Information for Visa Applicants Regarding Novel Coronavirus
The United States Embassy in Bogota remains unable to resume routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services at this time. In the light of COVID-19 pandemic, the safety of applicants and Embassy employees is our top priority. There are currently no routine U.S. visa services worldwide, and the easing or ending of the quarantine in Colombia will not mean an immediate resumption in our operations.
Presidential Proclamation 10014
President Trump has issued Presidential Proclamation 10014, which suspends entry into the United States of certain immigrants and nonimmigrants who present a risk to the U.S. labor market following the coronavirus outbreak. The proclamation will expire December 31, 2020, unless it is subsequently renewed by the President. Please read further for related details.
Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of Colombia at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota.
To apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen seeking to immigrate generally must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident immediate relative(s), or prospective U.S. employer, and have an approved petition before applying for an immigrant visa. The sponsor begins the process by filing a petition on the foreign citizen’s behalf with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). You may wish to review our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to learn about the different types of immigrant visas to the United States, including our Diversity Visa Program. Then, follow the steps on the Immigrant Visa Process, or on the Diversity Visa Process, on usvisas.state.gov to begin applying for an immigrant visa.
Once USCIS has approved your petition and you have completed pre-processing with the National Visa Center (NVC), or if you have been selected in the Diversity Visa Lottery and completed processing with the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), review the instructions given to you by the NVC or the KCC, along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.
Regarding Future Updates
As soon as we are able to resume visa services, updates will be announced via our website https://co.usembassy.gov/ and social media. Please follow these communication outlets for regular updates regarding our operating status. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the link (https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-co/iv) to request an emergency appointment. If your expedited appointment request is approved, but you are experiencing flu-like symptoms or believe you may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, we encourage you to postpone your appointment by at least 14 days.
Important Information for All Visa Applicants
Due to a variety of factors, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates are unable to guarantee the issuance of a U.S. visa before a fixed travel date. Do not make final travel plans or buy tickets until you have a visa.
How to Apply
In case you are interested in immigrating to United States, see the full details and procedures for the immigrant visa process by visiting this website: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate.html
For specific information about how to apply for a visa (required documents, visa fee, scheduling an appointment, and delivery services), please visit: https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-co/iv/information/iv
A K visa for a fiancé(e) permits the holder to travel to the United States to marry a U.S. Citizen, or a spouse and child to join family in the United States. For the full details and procedures for the K visa process, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/family-immigration/immigrant-visa-for-a-spouse-or-fiance-of-a-us-citizen.html
- If the validation period for your K visa petition expires soon or has expired, the consular officer can extend this period by four months at the time of issuing the visa or the interview.
- You may check the status of your application online by following the instructions on our Visa Application Status page. Please use your BGTXXXXXXXXXX or CRSXXXXXXXXXX. https://ceac.state.gov/CEACStatTracker/Status.aspx
Appearance and Interview Requirements, Preparing for Interview
If your situation requires expedited or emergency processing, please send an expedited appointment request through Yatri, if your case has been transferred to Bogota. Please keep in mind that only cases that meet certain requirements are accepted for expedited or emergency processing.
If your case is still at the National Visa Center, please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/national-visa-center/nvc-contact-information.html for more details on requesting expedited visa processing through NVC.
Visiting the Embassy
What should I bring to my interview? You will receive a list of documents to bring with you and upload ahead of your interview, but here is a general reminder:
- Two recent (within the past six months) passport size photographs50mm X 50mm (2″ x 2″) with a white background.
- Current visa, if applicable
- Original civil documents, such as birth certificate, marriage certificate, divorce certificate, death certificates
- Valid police certificate
- Any relevant court documents
Due to security procedures and space limitations, U.S. consular sections do not permit interested parties such as friends, relatives, attorneys, or business contacts to attend the visa interview with the applicant. Only the applicant and the petitioner (and a guardian, if the applicant is unable to care for him- or herself) may attend a visa interview.
All U.S. Embassy visitors and their personal belongings must pass through security screening before entering the building. For reasons of safety and security, the following items are strictly forbidden inside the embassy. We ask all our visitors to leave these items at home. None of these devices can be stored at the Embassy. We do not recommend any services outside the embassy for storing your items.
- Electronic devices including: computers, cameras, or CD/MP3 players, flash drives (USB). Entry of cell phones is normally, but not always, allowed and they must be turned off while within the Embassy;
- Food or drinks;
- Flammable materials or tobacco, such as lighters, matches, cigarettes, or cigars;
- Sharp objects, such as: scissors, knives, or nail files; and
- Weapons or explosives of any kind.
Venezuelan applicants for immigrant visas must apply in the country where they currently reside. If you are Venezuelan and currently reside in Venezuela or Colombia, then your designated application country is Colombia, and you must apply at the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá. As a reminder, all applicants who do not reside in Colombia must attend the visa interview in-person – this includes minor children and the elderly. We do not expedite cases so that you can travel back to Venezuela after the interview.
LPR outside of the United States for over a year
A lawful permanent resident of the United States can stay out of the country less than one year. However, immigration officers at ports of entry could question residents who remain more than six months outside the United States. If you plan to stay outside the United States for more than six months, you should provide evidence indicating that the reasons for not traveling before the six months period were reasons beyond your control. Unfortunately the Embassy cannot extend permits for residents or renew resident alien cards. The Embassy only issues Boarding Foils (Cartas de Transporte) for Lawful Permanent Residents whose green cards are expired or lost.
- If you have lost your permanent residence card (“green card”), you must schedule an appointment with the Embassy once interviews resume. For more information, please visit https://co.usembassy.gov/es/visas-es/immigrant-visas-es/servicios-para-los-residentes-legales-permanentes.
- If you are a lawful permanent resident and are unable to return to the United States, we recommend you stay in regular contact with airlines to identify the earliest opportunity to return once flights between Colombia and the U.S. resume. If you have been outside of the U.S. for more than one year, you will need to file an Application for a Returning Resident. For more information, please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/returning-resident.html