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Nonimmigrant Visas


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.


  • Due to a consular systems upgrade, consular operations at the U.S. Embassy Bogota will be closed to the public on Friday, October 9 with the exception of emergency passport issuance to U.S. citizens. For U.S. citizen emergency travel, please look at the instructions on requesting an emergency appointment here, or contact us directly at (57) 1 275 2000. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

New Passport

  • If you are required to renew your Colombian passport that contains a U.S. visa, you do NOT have to apply for another visa.  You should travel with both passports, the passport with your valid visa, and the machine-readable passport.