Nonimmigrant Visas

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for tourism, business, study, medical treatment, work or other temporary travel purposes.

Please visit our Visa Appointment Service website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories

Procedure

Most applicants who do not meet the requirements of the Visa Renewal Program (see options menu below), must complete the following steps in order to schedule an appointment:

Step 1: Obtain one current printed and electronic 2×2 inches (5×5 cm) photograph. Further information regarding the photograph requirements may be found at Photo Requirements.

Step 2: Complete the DS-160 online application form Apply For a Nonimmigrant Visa and print the confirmation sheet (barcode) for each applicant.

Step 3: Go to the Visa Appointment Service website Welcome, U.S. Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants In order to complete this step, you will need the following: and create an account (e-mail and password), choose the appropriate visa category, select the DHL branch where you want to pick up your passport and visa after the interview, pay the application fee (MRV fee) and schedule the appointment.

  • Current passport and previous passports (if any)
  • DS-160 form’s barcode for each applicant

Certain young applicants may be able to apply without a visa interview. Qualified applicants can drop-off the required documentation at the selected DHL location.

Requirements

  • The applicant is 13 years old or younger.
  • The applicant is a Bolivian citizen or holds a valid permanent residency card of Bolivia
  • The applicant’s last visa application was not refused.
  • At least one of the parents has a valid U.S. visa or is eligible to travel to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Procedure Applicants who meet the requirements listed above can drop off/mail in their documents by following the steps below:

Procedure

Applicants who meet the requirements listed above can drop off/mail in their documents by following the steps below:

Step 1: Obtain one current printed and electronic 2″ x 2″ (5cm x 5cm) color photograph. Further information regarding the photograph requirements may be found at Photo Requirements.

Step 2: Complete the DS-160 online application form Apply For a Nonimmigrant Visa and print the confirmation sheet (barcode) for each applicant.

Step 3: Go to the Visa Appointment Service website Welcome, U.S. Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants In order to complete this step, you will need the following: and create an account (e-mail and password)under the minor’s name, choose the appropriate visa category, select the DHL branch where you want to pick up your passport and visa after the interview, pay the application fee (MRV fee).

  • Current passport and previous passports (if any) of the child(ren)
  • DS-160 form’s barcode for each applicant

Step 4: Send only the following documents through DHL:

  • Valid passport in good condition.
  • Printed copy of Form DS-160 Apply For a Nonimmigrant Visa confirmation sheet with legible bar code. Do not print the entire application; you need only to send the confirmation page
  • 2″ x 2″ (5cm x 5cm) color photograph.
  • Original or certified copy of child’s birth certificate.
  • Copies of parents’ valid U.S. visas or a copy of bio info passport page if eligible to travel to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The parental information submitted should be in the same name as the parental name that appears on the applicant’s birth certificate. Do not submit parents’ actual passports with visas.

Important

  • Please verify that you are submitting all the required documentation. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • The Consular Section reserves the right to retain copies of documentation submitted with your visa application.
  • The interviewing Consular Officer reserves the right to request an interview or to request that those exempted from the fingerprint requirement be fingerprinted in order to complete the interview process.
  • Passports with approved visas will be returned via DHL courier service to the DHL location chosen by the applicant when creating the account.
  • DHL can only hold your visaed passport for 30 days. After that time, the passport will be returned to the Embassy. Any passports left at the Embassy after 30 days will be considered abandoned and returned to the Bolivian Immigration Office with the visa cancelled.

Certain elderly applicants may be able to apply without a visa interview. Qualified applicants can drop-off the required documentation the selected DHL location.

Requirements

  • The applicant is 80 years old or older.
  • The applicant is a Bolivian citizen or holds a valid permanent identity residency card of Bolivia.
  • The applicant’s last visa application was not refused.

Procedure

Applicants who meet the requirements listed above can drop off/mail in their documents by following the steps below:

Step 1: Obtain one current printed and electronic 2″ x 2″ (5cm x 5cm) color photograph. Further information regarding the photograph requirements may be found at Photo Requirements.

Step 2: Complete the DS-160 online application form Apply For a Nonimmigrant Visa and print the confirmation sheet (barcode) for each applicant.

Step 3: Go to the Visa Appointment Service website Welcome, U.S. Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants In order to complete this step, you will need the following: and create an account (e-mail and password), choose the appropriate visa category, select the DHL branch where you want to pick up your passport and visa after the interview, pay the application fee (MRV fee).

  • Current passport and previous passports (if any)
  • DS-160 form’s barcode for each applicant

Step 4: Send only the following documents through any of these DHL locations:

  • Valid passport in good condition.
  • Printed copy of Form DS-160 Apply For a Nonimmigrant Visa confirmation sheet with legible bar code. Do not print the entire application; you need only to send the confirmation page
  • 2″ x 2″ (5cm x 5cm) color photograph.

Important

  • Please verify that you are submitting all the required documentation. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • The Consular Section reserves the right to retain copies of documentation submitted with your visa application.
  • The interviewing Consular Officer reserves the right to request an interview or to request that those exempted from the fingerprint requirement be fingerprinted in order to complete the interview process.
  • Passports with approved visas will be returned via DHL courier service to the DHL location chosen by the applicant when creating the account.
  • DHL can only hold your visaed passport for 30 days. After that time, the passport will be returned to the Embassy. Any passports left at the Embassy after 30 days will be considered abandoned and returned to the Bolivian Immigration Office with the visa cancelled.

Qualified applicants can send the required documentation through DHL.
Please note that previously holding a valid visa does not guarantee re-issuance. If any of the
qualifications listed below is not met or if the applicant schedules a Visa Renewal (interview
waived) appointment and does not qualify for one, the embassy will notify the applicant and
he/she will have to schedule a regular visa appointment.

Requirements

To qualify, all of the following must be true:

  • The visa you wish to renew falls into one of the following categories: B1/B2.
  • You are applying for a visa of the same category as the visa you wish to renew.
  • You are a Bolivian citizen currently residing in Bolivia or a foreigner legally residing in Bolivia
    with a resident identity resident card.
  • You have a valid passport in good condition.
  • The visa you wish to renew was not reported as lost or stolen, and was not revoked.
    Applicants 13 years old or younger, or 80 years old or older, may send their documentation via
    DHL. See menu items above.

Additional requirements (depending on the visa category)

B1/B2 visas:

  • The visa you wish to renew is a multiple-entry visitor visa that was issued for 5 or 10 years.
  • The visa is current or expired less than 12 months ago.

Procedure

Applicants who meet the requirements listed above can drop off/mail in their documents by
following the steps below:

Step 1: Obtain one current printed and electronic 2″ x 2″ (5cm x 5cm) color photograph. .
Further information regarding the photograph requirements may be found at Photo Requirements.

Step 2: Complete the DS-160 online application form Apply For a Nonimmigrant Visa and print
the confirmation sheet (barcode) for each applicant.

Step 3: Go to the Visa Appointment Service website Welcome, U.S. Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants.
In order to complete this step, you will need the following:
and
create an account (e-mail and password), choose the appropriate visa category, select the DHL
branch where you want to pick up your passport and visa after the interview, pay the
application fee (MRV fee).

  • Current passport and previous passports (if any) with previous valid/expired visa
  • DS-160 form’s barcode for each applicant

Step 4: Send only the following documents through any of these DHL locations:

  • Valid passport in good condition.
  • Previous passports ( if any) with previous valid/expired visa
  • Printed copy of Form DS-160 confirmation sheet with legible bar code. Do not print the entire
    application; you need only to send the confirmation page
  • 2″ x 2″ (5cm x 5cm) color photograph.
    Important
  • Please verify that you are submitting all the required documentation. Incomplete applications
    will not be accepted.
  • The Consular Section reserves the right to retain copies of documentation submitted with your visa application.
  • The interviewing Consular Officer reserves the right to request an interview or to request that those exempted from the fingerprint requirement be fingerprinted in order to complete the interview process.
  • Passports with approved visas will be returned via DHL courier service to the DHL location chosen by the applicant when creating the account.
  • DHL can only hold your visaed passport for 30 days. After that time, the passport will be returned to the Embassy. Any passports left at the Embassy after 30 days will be considered abandoned and returned to the Bolivian Immigration Office with the visa cancelled.

Emergencies Request for Expedited Nonimmigrant Visa Appointment

Travel for tourism does not qualify for an expedited appointment; however, an expedited appointment may be approved for the following purposes of travel in order of priority:

Medical Emergency:

  • Urgent medical care in the U.S.
  • Urgent medical care in the U.S. of an immediate family member (spouse, mother, father, brother, sister, or child)
  • Serious medical condition of an immediate family member who requires your presence in the U.S.
  • Funeral of an immediate family member

Students and Exchange Visitors:

  • Urgent travel of student or exchange visitor whose appointment date is after the beginning of classes or exchange program
  • Approved I-20 or DS-2019 with immediate start date

Business:

  • Unforeseen, urgent business travel that clearly benefits U.S.-based businesses

Important Note: An expedited appointment does not guarantee visa issuance.
If the Consular Officer determines during the visa interview that the reason for which the emergency request was approved is not consistent with the actual purpose of your trip, it may have a negative impact on the outcome of your current or future request(s).

How to request an expedited appointment

In order to request for emergency appointment, you must first apply for a regular appointment.

  1. Sign in to your account at the Visa Appointment Service Welcome, U.S. Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants.
  2. Select the option “request expedite” at the top of the site’s home page.
  3. Follow the steps indicated and wait for the response sent to the e-mail address used when creating your account.

Some visa applications require further administrative processing, which takes additional time after the visa applicant’s interview by a consular officer. Applicants will be advised of this requirement. Most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days of the visa interview, but the timing will vary based on individual circumstances of each case.

You may check your case status here, entering the following information:

  • Visa Application Type: NONIMMIGRANT VISA (NIV)
  • Select a location: BOLIVIA, LA PAZ
  • Application ID: The code on your Form DS-160 confirmation page
    The Consular Section recommends that individuals apply for visas well in advance of their proposed date of travel, and not make final travel plans or purchase non-refundable tickets until the passport and visa have been received.

If your passport with a U.S. visa (valid or expired) is stolen or lost, even if you have no immediate travel plans, please report the theft immediately to the Embassy via email to ConsularLaPazNIV@state.gov

Please include the following information, as well as the words “Lost” or “Stolen” in the subject line:

  1. Full name (as it appears on your stolen or lost passport)
  2. Date of the robbery or date in which you believe your passport with the visa was lost.
  3. Passport number of your lost or stolen passport.
  4. Expiration date (if you have it)
  5. Cedula de Identidad or Cédula de Extranjería number.
  6. Phone number.
  7. Scanned Police report (if available)

A visa cannot be transferred to a new passport and there are no replacements in case of loss or theft. To apply for a new visa, please follow the regular visa application process.   If you need to travel to the United States for a medical emergency/treatment, business or study purposes, you will find how to request an expedited appointment on the same Nonimmigrant Visas page.

Please note that once a passport with a U.S. nonimmigrant visa is reported as lost or stolen to the Embassy, the visa is electronically cancelled.  This means that, even if it is later found, the visa may not be used to travel to the United States.

 To contact a customer service representative for assistance with any of the following, please visit the Visa Information and Appointment Service:

· Account creation, including name errors

· MRV fee payment/validation

· Appointment scheduling/how to apply for a nonimmigrant visa

· Document delivery

To contact the Consular Section for information about any of the following, please write to consularlapazniv@state.gov:

· Visa application status *

· Visa denials

· Urgent passport pick up

When contacting the Consular Section, please include

· Your full name.

· The full name of the applicant and your relationship to him/her, if applicable.

* Before contacting the Consular Section, applicants should keep in mind that certain visa applications require further administrative processing, which takes additional time after the visa applicant’s interview. When further administrative processing is required, the timing of a final decision will vary based on the individual circumstances of each case, although most are resolved within 60 days of the visa interview. U.S. Embassy La Paz’s Consular Section recommends that visa applicants apply well in advance of their anticipated travel date and wait until they have received their passport with the U.S. visa before making travel plans or buying non-refundable tickets.

Before sending an email to the Consular Section, we encourage you to carefully read the information provided on this website and the visa appointment service’s one in order to find a quicker answer to your question. Emails for which an answer is not provided here or at the visa appointment service website are usually answered within 5 business days.