Renew My Visa

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Overview

It is important to know that your visa remains valid until its expiration date, even if the passport containing the visa expires. You can travel to the United States with your old passport containing the valid visa and your new, valid passport.

The Embassy offers expedited appointments to applicants renewing visas who meet all of the qualifications below.  Our appointment system will use a series of questions to determine your eligibility for this program.  Qualified applicants will be directed to select an appointment time that is designated for an expedited appointment.  Just follow the instructions in the system and you will be automatically directed to the correct appointment type.

If you schedule an appointment for a visa renewal, but do not meet the requirements, you will be instructed to reschedule for a regular appointment. If you are applying with family members who do not qualify for a renewal appointment (and are over the age of seven), all family members will be instructed to reschedule regular appointments.

Qualifications

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

  • You are applying for the same type of visa as the one you are renewing (B1/B2, C1, or C1/D only)
  • Your last visa is still valid or expired no more than 48 months (4 years) ago
  • Your last visa was valid for multiple entries and at least 12 months
  • You have not been denied a visa after the issuance of the previous visa
  • Your full name and date of birth, as they appear in your current passport, coincide with your last visa.
  • You live in Nicaragua
  • Your last visa has not been lost or stolen
  • Your last visa has not been cancelled or revoked
  • Everyone applying for a visa with you also meets the same criteria
  • Children under 7 years of age may qualify for a visa renewal appointment if they are applying with both parents, who also qualify for IWP renewal appointments.
  • Your last visa does not have the words “Clearance Received” written on it
  • You have never resided unlawfully in the United States or otherwise violated U.S. law

If any of the following apply to you, you cannot make a renewal appointment, and you must schedule a regular appointment:   

  • You have never had a U.S. visa
  • You have a U.S. visa that expired more than 4 years (48 months) ago
  • You have only had single-entry visas
  • You wish to apply for a visa in a different visa class than you have received before

If you schedule an appointment for a visa renewal, but do not meet the requirements, you will be instructed to reschedule for a regular appointment. If you are applying with family members, and only some members qualify for a renewal appointment, all family members will be instructed to reschedule regular appointments.

Supporting Documentation

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

  • Your current, valid passport
  • Your previous passport with your last visa and other passports issued after this one.
  • Confirmation page of DS-160
  • Payment receipt
  • 1 color photo of 2x2”. See photograph requirements here: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/general/photos.html
  • Appointment confirmation page.

Apply for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa