The Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our visa system. We are operating at a significantly reduced capacity and will be until we clear the document backlog.
This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category.
We are working urgently to correct the problem and expect our system to be fully operational again soon. We will be posting updates to Travel.State.Gov as more information becomes available.
Welcome to the Visa section of the US Embassy – San Salvador, El Salvador. On the following pages, you will be able to obtain more information about the visa process.
Our Customer Service Statement details our commitment to those who seek visas to travel to the U.S.
If you wish to travel to the U.S. for a temporary visit, please refer to the section about Nonimmigrant Visas.
If you wish to apply for a visa to live permanently in the U.S. as a Legal Permanent Resident , please refer to the section about Immigrant Visas.
For overall information about contacting us, our location, and other visa services, please see the left menu.
Interview Waiver Program
The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador, El Salvador, has instituted an Interview Waiver Program for qualifying individuals renewing visas (B1/B2) and for certain minors under the age of 14. This program is designed to reduce wait times and facilitate the visa application process for proven travelers.
Starting June 16, 2014, qualifying applicants will be able to schedule a special appointment and will only be required to appear at the Embassy to submit their application and submit their fingerprints. They will no longer have to wait for an interview with a Consular Officer.
Applicants who will qualify for this program must fall into one of the following two categories:
- Applicants renewing a visa that expired in the past 12 months or is still valid
- Applicants under age 14 whose parents hold valid visas, or visas that have expired in the past 12 months
For first category, the B1/B2 visa must have expired in the past 12 months, been issued in San Salvador and issued to the fullest validity possible (10 years for an adult or 5 years if issued to a minor). Applicants must not have had a visa refused after your original visa was issued.
To apply for your child under age 14, the parents must bring a photocopy of the child’s birth certificate as well as photocopies of their valid B1/B2 visas. In the case of single parents, the custodial parent must present evidence that they have sole custody of the child. The day of the consular appointment, children in this category will not be required to appear at the Embassy.
Qualified applicants can schedule a special appointment via the website (www.ustraveldocs.com/sv) or the call center (2113-3122). All applicants, including those qualifying for an interview waiver, must still complete the online application (DS-160), pay the visa fee ($160), and schedule an appointment to drop off the required documents and passport. Qualifying applicants will no longer have to wait to be interviewed by a consular officer, however, the Consular Section reminds applicants that the Consular Officer maintains the right to call any applicant for a personal interview if required.
More information can be found on our website: www.ustraveldocs.com/sv
LIMITED ACCESS TO VISA APPLICANTS TO THE CONSULAR SECTION
Please be aware: Access to the Consular Section facilities and waiting areas for the visa applicants is limited to visa applicants ONLY. The following exceptions apply:
- Elderly visa applicants that require assistance
- Children under 18 years old accompanied by parent(s) or the legal representative
- Handicapped visa applicants that require assistance
We kindly request that you make all the necessary arrangements to comply with this new policy to avoid delays. There is no waiting area outside the embassy walls for family members.
PLEASE BRING YOUR VISA APPOINTMENT LETTER READY TO SHOW TO THE GREETERS AT THE ENTRANCE
The Embassy is closed for visa appoinments on American and Salvadoran holidays and the first Friday of each month as an administrative closure. Holidays are announced at this link and are also posted monthly at the Chancery entrance of the Embassy, located on the Boulevard Santa Elena.
Links for more information about visas:
- General visa information under the Visa section of travel.state.gov
- Immigrant Visa information at US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Links about Entry and Exit requirements for the U.S.
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 https//ceac.state.gov/iv/