How to Apply
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.
- Need help?
All visa applicants must submit a completed DS-160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application for all nonimmigrant visa categories (except for the K Category). This electronic form DS-160 is available at the following secure website:
Note: visa Applicants for "K visa" should still use the form DS-156 available at: https://evisaforms.state.gov/ds156.asp
- 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:
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|
- E - Treaty Trader/Investor, Australian Professional Specialty category visa: $270.00
To complete this step, you must have paid the Visa Fee and completed the online form DS-160.
You can schedule your interview after 1 p.m. the following business day after you have paid the appropriate fee at Citibank or PayPal. There are two options to schedule an appointment:
- Call Center: Please call 2264-1099, follow the instructions and schedule your interview. The operator will either request your "Payment Reference Number" (Citibank sample receipt) or the email address used to process your online payment via PayPal. Same thing applies when scheduling an appointment with the online appointment system (See sample).
- If you are in the U.S., please call: (646) 259-0557
- Online appointment system: with this option, you must have a user account. If you do, schedule your appointment.
- If you are a first-time user, create your profile.
If you miss your visa interview appointment, please reschedule with the Call Center or through the 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.
- Original birth certificates for minors under eighteen (18) years old.
- Your current and all old passports.
- 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 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);
Birth certificates of children (original), REQUIRED for minor travelers to the U.S.
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.
* Additional information for minor applicants:
Children under two years of age do not need to appear for the interview. One parent must accompany children over two years old (generally, the one who will be traveling with the child).
- 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 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: April 26, 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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