Renew My Visa

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The U.S. visa application process is the same whether you are applying for the first time or renewing your visa. It is important to know that a visa does not lose its validity even when the passport that contains it expires. In this case, you can travel with the valid visa in the expired passport, as long as you also bring your new, valid passport as well.


You may be eligible for a visa renewal appointment if you meet the following criteria:

  • I wish to renew a full-validity B1/B2 (business/tourism) visa, which was issued for 10 years for multiple entries.
  • My B1/B2 visa is currently valid or expired fewer than 12 months ago.
  • I am a citizen and/ resident of Guatemala.
  • My last visa was not canceled or revoked.
  • My last visa—valid or expired—has never been lost or stolen.
  • Everyone applying for a visa with me also meets the same criteria.
  • I do not have immediate travel plans.

You are not eligible for a visa renewal appointment if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • You have never had a U.S. visa.
  • You have a U.S. visa that expired more than 12 months ago.
  • Your last valid visa was cancelled or revoked.
  • You are not normally resident in Guatemala.
  • You lost your previous passport that had a valid or expired U.S. visa.
  • You have immediate travel plans.


Supporting Documentation

Bring the following documents to the Embassy on the day of your appointment:

  • A current, valid passport
  • Any passports containing previously-issued U.S. visas
  • As applicable, Form I-797 (H and L work visas), Form I-20 (F and M student visas), Form DS-2019 (J exchange visitor visa)


Apply for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa