Visas for Applicants Under 14 and over 79

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Non Immigrant Visa for Applicants under 14 and over 79 years old

Please review this information for the requirements of nonimmigrant visa for applicants over 79 years, or under 14 years of age applying at the U.S Consular office in Costa Rica.

Requirements for Applicants under 14 years old

Applicants under 14 years of age are not required to appear for a nonimmigrant visa interview at any Embassy/Consulate in Costa Rica. If the applicant meets the following criteria, a visa for the first time or renewal may be requested by mail.

  • The applicant is under the age of 14 and all of his parents or validity legal guardians currently have valid, full-, multiple-entry B1/B2 visas issued for 10 years.
  • In case the applicant is renewing a B1/B2 visa, he or she has not lived unlawfully in the United States and has not violated US law.
  • In case the applicant is renewing a B1/B2 visa, the visa was not previously lost or stolen.
  • In case the applicant is renewing a B1/B2 visa, the visa was not damaged.
  • In case the applicant is renewing a B1/B2 visa, the applicant has not been denied a visa within the past 36 months.
  • In case the applicant is renewing a B1/B2 visa, the visa was not cancelled or revoked.
  • To be a Citizen or resident of Costa Rica.
  • You wish to apply to a visa for the first time or you with to renew a B1/B2 (business/tourism) visa.
  • Everyone applying for a visa with you also meets the same criteria.

Supporting Documents for Applicants under 14 years old

DEAR APPLICANT, PLEASE DO NOT ATTACH ANY OTHER DOCUMENTATION, ONLY REQUIRED DOCUMENTS LISTED BELOW. NO NEED DOCUMENTS AS ECONOMIC SOLVENCY BANK ACCOUNTS, CERTIFICATE OF TITLE, LETTER OF EMPLOYER, OR OTHERS.

All applicants must include the following documents when submitting their applications by mail:

  • Current, valid passport
  • If his or her current or last US visa was issued in another passport, include that passport as well.
  • DS-160 confirmation page
  • Current 5cm x 5cm photograph taken within the last six months (conforming to the guidelines on this webpage). Failure to submit a valid photograph will delay the processing of your case.
  • Legible photocopy of the applicant's birth certificate, or Certificado de Nacimiento, from The Civil Registry.
  • Legible photocopies of the valid B1/B2 visa of both parents or legal guardians
  • A visa fee receipt for the current visa application.
  • The drop-box submission letter.

Requirements for Applicants over 79 years old

Applicants over 79 years of age from the date of submission are not required to appear for a nonimmigrant visa interview at any Embassy/Consulate in Costa Rica. If the applicant meets the following criteria, a visa for the first time or renewal may be requested by mail:

  • To be 80 years or older.
  • To be a Citizen or resident of Costa Rica.
  • You wish to apply to a visa for the first time or you wish to renew a full-validity B1/B2 (business/tourism) visa, which was issued for 10 years for multiple entries and not expired more than 36 months ago.
  • Your last visa was not cancelled, suspended or denied.
  • Your last valid visa -valid or expired- has never been lost or stolen.
  • Your last valid visa -valid or expired- has not been damaged.
  • Everyone applying for a visa with you also meets the same criteria.

Supporting Documents for Applicants over 79 years old

All applicants must include the following documents when submitting their applications:

  • Applicant's current and all old passports
  • A completed DS-160 confirmation page.
  • Current 5cm x 5cm photograph taken within the last six months (conforming to the guidelines on this webpage). Failure to submit a valid photograph will delay the processing of your case.
  • A visa fee receipt for the current visa application.
  • The drop-box submission letter.

How to Apply

Step 1

Pay the visa application fee and any reciprocity fee associated with your visa. This webpage lists all of the visa fees associated with the most common nonimmigrant visa types. Instructions for how to pay your fees are available on this webpage.

Step 2

Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form. After completing the form, print and save your confirmation page.

Step 3

Register an account on this webpage. Follow the steps to schedule an interview. Answer the questions carefully.
If you qualify for drop-box submission, you will receive a drop-box submission letter containing a document checklist. Print two copies of the drop-box submission letter and present the respective supporting documents.

Step 4

Deliver your documents at one of our Correos de Costa Rica agencies.

Note: Failure to submit the above documents as per criteria will delay the processing of your case.

Step 5

If additional information is needed to complete processing of your case, you will be informed by email. If your application is approved, your passport and visa will be delivered for pickup to your selected Document Collection center you specified when you scheduled your interview. Details on passport delivery are available on this webpage.

Questions and Answers related to applicants under 14 years old

Q: Do children need a visa?

A: All travelers, including children, need a visa to travel to the United States or must qualify to travel without a visa through a special program, such as the Visa Waiver Program.

Q: Do children pay the same application fee as adults?

A: Yes, they do.

Q: Do children need to schedule an interview appointment?

A: Every applicant requires an appointment.

Q: Do all children have to come in person for their appointment?

A: No. Children ages 9 and below generally are not required to appear in person for an interview. However, a consular officer may require a personal appearance by any child if there are doubts about the child"s present location, identity and/or legal custody.

Q: Do both parents need to attend the child"s interview?

A: Both parents and/or the legal guardian should attend the interview for all minor applicants, including in instances where the minor applicant is not required to attend. Even where neither parent is intending to travel with the child, the parents must be prepared to provide original, convincing evidence of the immediate family"s long-term economic, family, academic, and personal ties that would compel the applicant to return home after a short visit to the United States. Parents should also bring the child"s birth certificate, along with their own passport or ID card. Legal guardians must show proof of custody of all minor children. Parents and guardians should also obtain an exit travel permit, known as Permiso de Salida, for the child from the National Child Welfare Agency, issued by the Immigration Department. Except under extraordinary circumstances and/or a showing of sole custody by a parent or legal guardian, a failure by either parent to attend the visa interview may result in a refusal of the visa.