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Immigrant Visas

Immigrant Visas

Consular Fee Changes

Effective from September 12 new Consular Fees

Processing fee for:

-- Immediate Relative/Family-based IVs $230 to $325

-- Employment-based IVs $405 to $345

-- Other IVs (I-360 and special IVs) $220 to $205

-- Affidavit of Support (at the National Visa Center) $88 to $120

-- Waiver of Two-Year Residency Requirement $215 to $120

-- Determining returning resident status $275 to $180



The Immigrant Visa (IV) Unit is open every business day from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with the exception of American and Salvadoran holidays and the first Friday of each month as an administrative closure.  No walk-ins of immigrant visa applicants will be allowed to enter the Consular Section.


You can only carry plastic bags or folders containing application-related papers.

Please note the following list of prohibited items:

  • Food and beverages of any kind.
  • Battery-operated or electronic devices, such as:  mobile phones, PDAs, digital watches, pagers, cameras, audio/video cassettes, compact discs, MP3s, floppy disks, laptops, or portable music players.
  • Large shoulder bags/purses, such as:  travel bags, backpacks, briefcases, suitcases, leather pouches, cloth bags and zip folders.
    Sealed envelopes or packages, cigarettes, cigars, match boxes or lighters.
  • Sharp objects, such as:  scissors, pen knives or metal nail files.
  • Weapons or explosive materials of any kind.

This is not a comprehensive list. Other items may be prohibited at the discretion of security staff.

All Immigrant Visa applicants must appear for their interview with complete documentation. To schedule an appointment read the ‘Registration Information’ box to the right.

General Information

Salvadorans and citizens of other foreign countries who wish to obtain permanent resident status in the U.S. generally must obtain immigrant visas at the U.S. Embassy.

Most immigrant visa applications begin when a family-member who is a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident submits a petition (Form I-130) on behalf of the intending immigrant to the office of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the United States that serves the petitioner's place of residence.

Do not attempt to submit the completed I-130 form to the Consular Section, we cannot process this form.

El Salvador does not participate in the diversity visa program. Any offers to receive a diversity visa are fraudulent.

People outside of the Embassy are NOT Embassy employees. All agencies outside of the Embassy are NOT affiliated with the Embassy. To be clear, all persons standing outside of the Embassy offering assitance are not affiliated with the Embassy.

NEW Immigrant Visa form DS-260

  • Important note to Immigrant Visa applicants

    Beginning September 1, 2013 the Immigrant Visa application previously known as DS-230 will change to an electronic format in its version DS-260 and it can be found at

Special Attention

  • SPECIAL ATTENTION Attention all Fiance(e)s and Spouses of U.S. Citizens and Spouses of Lawful Permanent Residents!

    The U.S. Goverment has published a pamphlet with information on the legal rights available to immigrant victims of domestic violence in the United States and facts about immigrating on a marriage-based visa. 

Registration Information

  • Visa applicants can register at free of charge or by calling  2113-3122 at no additional charge. If calling from the United States dial (703) 745-5476.

More Information

  • If you have questions regarding any of our Consular Services, call the following number, available 24 hours per day:

    (503) 2501-2600

    To reach a customer service representative via email, please write to