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Nonimmigrant Visas

Welcome

Welcome to the Nonimmigrant Visa Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Colombia and thank you for your interest in visiting the United States.

Temporary visitors to the United States must apply for and obtain a nonimmigrant visa before beginning their journey. Our operation is one of the largest in the world - this past fiscal year we adjudicated more than a half million applications! 

Many people apply for tourist visas (or B1/B2 visas), but we also adjudicate more than 20 other types of nonimmigrant visas, including student visas, work visas, exchange visas, and investor visas. We encourage applicants to use this website to learn as much as they can about the laws, regulations and policies involved in processing a nonimmigrant visa application.

We recommend that you do not purchase your airline ticket or incur non-reimbursable expenses until you have received your visa.

The information in this website is designed to help you to understand the process and, if a visa interview is required, to come to the interview prepared. Simply click on one of the links below or on the left side of the page to begin.

Important Notice

  • The Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our passport/visa system.  This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category. We apologize to applicants who are experiencing delays or are unable to obtain a passport, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or visa at this time. We are working urgently to correct the problem and expect our system to be fully operational again soon.