U.S. Embassy Reopens Appointments for First-Time Business and Tourist Visa Applicants

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Public Affairs Section

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Caracas, Venezuela

January 10, 2018

U.S. Embassy Reopens Appointments for First-Time Business and Tourist Visa Applicants

The U.S. Embassy in Caracas will resume scheduling new appointments for first-time business or tourist (B-1/B-2) visa applicants on January 17, 2018. First-time applicants for a B-1/B-2 visa may pay the application fee and make an appointment for a visa interview online at: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ve/.

Chargé d’Affaires, e.p. Todd Robinson stated, “We look forward to the resumption of full visa services in Venezuela. This will help us to better support legitimate travel to the United States while protecting U.S. citizens. The United States is full of friendly faces, natural wonders, shopping, technology, and sports both our peoples love, such as baseball. When Venezuelans travel legitimately to the United States, we strengthen the bonds between the people of the United States and Venezuela.”

The U.S. Embassy in Venezuela anticipates high demand for appointments. Given that wait times for visa interviews may be longer than usual, we encourage applicants to refrain from purchasing non-refundable tickets for travel to the United States until after they have obtained a visa.

All visa applications are adjudicated in accordance with U.S. law. To qualify for a visa for temporary business or tourist travel to the United States applicants must demonstrate to the interviewing consular officer that they have strong ties to their country of residence that will demonstrate clear intent to return home after a temporary visit to the United States. Ties that may be considered during the interview include professional, educational, economic, family, and social linkages to Venezuela.

Information, including details about the application process and wait times for interviews, is available on the embassy website ve.usembassy.gov, ustraveldocs.com/ve/ and travel.state.gov. This information allows potential travelers to be better prepared for the visa interview.