Renew My Visa


The U.S. visa application process is the same whether you are applying for the first time or renewing your visa. It is important to know that your visa may still be valid even if the passport has expired. You can travel to the United States with your old passport containing a valid visa and your new valid passport.


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

  • You and your dependents wish to renew a full-validity B1/B2 (Business/Tourism) visa that is currently valid, or which will have expired fewer than 12 months on the date of your interview

Note: Full-validity visas are multiple-entry visas that were issued for 10 years for adults and five years for children

  • Your previous B1/B2visa was issued in El Salvador
  • You have not been denied the renewal of your B1/B2 visa on the last 12 months
  • You have never resided unlawfully in the United States or otherwise violated U.S. law
  • Your last visa has not been lost or stolen
  • Your last visa has not been cancelled or revoked
  • You have not been denied a visa within the last 12 months
  • Everyone applying for a visa with you also meets the same criteria

You will NOT be eligible for a visa renewal appointment if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • You have never had a U.S. visa
  • You have a U.S. visa that expired more than 12 months ago
  • Your last valid visa was cancelled or revoked
  • You lost your previous passport that had a valid or expired U.S. visa

If you are found not elegible for a renewal appointment you can request a visa using the regular process

Supporting Documentation

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


  • A current, valid passport
  • Any passports containing previously-issued U.S. visas
  • As applicable, Form I-797 (H and L work visas), Form I-20 (F and M student visas), Form DS-2019 (J exchange visitor visa)


Apply for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa.