It is known that a visa is a very important requirement to travel to the USA for any reason.
As is known, the North American country also requires a visa for Colombian citizens, so you should always be on the lookout for changes that may occur in the entire process of obtaining this authorization.
(Dialogue on Colombia and the United States produces progress).
With this in mind, the U.S. Embassy in Colombia has released important information for those who paid for their nonimmigrant visa before October 1, 2022.
(The government will engage passport providers directly.)
Through its social networks, the embassy asked people who made the payment before the above date to check the date on their visa receipt.
Visa to the United States
In recent years, the US State Department has extended the validity of visa payments due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the directive in force before the health emergency is currently being implemented again.
(Which the State Department’s declared state of apparent urgency allows).
Therefore, the embassy announced that all payment vouchers canceled before October 1st will expire on September 30th this year. “There will be no extension of the validity of the tariff,” the company said on its website.
(Passports in Colombia: Foreign Ministry declares obvious urgency).
For this reason, persons who have made the payment before this date must reschedule or apply for an interview waiver by the deadline to avoid paying a new fee.
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This means that “the actual interview does not have to take place before September 30, 2023, but a date for the interview must be arranged in the system, even if it is in the future.”
The embassy also made the caveat that once the visa payment expires, the date or time of the appointment cannot be changed without making a new payment.
(Legal migration to the US would increase with these changes).
Likewise, the embassy warned applicants who have used or will use appointment fees paid before October 1, 2022 not to attempt to change them after October 1, 2023.
“If they do this, they will lose both the original appointment and the fee receipt. In these cases, the applicant must pay a new fee and submit a new application package,” explains the US Embassy.