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NonImmigrant Visas

Non Immigrant Visas

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to a consular systems upgrade, consular operations at the U.S. Embassy Santiago will be closed to the public on Friday, October 9. For any emergency travel, please look at the instructions on requesting an emergency appointment here:

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Notice: The Embassy has waived interviews for visa renewals for certain applicants.  Please review Personal Appearance Waiver Program to see if you qualify.


Welcome to the nonimmigrant visa section of the U.S. Embassy in Santiago. This section provides information on visa requirements for travelers to the United States who wish to visit, work or study for a temporary period.  The type of visa required will depend on the purpose of your travel. 

Please, Plan Ahead

Always be sure to plan ahead for your trip to the U.S.
Visit the Visa Wait Times for current visa appointment wait-times.

All applicants should be aware that the times given are current averages, and are subject to sharp seasonal fluctuations. Processing wait time does not include the time required for additional administrative processing or special requirements. In such cases, processing wait time will vary based on the individual circumstances of each application.

The Embassy strongly encourages applicants for nonimmigrant visas to apply well in advance of their proposed journey and to refrain from making irrevocable travel plans until the visa has been issued and they are in receipt of their passport and visa.