Nonimmigrant Visas

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bogota is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.

Please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.

Information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus:  As of March 17, the United States Embassy in Bogota canceled routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments. From March 17, the U.S. Embassy is also not accepting applications through Interview Waiver or Renewal by Mail for any visas. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. The MRV fee is valid and may be used for a visa application in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at to request an emergency appointment. If you are approved for an emergency consular appointment but are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or believe you may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, you are strongly encouraged to postpone your appointment by at least 14 days.

To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:

If you have a specific question about a pending nonimmigrant or immigrant visa case, you may contact the Visa Section directly. Please note that under U.S. law, visa records are confidential and we will not respond to inquiries from third parties.  The Visa Section will only respond to visa inquiries from the applicant or from the applicant’s legal representative.

Please note that due to the volume of inquiries, the Visa Section’s Correspondence Unit will respond in a timely manner to all written inquiries.  To serve you better, we encourage you to contact us by email.  Once you e-mail us, please read our initial response carefully.  While we read every e-mail we receive, individualized responses are sent only to those inquiries that are not addressed elsewhere. In most cases, our initial e-mail will be the only response you will receive.

You may write in English or Spanish. Please indicate the subject of your inquiry on the subject line (e.g., student visa, visitor visa, medical emergency, request for expedited appointment, etc.), and provide the full name, date of birth, and case number of the subject of your inquiry. Please note that we do not accept unsolicited documents regarding a visa refusal.  Please use the following email addresses when contacting us:

Prohibited Items

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. In addition, making arrangements to store them outside the Embassy is not recommended.

  • 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.
  •  Weapons or explosives of any kind.

How to Apply for a Non-Immigrant Visa

Temporary visitors to the United States must apply for and obtain a non-immigrant visa before beginning their journey.

Many people apply for tourist visas (or B1/B2 visas), but we also adjudicate more than 20 other types of non-immigrant visas, including student visas, work visas, exchange visas, and investor visas. We encourage applicants to use this website to learn as much as they can about the laws, regulations and policies involved in processing a non-immigrant visa application.

We recommend that you do not purchase your airline ticket or incur non-reimbursable expenses until you have received your visa.

The information in this website is designed to help you to understand the process and, if a visa interview is required, to come to the interview prepared.

Please click here for more information, on Visa application Checklist, group visas, specific visa categories.