April 14, 2014: We are currently unable to accept debit or credit cards.
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.
April 14, 2014: We are currently unable to accept debit or credit cards. Only cash will be accepted until further notice at the Consular Cashier.
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/