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Visa Definitions

What is an immigrant visa?
What is a nonimmigrant visa?  

Applying for a Nonimmigrant Visa

 Visa Types 

 Getting/Using the Visa 

Denied a Visa  

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Visa Definitions   

 What is an Immigrant Visa?
An immigrant visa is a document issued by a U.S. consular officer abroad that allows you to travel to the U.S. and apply for admission as a Legal Permanent Resident (LPR).  An immigration inspector of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of the Department of Homeland Security makes the final decision as to whether or not to admit you as an LPR.  Once you are admitted as an LPR, you generally have the right to live and work in the U.S. permanently.  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of the Department of Homeland Security will mail your permanent resident card (often called a “green card”) to your new address in the U.S., usually within three months of your entry into the U.S.
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What is a nonimmigrant visa
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A nonimmigrant visa permits an individual to enter and remain in the United States for a temporary visit and to take part in the activities allowed under the particular visa classification issued.  The alien may remain in the U.S. for the period of time determined by CBP at the port of entry and may engage only in activities allowed for the assigned visa category.  top  

 Applying for a nonimmigrant visa 

 How do I apply for a nonimmigrant visa? 
Click here for Instructions on how to schedule and apply for a visitor’s visa, and who qualifies.  
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Where can I have my visa photo taken?
  

Managua

FOTOMAX: Frente donde fue el cine Cabrera. Telf.: 2-265-0368. 

AGFA: Frente a Policlínica Nicaragüense. Telf.: 2-266-2830

Konica Quick Photo: Metrocentro III Etp. Telf.: 2-271-9179

Departamentos

FOTO AMERICA  Igl. El Calvario 50 vrs oeste, 2-311-2665, León. C$80.00, 2 Unds.
FOTO PONCE: Bomberos 10vrs abajo, por el Parque. Telf.: 2-341-3049 Chinandega
FOTO SANCHEZ: Banic 75 vrs. al Norte, Telf.: 2-563-0837 Rivas
FOTO DEMETRIO: Tel. 2-552-5410/2-552-5471, Granada
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Do I have to apply in person?
All applicants, with few exceptions, must appear in person at the Embassy for their visa interview appointment.
 
Children between the ages of two and eighteen years of age should be accompanied by their both parents and/or legal guardians and present an original birth certificate at the time of the interview.

This personal appearance requirement may only be waived for applicants who meet the following criteria:   

  1. A child under two years of age, meeting the following conditions:
    • All children visa applications under the age of 18 must be accompanied by both biological parents at the interview for their child's visa regardles the age.  The only exceptions would be death, divorce, a birth certificate showing father unknown, or legal custody due to other circumstances (e.g. adoption or orphans).  In each exception, a legal document would be required to show cause for the other parent's absence.  In the case of remarriage, the child's mother/father must appear with the current spouse (i.e. child's stepparent).  Parents are required to show original birth certificates for all minor children.
  2. An applicant for a diplomatic or official visa. 
  3. An applicant who is 80 years of age or older, meeting the following conditions:
    • The applicant has never been refused a visa or was issued a visa after a prior refusal, and
    • the applicant has never violated the terms of a U.S. visa.

 How to apply if you are over 80 and qualify for an appearance waiver:  

  • Pay the nonrefundable visa application fee at CITIBANK.
  • Submit the required documents in person at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy any day of the week between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., except for Thursdays, weekends and Nicaraguan and U.S. holidays.

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What do I present to apply for a visa?
You MUST bring to your visa interview:

  • Valid Passport, with an expiration date no less than six months beyond the date of travel.
  • DS-160 Confirmation Page. All applicants must complete and submit the
    DS-160 – Nonimmigrant Visa Application
    electronically and in English.

    Click here for a List of Cyber Cafes (pdf, 338kb)f to assist you in printing out the forms using a required high quality printer (laser or inkjet).

    If you are not able to upload a photograph successfully into the DS-160, you must bring a Proper Photograph to you interview.
  • $160 Paid CITIBANK Fee receipt marked “MRV.” (Paid in córdobas).
  • Any supporting documentation as discussed in the immediately following question, “Qualifying for a Nonimmigrant Visa.” 

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Qualifying for a nonimmigrant visa
According to U.S. Immigration and Naturalization laws and statutes, every applicant is presumed to be an intending immigrant until he/she establishes to the full satisfaction of the consular officer, at the time of interview and to the immigration officer at the time of application for admission at any port of entry, that he/she is entitled to nonimmigrant status and intends to return to his/her own country after completing the purpose of their travel in the U.S.

The burden of proof is on the applicant to establish qualification for nonimmigrant status and the type of nonimmigrant visa for which the application is made.  U.S consular officers base issuance or denial of visas on the requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, as amended.  To obtain a visitors visa, applicants must demonstrate they have a residence abroad, sufficient financial resources to undertake the trip, and family and professional ties to their home country to establish that they will depart the U.S after completion of the trip.

The focus of an interview will not be documents. However, the consular officer may wish to see documentary evidence supporting your case. Supporting documentation must be in original and should support your visa application by detailing employment, reason for travel, and/or current financial status (for example: pay stubs, job letter, and bank statements or account booklets). In most cases, these documents should demonstrate that you have motives and intention to return to your country at the end of your visit. you will also need to bring the following documents:  

  • prior passports with U.S. visas (and/or of spouses/children/parents);
  •  marriage certificates (original);
  • birth certificates of children (originals), REQUIRED for minor travelers to the United States.   top

Is there help available to fill out my application form?
The Consular Section does not provide any help regarding on how to fill out the electronic DS-160 form. There is a list of Internet Cafes where applicant can receive assistance. The Consular Section does not take any responsibility for the integrity or professional skills of the following Internet Cafes. The people that represent these Internet Cafes received information from the U.S. Embassy on filling out the DS-160 form. The list provided is organized in random order. The fees listed were established by each private business with no participation from the U.S. Embassy. List of Internet Cafes

When should I begin applying for a visa?
Begin the process at least two months in advance of your travel plans.
Do not purchase your airline tickets until your visa has been issued.    top

Interview wait times
Appointment Wait Times between payment of the application fee and an interview date vary periodically according to demand. Plan accordingly - please take these times into account in arranging visas for your travel dates.   top

Should I wait for my visa to expire to apply for a new one?
No. You can begin the process of applying for a visa two months before the visa expires. Remember that any application for a visa is a new application, requiring a new and complete application form, fee, passport, photo, interview and establishment of qualifications to receive the visa. top

The tourist visa will expire soon. Can I travel before of its expiration date?
According to the Immigration Law of the United States, you can travel with a visa until the last day of its validity. Please check with airlines agencies if they have restrictions on passengers boarding with visas about to expire.   top

For how long must my passport be valid to receive a visa?
The passport should have an expiration date no less than six (6) months beyond the date of travel.   top 

Who may accompany me to the visa interview?

Visa interviews are between the applicant and the interviewing consular officer.  Third parties, unless both parents accompanying a minor to the interview or assisting a physically or disabled applicant, are generally not permitted to enter the Consulate.  For other special circumstances, please inquire to managuaniv@state.gov for guidance.  Should the interviewing officer require information from a third party pertinent to the applicant's qualifications, the applicant will be asked to provide any such additional information through established procedures at the visa interview.   top 

What happens if I miss my visa interview appointment?
If you miss your visa interview appointment, you will need to reschedule another appointment with the Call Center at 2229-1999.  This number can be accessed from a touch-tone, land-based telephone or cellular phone. If you are calling from the United States, use (703) 745-5479. Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Central Time.
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Can I confirm my visa interview appointment with the Consulate?
The Consulate does not determine nonimmigrant visa appointment schedules.  These are handled through a contracted out Call Center.  We do not receive lists of scheduled appointment until the day before the appointments occur, and thus are unable to confirm any visa interview appointments.  To schedule an appointment, please contact the Call Center at 2229-1999.   top 

What effect does my association with a citizen of the United States have on my application for a visa?
An individual can be invited by a citizen of the United States.  However, every applicant must qualify for the visa on their own individual merits.  Letters of support by an organization or individual may be submitted, however, the applicant him or herself must overcome the presumption of immigrant intent.

While we understand that your American relative/friend/contact may wish to sponsor you, each applicant must qualify for a nonimmigrant visa on his or her own merits, even though you are being invited by them.  It follows then that the applicant’s financial well-being is the subject of the interview, not the sponsor’s.

The law does not allow for a visa to be issued based on a sponsor’s guarantee of financial support.  There exists no mechanism for the posting of a bond or financial guarantee on the applicant’s behalf.  Additionally, the Form I-134 Affidavit of Support does not generally apply to nonimmigrant visa adjudications.   Such documentation is generally used for consideration only in Immigrant Visa cases.  
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How can I apply for a humanitarian visa?
There is no specific category of “humanitarian visa” as such.  Consular Officers are often confronted with difficult decisions in cases that involve a humanitarian component.  Nevertheless, all B1/B2 visa applicants must overcome the assumption of Section 214(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, that they are intending immigrants, no matter how critical the humanitarian situation may be.
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How do I apply for a visa for my personal or domestic employee?
Please visit our Personal or Domestic Employess Visa page.

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I am a Nicaraguan living abroad. Where do I make an application for a nonimmigrant visa?
If you are a Nicaraguan living abroad and want to apply for a nonimmigrant visa (tourist, transit, student, crew and petition-based visas: H, L, P, O, Q and R), you must apply to the nearest U.S. Consulate to the country you reside.   top

I am a foreigner living in Nicaragua.  Can I apply for a visa to the United States here at the U.S. Consulate in Managua, Nicaragua?Individuals should apply where they have permanent residence and are working, or have other means of demonstrating their ties outside the U.S.  Generally, those who are not legal residents of Nicaragua should apply for a visa to the United States in their country of residency due to the difficulty in demonstrating their ties to their home country when outside of that country.   top    

I am a legal permanent resident of the U.S., but I am no longer interested in living in the U.S. What do I need to do if I want to make a short trip to visit the U.S.?
If you are interested in abandoning your residency status/resident card (green card) and applying for a visitor visa, visit our”How to apply” section to get more information. You will also need to fill out form I-407 in order to formally abandon your residency status/resident card. Note: Abandoning your residency status/resident card is not a guarantee that you will be approved for a visitor visa. top

I had my visa interview, but the consular officer told me that my application needed an administrative processing. What does he/she mean?
This means that the consular officer does not require any action from your part. We will contact you when this process is complete. If you would like to check the status of your visa application, visit https://ceac.state.gov/CEAC/ top

Citizens of Visa Waiver Countries and the new ESTA requirement for travelling to the United States.
Individuals who are citizens of countries which participate in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP) may travel to the U.S. without a U.S. visa if traveling with an appropriate machine-readable passport meeting the requirements of VWP travel.  

Please note that temporary, emergency, official and diplomatic passports are exempted from biometric digital photo and chip requirements, but must be machine-readable. German temporary or emergency passports are not included in this biometric e-passport exemption.   

If your passport does not meet VWP requirements, you need a U.S. visa and must apply as described above at How do I apply for a nonimmigrant visa?  

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced implementation of the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), a new fully automated, electronic system for screening passengers before they begin travel to the United States under the VWP.  

ESTA applications may be submitted at any time prior to travel to the United States, and VWP travelers are encouraged to apply for authorization as soon as they begin to plan a trip to the United States.  ESTA has been mandatory for all WVP travelers since January 12th, 2009. You can register your travel at the following link: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/id_visa/esta/top

Why my fingerprints are taken?
Fingerprints reduce the value of a lost or stolen document and protect the identity of the visa applicant from document misuse.  Also, taking 10 fingerprints puts applicants in the position of potentially qualifying for a waiver of personal appearance for future applications. Where 10 prints are expected to accompany the visa, the absence of those prints could well send the applicant into secondary inspection and fingerprint collection on arrival at port of entry. Misinformed applicants still think that fingerprints are dirty, inked, and rolled on a card. They are often surprised to learn fingerprinting is a simple electronic collection process. top

Visa Types  

What type of visa do I need?
The purpose of entry into the U.S. determines the classification of the visa that is issued.  The following is a list with the most commonly sought nonimmigrant visa categories and an explanation for each. For a general list of visa types click here. The purpose of entry into the U.S. determines the classification of the visa that is issued.  The following is a list with the most commonly sought Nonimmigrant Visa categories and an explanation for each.   The purpose of entry into the U.S. determines the classification of the visa that is issued.  The following is a list with the most commonly sought Nonimmigrant Visa categories and an explanation for each.   Fingerprints reduce the value of a lost or stolen document and protect the identity of the visa applicant from document misuse.  Also, taking 10 fingerprints puts applicants in the position of potentially qualifying for a waiver of personal appearance for future applications. Where 10 prints are expected to accompany the visa, the absence of those prints could well send the applicant into secondary inspection and fingerprint collection on arrival at port of entry. top

Temporary Visitor for Business or Tourism (B1/B2 – B1 Business/B2 Tourism)
A temporary visitor for business or tourism is any alien who:

  •  Has a residence in a foreign country which they do not intend to abandon;
  • Seeks admission for the sole purpose of engaging in legitimate activities related to business or pleasure;
  • Intends to enter the United States for a period of specifically limited duration; and
  • Has an adequate financial arrangement to enable him/her to carry out the purpose of the visit to and departure from the U.S.    top

Medical Treatment (B2)
To apply for a visa for medical treatment in the United States, the following information, where relevant, should be provided at the visa interview:

  • Information on the approximate costs of the treatment;
  • Show proof on how those costs will be covered;
  • In the case of an individual sponsor, we would need to see evidence of sufficient financial resources to meet the sometimes substantial costs of medical treatment and/or surgery in the U.S.;
  • Affidavits from the hospital/organization that will cover the expenses beyond those borne by the individual sponsors;
  • An epicrisis from the Doctor that has been treating the patient (in Nicaragua);
  • A signed letter from the Hospital explaining the treatment required, the amount of time the patient is expected to be treated, the recovery time, and how much the treatment is estimated to cost;
  • A signed letter from the Specialist that will be treating the patient explaining the medical procedure and the estimated length of treatment;
  • Evidence of the applicant’s economic and family ties to Nicaragua that demonstrate that the applicant intends to return to Nicaragua after being treated in the U.S.   top

Transit (C1)
Nicaraguans need visas to transit through the U.S.  The requirements are the same as for any type of visitor visa; this implies a new and complete application form, fee, photo, passport, interview and establishment of qualifications to receive the visa.
An applicant for Transit is any person who:    

  • Intends to pass in immediate and continuous transit through the United States;
  • Has onward transportation arrangements that takes the alien directly through the United States;
  • Is in possession of sufficient funds to carry out the purpose of the transit journey, or has sufficient funds otherwise available for that purpose; and
  • Has permission to enter some country other than the U.S. following the transit through the U.S., unless the alien submits satisfactory evidence that such advance permission is not required.
  • The applicant is usually admitted, in practice, only until the next available onward transportation.   top

Crew Member (Ship or Airplane - C1/D)
A crewmember (Sea or Air) is any alien who is employed on board a vessel or aircraft of a company registered with the Embassy and is employed in a capacity required for normal operation and service as a regular member of the crew.

For C1/D visas applicants should bring an original copy of their current employment contract letter from the company they work for and any current or expired visas from the last five years.   top

Student/Spouse or Child of Student
When applying for a student visa the applicant must present:  

  • A form I-20 properly completed and signed by the applicant, a designated school official and, if necessary, the parents of the student.
  • Applicants for F1 student visas (as well as for categories F3, M1, M3 and J1) must pay the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS) I-901 Fee.  You may do this by visiting the SEVIS I-901 Fee Web page of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), paying the fee by credit card and printing the receipt, or by visiting your local Western Union office.  Present the SEVIS Fee receipt at the visa interview.
  • One passport style photo on a white background (if needed).
  • A valid passport.
  • The bank receipt showing payment of the US$160.00 “MRV” application fee.
  • Evidence of having sufficient financial resources to cover expenses while in the United States or information to satisfy the consular officer that other arrangements have been made to meet those expenses.
  • Evidence of sufficient ties to Nicaragua that proves the intention and ability to depart the United States upon completion of studies.
  • A student visa may not be issued to an applicant more than 120 days in advance of his or her studies and the applicant may not enter the United States more than 30 days in advance of the beginning of studies as shown on the Form I-20.  Applicants continuing on a student visa are not subject to this restriction.

The alien spouse and minor children of an alien who has been or will be issued a student visa may receive an F2 visa if the consular officer is satisfied:  

  • That they will be accompanying or following to join the principal alien.
  • That sufficient funds are available to cover their expenses during their stay in the United States.
  • That there is evidence of sufficient ties to Nicaragua that will prove their intention to depart the United States upon the termination of the status of the principal alien.
  • F2 visa applicants should also present original copies of marriage and birth certificates, plus an original I-20 form. Useful Links: America USA, Schools and Programs, STUDY in the STATE.

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Exchange Visitor/Spouse or Child of Exchange Visitor
An applicant applying for an exchange visitor must meet the following requirements in order to qualify:  

  • Acceptance to a designated exchange visitor program, as evidenced by presentation of Form DS-2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J1) Status.
  • Possession of sufficient funds, or adequate arrangements, to cover expenses.
  •  Sufficient proficiency in the English language to undertake the anticipated program successfully.
  • Present intent to leave the United States at conclusion of program.
  • Possession of qualifications for the program offered.
  • Applicants for J1 exchange visitor status must pay the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS) I-901 Fee.  You may do this by visiting the SEVIS I-901 Fee Web page of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), paying the fee by credit card and printing the receipt, or by visiting your local Western Union office.  Present the SEVIS Fee receipt at the visa interview
  • The SEVIS I-901 fee is $180, and is non-refundable.  Short-term exchange visitors such as au pairs, summer work/travel (SWT), and camp counselors pay a reduced $35 fee.  Individuals participating in a program sponsored by the Federal Government with program codes of G1, G2 or G3 are statutorily exempt from the fee.
  • Please click here to learn when paying the SEVIS I-901 fee is not required for continuing exchange visitors.
  • Please visit the SEVIS I-901 Fee Frequently Asked Questions Web page of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for additional helpful information regarding the SEVIS fee.  
  • All J exchange visitors, and J2 spouse and dependents, must enter the U.S. 30 days or less in advance of the applicant's program start date as shown on the Form DS-2019.
    Special Note:  If an exchange visitor is subject to the two-year foreign residence requirement of INA 212(e), he or she cannot change his or status to that of H, L, K, or immigrant lawful permanent resident (LPR) until he or she has returned to his/her home country for at least two-years or received a waiver of that requirement.  An exchange visitor is subject to this requirement if the following conditions exist:
  • The program in which the exchange visitor was participating was financed in whole or in part directly or indirectly by the United States government or the government of the exchange visitor's nationality or last residence;
  • The exchange visitor is a national or resident of a country designated as requiring the services of persons engaged in the field of specialized knowledge or skills in which the exchange visitor was engaged or the duration of their program (Exchange Visitor Skills);
  • The exchange visitor entered the United States to receive graduate medical education or training.

The alien spouse and minor children of an alien who has been or will be issued an exchange visitor visa may receive a J2 visa if the consular officer is satisfied:

 That they will be accompanying or following to join the principal alien.

  • That sufficient funds are available to cover their expenses during their stay in the United States.
  • That there is evidence of sufficient ties to Nicaragua that will prove their intention to depart the United States upon the termination of the status of the principal alien.
  • J2 visa applicants should also present original copies of marriage and birth certificates, plus an original DS-2019 form. Useful link: J-1 Visatop  

 Temporary Workers (H, L, O, P and Q)

A Special Work Visa is the end result of a petition to be filed with INS by the prospective employer.  To be considered for a Special Worker Visa, an applicant must present the consular officer with a form I-797A Notice of Approval or the Consulate must be in receipt of an approved Form I-129 notification from the Immigration and Naturalization Service in the United States.  It should be noted that an approved petition does not guarantee that an applicant will receive a visa if they do not otherwise qualify.  Applicants for these types of work visas should bring additional documentation to demonstrate that they are qualified for the work which they will be performing.  Further information can be found at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Temporary Workers Web page.

Fee Increase:  under the revised schedule of fees that went into effect on April 13, 2012, the visa fee for petition-based visas (H, L, O, P, Q, and R visas) is $190. top

Getting/Having the Visa

How much time does it take to process a visa?
If the interviewing consular officer approves the visa, then 3-5 days after your appointment, you may pick up your passport with the visa from the Cargo Expreso location you selected when scheduling your appointment. Read more

It is recommended that individuals apply at least two months before the intended date of travel.   top

  Validity of a nonimmigrant visa and period of stay in the United States
A visa is used to apply for entry to the United States. The validity of a visa represents the time period during which the holder may apply for admission to the U.S. At the port-of-entry, a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official will determine whether or not an alien is admitted to the United States. Visit http://www.cbp.gov/I94 to access your admission record online.

The period of visa validity has no relation to the period of time the immigration authorities at a port of entry may authorize the alien to stay in the United States. When the holder of a visa applies for admission to the United States at a port of entry, an immigration official will issue an I-94 form electronically that will indicate the length of time the holder of the visa is allowed to remain in the U.S. Click here for more information   top

I still have a valid visa, or had a visa in the past.  Can I just renew without going through the entire application process?
Any application for a visa is a new application, requiring a new, complete application process (as described above at How do I apply for a Nonimmigrant Visa?), including an application form, fee, passport, photo, interview and establishment of qualifications to receive the visa.   top

I lost my passport with my valid U.S visa.  What do I need to present to have my visa replaced?
As explained in the immediately preceding question, any application for a visa is a new application, requiring a new, complete application process (as described above at How do I apply for a Nonimmigrant Visa?), including an application form, fee, passport, photo, interview and establishment of qualifications to receive the visa.  Persons that have lost their passport with a valid visa have to present themselves for a personal interview to have the visa replaced.  They should also bring the following additional documents:
-- A copy of the police report, “denuncia,” explaining the loss or theft of the passport;
-- A "Movimiento Migratorio,” a document issued by the Nicaraguan immigration authorities available at the Nicaraguan Immigration office;
-- A letter explaining the situation; and
-- A photocopy of the visa, if available.   top

I have a valid visa, but it is in my expired passport.  May I still travel with the visa?
If you have obtained a new passport, you may travel with both passports.   top

I was denied/delayed admission to the United States at the Port of Entry.  I want to make a complaint.  What can I do?
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a redress process for reviewing individual traveler requests to be clearly identified as not the target of a lookout.  Travelers can request an audit of their case through the DHS Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (DHS TRIP)  by completing and signing the redress request form and following the Website instructions for submission to DHS.

Please visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Web page on denial of entry to the U.S. for further details on denied entry to the United States, seeking waivers on ineligibilities to enter, discharges, pardons and an address for contacting the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on denied entry matters.   top

Can I extend my stay once I am in the United States?
Permission to enter and/or remain in the U.S. and extensions of stay in this country are granted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  If you came to the U.S. on a nonimmigrant visa, and you want to extend your stay in the U.S., then you must ask for permission from DHS’s United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before your authorized stay expires.  If you have a date on your Form I-94, you should apply for your extension of stay with USCIS well in advance of its expiration.  Providing permission to remain in the U.S, called extensions of stay, to persons in the U.S. holding nonimmigrant visas is not the responsibility of the Department of State or any U.S. Consulate or Embassy, and such offices are therefore unable assist you in this regard.  Please visit the USCIS Web page on Extensions of Stay for further details.   top

Denied a Visa

I was just denied the visa.  Why was I denied?

All applicants denied visas are provided with a written explanation as to the reasons for the denial.  If you did not receive such a note, please send an e-mail message to the address listed below at Contacts

Please visit the U.S. Department of State Visa Denials Web page for further information.   top

How long do I have to wait to apply again for a visa after a denial?
You should consider reapplying only after there has been a significant change in your current situation.  If you have additional evidence to demonstrate compelling reasons to depart the United States that were not presented at the original visa interview, you should bring that with you.  Otherwise, visa decisions cannot be appealed.  If you do decide to reapply, you must submit a new application form and photo, and pay the visa application fee again.  There can be no guarantee that you will receive a different decision.  Only a new interview can determine that.   top

Why was I not told when I called for an appointment that I would not get a visa?
Each visa application is thoroughly examined and evaluated on its own merits.  Since it is impossible to obtain all relevant facts without seeing your completed application, we are unable to tell you by phone whether you will or will not receive a visa.  (Appointments are scheduled by an independent contractor.  The individual setting your interview appointment is not a U.S. government official and is unable, by law, to make decisions on your application.)   Under no circumstances is someone able to guarantee in advance that you will receive a U.S. visa.     top

My visa application was denied.  Are the $160.00 application fee refundable?
No, the fees are not refundable.  The fees cover the administrative costs of providing services to the public.   top

Contacts

How can I contact the Consular Section?
You may direct specific questions about pending or existing nonimmigrant cases by e-mail to managuaniv@state.gov .  Please include the full name of the applicant and the date of the interview in the “Subject” line.  
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Should I send any of the required interview documentation to the Consulate in advance of my interview?
We cannot keep supporting documentation on file in advance of an appointment.  All supporting documents should be presented at the interview by the applicant him or herself. 

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Address of the United States Embassy in Managua
Embassy of the United States of America
Kilometer 5 ½ Carretera Sur
In front of “Parque las Piedrecitas” Managua, Nicaragua
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Last update June 5, 2013

Managua Caution

  • Managua Caution

    Individuals offering additional visa and passport services outside of the U.S. Embassy grounds are NOT affiliated with the Embassy.  The Embassy warns visa applicants of the dangers of using document vendors and visa facilitators who operate in front of or near the Embassy.  These vendors dishonestly claim to represent the Embassy by presenting false credentials that appear official, wearing shirts that say “staff,” or claiming that they have connections to the Embassy or Consular Section.  There are no Embassy employees working in front of the Embassy on consular or passport matters.

    These individuals are in no way affiliated with the Embassy.  The Consular Section encourages all applicants to avoid using these unscrupulous vendors who grossly overcharge for services.  In some cases, these vendors will offer fake visa document packages that include fake job and invitation letters. 

    Visa applicants are responsible for all the information in their applications, even if the application is filled out by someone else.  Use of questionable vendors can result in the denial of a visa and/or ineligibilities to travel to the United States.

    Visa applicants should complete their applications, pay their fees, and print out confirmation pages or any other documents at home or with trusted sources before they come to the Embassy. Read more.