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US B1/B2 Visa Renewal for Colombian Citizens
11 min read
Updated on May 14, 2024

If you dream about exciting travel possibilities and visiting diverse destinations, you should know about all the B1/B2 Visa renewal requirements.

We are here to provide an essential guide on renewing the US B1/B2 visas for Colombian citizens. Renewing your visa can be complex, but with our step-by-step instructions and valuable insights, we aim to make it easier for you. Whether you're a frequent traveler or planning your first trip to the US, understanding the requirements and procedures for a successful renewal is crucial.

Join us as we simplify the B1/B2 visa renewal process and provide you with the necessary information to navigate it smoothly.

Using our guided visa service, we will help you to complete the DS-160 form online and assist with the application process of your B1/B2 Visa for the United States. Read on for more information.

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Am I eligible to renew My US Visa in Colombia?

If you are a Colombian nonimmigrant visa holder, have a valid passport, and meet all the requirements for renewing a U.S. B1/B2 visa, you should be eligible for the renewal process.

U.S. Visa renewal process: Renew US Visa in Colombia

To renew a U.S. B1/B2 visa in Colombia, follow these steps:

  1. Check eligibility: Ensure you meet the visa renewal eligibility criteria. Typically, you must have a valid B1/B2 visa or an expired visa within the last 12 months.

  2. Complete the DS-160 form: Fill out the DS-160 form online with us. We will check your application to ensure all your information is accurate and up-to-date.

  3. Pay the visa application fee: Pay the required application fee through the designated payment system. Save the payment receipt for reference.

  4. Schedule an interview appointment: Visit the U.S. Embassy or Consulate's website to schedule a visa interview appointment. Select a date and time that is convenient for you.

  5. Gather required documents: Prepare the necessary documents for your visa renewal application. This typically includes your current passport, DS-160 confirmation page, previous B1/B2 visa, a passport-sized photograph, proof of fee payment, and any additional documents requested by the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

  6. Attend the visa interview: On the scheduled date, appear at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate for your visa interview. Bring all required documents and be prepared to answer questions related to your travel plans, purpose of visit, and other relevant information.

  7. Wait for visa processing: Your visa application will be processed after the interview. The processing time can vary, so check the U.S. Embassy or Consulate's website for estimated processing times.

  8. Collect your passport: Once your visa renewal is approved, you will be notified on how to collect your passport with the renewed visa. Follow the instructions provided by the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

By following these steps and taking advantage of the detailed location descriptions provided, you can confidently and easily navigate the US B1/B2 visa renewal process as a Colombian citizen.

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

We have simplified the US tourist visa from Colombia application to just three simple steps:

  1. First, you must provide some personal details and travel information.

  2. Second, You will be asked to pay and review your form to ensure it is error-free. Our iVisa experts will carefully check your application once submitted to ensure you have filled in everything correctly; if we need extra information, we will contact you via email.

  3. Third, you must upload supporting documents, such as a passport photo, before moving on to the next step. You will be notified if additional documents are required for the visa application.

Once you finish this, you can apply for a US visitor visa from Colombia. You will be directed to a confirmation page, sent a guided visa manual, and assigned a team of iVisa experts to help you through the rest of the application process.

You may need to attend an interview depending on your individual circumstances. We will also communicate this with you and help you book an appointment if that's the case.

Requirements for U.S. B1/B2 Visa renewal in Colombia

To renew your U.S. B1/B2 visa in Colombia, you must meet certain requirements:

  • Your previous visa must have been issued in Colombia .

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

  • You have all the passport(s) containing any previous visa(s) and the passport with the most recent visa. If the passport was renewed after the visa was stamped, the old passport must be attached to the new one.

  • You must not have been arrested or convicted of any crime or offense in the United States.

  • You must not have worked illegally or overstayed your visa in the United States.

  • The previous visa must have been in the same classification as the current application and be a full-validity, multiple-entry visa.

Documents required for the renewal of the American Visa in Colombia

When renewing an American B1/B2 visa in Colombia, the following documents are typically required:

  1. Current passport: Your valid passport with at least six months of validity beyond your intended stay in the United States.

  2. DS-160 confirmation page: A printed copy of the completed DS-160 form confirmation page, which you must fill with us online. We will provide you with a 50% simplified form.

  3. Previous U.S. visa: Your old or expired B1/B2 visa.

  4. Passport-sized photograph: A recent color photograph meeting the U.S. visa photo requirements. You can use our affordable and convenient [online photo service] to ensure your photo is compliant.

  5. Proof of fee payment: Receipt or proof of payment for the visa application fee.

  6. Proof of ties to Colombia: Documents demonstrating your strong ties to Colombia, such as property ownership, employment verification, or evidence of family relationships.

  7. Travel itinerary or invitation letter: Document your intended travel plans, such as flight reservations, hotel bookings, or an invitation letter if you are visiting someone in the United States.

  8. Financial documents: Proof of your financial capability to cover your travel expenses, such as bank statements, pay stubs, or sponsorship letters if someone else is supporting your trip.

  9. Previous travel history: Documentation of your previous travel to the United States, such as entry and exit stamps, to establish your compliance with U.S. immigration laws.

Remember, these requirements can vary depending on individual circumstances and changes in visa policies.

Obtaining an appointment for Visa renewal in Colombia

Visa applicants for U.S. visas are normally required to appear in person for a US visa appointment. As part of our guided visa service, we will help you obtain the appointment.

It’s important to remember that we aren’t responsible for US National Visa Center delays in appointment times, but we will do all we can to get you a faster appointment date. Depending on your needs, we will try to make your whole process easier and faster.

You can count on our services to help you quickly prepare your travel documents. In addition, our team will give you all the instructions you require for these nonimmigrant visas to visit the US.

How to prepare for the US Visa interview in Colombia?

Preparing for a US B1/B2 interview in Colombia can be a stressful experience, but there are several tips you can follow to increase your chances of success. Here are some tips to help you prepare for your interview:

  • Review the visa requirements : Review the visa requirements on the United States or consulate website before your interview to ensure you have all the necessary documents and information. When you apply with us, we will send a guide manual to coach you through the application and let you know if anything is missing.

  • Practice your English: The interview will be conducted in English, so practice your English skills to ensure you can communicate effectively.

  • Dress appropriately: Dress appropriately for the interview. Smart casual or business attire is recommended.

  • Be prepared to answer questions: You will be asked about your trip, background, and ties to your home country. Be prepared to answer these questions clearly and honestly.

  • Bring all necessary documents: Bring all necessary documents to the interview, including your valid passport, visa application fee receipt, and any supporting documents such as bank statements.

  • Be confident and honest: Speak confidently and honestly during the interview. Be truthful in your answers and provide any additional information that may be helpful.

  • Practice mock interviews: Practice mock interviews with family or friends to get comfortable with the interview process.

  • Be on time: Arrive at the embassy or consulate for your interview. Late arrivals may result in rescheduling the interview.

Can you renew your Visa B1/B2 without interview in Colombia?

Generally, renewing a B1/B2 visa without an interview in Colombia is difficult. The U.S. Embassy or Consulate typically requires the visa applicant to attend an in-person visa interview for renewal, including for B1/B2 visas.

However, there may be certain exceptions or circumstances where an interview waiver is allowed for visa renewal. These exceptions are typically granted to applicants who meet specific criteria, such as having a recent previous visa in the same category, with no significant changes in circumstances, and meeting certain age requirements.

We will let you know if you are eligible for the interview waiver. You can also contact the US Embassy in Cololmbia to find out.

U.S. Visa renewal fee: Cost of renewal of the American visa in Colombia

The U.S. Visa renewal government costs for Colombian citizens is USD $185.00. The iVisa processing fee can be found when you begin your application with us, and can be paid online.

Processing time for U.S Visa renewal in Colombia

The iVisa processing time is 30 days, and includes reviewing your application, making a visa interview appointment (if applicable) and submitting your application.

The government processing time for a B1/B2 Visa renewal in Colombia depends on the U.S. embassy or consulate where you apply.

You can check the estimated wait time for a B1/B2 visa appointment at your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in Colombia. Please click here for more information.

To ensure a smooth and timely visa process, it is recommended that applicants apply early and well in advance of their anticipated travel date.

We offer one processing option for B1/B2 Visa renewals of 30 days. This means we will double-check your visa application and submit it on your behalf within this time frame.

Can you renew a U.S. Visa before expiration in Colombia?

Yes, it is possible to renew a U.S. visa before its expiration in the Colombia. Starting the visa renewal process as soon as possible is recommended to avoid delays or complications.

When should I renew my US Visa in Colombia?

You should renew your B1/B2 US visa in Colombia at least three to six months before your visa expires or before you travel to the United States. Initiating the renewal process within this timeframe allows for sufficient processing time and helps avoid travel disruptions.

U.S Visa renewal passport tracking in Colombia

To track the status of your U.S. visa renewal passport in Colombia, you can follow these steps:

  1. Retrieve your passport tracking number: You should have received a tracking number when you submitted your passport for visa renewal. This number is essential for tracking the status of your passport.

  2. Visit the U.S. Department of State's website: Go to the official website of the U.S. Department of State at https://ceac.state.gov/ceac/.

  3. Select the "Check My Visa Application Status" option: On the website, locate and select the "Check My Visa Application Status" option. This will direct you to the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) portal.

  4. Enter your passport tracking number: On the CEAC portal, enter your passport tracking number in the designated field.

  5. Provide additional information: Depending on the portal's requirements, you may need to provide additional details, such as your date of birth or the security characters displayed on the page.

  6. Check the status: Once you have entered the necessary information, click the "Submit" or “Check Status” button. You will then see the current status of your visa renewal passport.

Alternatively, you can also contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Colombia directly for passport tracking assistance. They will be able to provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding the status of your passport renewal.

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My US Visa renewal in Colombia was denied. How to proceed?

If your U.S. visa renewal in Colombia has been denied, you can consider these options:

  1. Reapply with a new application, addressing the reasons for the previous denial.

  2. Seek legal advice from an immigration attorney.

  3. Explore applying for a different visa category.

  4. Address any underlying issues that may have led to the denial.

  5. It's advisable to consult with an attorney or contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Colombia for guidance specific to your situation.

Note: As a B1/B2 visa holder, your intentions for traveling to the United States should only be for tourism or other temporary purposes. It is important to note that if you hold a B1/B2 visa, you are not eligible to apply for immigrant visas, as these are for individuals who plan to reside permanently in the United States.

For more information about visa services, visit your nearest embassy or consulate in Colombia.

My US Visa was lost/stolen. What should I do?

If your U.S. visa has been lost or stolen, take the following steps:

  1. Report the loss or theft: Immediately report the loss or theft to the local police authorities in the area where it occurred. Obtain a copy of the police report as it may be required for documentation purposes.

  2. Contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate: Notify the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Colombia about the lost or stolen visa. They will guide you on the necessary steps to take and provide further instructions.

  3. Replace your visa: Apply for a replacement visa as soon as possible. You must complete the required forms and submit any supporting documents requested by the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

  4. Gather necessary documents: Prepare the necessary documents for the visa replacement application. This may include a new DS-160 form, a police report, a copy of the lost or stolen visa, if available, and additional supporting documents.

  5. Attend an interview if necessary: Depending on the circumstances, you may be required to attend an interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate to discuss the loss or theft of your visa.

Acting promptly when your U.S. visa is lost or stolen is important to prevent potential misuse.

This pamphlet informs applicants applying for a B1/B2 U.S Visa about their rights.

Where can I get more information?

Click here to learn more about how to apply for your combination B1/B2 visa and our visa services. Feel free to contact our customer service team anytime you like for any other questions you may have.

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