Renew My Business/Tourism Visa

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Overview

The U.S. visa application process is the same whether you are applying for the first time or renewing your visa. However, if you meet certain requirements, you can make a renewal appointment for your Business/Tourism visa. A renewal appointment normally reduces the time you spend at the Consulate by approximately 30 minutes.  Should you find that a renewal appointment is not available at your desired date and time, you may alternatively make a regular Business/Tourism category appointment.  You cannot, however, have an appointment in both categories.

If you would like to make a visa renewal appointment for yourself and family members, each individual family member must meet all of the qualifications below. If some of your family members do not meet these qualifications, you all must make regular appointments.

Qualifications

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

  • You wish to renew a full-validity B1/B2 (Business/Tourism) visa that is currently valid, or which expired less than 12 months prior to the date of your interview. Full-validity visas are multiple-entry visas that were issued for 10 years (for adults) and 5 years (for children, i.e., the visa was issued when the child was less than 14 years old).
  • You are a citizen or permanent resident of Panama.
  • The expired visa was issued in Panama.
  • You have never resided unlawfully in the United States or otherwise violated U.S. law.
  • Your last visa has never been lost or stolen.
  • Your full name and date of birth, as they appear in your current passport, coincide with your last visa.
  • Your last visa has not been damaged.
  • You do not have immediate travel plans. Specifically, you do not intend to travel to the U.S. in the two weeks following your visa appointment.

 

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

    • You have a U.S. visa that expired more than 12 months prior to the date of your interview.
    • You wish to renew a visa class other than a B1/B2.
    • Your previous visa was limited to a single entry or to a period of validity that was less than 10 years (for adults) and 5 years (for children, i.e., the visa was issued when the child was less than 14 years old).
    • The expired visa was not issued in Panama.
    • Your visa had the following annotation - “Clearance Received”.
    • Your last valid visa was canceled or revoked.
    • Your previous passport that had a valid or expired U.S. visa was lost or stolen
    • You have immediate travel plans (i.e., you intend to travel to the U.S. in the two weeks following your visa appointment).

 If you schedule an appointment for a visa renewal, but do not meet the requirements, you will be instructed to reschedule your appointment for a regular appointment. If you are applying with family members, and only one member qualifies 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:

      • A current, valid Panamanian passport
      • Any passports containing previously-issued U.S. visas and travel to the United States
      • Confirmation page of the DS-160
      • Bank receipt
      • Photograph

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