Additional Fee For Immigrant Visas

Effective February 1, 2013, all individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a $165.00 USCIS Immigrant Fee before traveling to the United States. Only prospective adoptive parents whose child(ren) is/are entering the United States under either the Orphan or Hague Process, Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants who were employed by the U.S. government, returning residents, and those issued K visas are exempt from the new fee. To make this payment, please click here.

Additional information regarding this fee can be found here.

Immigrant Visa Information

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General Information

All persons who plan to travel to the United States to establish permanent residency must obtain an immigrant visa prior to entering the United States.

Most immigrant visa applications begin when a family-member who is a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident submits a petition (Form I-130) on behalf of the intending immigrant to an office of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In a limited number of cases, if the petitioner can demonstrate current residence in Guatemala for at least six months, the petition may be filed with the DHS office located in the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala. For more information, please click here to visit the DHS Guatemala Field Office web page.

Once DHS has approved a petition, the petition will be forwarded to the National Visa Center (NVC). The NVC will forward all Immediate Relative (IR) petitions to the embassy specified on the petition. The NVC will store all preference petitions until the priority dates are current. When a petition's priority date is current, the NVC will collect the necessary documents, schedule the consular interview date, and send the appointment letter to the applicant. To contact the National Visa Center, click here. Once you receive your appointment letter from NVC, or a letter with instructions on how to schedule your appointment, please prepare for your interview by reading the interview requirements below.

All immigrant visa applicants must have a scheduled appointment. No walk-ins of immigrant visa applicants will be allowed to enter the Consular Section. The Immigrant Visa Unit in the Consular Section in Guatemala City is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and on Fridays from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., with the exception of U.S. and Guatemalan holidays and the third Thursday of each month.

New Immigrant Visa Form DS-260.  Beginning September 1, 2013, the Immigrant Visa application previously known as Form DS-230 will change to an electronic format known as Form DS-260, which can be found here.

Embassy Appointment – Interview Requirements

Before your interview appointment date, please click here to create an account on this website and select your document delivery address. If your visa application is approved, Cargo Expreso will return your passport and visa to you at the pick-up location you select in your online registration. If you are unable to register before your visa interview, you will receive instructions on the day of your consular interview.

Every person applying for an immigrant visa, without regard to their age, should be present at their interview on the scheduled date. If you miss your visa interview appointment, your immigrant visa application will be cancelled a year from the date of your visa interview appointment. Applicants appearing for an interview must present their appointment letters and sealed medical exam envelopes by 7:30 am the day of their interview. Please review the security regulations of the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City found here.

The following linked documents provide instructions to complete your required medical examination and detailed guidelines about documents required at the consular interview:

For the most updated list of immigrant visa application fees, please click here.

For more information about visa photo requirements, please click here.

Rights and Protections for Foreign-Citizen Fiancé(e)s and Spouses of U.S. Citizens and Spouses of Lawful Permanent Residents

For more information about the rights and protection for foreign-citizen fiancé(e)s and spouses of U.S. citizens and spouses of lawful permanent residents, click here.

Additional Fee For Immigrant Visas

Effective February 1, 2013, all individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a $165.00 USCIS Immigrant Fee before traveling to the United States. Only prospective adoptive parents whose child(ren) is/are entering the United States under either the Orphan or Hague Process, Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants who were employed by the U.S. government, returning residents, and those issued K visas are exempt from the new fee. To make this payment, please click here.

Additional information regarding this fee can be found here.