U.S. B1/B2 Visa renewal for citizens of El Salvador
iVisa | 9 min read | Updated on Oct 05, 2023

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Welcome to the United States Visa renewal guide for El Salvadoran citizens! We understand the importance of a smooth and efficient visa renewal process here to assist you every step of the way.

Renewing your B1/B2 Visa in El Salvador is now more convenient than ever. Whether immersing yourself in the beauty of the numerous tourist attractions, engaging in business endeavors, or simply visiting your loved ones in the United States, prepare yourself for a hassle-free experience.

This is your go-to visa information center for the U.S. Visa renewal process!

About the U.S. Visa for citizens from El Salvador

The B1/B2 nonimmigrant visas are widely sought by El Salvadoran travelers wishing to visit the United States. This visa encompasses two categories:

  1. The B1 category caters to El Salvadoran individuals seeking to engage in business activities, attend business meetings, events, congresses, fairs, or participate in scientific, educational, or professional conventions (without receiving payment from the organizer).

  2. The B2 category is designed for those who wish to travel to the United States for leisure, pleasure, visiting family members, or medical treatment.

Validity of the B1/B2 Visa renewal

Similar to your previous visa, the American B1/B2 visa remains valid for 10 years after issued. Under this visa category, you can stay in the United States for a maximum of 180 days Per Entry.

Cost and processing time of renewing the U.S. B1/B2 visa in El Salvador

The U.S. Visa renewal nonimmigrant visa application fee for El Salvadoran citizens is USD $185.00. Additionally, the iVisa processing fee is US$149.99. These fees can be conveniently paid together during the application process to ensure a seamless experience.

For El Salvadorans, the iVisa processing time is 30 days, followed by the government services for further processing. The duration can vary based on the workload of the consular office, the need for an interview, and your situation.

We highly recommend applying at least two months before your planned trip to the United States to ensure a smooth process.

Benefits of applying for the U.S. Visa renewal with us

  • 100% government-compliant: Our team of iVisa Experts will review your application to ensure it is 100% compliant with government requirements.

  • Unlimited access to our iVisa Experts: We guide you through the entire application process from start to finish.

  • Simplified DS-160 form: Avoid the long, confusing, and tedious questions on the government website. We offer a simplified form with easy questions and will do the legwork for you.

  • Fill out the form at your own pace: Make changes whenever you want and save your progress to continue later.

  • Step-by-step manual: By applying with us for this tourist visa, you'll get an exclusive PDF manual with tips on answering difficult questions, a complete list of necessary documents, and start-to-finish guidance.

Requirements for the U.S. B1/B2 Visa renewal in El Salvador

To be eligible for renewing your U.S. B1/B2 Visa in El Salvador, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Your previous visa must have been issued in El Salvador, and you must be an El Salvadoran citizen or a lawful permanent resident.

  • The previous visa should still be valid, or it should have expired within the last 48 months or will expire within the next three months.

  • Ensure you have copies of all passport(s) that contain any previous U.S. visa(s), along with the passport that holds the current visa.

  • You must not have any history of being arrested, convicted of any crime, or violated immigration laws in the United States or any other foreign country.

  • You must not have engaged in illegal employment or exceeded the authorized duration of your previous visa in the United States.

  • The previous visa should fall under the same classification as the current application and be a full-validity, multiple-entry B1/B2 visa.

If you are an immigrant visa applicant, we recommend contacting the United States Embassy in San Salvador for further guidance.

U.S. Visa renewal application: How to apply for an American Visa renewal in El Salvador

Before initiating the U.S. Visa renewal process, El Salvadoran visa applicants must acquaint themselves with the following application details:

  1. Eligibility: Confirm that your previous visa belongs to the B1/B2 category and has not expired more than 48 months ago.

  2. Online application form: Complete the DS-160 Form available on our website. We offer a simplified version to facilitate the process for you. Ensure the information is accurate and submit the required documents as outlined in this article.

  3. Application fees: Conveniently pay the iVisa processing fee and government visa renewal fee online using your credit or debit card.

  4. Visa appointment:** Upon submitting your application, we will arrange an interview with the United States Embassy on your behalf. Certain El Salvadoran travelers may be exempt from an interview. Further details can be found below.

  5. Visa approval: Once the interview concludes, the U.S. Department of State will assess your eligibility for a new visa.

By following these steps, El Salvadoran citizens can enjoy a seamless journey to the United States again!

U.S. Visa renewal process: How to renew a U.S. Visa in El Salvador with us

The visa application process is made easy with us! Simply follow these steps:

Step 1: Fill out the basic information about yourself, your itinerary, and passport information on our website or download the user-friendly iVisa app here for an even easier experience.

Step 2: Review all your information and pay the visa fees with a debit/credit card, PayPal, Venmo, or Amazon Pay on our secure payment platform.

Step 3: Upload the required documents, fill out the rest of the application form according to the instructions you received by email, and attend the interview with the citizenship and immigration services (if needed).

Wait for approval, and get ready to travel!

Documents required for the renewal of the American Visa in El Salvador

Suppose you are an El Salvadoran citizen looking to renew your B1/B2 Visa. In that case, it is essential to gather the correct supporting documents as outlined below.

Today we only require a scanned copy of your passport, a passport photo, and a copy of the passport containing your previous visa(s). However, the following documents will be necessary for non-immigrant visa applicants:

  • Your El Salvadoran passport, valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended departure date.

  • Copies of your current and previous visa(s). If your visa is in an expired passport, please ensure that you attach that passport to your application as well.

  • The DS-160 application form, which you will receive during the online application process.

  • An applicant photo that adheres to all the U.S. requirements. To ensure compliance, you can conveniently and affordably use our digital photo service from the comfort of your home.

  • Email address to receive confirmation and further visa-related information regarding your B1/B2 visa renewal.

  • A payment method for the payment of the visa fees.

How to make an appointment for the U.S. Visa renewal in El Salvador

The U.S. Visa application typically involves an in-person interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in El Salvador. However, in many instances, nonimmigrant visa applicants may be eligible to renew their visas without an interview.

Discover further information regarding the criteria for the interview waiver application below!

Criteria for the B1/B2 interview visa waiver program in El Salvador

The U.S. Visa interview visa waiver program allows eligible applicants to renew their visas without an interview with a consular officer.

To be eligible for the interview waiver, you must meet specific criteria, which include:

  • No previous refusals or cancellations of U.S. visas.

  • Being an El Salvadoran citizen or resident.

  • Having been previously issued a biometric visa.

  • Possessing a visa that is still valid or expired within the past 24 months.

  • Applicants under 14 or over 79 are exempt from the interview requirement and can apply for visa renewal.

How to prepare for the U.S. Visa interview in El Salvador

Preparing for a U.S. B1/B2 visa interview as an El Salvadoran citizen may seem overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be! Follow these tips from our iVisa Experts to increase your chances of a positive outcome.

  • Review the visa requirements: Before your interview, carefully review the visa requirements and ensure you have all the necessary documents and information in order.

  • Enhance your English language skills: Since the interview will be conducted in English, practicing and improving your English proficiency is crucial. This will enable you to confidently communicate your intentions and respond to the consular officer's questions.

  • Dress appropriately: Create a positive impression by dressing appropriately for the interview. Opt for business attire or smart casual clothing.

  • Provide honest and clear answers: Anticipate questions regarding the purpose of your travel, background, and ties to El Salvador. Prepare well-articulated responses highlighting your genuine intentions and strong connections to your home country, such as employment and family.

  • Arrive on time: Arrive at the embassy or consulate well before your appointment to account for potential traffic delays and security checks. Late arrivals may result in the rejection of your visa renewal.

By following these tips, visa applicants can prepare effectively for a successful U.S. B1/B2 visa interview as an El Salvadoran citizen. Read more tips in this blog!

My U.S. Visa renewal was denied in El Salvador. How to proceed?

If, for some reason, your renewal application has been denied, check the following options to decide your next steps:

  1. Assess the reason for the rejection: Review the denial letter, which will provide the reasons for the decision. This will help you identify any potential issues to address and improve your chances of approval in future applications.

  2. Consider reapplying: If you believe the rejection resulted from a misunderstanding or error, you can choose to reapply for the U.S. Visa renewal with us. Address the initial reason for denial and include additional supporting documentation. Usually, you have to attend another interview.

By carefully considering these options and taking appropriate action, you can increase your chances of approval.

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My U.S. Visa was lost or stolen. What should I do?

Always take immediate action if your passport with your U.S. Visa is lost or stolen. Here are some tips:

  1. Report the loss or theft: Contact the local police department for emergency assistance and file a report for the lost or stolen passport.

  2. Apply for a replacement visa: Complete the nonimmigrant visa application form (DS-160), pay the visa fees, and attend the interview appointment at the nearest United States Embassy or Consulate.

  3. Gather the required documents: Besides the DS-160 form and the visa application fee, you must provide supporting documents again, such as your valid passport, a police report, and any other requirements

  4. Attend the visa appointment: Attend the visa interview at the United States Embassy in San Salvador. Be prepared to answer questions about the circumstances of the loss or theft of your visa/passport.

Once your replacement visa is approved, you can use it to travel to the United States from El Salvador as usual.

More questions about the B1/B2 Visa renewal?

If you need more information about our U.S. Visa services, visit our customer service team page, contact them via online chat, or email them at [email protected]. We're here to make your travel experience smooth and hassle-free.

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