U.S. Embassy Santiago began a phased resumption of visa services on November 2, 2020. Limited visa processing resumed for all visa classes except B1/B2 visitors for tourism/business requiring an interview. We continue to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services for all visa classes as resources and local conditions allow. While the Embassy aims to process cases as soon as practicable, there is likely to be increased wait times for completing visa services due to substantial backlogs. We are unable to provide a specific date of when we will resume full routine visa operations at this time.
The health and safety of both our visa applicants and workforce remain our highest priority, and we will be enforcing strict social distancing measures and require masks covering mouth and nose while in our facility. To support social distancing, applicants should not arrive more than 5 minutes before their scheduled appointment time. Any applicant with symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, or fever should reschedule their interview immediately, for a date at least 14 days after the disappearance of symptoms.
For Nonimmigrant Visas:
- Nonimmigrant visa fees have been extended: The State Department will extend the validity of nonimmigrant visa payments (known as MRV fees) until December 31, 2021, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee.
- Interview waiver visa services have resumed: U.S. Embassy Santiago is now accepting qualified interview waiver visa applications for all visa classes. Eligibility is determined based on the answers provided online during the appointment scheduling process. If you already have a full-validity visa, which is still valid or which expired less than 24 months ago, you may be eligible to renew your visa without an interview (by mail). Start the application process here: https://ais.usvisa-info.com/es-cl/niv/. If you do not qualify for Interview Waiver, you will need to appear for an in-person interview.
- Interviews for B1/B2 visitors (tourism/business) remain suspended until further notice. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-co/niv/information/faqs#need_earlier_appt to request an emergency appointment.
- Presidential Proclamation 10052: Applicants for H1B, H2B, H4, L and certain J categories should carefully read the Department of State notice on the court order regarding Presidential Proclamation 10052 (https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/court-order-regarding-presidential-proclamation-10052.html). Applicants for suspended visa categories may now schedule and attend interview appointments. If a visa applicant is determined to be exempt from the President Proclamation based on national interest, a visa may be issued. If the visa application is not-exempt, but otherwise qualified, the visa application will remain in “refused” status until the end of the suspension period: December 31, 2020, unless otherwise amended.
For Immigrant Visas:
If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please contact us here. to request an emergency appointment for your immigrant visa application.
U.S. Embassy Santiago is currently providing immigrant visa services for all cases designated as mission critical, including IR1/IR2 and CR1/CR2 visa processing. If you are applying for an IR1/IR2 visa or CR1/CR2 visa and your case is ready to be interviewed, you may register online at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-cl/iv and follow the instructions to select an appointment.