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How to Apply

How to Apply

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Step 1: Pay the application (MRV) fee

Step 2: Complete the DS-160 Online Application

Step 3: Schedule your appointment

Step 4: Appear at the Embassy for interview

Step 5: Delivery of Visas via Courier (IF APPROVED)

 

 

Step 1: Pay the application (MRV) fee

Applicants must pay the non refundable MRV fee in advanced at any branch of Citi Bank in El Salvador, you must bring the respective deposit slip according to the visa class your applying for or you may pay online using a credit card at time of registration via the following website www.ustraveldocs.com/sv

Important Notice: After paying a Non-Immigrant visa application fee, you must wait to schedule your appointment. You can schedule your interview the following business day after making payment at Citibank. If you make payment on a Saturday, schedule your interview anytime after 7 a.m. the following Tuesday.

 

Step 2: Complete the DS-160 Online Application

Electronic Application form (DS-160) is available free of charge at the CEAC website: http://ceac.state.gov/genniv.

Notice: Visa applicants only need to print out the confirmation page containing the bar code to bring to the interview.  It is no longer necessary to bring a complete printed application form to the Consular Officer during the visa interview.

Complete all fields of the application, a photo does not need to be uploaded; failure to do so will result in a cancellation of your appointment. Applicants will be rescheduled after they correctly complete the DS-160.

 

Step 3: Schedule your appointment

Visa applicants can register at www.ustraveldocs.com/sv and schedule  Non-Immigrant visa appointments free of charge. They may also schedule appointments by calling 2113-3122 at no additional charge. Visa applicants do not need a calling card to access the service.

Please have your passport and payment receipt in hand when calling the Visa Information Center.

Important Notice: After paying a Non-Immigrant application fee, you must wait to schedule an appointment. You can schedule your interview the following business day after making a payment at Citibank. If you make a payment on a Saturday, schedule your interview anytime after 7a.m. the following tuesday.

 

Step 4: Appear at the Embassy for interview

Please note that applicants must bring the following documents to be admitted to the Embassy.

  1. A valid passport and ALL prior passports.
  2. DS-160 Confirmation sheet with application barcode
  3. One photograph
  4. Appointment confirmation letter.

Student and exchange visa applicants must bring either their I-20 or DS 2019 issued by the educational institution.

We collect electronic fingerprints of all applicants, aged 14 through 79.

The applicant will be interviewed by a bilingual American Consular Official. The short interview will clarify and add to the information on the visa application, so the application should be completed carefully.

Documents which may be requested during the interview to support claims on the application include, but are not limited to job letters, birth and marriage certificates, other family members' passports with valid visas, bank documents, tax documents (Declaración de Renta y de IVA) and titles to property such as cars or houses. This is not an exclusive list nor does it guarantee that the visa will be approved.

NO LARGE BAGS ARE PERMITTED INSIDE THE EMBASSY COMPOUND EXCEPT BABY BAGS

Step 5: Pick up your Visa at the Courier Office (IF APPROVED)

All passports will be delivered to the Cargo Expreso branch that you select when you registered, you may pick up your passport 5 to 7 days after your interview.

You will be notified by email when your passport arrives at the courier office you selected for pick up. You will NOT be contacted by phone.