EXPANDING INTERVIEW WAIVERS TO INCLUDE NON-IMMIGRANT VISA
The Secretary of State, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, has authorized consular officers through the end of 2022 to waive the in-person interview requirement for certain temporary employment nonimmigrant visa applicants who have a petition approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. In addition, the Secretary extended previously approved policies to waive the visa interview for certain students, professors, research scholars, short-term scholars, or specialists (M, and academic J visa applicants) through the end of 2022. For more information go to https://ustraveldocs.com/hn/hn-niv-visarenew.asp.
The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa 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.
To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone from the US: (703) 745-5478
- Telephone from Honduras: (504) 2244-9540
Call Center representatives are available Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (except on holidays).
Please contact the Visa Information Center directly for all questions and comments related to applications for non-immigrant visas to the United States.
We apologize for the inconvenience, but we are not able to respond directly to inquiries sent to any other e-mail address, unless it is in response to an e-mail that we have sent directly.
Visiting the Embassy
The U.S. Embassy is located at the following address:
Avenida La Paz
Telephone: (504) 2236-9320
Fax: (504) 2236-9037
Cases in Administrative Processing
If your case was put in “Administrative Processing,” under section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), you can check the status of your application online. When tracking your case status, please go to the Visa Status Check website and select the following options:
- Visa Application Type: Non Immigrant Visa (NIV).
- Select a Location: Honduras, Tegucigalpa.
- Application ID/Case: Confirmation’s bar code number.
The U.S. Embassy strongly urges all individuals to apply for their visa at least three months in advance of planned travel.
Diplomatic and Government Officials
For applications for visas for official travel to the United States (visa categories A, G, and NATO) you need to schedule an appointment. Please send us an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Valid passport: for at least 6 months beyond your period of stay in the United States.
- Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 confirmation page. https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/
- Photo: One 5x5cm photograph taken within the last six months. (White background, free of shadows, both ears visible, no glasses, no police/military uniform) For detailed guidance: Photograph Requirements
- Diplomatic note: from the Foreign Diplomatic Mission, International Organization, or Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicating:
- Complete Name and date of birth of the applicant;
- Position and title;
- Brief description of duties;
- Destination: Place of assignment or visit;
- Purpose of travel;
- Travel date;
- Anticipated length of stay or tour of duty in the United States;
- The names, relationships, and dates of birth of any dependents and other members of household who will be accompanying or joining the principal applicant. (Must include marriage and birth certificates)
A-1, A-2, and G-1 through G-4 visas may be issued to diplomats and other government officials for official travel to the United States. Generally, the type of visa required by a diplomat or other government official depends upon their purpose of travel to the United States. There are very specific requirements which must be met by applicants to qualify for A, G, or NATO visas under U.S. immigration law.
Applications for A-1, A-2, and G-1 to G-4 visas for Honduran nationals or third country nationals may be submitted by courier to the U.S. Embassy Consular Section once an appointment has been assigned. A diplomatic note must be included in all A-1 and A-2 applications, either by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Honduran nationals or from accredited diplomatic missions in Honduras. Applications for G-1 through G-4 visa must include an employment contract/letter from the requesting international organization.
Domestic employees of employers assigned to an international or bilateral mission applying for an A-3 or G-5 visa (A, G, or NATO visa holders) are not required to pay the MRV fee.
Go to Visas for Diplomats and Foreign Government Oﬃcials for more information.
Applications for diplomats for non-official travel (e.g. B1/B2 visas for tourism) must log into www.ustraveldocs.com for more information.
Victims of Crime Visas (T/U)
Instructions for Fingerprint Collection
Fingerprints services for fingerprint collection on T & U petitions will be provided by USCIS only. You may schedule an appointment at https://my.uscis.gov/appointment/v2
The applicant must bring a Honduran ID card, birth certificate or passport and the DHS notice requesting fingerprints. Form I-797 must specify that fingerprints have to be taken in an office outside the United States, otherwise fingerprints will not be taken. Children under the age of 14 don’t need to be fingerprinted. Applicants should approach one of the embassy guards to inform him that they are there to have their fingerprints taken with DHS.
U and T visas are for victims of violent crimes committed inside the United States. Some family members of crime victims may also be eligible for U and T visas. To obtain such visa, an applicant must submit a petition to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the United States, a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
No one can assure you in advance that your visa will be granted. The approved petition does not mean that your visa will be granted automatically. An approved petition means that the beneficiary has demonstrated an appropriate relationship with the United States Resident and that this qualifies the beneficiary to apply for a Non-Immigrant Visa. The purpose of the interview is to verify if the beneficiary is eligible or not to receive a visa in accordance with the laws of the United States.
If your visa is approved, it will be sent through the Cargo Expreso agency that you selected when creating your profile at www.ustraveldocs.com. This process will take seven business days. Please DO NOT make plans to travel outside Honduras and do not buy plane tickets until you have received your visa.
How to Schedule an Appointment
Please follow the instructions detailed in the following link: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/hn/hn-niv-visaapply.asp
- Valid passport: valid for six (6) months.
- Two photographs: in color, size 2″X2″, white background, front view, both ears visible.
- Original birth certificate.
- DS-160 visa application form confirmation page.
- Copy of approved Petition I-918.
- Original bank receipt for consular payment fee.
- Proof of relationship between applicants, derivatives and the main applicant (family photos, letters, joint legal documents, etc.)
The above items should not be considered an exhaustive list and presentation of these documents does not guarantee visa issuance. Applicants should be prepared to explain to the Consular Officer the circumstances that gave rise to the petition, and the relationship between applicants.
Pay the Visa Appointment Fee
Most applicants, including children, are required to pay a Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee to initiate their U.S. visa application. This US Government-mandated fee is a visa processing fee that is payable whether or not a visa is issued. For more information go to: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/hn/hn-niv-paymentinfo.asp
Where to pick up your Passport
Once your visa is approved, Cargo Expreso will hold your passport in one of their agencies office for you to withdraw it. For more information: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/hn/hn-loc-passportcollection.asp
Visa Processing Time
Visa Applications are processed as efficiently as possible and the U.S. Embassy strives to keep the wait time for appointments as short as possible.
- Approved Interview Waived applications: May take up to twelve (12) weeks to process from the date of submission. Nonimmigrant visa applicants are encouraged to apply at least three months in advance of their intended date of travel.
- Wait Time for Interview: The estimated wait time to receive an interview appointment in Tegucigalpa, can change weekly and is based on actual incoming workload and staffing.
We recommend that you don’t purchase airline tickets until your visa has been approved and your passport returned.