EXPANDING INTERVIEW WAIVERS TO INCLUDE NON-IMMIGRANT VISA
Applicants renewing the following non-immigrant visa categories, B1, B2, B1/B2, C1, C1/D, and H4, may be waived from the in-person interview requirement. Secretary Blinken, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, has temporarily expanded the ability of consular officers to waive the in-person interview requirement for individuals applying for a nonimmigrant visa in the same classification. Previously, only those applicants whose nonimmigrant visa expired within 24 months were eligible for an interview waiver. The Secretary has temporarily extended the expiration period to 48 months. First-time applicants for H2 visa, will be eligible for the interview waiver. This policy is in effect until December 31, 2021.
This change will allow consular officers to continue processing certain nonimmigrant visa applications while limiting the number of applicants who must appear at a consular section, thereby reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission to other applicants and consular staff. Travelers are encouraged to review the website of the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate for detailed information on what services are currently available as well as eligibility information and instructions on applying for a visa without an interview.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone from the US: (703) 745-5478
- Telephone from Honduras: 2231-3120
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
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 in order to qualify for A, G, or NATO visas under U.S. immigration law.
Applications for A-1 and A-2 visas for Honduran nationals must be submitted to the U.S. Embassy Consular Section through the Ministry of Foreign Relations, or Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores. Third country national applications for A-1 and A-2 visas may be submitted by courier to the U.S. Embassy Consular Section from accredited diplomatic missions in Honduras. A diplomatic note must accompany all A-1 and A-2 visa applications.
Applications for G-1 through G-4 visa applications must be accompanied by a diplomatic note or, for international organizations, an official letter requesting the issuance of a G visa. Applications for A-1 and A-2 and G-1 through G-4 visas may be submitted directly to the U.S. Embassy consular section at 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Do not pay an MRV visa application fee through this site, as it will not be refunded.
For more information, please visit the Department of State’s U.S. Visas website or consult with your government or agency’s administrative office responsible for visa issues.
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, nor schedule an appointment, since they can appear at the Consular Section at 1 p.m. Tuesdays or Thursdays with the suggested documentation for their interview.
We receive your visa applications for official travel purposes on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. It is not necessary to contact the Visa Information Center (Call Center).
Victims of Crime Visas (T/U)
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. There are no additional fees associated with any aspect of this service as it is included in the visa application fee. For more information: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/hn/hn-loc-passportcollection.asp