Visas for minors under the age of 18 and 80 and over

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Questions and Answers

Q: Do minors need a visa?
A: All travelers, including minors, need a visa to travel to the United States or must qualify to travel without a visa through a special program, such as the Visa Waiver Program.

Q: Do minors pay the same application fee as adults?
A: Yes, the application fee is the same for both adults and minors.

Q: Do minors need to schedule an interview appointment?
A: Yes, every applicant requires an appointment.

Q: Do minors have to come in person for their appointment?
A: All minors are required to attend their visa interview, except Panamanian citizen minors under the age of 14.

NOTE: Panamanian minors are those minors holding Republic of Panama passports.

Q: Do the minor’s parents also need to attend the interview?
A: At least one parent, or the legal guardian, of the minor must attend the interview appointment. The attending parent must bring the minor’s passport and an original copy of the minor’s birth certificate. Parents must bring their current valid passport with U.S. visa (current or expired) to the interview. Even when neither parent is intending to travel with the minor, the parents must provide evidence of the family’s long-term economic, family, academic, and personal ties that would compel the applicant to return home after a short visit to the United States. Legal guardians must show proof of custody of all minor children.

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE APPLICANT UNDER THE AGE OF 14: 

Read carefully the following criteria to make certain that the applicant qualifies: 

  • The applicant is under the age of 14 and either one or both parents or legal guardians currently have valid, full-validity, multiple-entry B1/B2 visas issued for 10 years. 
  • If one or both parents, or legal guardians, are foreign their visas must have been issued in Panama.
  • He or she has not lived unlawfully in the United States and has not violated US law.
  • If the previous visa was lost or stolen, the applicant must submit a copy of the police report with the passport, otherwise, we will not be able to process the case.
  • The previous visa was not cancelled or revoked. 

If an applicant under the age of 14 meets all of the criteria, please enter to our schedule system and follow the steps to apply to Dropbox, print the Confirmation Letter and bring it with the following documentation to any Fletes Chavale location: 

  • Current, valid passport.
  • If his or her current or last US visa was issued in another passport, include that passport as well.
  • DS-160 confirmation page.
  • Current 5cm x 5cm photograph taken within the last six months. 
  • Legible photocopy of the applicant's birth certificate, or Certificado de Nacimiento, as it is known in Panama
  • Legible photocopies of the valid B1/B2 visas of both parents or legal guardians 

 
INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICANTS WHO ARE 80 AND OVER: 
If the applicant meets the following criteria, a B1/B2 visa may be requested by mail: 

  • Applicant is applying for a visa for the first time, or, if renewing a B1/B2 visa, the previous visa was not denied.
  • He or she has not lived unlawfully in the United States and has not violated US law.
  • The previous visa was not lost or stolen.
  • 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 you are an applicant who are 80 and over and meets all of the criteria, please enter to our schedule system and follow the steps to apply to Dropbox, print the Confirmation Letter and bring it with the following documentation to any Fletes Chavale location: 

  • Current, valid passport
  • If your current or last US visa was issued in another passport, include this passport as well. 
  • DS-160 confirmation page
  • Current 5cm x 5cm photograph taken within the last six months 

 
Fletes Chavale 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 sent with your visa application will be kept by the Embassy and not returned.

To send the documents through Fletes Chavale; you must present a Drop Box Confirmation Letter for each applicant applying through this process.