Renew My Visa

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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.

Interview Waiver for Applicants Renewing the Visa B1/B2

Starting on December 11, 2017, all the applicant who meet the following criteria and would like to renew their B1/B2 visa can apply for a renewal by mail via Cargo Trans:

  • My last visa was issued for at least 12 months, for multiple entries and without annotation.
  • I am applying in the same visa category.
  • I am applying for the new visa less than 12 months after the expiration date of my old visa.
  • My most recent visa was issued after October 1, 2007 in Managua.
  • I am a citizen and/or resident of Nicaragua.
  • I was over 14 years at the time the visa was issued.
  • 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 12 months.
  • In case the applicant is renewing a B1/B2 visa, the visa was not cancelled or revoked.
  • If the applicant is under the age of 14 and parent(s) listed on the birth certificate is/are in possession of a valid full-validity B1/B2 visa.  Please see the instructions on the section Visas for Minors/Dropbox process.

If you meet all the above criteria, you should complete the DS160 form, make the respective payment of the MRV fee (see the payment instructions: Bank and Payment Options/Pay My Visa Fee), create a profile, and follow the application process that is required by the system.  Remember that you can also contact the US Visa Service Desk  for assistance.

Once the application process has been completed, print and take the Interview Waiver Confirmation Letter with the following documentation to any Cargo Trans location:

If you do not meet all the above criteria, please contact the call center to schedule a regular appointment.

Please note that Cargo Trans will send all documents to the US Embassy at no charge and return the passport to the agency you previously selected. Remember that any documentation aside from passports and birth certificates sent with your visa application will be kept by the Embassy and not returned.

Remember that to send these documents through Cargo Trans; you must present the personalized Interview Waiver Confirmation Letter for each of the applicants who are applying to this process.

Further Instructions

If any of the following apply to you, you cannot apply to the visa through the Interview Waiver process, 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 12 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 send the visa application through Cargo Trans, but do not meet the requirements, your process will be delayed because your documentation will be returned through Cargo Trans, and you will be instructed to schedule for a regular appointment. If you are applying with family members, and only some members qualify for a renewal, please note that all family members who do not qualify to the Interview Waiver criteria should schedule regular appointments.

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