Questions and information about non-immigrant visas.
1. How do I apply for an expedited appointment?
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.
- Unforeseen travel requirements in support of business.
- Other cases that may involve travelers going to sports/media events and/or professional conferences or trainings.
- 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.
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.
- Sign in your registered account at theVisa Information Service.
- Select the option “request expedite” at the top of the site’s home.
- Follow the steps indicated therein and wait for an answer to the e-mail address used when creating your account.
2. What passport types are not accepted for my visa application?
Passports revalidated outside Argentina: The Consulate will not accept passports that were revalidated outside Argentina after May 26, 2011.
Consular passports: The Consulate will not accept consular passports issued from March 2010 to date.
3. My visa is still valid in my previous Argentine passport. Is that visa still valid?
As a general rule, we can say that if your passport is expired and you have a valid visa on it, you may travel with the passport holding the visa and a new valid passport (both passports need to show same nationality)
The RENAPER (passport issuing authority) in Argentina, at the moment of renewing a passport, in some cases revoked the old passport which is being renewed, so if you had a visa on it, it loses validity.
If you are intending to travel and have doubts about the status of your passport, we suggest you contact RENAPER.
We regret to inform people whose passports have been revoked or declared lost/stolen by RENAPER, that they should request a new visa to travel to the United States.
4. Visa Errors
It is the responsibility of the applicant to review all biographical data on the visa to confirm that it is correct. Any error in the visa could create significant delays at the Port of Entry in the United States. If there is an error in the data on the visa, which was not an error in the applicant’s passport, a replacement visa will be issued at no cost to the applicant, up to one year from the visa’s original date of issuance and only for the remaining validity of the original visa. In these cases, the applicant can drop his/her passport off at the Embassy any weekday (Monday thru Friday) from 8 am to 12 pm to have the error corrected. After one year from issuance, the applicant must complete a new application form and pay a new visa fee (plus any applicable reciprocity fees).
The applicants must schedule an appointment with the Applicant Service Center only if the error was already on the biographic data page of the passport.
Otherwise, if the error was caused by the Consulate, the applicant may appear at the Embassy from Monday through Friday from 8 to 12 PM (excluding holidays, which are detailed on our website) in order to have a new interview with the Consular Officer. Requirements to be met read as follows:
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 http://usvisa-info.com/es-AR/selfservice/ss_country_welcome and register online by creating an account for the applicant(s) or access an already existing account by selecting the options “Create account” or “Sign In” located at the upper-right margin of the site. Note: Once registered, you may return to the “Applicant Summary” section at any time by selecting the option “My account” located at the upper-right margin of the site.
Follow the steps indicated on the website by clicking on “Enter” or “Continue” , accordingly:
a) Select the visa category which corresponds to your application from the “Purpose of Travel” menu, e.g. for a tourism visa select: “Non-Inmigrant Visas”, “Tourist (B) , “Tourist Business Visas”. Access.
b) Select the DHL branch to pick up your visaed passport after the interview.
c) Pay the visa application fee (MRV fee) in cash or with credit card. There are three different ways of paying. Please, choose the option that suits you best.
- In case of paying with credit card instantly, you may continue with the application in one single step.
- In case of already having paid with credit card telephonically without creating your online account, in order to continue you will need to select the option “payment in cash” and enter the payment receipt number you were indicated by telephone into the system.
- In case of paying in cash through “Citibank” or “Rapipago”, you will need to print the payment receipt as indicated on the system, make the payment at the branch, and wait for 24 hours to finally re-access the website with your existing account and enter the payment receipt number.
Once you have followed the abovementioned steps, please appear at the Embassy from Monday through Friday from 8 to 12 PM, bringing the DS-160 form confirmation sheet and:
- A 5×5 cm, front-facing photo with white background, printed on photographic paper. Face should cover 50% of the photo.
- Passport on which the visa is included and any subsequently issued passport.
5. I am applying for an E-Visa. Do I need to fill out the DS-160 and the DS-156E?
It depends. If you are an E-Visa Principal Investor (E-2) applicant, all you need to complete is the DS-160. If you are a Treaty Trader or an Executive/Manager/Essential Employee you will need to complete the DS-160 and you or your employer will need to complete the paper DS-156E. In the future a new form, the DS-161, E-Visa Business Information form, will be released. This form will allow you or your employer to complete an online form and submit the form electronically to the Department. Until that time all treaty traders, executives, managers, and essential employees of an E-Visa business will be required to complete and submit the paper DS-156E.
6. What Does the Visa Expiration Date Mean?
The visa expiration date is shown on the visa. Depending on the alien’s nationality, visas can be issued for any number of entries, from as little as one entry to as many as multiple entries, for the same purpose of travel.
This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel for the same purpose, when the visa is issued for multiple entries.
The expiration date for the visa should not be confused with the authorized length of your stay in the U.S., given to you by the U.S. immigration inspector at the port-of-entry, on the Arrival-Departure Record, Form I-94, or I-94W for the Visa Waiver Program. The visa expiration date has nothing to do with the authorized length of your stay in the U.S. for any given visit.
7. For how long will my tourist/business visa be valid?
The specific duration of the visa will be determined by the consular officer during the visa interview. Argentines who are able to demonstrate strong ties to their country of residence may be issued a multiple entry B1/B2 (Business/Tourist) visa valid for 10 years. The validity of the visa has no bearing on the length of stay. Each time you enter the US, the Immigration Officials at the port of entry will determine how long you may stay. If the amount of time given to you is not sufficient, you may contact the nearest office of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Apply for the extension well in advance. Approval or denial of the extension is at the discretion of the USCIS.
8. I had a visa before. Do I automatically qualify for a renewal?
When your visa has expired and you wish to apply for another visa, please be prepared to demonstrate strong family, social, and economic ties to your country of residence at the time of your interview. Having been previously issued a visa does not guarantee that you will automatically qualify for another visa, i.e. there is no “renewal” or “renovation” of a non-immigrant visa to the United States. Just as each application for a visa is different, each time you apply for a visa you must demonstrate to the interviewing officer that you are qualified for the type of visa for which you are applying and that you will depart the United States at the end of your authorized temporary stay.
9. If I have only a tourist visa, what sort of activities can I do in the United States?
A B-2 visa is only valid for travel to the United States for a temporary visit for pleasure. In general terms this includes touring, visiting friends and relatives, visits for rest or medical treatment, participation in conventions, conferences or convocations of fraternal or social organizations, and participation by amateurs – who will receive no remuneration – in musical, sports or similar events or contests. For a visit for business purposes you need a classification B-1 visa. In general, Consular Officers issue B1/B2 visas, which are valid to perform all the activities mentioned above (business AND tourism).
10. I have a visa; do I need a return ticket?
If you hold a visa of any classification, including a B-1/B-2 visa, you are not required to hold a return ticket; you may enter the United States on a one-way ticket. However, the immigration officers at the port of entry may inquire regarding your intent to return to Argentina. All travelers should carry with them for presentation to US officials, if required, evidence of funds sufficient for their visit and, with the exception of H and L visa holders (long term work visas), evidence that they have a residence abroad to which they intend to return at the end of their stay. Examples of such evidence include: traveler’s checks, return tickets, copy of latest bank statement, a letter from parents saying they will support you, evidence of current employment and evidence of enrollment at an academic institution.
11. Can I travel without a visa?
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables citizens of certain countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. However, there are some requirements and restrictions. The Consulate will not determine whether a traveler is eligible to travel to the US under the Visa Waiver Program or not. Please, visit our Visa Waiver page for more information,
12. What happens if I enter on the visa waiver program and then decide I want to stay longer than 90 days?
You cannot extend the time on the Waiver Program. The 90 days also includes any time spent in Canada, Mexico and adjacent islands. Therefore, you cannot cross the border into these areas and then return for another 90 days. You can, however, ask for re-entry on the Waiver Program if you have left the continent.
13. Can I apply for a visa in Argentina if I am not an Argentine passport holder or a permanent resident in Argentina?
An applicant may apply at any U.S. Consulate abroad. However, it may be more difficult to qualify for the visa when applying outside one’s own country of permanent residence. You are expected to demonstrate strong ties to your country of residence which support your intention to return home after a temporary visit to the US. Therefore, applicants are advised to apply in their own country of permanent residence where they can more easily demonstrate these required ties.
14. I am an Argentine citizen. Can I apply for a US visa in another country?
An applicant has the right to apply at any consulate abroad. However, it may be more difficult to qualify for the visa when applying outside one’s own country of permanent residence. If you decide to apply abroad it is on the understanding that you may be refused, and the application fee is non-refundable if the visa is not issued. You are expected to demonstrate strong ties to your country that you plan to return to after your visit to the US. Therefore, applicants are advised to always apply in their own country of permanent residence if possible. The decision on the issuance of the visa will be made at the time of application.
NOTE: H-1B visa applicants are not required to show their intent to return to a permanent residence abroad.
15. Is my "indefinite" visa still valid?
Indefinite visas are no longer valid for travel to the U.S. Bearers of indefinite visas who wish to travel to the U.S. should apply for a new visa at a U.S. Consulate.
16. Do Argentines need 6 months validity on their passports to obtain a visa to the US?
This is not a requirement. While visa regulations state that a passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of the holder’s departure from the United States, the United States has an agreement with many countries (including Argentina) automatically extending the validity of a passport for six months past the passport’s expiration date. The result is that an Argentine passport should remain valid at least for the duration of the traveler’s stay in the United States.
17. I have a visa in my old passport. Can I just transfer it to my new passport?
It is not possible to transfer a visa from one passport to another without making a new visa application. You should carry both passports when traveling to the US. Please note that the Embassy no longer issues visas valid indefinitely.
Note: If, when canceling your old passport, your national passport authority has clipped the corners of the passport, and, in so doing, has damaged the visa in any way, that visa is no longer valid and cannot be used for travel to the United States.
18. My passport with a U.S. visa was stolen. Where should I report the incident?
You are highly encouraged to report the theft/loss of your passport with a valid U.S. visa to the U.S.Consulate.
When becoming aware of the incident, we request you notify us via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org about the theft or loss of your passport and that you send us a scanned copy of the police report.
19. I received my passport following the interview but there is a mistake on my visa. What should I do?
To avoid delay in travel, please check the information printed on the visa upon receipt to confirm that it is correct. Biographic information on the visa should match the information found on the passport biographic page. If you notice a misprint on your visa, please bring it to the Embassy from Monday through Friday, 8:00 to 12:00 a.m.
If the visa needs correction due to wrong information in the passport or incorrect information provided by the applicant during the consular interview, the applicant will need to re-apply for a new visa. In cases involving erroneous information in your passport, you will need to obtain a new passport prior to applying for a visa.
20. I was arrested/convicted years ago; Can I apply for a visa?
Anyone arrested or convicted of a crime (regardless of how long ago) may apply for a visa – they cannot use the Visa Waiver Program. The applicant must submit details including court date, type of offence, and outcome. The port of entry and exit to/from the US and the expected dates are also required. This information is in addition to the usual requirements for the type of visa being applied for. Applicants should be sure to indicate their arrest on the visa application form.
21. Can I present a copy of my I-797 approval notice for my work visa?
Yes, you may present a copy of your I-797 notification of approval from the office of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), although the original form is preferred. Note: When scheduling your appointment, you will be required to provide the approved petition number.
22. My company is sending me to the US office for training, Which type of visa do I need?
The B1/B2 visa allows you to attend short, in-house training courses of less than 6 months. The day of your interview, you should carry a letter on company letterhead stating the purpose of the trip, the approximate length of stay, and that your salary will continue to be paid from the Argentine Company. Letters from the US institution or company providing the training with a point of contact listed on the letter are strongly recommended.