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Tourist visa for the United States: four simple steps to renew it


Archive image.  The United States Embassy revealed what the steps are to renew the tourist visa - credit Getty Images
Archive image. The United States Embassy revealed what the steps are to renew the tourist visa – credit Getty Images

The B1/B2 tourist visa It is one of the documents most desired by Colombians, because with it they can not only travel and learn about USAbut also, visit friends or family, undergo some specific treatmentin addition to attending business events or conferences.

To issue the document for the first time, the waiting time can currently be up to two years so, thinking about Colombians who already have scheduled trips to the North American country or who plan to do so, the United States Embassy in Colombia reminded citizens that, in the event that their travel document has expired or is about to expire, they can renew it in just four easy steps.

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But first, it is important that you remember what you can and cannot do if you travel with a tourist visa to the United States. Among the activities that the travel permit grants you are:

  • Tourism
  • Vacation
  • Visit with friends or family.
  • Medical treatment.
  • Participation in social events organized by fraternal, social or service organizations.
  • Participation of fans in musical, sporting or similar events or contests, if they are not paid to participate.
  • Enrollment in a short, non-degree recreational course of study (for example, a two-day cooking class while on vacation).
File image of the flag of the United States.  With the North American visa you can attend social events - credit REUTERS
File image of the flag of the United States. With the North American visa you can attend social events – credit REUTERS

Regarding the activities that cannot perform If you are traveling to the United States on a tourist visa, there are:

  • Study.
  • Work.
  • Work as a foreign press, in radio, cinema, print journalism or other media.
  • Permanently reside in the United States.
  • Work as a foreign press, in radio, cinema, print journalism or other media.
  • Arrive in North American territory as a crew member of a ship or plane.
Reference file image.  The United States Embassy in Colombia announced the four steps to renew the tourist visa - Freepik credit
Reference file image. The United States Embassy in Colombia announced the four steps to renew the tourist visa – Freepik credit

Thinking about the aforementioned points, the United States Embassy in Colombia announced the four steps with which Colombians can easily and quickly renew their tourist visa to be able to travel to North American territory.

  • Complete the nonimmigrant visa application online, that is, the DS-160 formthrough the following website: https://ceac.state.gov/ceac/. Once you have it, don’t forget to print the confirmation page.
  • Create an account in the official visa appointment system and make the visa payment. Please note that currently payment for the B1/B2 visa can be made in cash or credit card. During this stage of the process you must answer a series of questions to determine if you qualify for the renewal of your visa, without the need for an interview at the consular section.

At this point, the United States Embassy recommends that you respond honestly, since any inconsistency in the information you provide may lead to additional processes and delays in obtaining the visa.

  • Schedule an appointment to file your application at Applicant Service Center (CAS). It is important that you do not forget to bring your current passport, any previous passport containing a B1/B2 visa that is still valid, the confirmation page of the DS-160 form and a recent photo.

The diplomatic mission indicated that at the moment the waiting time for an appointment at the CAS for visa renewals is usually less than two months.

  • The last step will be to claim your passport, once you receive the email notification confirming that the document is ready. According to the Embassy, ​​you can claim it at the delivery location you selected when creating the account

Below is the video of the step to renew your American visa:

The United States Embassy announced the step by step to renew the tourist visa – credit X @USEmbassyBogota



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