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.

Drop Box

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE APPLICANT UNDER THE AGE OF 14: 

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

  • If under 14 years of age, either one or both parents currently have valid, full-validity, multiple-entry B1/B2 visas issued in Panama for 10 years.
  • The previous visa was not cancelled or revoked.

Foreign applicants under the age of 14 cannot apply for a visa under the Dropbox system, for them, an interview is required.

If an applicant under the age of 14 meets all of the criteria, please print this 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. The photo must have the visa requirements http://www.ustraveldocs.com/pa/pa-niv-photoinfo.asp
  • 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 one or both parents. 

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

  • In case the applicant is renewing a B1/B2 visa, the previous visa was not cancelled or revoked. 

If you are an applicant who is 80 years old or older and qualify, please print and take this letter 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 if the visa is still valid.
  • DS-160 confirmation page
  • Current 5cm x 5cm photograph taken within the last six months. The photo must have the visa requirements http://www.ustraveldocs.com/pa/pa-niv-photoinfo.asp

 

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 will not be returned. It is recommended that a clear, and legible, copy is submitted.

Passports that are not picked up or claimed within the 14 day deadline, will be returned to the Consular Section and returned to the Panama National Passport Authority and the visa will be canceled.

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