How to Apply
Due to an offsite meeting, the Consular Section will close at noon on Thursday, December 12. For American citizen emergencies, please call 2252-7100.
Visitor (nonimmigrant) visas are for short trips to the U.S. for tourism, business, training, studies, ship and airline crew, exchange visits, transit or other special travel requiring petitions. Visitor visas are not for those who intend to reside in the U.S.
- Complete and print the DS-160 Confirmation Page.
- Pay Visa Fee online or at CITIBANK branch.
- Schedule an interview appointment.
- Visit the U.S. Consulate on the date and time of the visa interview.
- Pick up Passports.
All visa applicants must submit a completed DS-160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application for all nonimmigrant visa categories (also for the K Category). This electronic form DS-160 is available at the following secure website:
- https://ceac.state.gov/GenNIV/Help/ (DS-160 online help)
- Print out only the DS-160 Confirmation Page. See sample.
Use a high quality printer (laser or inkjet). This page contains a barcode with all the application information in it which will be available to the Consulate. Protect this barcode so that it can be scanned.
Uploading a photograph (Video and photo cropping tool)
- Video - How to upload a photograph to the online form DS-160
- Photo Cropping Tool to resize images (Flash application)
If you are unable to upload a photo, simply bring one 2” x 2” photograph that contains a white background. No hats or sunglasses should be worn. Learn about photograph requirements.
- You must attempt to upload a photo, otherwise the system will not let you print the confirmation page.
Note: Please bring a recent photograph on the day of the interview, even if you have uploaded a digital photo to your electronic form DS-160.
Options to pay visa processing fees:
- Pay Online with credit or debit cards. With this option, you must create or have a PayPal account. Pay online now.
- Make payment in cordobas only at any CITIBANK using Deposit Slips. Print and write your name on this slip and then take it to any CITIBANK branch with an identification ID (Cedula or passport).
Get deposit slips.
- Save your receipt. It cannot be replaced if it is lost. You will not be able to schedule an appointment without your receipt number
Visa Processing Fees
Non-Petition-Based nonimmigrant visa (Except E): $160.00
Includes these visa categories:
|B||Visitor Visa: Business, Tourism, Medical Treatment|
|C-1||Transiting the U.S.|
|D||Crewmembers - Airline, Ship|
|T||Victim of Trafficking in Persons|
|U||Victim of Criminal Activity|
Petition-Based visa categories: $190.00
Includes these visa categories:
|H||Temporary Workers/Employment or Trainees|
|O||Persons with Extraordinary Ability|
|P||Athletes, Artists & Entertainers|
|Q||International Cultural Exchange|
To complete this step, you must have paid the Visa Fee and completed the online form DS-160. Schedule your interview after 1 p.m. the following business day after you have paid the appropriate fee at Citibank or PayPal.
Options to schedule an appointment:
- From Nicaragua, please call at 2229-1999
- From the United States, please call: (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.
Online appointment system
On the date and time of your visa interview, you will need to bring:
- A printed copy of your appointment letter.
- DS-160 confirmation page.
- One photograph taken within the last six months.
- Original visa fee payment receipt.
- Your current and previous passport with visa.
- Additional information for minor applicants (under eighteen (18) years old). click here.
- Others documents specific for the visa type you will be applying for such as Form I-797, Form I-20, Form DS-2019, SEVIS fee receipt, etc.
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.
If you need help with your visa application, want to learn more about obtaining a visa to travel to the U.S., please contact us at the following website address:
- Visa application services call center agents are able to assist you via telephone, e-mail, Skype or chat.
To qualify for a visitor visa:
To qualify for a visitor visa you must demonstrate to the consular officer that: 1) you have strong ties that prove you will return to your home in Nicaragua after a short visit to the U.S.; and, 2) you will only engage in activities in the U.S. which are appropriate for temporary visitors.
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, jos 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/parents);
- Marriage certificates (original);
- Proof of incomes, banck accounts, properties, business, etc.
You must qualify for visitor visas on your own merits. Although other persons (including American citizens, U.S. residents, and Nicaraguan friends) can supply written letters and other documents pertaining to the motive of your trip, the consular officer’s decision is grounded by U.S. law through your own ties to Nicaragua. Third parties cannot legally take responsibility for your ties to Nicaragua by sponsoring you, paying for your travel or presenting guarantees of your intentions. Invitations from the U.S. are not enough to qualify your for a visitor visa.
The application fee also applies to all children regardless of age.
- All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by both biological parents at the interview for their child's visa regardless 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. Children under two years of age do not need to appear for the interview.
- Minors under 2 years are waived their physical presence to the visa interview.
- An original birth certificate must be presented.
- Parents should present their valid U.S. visitor visas or be prepared to demonstrate their own strong ties to Nicaragua during their interview if they do not have visas.
* Additional information for personal o domestic employees (B1) visa applicants:
- Please visit our Visa for Domestic Employees page.
* Additional information for transit (C1) visa applicants:
You must present evidence of transportation arrangements for your final destination (such as an airline reservation). Do not purchase your ticket until you have obtained the transit visa.
* Additional information for student (F-1) visa applicants:
You must present an original I-20 form from the U.S. school, as well as documents that demonstrate your ability to pay for your course of studies and stay in the U.S. Applicants for Student Status (F-1, F-3, M-1, or M-3) must also pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee (see Item 10 on the form I-20). You may do so by accessing the web page http://www.fmjfee.com/, paying the fee by credit card and printing the receipt, or by visiting your local Western Union office. You must also fill out and submit the electronic DS-160 application form, which is available here: DS-160.
* Additional information for exchange visitor (J1) visa applicants:
You must present an original DS-2019 (former IAP-66) form from the U.S. organization and also submit form DS-160 available at the link above.
* Additional information for those seeking medical treatment:
If you require medical treatment in the U.S., you should present a diagnosis from your doctor in Nicaragua. You should also present documents from the doctor or hospital in the U.S. that will treat you which show the type of treatment you will receive, how long your treatment will last, and what the approximate cost of treatment will be. You must present evidence that the financial costs of your medical treatment in the U.S. can be covered.
* Additional information for crew (C1/D) visa applicants:
You must present an original, valid crew letter from a cruise, ship, or airline company employer, as well as any current or expired visas.
Last update: October 23, 2013
Bring to your visa interview
• Print your Confirmation Page using a high quality printer (laser or inkjet)
• A List of Cyber Cafes. (PDF)
• 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.
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