Nonimmigrant Visas

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for tourism, business, study, medical treatment, work or other temporary travel purposes.

Please visit our Visa Appointment Service website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.

Access

Only non-immigrant visa applicants with a scheduled appointment and those specified below will be admitted into the Embassy.  Applicants should arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment.  You will not be allowed to enter prior to your scheduled appointment.

The following people may be allowed to enter with the visa applicant:

  • Parent(s) or guardian(s) accompanying children under 18 years old
  • Interpreters for applicants who do not speak English or Spanish
  • Assistants for the disabled
  • Employers of domestic employee applicants

Security

Every person visiting the Embassy must agree to a security screening before entering the Consular Section with their belongings.

Applicants will not be allowed to enter the Embassy with the following items:

  • Weapons or any element that could be used as a weapon, including knives, metallic files, nail clippers, scissors, etc.
  • Electronic devices (mobile phones, cameras, laptops, tablets, USBs, cables, remote controls, remote access keys or other electronic equipment)
  • Liquids and/or flammable items, including sodas, perfume, lighters, matches, etc.
  • Purses or bags measuring 20 x 15 x 10cm or more (smaller purses are allowed)
  • Packages, bags, backpacks, briefcases, suitcases
  • Drugs, narcotics or any illegal substance, as well as medicines without a prescription

In order to make the process as quick as possible, please avoid wearing the following items:

  • Platform shoes with high heels
  • Metallic belts
  • Clothing with metallic accessories (buttons, buckles, etc.)

Embassy Location
The Embassy of the United States in Buenos Aires is located on Avenida Colombia 4300, Buenos Aires City

Hours of Operation
The business hours of the Consular Section are Monday to Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., excluding Argentine and American holidays.  However, access to the Consular Section is by appointment only.

Please Plan Ahead
Always be sure to plan ahead for your trip to the U.S. Visit the Visa Wait Times link for current visa appointment wait-times.

The interview wait time indicated on the website is subject to frequent changes and can vary significantly depending on the demand for our services.  We strongly encourage all applicants to apply for their visas well ahead of their planned travel.

Emergencies Request for Expedited Non-Immigrant Visa Appointment

Only the following purposes of trip are considered for expedited appointments. Travel for tourism does not qualify for an expedited appointment.

BUSINESS:

  • Unforeseen travel requirements in support of business.
  • Other cases that may involve travelers going to sports/media events and/or professional conferences or trainings.

MEDICAL EMERGENCY:

  • You to need to obtain urgent medical care in the U.S.
  • You need to accompany an immediate family member who requires urgent medical care. (Immediate family members include spouse, mother, father, brother, sister, or child).
  • An immediate family member in the U.S. has a serious medical condition and requires your presence urgently.
  • You need to attend the funeral of an immediate family member.

Study, Work or Exchange Visitor Visa:

  • You need to apply for a student or exchange visitor visa and your appointment date is after the beginning of your classes or exchange program.
  • You recently received your I-797 approval notice and the petitioner requires your immediate presence.

ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) Denials:

  • If your ESTA request was denied and you plan to travel soon, please mention that on your expedite request.

Important Note: Once you obtain an emergency appointment, you are treated as a normal visa applicant; you must qualify for a U.S. visa in every respect.

If the Consular Officer determines on your expedite appointment date that the reason for which the emergency request was approved is not consistent with the actual purpose of your trip, this shall be recorded on your file and might have a negative impact on the outcome of your current or future request(s). In addition to this, you will need to schedule a new appointment through the regular procedure.

In order to initiate your request for an emergency appointment, you must first have applied for a regular appointment.

  1. Sign in your registered account at the Visa Information Service.
  2. Select the option “request expedite” at the top of the site’s home.
  3. Follow the steps indicated therein and wait for an answer to the e-mail address used when creating your account.

Some visa applications require further administrative processing, which takes additional time after the visa applicant’s interview by a consular officer. Applicants will be advised of this requirement. Most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days of the visa interview, but the timing will vary based on individual circumstances of each case.

The Consular Section recommends that individuals apply for visas well in advance of their proposed date of travel, and not make final travel plans or purchase non-refundable tickets until the passport and visa have been received.

To contact a customer service representative for assistance with any of the following, please visit the Visa Appointment Service:

  • Account creation, including name errors
  • MRV fee payment/validation
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Document delivery

To contact the Consular Section for information about any of the following, please write to BNS-visas@state.gov:

  • Lost or stolen passport with a nonimmigrant visa
  • Visa application status (*)
  • Visa denials

When contacting the Consular Section, please include

  • Your full name.
  • The full name of the applicant and your relationship to him/her, if applicable.

(*)  Before contacting the Consular Section, applicants should keep in mind that certain visa applications require further administrative processing, which takes additional time after the visa applicant’s interview.  When further administrative processing is required, the timing of a final decision will vary based on the individual circumstances of each case, although most are resolved within 60 days of the visa interview.  U.S. Embassy Lima’s Consular Section recommends that visa applicants apply well in advance of their anticipated travel date and wait until they have received their passport with the U.S. visa before making travel plans or buying non-refundable tickets.

Before sending an email to the Consular Section, we encourage you to carefully read the information provided on this website in order to find a quicker answer to your question.  Emails for which an answer is not provided here are usually answered within 3 to 5 business days.

If your passport with a U.S. visa (valid or expired) is stolen or lost, even if you have no immediate travel plans, please report the theft immediately to the Embassy via email to:
BNS-FPU@state.gov.

Please include the following information, as well as the words “Lost” or “Stolen” in the subject line:

  • Full name (as it appears on your stolen or lost passport)
  • Date of the robbery or date in which you believe your passport with the visa was lost. Passport number of your lost or stolen passport (if available)
  • Number of the lost or stolen passport (if you have it)
  • DNI or National Identification number
  • Phone number
  • Police report (if available)

A visa cannot be transferred to a new passport.  To apply for a new visa, please follow the regular visa application process.  If you need to travel to the United States for a medical emergency/treatment, business or study purposes, you will find how to request an expedited appointment on this same page.

Please note that once a passport with a U.S. nonimmigrant visa is reported as lost or stolen to the Embassy, the visa is electronically cancelled.  This means that, even if it is later found, the visa may not be used to travel to the United States.

If you applied for a nonimmigrant visa and were refused under Section 214 (b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), please bear in mind that this decision cannot be reviewed or appealed.  However, you may reapply if you have additional evidence to demonstrate your qualifications for a visa… MORE


Applying for a Nonimmigrant Visa

There are different options and procedures to apply for a nonimmigrant visa.  You may find detailed information below.

Procedure

Those applying for a visa for the first time and do not qualify for Interview Waiver (see options menu below) must schedule two appointments: one at the Applicant Service Center and other in the Consular Section.

Procedure:

Step 1: Complete the DS-160 online application form and print the confirmation sheet (barcode) per each applicant. Please, complete the application at: https://ceac.state.gov/genniv

Step 2: Go to the Applicant Service Center website and register online by creating an account (e-mail and password), choose the visa category you will apply to, select DHL’s branch where to pick up your visaed passport after the interview, pay the application fee (MRV fee) and schedule your appointments. In order to fulfill this step, you will need:

  • Current passport and previous passports (if any).
  • DS-160 form’s barcode per each applicant.

Please use one of the numbers below to obtain visa information, schedule appointments and/or pay the visa fee.

  • Buenos Aires    54-11-5984-1910
  • Cordoba           54-351-526-9220
  • Pilar                 54-230-465-0909
  • La Plata           54-221-513-8038
  • Mendoza         54-261-524-4788
  • Rosario            54-341-512-2121
  • From the United States­:  1-703-439-2323

IMPORTANT: DHL can only hold your visaed passport for 30 days. After that time, the passports will be returned to the Embassy. Any passports left at the Embassy after 6 months will be considered abandoned and returned to RENAPER with the visa cancelled.

PLEASE SEE BELOW THE DIFFERENT INTERVIEW WAIVER PROGRAM OPTIONS:

Certain applicants may qualify to apply under the personal appearance waiver program without a visa interview. Qualified applicants can just drop-off the appropriate documentation at the ASC by scheduling only an ASC appointment.

Conditions:

  • The applicant is 13 years old or younger.
  • The applicant is an Argentine citizen or Argentine resident (with copy of DNI).
  • If the minor had a previous visa refused/ lost/stolen or has violated immigration laws before, they do not qualify to use this program.
  • If one or both parents are US citizen or US residents, they do not qualify to use this program.
  • If one or both parent(s) need(s) to apply for a visa, they do not qualify to use this program. Instead, use the option applying for a visa for the first time and schedule appointments for both the parent(s) and the child(ren).

Procedure:
Applicants who meet the requirements listed above can drop off/mail in their documents following steps below:

Step 1: Complete the DS-160 online application form and print the confirmation sheet (barcode) per each applicant. Please, complete the application at: https://ceac.state.gov/genniv

Step 2: Go to the Applicant Service Center website and register online on behalf of the child(ren) by creating an account (e-mail and password), choose the visa category you will apply to, select DHL’s branch where to pick up your visaed passport after the interview and pay the application fee (MRV fee). In order to fulfill this step, you will need:

  • Current passport and previous passports (if any) of the child(ren).
  • DS-160 form’s barcode per each applicant.

Step 3: Depending on your place of residence, the system will indicate the way to drop off/deliver your documents, which in all cases include:

  • Applicant’s current passport (and previous passports, only if they have entered the US on those passports)
  • DS-160 confirmation page
  • 5 x 5 cm picture with a white background

Remember:

  • It is not necessary that the minor is present for the ASC appointment
  • It is not necessary to submit additional documents from parents

Where do I submit the documentation?

Applicants from Capital Federal and Gran Buenos Aires

Applicants from Capital Federal and Gran Bs As will need to schedule an appointment at the ASC to submit the documents, following the instructions detailed after you register in the system.

Applicants from the Interior of Argentina

Applicants who reside in the rest of the country, do NOT need to schedule an ACS appointment. Please send all the documents with the system registration confirmation to the CAS.

Centro de Atención al Solicitante (CAS)
Avenida Santa Fe 4569
Palermo, CABA – Argentina –C1425GMN

The following DHL branches will receive your documents and mail them to the CAS at no-cost:

  • Mar del Plata: Bartolomé Mitre 1911
  • Córdoba: Ayacucho 23
  • Rosario: Avenida Pellegrini 1075 y
  • Mendoza: San Martín 93

If you decide to use a different DHL branch or private courier service to mail your documents to the CAS, a fee will apply. Please consult with your local courier service for additional information.

Important note:

  • Please verify that you are submitting all the required documentation. Incomplete applications shall not be accepted and documents shall be returned to the applicant.

NOTE: The Consular Officer reserves the right to request an in-person interview for any applicant for any reason, and may also request further documentation.An applicant should not make final travel plans until the visa has been approved and delivered.

Where do I pick up the passport? – NOT at the Consulate

After the visa is processed, the consulate will send the passport(s) via DHL to the branch selected by the applicant at the beginning of the registration process. The delivery is free of charge to any DHL branch in Buenos Aires and the rest of the country (selected when registering). Within 10 working days after submitting the documentation, you may access your account and find the tracking number to pick up your passport(s).
If you decide to receive your passport at home, you will incur a home delivery fee.

Certain applicants may be qualified to apply under the personal appearance waiver program without a visa interview.

Conditions:

  1. The applicant is 80 years old and over.
  2. Is an Argentine citizen or Argentine resident (with copy of DNI).
  3. Was not previously refused a visa of any category.
  4. Has not had the previous visa lost, stolen or revoked within the last 10 years, and
  5. Has never been arrested or convicted of a crime, deported from the United States, denied entry to the United States, or has had any other problems or difficulties with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol when attempting to enter the United States.

Important note: If the applicant does not qualify for the above mentioned, his or her parent(s) will be required to schedule an appointment.

Applicants who meet the requirements listed above can drop off/mail in their documents following these steps:

Step 1: Complete the DS-160 online application form and print the confirmation sheet (barcode) per each applicant. Please, complete the application at: https://ceac.state.gov/genniv

Step 2: Go to the Applicant Service Center website and register online by creating an account (e-mail and password), choose the visa category you will apply to, select DHL’s branch where to pick up your visaed passport after the interview and pay the application fee (MRV fee) . In order to fulfill this step, you will need:

  • Current passport and previous passports (if any)
  • DS-160 form’s barcode per each applicant

Step 3: Depending on your place of residence, the system will indicate the way to drop off/deliver your documents, which in all cases include:

  • Applicant’s current passport (and previous passports, only if they have entered the US on those passports)
  • DS-160 confirmation page
  • 5 x 5 cm picture with a white background

Where do I submit the documentation?

Applicants from Capital Federal and Gran Buenos Aires

Applicants from Capital Federal and Gran Bs As will need to schedule an appointment at the ASC to submit the documents, following the instructions detailed after you register in the system.

Applicants from the Interior of Argentina

Applicants who reside in the rest of the country, do NOT need to schedule an ACS appointment. Please send all the documents with the system registration confirmation to the CAS.

Centro de Atención al Solicitante (CAS)
Avenida Santa Fe 4569
Palermo, CABA – Argentina –C1425GMN

The following DHL branches will receive your documents and mail them to the CAS at no-cost:

  • Mar del Plata: Bartolomé Mitre 1911
  • Córdoba: Ayacucho 23
  • Rosario: Avenida Pellegrini 1075 y
  • Mendoza: San Martín 93

If you decide to use a different DHL branch or private courier service to mail your documents to the CAS, a fee will apply. Please consult with your local courier service for additional information.

Important note:

  • Please verify that you are submitting all the required documentation. Incomplete applications shall not be accepted and documents shall be returned to the applicant.

NOTE: The Consular Officer reserves the right to request an in-person interview for any applicant for any reason, and may also request further documentation. An applicant should not make final travel plans until the visa has been approved and delivered.

Where do I pick up the passport? – NOT at the Consulate

After the visa is processed, the consulate will send the passport(s) via DHL to the branch selected by the applicant at the beginning of the registration process. The delivery is free of charge to any DHL branch in Buenos Aires and the rest of the country (selected when registering). Within 10 working days after submitting the documentation, you may access your account and find the tracking number to pick up your passport(s).

If you decide to receive your passport at home, you will incur a home delivery fee.

Here you will find information on:

  1. Renewal of Business/Tourism visas (B1/B2)
  2. Renewal of other visa categories

1) Business/Tourism visas Renewal

This option requires 1 or 2 appointments depending on the issuance date of the visa you are renewing

This option can be used by Argentine citizens or residents who possess a valid 10-year B1/B2 visa or one that has expired within the past 12 months. Depending on the issuance date of such visa, the applicant will be required to schedule only one appointment at the ASC (Applicant Service Center) in order to submit the documents and have his/her fingerprints and photo captured, or two appointments, one of them at the ASC (fingerprints and picture capture) and the other at the Embassy (fingerprints verification.)

Requirements:

Applicants who:

  • Are Argentine citizens applying with an Argentine passport and posses a B1/B2 visa (Tourism and Business) issued for 10 years at any US Consulate and which is valid or has expired within the past 12 months – ; or applicants who
  • Are Argentine residents (with DNI) who possess a B1/B2 visa (Tourism and Business) issued for 10 years at any US Consulate and which is valid or has expired within the past 12 months
  • Have never been arrested or convicted of a crime, deported from the United States, denied entry to the United States, or have had any other problems or difficulties with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol when attempting to enter the United States.

Procedure:

Applicants who meet the requirements listed above shall complete the following steps: 

Step 1: Complete the DS-160 online application form and print the confirmation sheet (barcode) per each applicant. Please, complete the application at: https://ceac.state.gov/genniv

Step 2: Go to the Applicant Service Center website and register online by creating an account (e-mail and password), choose the visa category you will apply to, select DHL’s branch where to pick up your visaed passport after the interview, pay the application fee (MRV fee) and schedule your appointments. In order to fulfill this step, you will need:

  • Current passport
  • Previous passport including the visa to be renewed
  • DS-160 form’s barcode per each applicant.

Step 3: Print and read thoroughly the PDF file including useful information about your application. Download PDF file HERE (pdf 557KB)

Please use one of the numbers below to obtain information on this program:

Buenos Aires    54-11-5984-1910
Córdoba           54-351-5269220
Pilar                 54-230-4650909
La Plata           54-221-5138038
Mendoza          54-261-5244788
Rosario            54-341-5122121

Where do I submit the documentation?

There are two different procedures: applicants who are required to schedule two appointments (ASC and Embassy) and applicants who qualify to schedule only one appointment (ASC only), depending on when their previous visa was issued (the system will guide you):

  • Applicants with two appointments will bring their documentation to both of their appointments and leave it at their second interview at the Consular Section where the visa is going to be processed.
  • Applicants with only one appointment will take their documentation to the ASC appointment at Av. Santa Fe 4569 and leave it there.

FOR APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT LIVE IN BUENOS AIRES CITY: Send all your documents together with the instructions sheet and the confirmation of your registration in the system to the ASC (Applicant Service Center – Avenida Santa Fe 4569 CABA). This service is available for no additional cost at the following DHL branches:

  • Mar del Plata: Bartolomé Mitre 1911
  • Córdoba: Ayacucho 23
  • Rosario: Avenida Pellegrini 1075 y
  • Mendoza: San Martin 93

All other cities:  If you do not live in those cities, you will have to pay to send the documents to the ASC by any courier at your own expense.  Your documents will be returned to your home address by DHL if you pay the premium fee for home delivery.  If you do not pay the additional fee, you will need to collect your documents from the ASC or one of these designated DHL locations.

Where do I pick up the passport? – NOT at the Consulate

After the visa is processed, the consulate will send the passport(s) via DHL to the branch selected by the applicant at the beginning of the registration process. The delivery is FREE OF CHARGE to any branch in Buenos Aires and the rest of the country (selected when registering). Within 10 working days after submitting the documentation, you may access your account and find the tracking number to pick up your passport(s). You will find the message “ready for pick up” in the Applicant Summary.

2) Renewal for OTHER visa categories: (C1/D, F (except for Optional Practical Training), M, I, J (except for J1 Summer Work and Travel), H, L (NO blanket) O, P, Q, R)

Type of procedure: documentation drop-off WITHOUT A VISA INTERVIEW

This option can be used by Argentine citizens possessing an Argentine passport and a valid visa (or one that has expired within the last 12 months) from among those mentioned above. Applicants who qualify shall only submit the required documents.

Requirements

Applicants who:

  • Are Argentine citizens applying with an Argentine passport
  • Possess the exact visa category to be renewed:
  • Issued at the Embassy in Buenos Aires
  • Which is valid or has expired within the past 12 months – 1 year
  • Have never been arrested or convicted of a crime, deported from the United States, denied entry to the United States, or have had any other problems or difficulties with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol when attempting to enter the United States.
  • Are physically present in Argentina at the time of the application

IMPORTANT NOTE:

  • Applicants seeking to renew work/student/exchange visas must be returning to the same institution or workplace as was indicated in the previous visa application;
  • J1 Summer Work & Travel applicants do not qualify to use this program.

Procedure:

Applicants who meet the requirements listed above can drop off their documents without scheduling an appointment and must complete the following steps:

Step 1: Complete the DS-160 online application form and print the confirmation sheet (barcode) per each applicant. Please, complete the application at: https://ceac.state.gov/genniv

Step 2: Go to the Applicant Service Center website and register online by creating an account (e-mail and password), choose the visa category you will apply to, select DHL’s branch where to pick up your visaed passport after the interview, pay the application fee (MRV fee) and schedule your appointments. In order to fulfill this step, you will need:

  • Current passport and previous passports of the child(ren), if any.
  • DS-160 form’s barcode per each applicant.

Please use one of the numbers below to obtain information on this program:

Buenos Aires    54-11-5984-1910
Córdoba           54-351-5269220
Pilar                 54-230-4650909
La Plata           54-221-5138038
Mendoza          54-261-5244788
Rosario            54-341-5122121

Step 3: Print and complete the following two-page instructive. Submit it together with the documentation. Renewal program for OTHER visa categories: (C1/D, F, M, I, J, H, L [NO blanket], O, P, Q, R) Download PDF file HERE (pdf 268KB)

Additional Documents

Applicants should submit the following additional documents according to the visa category they are applying for:

*If you are renewing a Petition-Based visa (H, L, O, P, Q, or R) you will need:

  1. a) Original or copy of the I-797, the I-129 form (if you have it), and the contract.
    b) Accompanying family members (spouse, child) will need to submit a copy of the Principal Applicant’s I-797 or visa
    c) Family book or birth/marriage certificates that show ties with the principal alien.

*If you are renewing a crew member (C1/D) visa, you will need the official letterhead from the company requesting the crew member visa, indicating your occupation, seniority and duration of the contract.

*If you are renewing a journalist (I) visa, you will need to submit a letterhead from the company requesting the journalist visa, indicating your occupation, seniority, purpose and duration of the trip.

*If you are renewing a student or exchange (F, M or J) visa, you will need to submit the I-20 or DS-2019 form, respectively. 

Where do I submit the documentation?

Submit your documents at the Applicant Service Center (ACS) at Avenida Santa Fe 4569, CABA, from Monday through Thursday from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm, except on Argentine holidays and American holidays.

APPLICANTS WHO ARE IN THE REST OF THE COUNTRY, please take all the documents with the specific instructions sheet and the system registration confirmation to DHL. This no-cost service is only available for DHL branches in:

  • Mar del Plata: Bartolomé Mitre 1911
  • Córdoba: Ayacucho 23
  • Rosario: Avenida Pellegrini 1075 y
  • Mendoza: San Martín 93

The rest of branches are available at no cost only for the return of passports upon the procedure ending.

Important note:

  • Please verify that you are submitting all the required documentation. Incomplete applications shall not be accepted and documents shall be returned to the applicant.
  • For cases involving children, it is required that one of the parents submits the documents. Third parties are not allowed to submit such documents.
  • For applicants over 80, the applicant himself or an immediate family member showing proof of the relationship can submit the documents.

NOTE: The Consular Officer not only does reserve the right to request an in-person interview for any applicant for any reason, but may also request further documentation.

An applicant should not make final travel plans until the visa has been approved and delivered.

Where do I pick up the passport? – NOT at the Consulate

After the visa is processed, the consulate will send the passport(s) via DHL to the branch selected by the applicant at the beginning of the registration process. The delivery is FREE OF CHARGE to any branch in Buenos Aires and the rest of the country (selected when registering). Within 10 working days after submitting the documentation, you may access your account and find the tracking number to pick up your passport(s).

Holders of this visa type are foreign government diplomats, international organizations officials and employees, their immediate family members and their domestic workers.

Diplomats

Diplomats and other foreign government officials traveling to the United States to engage solely in official duties or activities on behalf of their national government must obtain an A visa prior to entering the United States.

IMPORTANT: Local government officials traveling on behalf of their state or province do not qualify for A visas.

International organizations

Government officials and employees who will work for international organizations in the United States must obtain a G visa.

Further information may be found in the link below:

https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/other/diplomat-foreign-government-official.html

  • How to apply

The applicant must:

  1. Complete the online Form DS-160
  2. Submit to BNS-officialvisas@state.gov the following information, in order to schedule an appointment for the visa interview, in which the required documention must be delivered:
  • Full name of the principal applicant (Position and Title)
  • Full name of dependants (if any)
  • Date and purpose of travel (these must be the same as the ones included in the Diplomatic Note).
  • Type of visa requested
  1. Upon receipt of the e-mail, an appointment will be scheduled and the applicant will receive a response with the time and date in which he or she must attend said interview.
  • During the interview the applicant must deliver:
  1. DS-160 Form confirmation page: https://ceac.state.gov/GenNIV
  2. Valid passport (and in good conditions)
  3. Photo (size: 5cm. and 5cm., taken recently in a white background, without eyeglasses)
  4. Diplomatic Note issued by Foreign Affairs Department, Embassy or international organization. This note must include: full name, date of birth, and passport number; Position/title/office; Purpose, date, place, and length of travel and a brief description of the applicant’s duties and personal information of the dependants, if any.
  5. Fee payment receipt, if the official is applying for a B1/B2 visa. (Applicants holding diplomatic passports are exempt from visa fees).
  6. Employment contract (drafted in English and Spanish), should the applicant be a domestic worker.
  • Additional information

Holders of diplomatic passports are exempt from any visa fees. Holders of official passports are exempt only from official visa fees. However, should the applicant need a non-official visa, application and reciprocity fees must be paid, if applicable.

Type of passport Type of visa Fee
Diplomatic

 

A or G No fee
B1/B2 No fee
Official A or G No fee
B1/B2 Fee*
Regular A or G No fee
B1/B2 Fee*
*Depending upon nationality, there may be an additional reciprocity fee.

 

The U. S. Embassy Buenos Aires may accept groups that meet the following requirements:

  • Disney “quinceañeras” groups: applicants between 14 and 16 years old who are part of a Travel Agency Disney Program. Parents are not required to come to the interview.
  • Petition-based visas (P – O visa categories): Group of Athletes, Artist Performers, etcetera, that are going to perform in an Artistic/athletic event.
  • National Teams that are travelling to special events representing Argentina.

Important: Only group participants can apply through this program. Siblings and other family members who want to travel to accompany a group participant will not be accepted and will need to schedule individual appointments; their cases will have to stand on their own merits.

If one of the above criteria is met, request a group appointment to buenosairesgroups@state.gov

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The US Embassy Argentina will implement an electronic packet submission process for all E visa applicants beginning on June 1, 2016.  As of June 1, 2016 applicants should begin submitting packets online via email.  After June 30, 2016 paper submission packets will no longer be accepted by the Embassy.  The new electronic packet submission policy is now available here

The US Immigration and Nationality Act provides for visa status for nationals of countries that maintain an appropriate treaty of commerce and navigation with the United States or that is considered to be a treaty country under US law. The applicant must be coming to the United Sates to carry on substantial trade or to develop and direct the operations of an enterprise in which the national has invested, or is actively in the process of investing, a substantial amount of capital. Treaty Trader and Investor visas are nonimmigrant categories. They do not confer permanent residence in the US nor do they lead to US citizenship, although they permit the applicant and qualified family members to live in the US for an extended period. For permanent residence in the United States, there is a separate program based on investment.

Treaty Trader (E-1) Qualifications

  • The firm in the US must have the nationality of a treaty country.
  • The applicant must be a national of the treaty country.
  • The international trade must be substantial; there must be a sizable and continuing volume of trade.
  • The trade must be principally between the US and the treaty country, which is defined to mean that more than 50% of the firm’s international trade involved must be between the US and the country of the applicant’s nationality.
  • Trade means the international exchange of goods, money, services, or technology. Title of items must pass from one party to another.
  • The applicant must be employed in a supervisory or executive capacity, or possess highly specialized skills essential to the operation of the firm.

The term “trade” is defined to include commercial intercourse in goods and trade in services and technology. This includes banking, insurance, transportation, tourism, communications, data processing, advertising, accounting, design and engineering, management consulting, technology transfer, and other measurable services that can be traded.

The spouse and minor children (under age 21) of the principal applicant are eligible to apply for visas as dependents (Note: de facto marriages are not accepted for US visa purposes). Each dependent must complete a separate application, and submit separate processing and other visa fees.

Treaty Investor (E-2) Qualificiations

  • The investor (either a real or corporate person) must be a national of a treaty country.
  • The investment must be substantial. It must be sufficient to ensure the successful operation of the enterprise. The percentage of investment for a low-cost enterprise must be higher than the percentage of investment in a high-cost enterprise.
  • The investment must be a real operating enterprise. Speculative or idle investment does not qualify.
  • The investment must not be marginal. It must generate significantly more income than needed to provide a living to the investor and family, or it must have a significant economic impact in the United States.
  • The investor must have control of the funds, and the investment must be at risk in the commercial sense. For the purpose of measuring the investment, loans secured with the assets of the investment enterprise are not counted.
  • The investor must be coming to the US to develop and direct the enterprise. If applicants are not the principal investors, they must be employed as a supervisor, executive, or as the possessor of highly specialized skill.

Must the trading company exist and/or the investment have been made before the visa can be issued?

Trade must already be established at the time of visa application. Investments, however, may be prospective, provided that the funds are irrevocably committed to the investment, contingent only upon the issuance of the visa. Investment funds may come from any country, including the United States, as long as they are controlled by the investor applicant.

What is substantial trade?

Substantial trade contemplates a continuous flow of trade items between the US and the treaty country.  This means numerous transactions rather than a single transaction regardless of monetary value.

What is a substantial amount of capital?

There is no fixed amount which is considered substantial. A substantial amount of capital constitutes that amount which is sufficient to ensure the investor’s financial commitment to the successful operation of the enterprise as measured by the proportionality test. This proportionality test compares the total amount invested in the enterprise with the cost of establishing a viable enterprise of the nature contemplated or the amount of capital needed to purchase an existing enterprise.

Such comparison constitutes the percentage of the treaty applicant’s investment in the enterprise. That percentage must compare favorably in the fashion of an inverted sliding scale starting with a high percentage of investment for a lower cost enterprise. The percentage of investment decreases at a gradual rate as the cost of the business increases. An amount of capital invested in an enterprise is merely presumed to be substantial when it meets or exceeds the percentage figures given in the following examples (given in US dollars):

  • 75% investment in an enterprise costing no more than $500,000 (If the cost of the enterprise is substantially lower than $500,000, 85% – 100% investment may be required).
  • 50% investment in an enterprise costing more than $500,000 but no more than $3,000,000.
  • 30% investment in any enterprise costing more than $3,000,000.

A multi-million US dollar investment by a large foreign corporation is normally considered substantial, regardless of the examples given above.

The investment must do more than merely yield a return capable of supporting the investor and family. A marginal enterprise is an enterprise which does not have the capacity to generate significantly more than enough income to provide a living for the investor, family and other alien employees.

Are joint ventures permitted?

Yes, provided that the business or individual investor applying for the visa is in a position to “develop and direct” the enterprise. The applicant is in such a position by controlling the enterprise through ownership of at least 50% of the business, possessing operational control through a marginal position or other corporate device, or by other means showing the applicant controls the enterprise.

Family and Length of Stay

How long may the Treaty Trader or Investor stay in the US?

The applicant must have the intention of departing the US upon the conclusion of the commercial activities. Nevertheless, holders of E-visas may reside in the US as long as they continue to meet E-visa qualifications.

“Essential employees” may remain only as long as their skills are required to operate the business, and only as long as the owner can show either that US workers cannot be trained to duplicate the skills or that the owner is making reasonable efforts to train US workers as replacements.

For Argentines, the E-visa normally is valid for 24 months for treaty traders and qualifying employees, but can be valid for 48 months for the principal investor and family. On initial entry, immigration officials normally authorize a stay of up to one year in the US, with extensions generally available for as long as the E-visa holder and family maintain their E-visa status.

Is a visa available to the applicant’s spouse and children?

Yes. Spouses and children under age 21 qualify for derivative E-visas based upon the principal applicant’s qualification. It is not necessary that they hold the nationality of the principal applicant.

However, when the surnames of a spouse or children (as appearing on their passports) differ from that of the principal applicant, copies of marriage certificates, birth certificates, or other legal documentation must be submitted to establish the relationship. De-facto spouses and fiance(é)s do not qualify for derivative status.

Dependent E-visa holders are not allowed to work in the United States. To work, they must qualify independently for and obtain an E-visa or other working visa.

Trading Examples

  1. A US company has been set up, at least 50% of the ownership is Argentine (stock held by Argentine citizens who are also permanent resident aliens in the US cannot be included in this 50%), the US operation is engaged in substantial foreign imports or exports, and at least 51% of the imports or exports represent trade with Argentina. This company would be likely to qualify for treaty trader registration based on its trade in goods. In deciding whether the volume of trade is substantial, the consular officer will consider the type of operation, as well as the volume and number of transactions.
  2. A US company or branch office has been set up and at least 50% of its ownership is Argentine. The US operation is engaged in marketing or providing services to a substantial number of US clients relating to computer software which has been developed abroad. At least 51% of the “imported” software originates in Argentina. This company would likely qualify for treaty trader registration based upon its trade in services.
  3. An Argentine-owned bank sets up a wholly owned subsidiary or branch office in the United States. The bank’s US operation engages in a substantial number of financial transactions, at least 51% of which involve US citizens. This bank would be likely to qualify for treaty trader registration based on its trade in financial services.

College and University students enrolled full time and pursuing studies at post-secondary accredited academic institutions located outside the United States come to the United States to share their culture and ideas with people of the United States through temporary work and travel opportunities. Ask at your University about the Program.

Please click here to see a complete list of local agencies you may contact in order to apply for this program.

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For more information please visit : https://j1visa.state.gov/programs/summer-work-travel/ 

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J Visas

This visa category is designed for applicants planning to participate in programs approved by the US Department of State to teach, study, research, demonstrate special skills or receive training, or to participate in a program to receive graduate medical education.

The category also includes programs approved by the US Department of State to place people into firms, institutions and other agencies for on-the-job practical training in specialized fields for periods not exceeding 18 months. Attendance at English language programs and seminars, workshops or short courses directly related to the practical training may be allowed.

The J visa also enables visitors to travel for observations appropriate to practical training, to train in US techniques and methodology, to contact American counterparts, and to promote cross-cultural contacts between workers, professionals, researchers and students in the general interest of international exchange. This may include camp counselor, seasonal work such as at ski resorts and summer camps or as au pairs.

Before applying for a visa, you must have been accepted into an approved program. Evidence of your acceptance is the form DS-2019, sent directly to you by the US sponsor and registration in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

You may make this payment:

  • Through the Internet at http://www.fmjfee.com/using a credit card and filling in the form I-901;
  • Through mail sending the completed form I-901 and a check or a payment order to a bank in the US (payable in American dollars and sent to DHS’ address published in the form I-901);
  • Through third parties such as a school or a sponsor.
  • Through selected sponsors of an exchange program that send group payments;

Residency Rules

Many programs under the J-category are supported partially or wholly by government agencies. If they are, or if the applicants are to receive graduate medical education or training regardless of source of finances, a condition for accepting a J-visa prohibits J-visa beneficiaries from applying for immigration to the US and for certain work visas (H and L-visas) until the applicants have resided and been physically present in their own country of nationality or last residence for at least two years. This condition may also apply if the area of study or research is included in a skills list agreed to by the US Department of State and the applicant’s government. Before accepting a J-visa, you should inquire if this condition applies.

For persons wishing to participate in medical programs, there may be additional requirements. You can ask about these requirements by writing to

Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)
3624 Market Street, Level 4,
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2685
Phone: 1-215-386-5900