You are required to answer all questions on the DS-160 accurately and completely. You may leave spaces blank when the questions are marked “optional.” You may answer a question with “Does Not Apply,” when that question does not apply to you.
If you need to make changes to the form and you have saved it, you may retrieve it at the State Department’s Consular Electronic Application Center
. If you did not save the form, do not know your DS-160 confirmation number, or are unable to retrieve it for any other reason, you are required to complete a new DS-160.
If you complete a new DS-160, you are not required to notify us or amend the information on the appointment booking website. You should submit the new DS-160 confirmation sheet with your visa application.
The Embassy is not involved in boarding flights to the United States. The Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the agency responsible for all security-related laws at the border, and local law enforcement for issues occurring inside of the United States. Please contact CBP via their website for more information about why you were not permitted to board: https://www.cbp.gov/contact
If your visa has been revoked, you will likely have been notified by the U.S. Embassy or the Department of State, via the contact information you provided on your application for the visa. Unless you have received an e-mail or other notification to the contrary, please consult the expiration date printed on the visa to determine if your visa is still valid.
Please note that a visa does not guarantee entry into the United States. A visa allows a foreign citizen to travel to the U.S. port-of-entry, and the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) immigration inspector authorizes or denies admission to the United States.
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Some refused visa applications may require further administrative processing. When administrative processing is required, the consular officer will inform the applicant at the end of the interview. The duration of the administrative processing will vary based on the individual circumstances of each case. Except in cases of emergency travel (i.e. serious illnesses, injuries, or deaths in your immediate family), before making inquiries about status of administrative processing, applicants should wait at least 180 days from the date of interview or submission of supplemental documents, whichever is later. Learn more
If your employer has an A1 or A2 visa for the United States, you should apply for an A3 visa.
If your employer has a G1, G2, G3, or G4 visa for the United States, you should apply for a G5 visa
How to apply:
If you would like to apply for an A3 or G5 visa to work for your employer in the United States, you must email the required documents (listed below) to NIVBogota@state.gov.
1. A copy of the first page of your passport (with your name and picture)
2. A copy of the confirmation page from the DS-160 application form (with barcode)
3. A photograph from the last 6 months (5cm x 5cm)
4. The employment contract, in both Spanish AND English signed by you and your employer.
5. For A3 visas – a Diplomatic Note from your employer’s government should be emailed directly by your employer’s government to NIVBogota@state.gov.
6. For G5 visas – an Official Letter from the International Organization (IO) must be emailed directly from the IO to NIVBogota@state.gov.
7. A copy of your employer's U.S. visa
Once we receive these documents at NIVBogota@state.gov, we will email you with the date and time of your appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota.
*Please note: A3 and G5 applicants do not need to pay a visa application fee.
Visa applications are adjudicated in accordance with the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) which vests the authority to issue or refuse visas in consular officers abroad. Section 214(b) explicitly presumes every visitor visa applicant to be an intending immigrant and places the burden of disproving this presumption on the applicant.
Consular officers examine each application individually to determine whether the applicant has ties outside the United States that will compel that applicant's return to their home country. The consular officer takes into consideration the applicant’s entire situation, including family, community, professional, property, and economic ties to the applicant’s home country as well as prior travel history and any ties to the United States.
A refusal, or ineligibility, under section 214(b) is for that specific application, so once a case is closed, the consular section cannot take any further action. There is no appeal process. If you feel there is additional information that should be considered related to the visa decision, or there are significant changes in your circumstances since your last application, you may reapply for a visa.
Please limit your inquiry to 1000 characters. Inquiries that exceed 1000 characters will not be sent.
- Please submit all supporting documents in PDF format. Files larger than 5MB cannot be attached. Only submit documents if you were requested to do so (221g cases, administrative processing, domestic employee contracts, etc.).
- If you are an attorney writing on behalf of an applicant, please submit a signed G-28 or G-28i form in PDF format. Your inquiry will not be addressed until a signed G-28 or G-28i form has been submitted.
Scanned documents/photos if applicable (e.g. proof of passport/visa fraud, police report, etc.)
INA Section 222(f) provides that visa issuance and refusal records shall be considered confidential and shall be used only for the formulation, amendment, administration, or enforcement of the immigration, nationality, and other laws of the United States. Certified copies of visa records may be made available to a court which certifies that the information contained in such records is needed in a case pending before the court.