Visas for Applicants Under 14 and over 80/Personal Appearance Waiver Program

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Overview

In many cases, visa applicants who are either under 14 years of age or at least 80 years of age qualify for our Personal Appearance Waiver program and may send in their application documents through Zoom. Please review the following criteria to determine if you qualify:

IMPORTANT
  • A profile must be created for every applicant. It does not matter if the applicant is under 14 or over 79. Everyone applying for a visa must have a profile created in order to associate the payments to these accounts. Please note, payments are non-transferable. We recommend not making any payments to profiles that are not applying for a visa, they are non-transferable and/or non-refundable
Applicants Under 14 Years Old
  • Both parents must have valid visas in the same visa class (for example, B-1/B-2) that they are requesting for their child, or have passports that qualify for the Visa Waiver Program (ESTA).
  • If one parent has sole custody of the child, that parent must have a valid visa or passport that qualifies for the Visa Waiver Program and proof that they have sole custody of the child.

Applicants at Least 80 Years Old

  • To qualify, the applicant must be at least the age of 80.

If you meet one of the following conditions, you do not qualify for the program and must apply through the regular process:
  • If the applicant under 14 years old has been denied a visa after the parents’ visas were approved.
  • If the previous visa was lost or stolen.
  • If either one or both parents are U.S. citizens.
  • If the applicant is between 14 and 79 years old.

How to Apply Through the Personal Appearance Waiver Program

Step 1

Complete the application formalso known as the DS-160.  The questions are in English, but you can access a Spanish translation by selecting “Spanish” in the ToolTip dropdown menu in the upper right corner of the page. Then place your cursor over a phrase to seen an instant translation. Once you have finished, please remember to print your confirmation page.

Step 2

Pay the nonrefundable application fee. You can check the available payment options in this link.

Step 3

Put together your application packet.

If you are applying for a visa for a child under 14 years old, you must submit the following documents:
  • Valid (current) passport for the child under age 14
  • Any previous visas (if applicable)
  • Application (DS-160) confirmation page.
  • Photocopies of both parents’ U.S. visas or photocopies of the biographic page of passports of parents who participate in the Visa Waiver Program
  • If a parent has sole custody of the child, a copy of the document indicating the parent has sole, legal custody
  • Signed and completed "Dropbox Application Checklist for Children under 14"
If you are 80 years old or older, your application must include the following:
  • Valid (current) passport
  • Any previous visas (if applicable)
  • Application (DS-160) confirmation page.
  • Signed and completed "Dropbox Application Checklist for Persons 80 and Over"
Step 4

Go to your nearest Zoom office and drop off your application documents.

Note that submitting an application through this program is not a guarantee of a visa.  The Embassy reserves the right to call an applicant in for an interview should the need arise.

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.

Q: Do children need to schedule an interview appointment?

A: Yes, every children must apply for a visa interview, If your child is under the age of 14, and both parents have valid visas, please review our Personal Appearance Waiver Program information to see if you qualify to apply through the program. If not, please apply through the normal process.

Q: Do all children have to come in person for their appointment?

A: Only the children older than 14 years old must come for the interview.