Authorization (ESTA)?

    I Am A Citizen Of A Country That Has A Visa Waiver Agreement With The United States, How Do I Comply With The Electronic System For Travel Authorization (ESTA)?

    • The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) administers 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.

  • I Am Often Referred To Secondary Immigration Inspection At The U.S. Port Of Entry, Or I Am Delayed When Boarding Aircraft In The United States. How Do I Report These Problems?

    I Am Often Referred To Secondary Immigration Inspection At The U.S. Port Of Entry, Or I Am Delayed When Boarding Aircraft In The United States. How Do I Report These Problems?

  • What Should I Do If I Require Departure Verification?

    What Should I Do If I Require Departure Verification?

  • Can The U.S. Embassy In Bogota Help Me Get A Non-U.S. Government Document?

    Can The U.S. Embassy In Bogota Help Me Get A Non-U.S. Government Document?

    • Unfortunately, we are unable to assist with obtaining non-U.S. government documents (for example, non-U.S. passports, visas, or birth certificates).

  • How Can I Make A Complaint Or Share Other Feedback Regarding The U.S. Visa Process?

    How Can I Make A Complaint Or Share Other Feedback Regarding The U.S. Visa Process?

    • The Nonimmigrant Visa Unit welcomes your comments, complaints, compliments, and suggestions concerning any and all aspects of the nonimmigrant visa process. Send us an e-mail at NIVBogota@state.gov with your feedback.

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