Visas for Applicants Under 14 and over 80

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Questions and Answers

Q: Do children need a visa?
A: All travelers, including children, 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 children pay the same application fee as adults?
A: Yes, they do.

Q: Do children need to schedule an interview appointment?
A: If the applicant is under the age of 14 and is applying for a B1/B2 visa there is no need to attend an interview, but have the option of sending the documents via Cargo Expreso.

Q: Do all children have to come in person for their appointment?
A: Applicants aged 14 or over must attend an interview accompanied by both parents and with a recent, clearly legible birth certificate.

Drop Box

Applicants under the age of 14 or over the age of 80 who wish to send their documents via Express Cargo, must meet the following requirements:

For applicants under the age of 14:

  1. The applicant is under 14 years old.
  2. Both parents or legal guardians must have current valid, full-validity, multiple-entry B1/B2 visas issued for 10 years.
  3. The applicant’s parents cannot be legal residents or US Citizens.
  4. The visa must not be expired.
  5. The visa must be a full-validity, multiple-entry for five years and issued in El Salvador.
  6. He or she has not lived unlawfully in the United States and has not violated US law.
  7. The visa has not been previously lost or stolen.
  8. The visa has not been damaged.
  9. The visa has not been  cancelled or revoked.
  10. The visa has not been denied a renewal on the last 12 months.

For applicants over the age of 80:

  1. The applicant is over 80 years old.
  2. The visa must not be expired for more than 48 months.
  3. The visa must be a full-validity, multiple-entry for ten years and issued in El Salvador.
  4. He or she has not lived unlawfully in the United States and has not violated US law.
  5. The visa has not been previously lost or stolen.
  6. The visa has not been damaged.
  7. The visa has not been  cancelled or revoked.
  8. The visa has not been denied a renewal on the last 12 months.

If the applicant meets all the above requirements, please approach the Cargo Expreso branch with the following documents:

  1. The Drop box confirmation letter.
  2. Current, valid passport.
  3. If the current or last US visa was issued in another passport, include that passport as well.
  4. DS-160 confirmation page.
  5. Current 5cm x 5cm photograph taken within the last six months.
  6. For applicants under 14 years old it is necessary to include also a legible photocopy of the applicant's birth certificate, or Partida de Nacimiento, as it is known in El Salvador and legible photocopies of the valid B1/B2 visa of either parents or legal guardians.

Cargo Expreso will send all documents to the US Embassy at no charge and return the passport to the agency you previously selected.