How do I get a US visa in Colombia and what are the waiting times?

Achieving the American dream has become a challenge, even for those who have visas and want to come to the United States to study, find a better job or have a better quality of life.

There are two types of visas: non-immigrant and immigrant. The former are granted to foreign nationals seeking temporary entry into the United States for tourism, medical treatment, business, temporary work, study, or other similar reasons; the second for those who have a goal of living permanently in the United States.

And just as there are two types of visas, there are also different categories. There are B-1, A-3 and G-5 for employees who accompany their employers on visits or temporary assignments to the United States. The type of visa for these workers depends on the immigration status of the employer.

Category A-1, A-2, G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4 and C-3 visas are intended for diplomats/government officials and officials of designated international organizations (such as the World Bank or the Organization of American States) who travel or are in transit through the United States in the performance of public functions

In turn, commercial visas (E-1) and investor visas (E-2) are non-immigrant visas for citizens of a country with which the United States has entered into a treaty of friendship, commerce, and navigation.

How you can apply for the document depends on the type of visa you need to justify your entry into the United States. For example, in the case of non-immigrant visas, you must complete the process online by filling out the information on the DS-160 form, registering on the embassy’s website and paying the visa fee. Once payment has been made, you can request the schedule of your appointment.

In the case of work visas, which have a waiting period of approximately three days, workers must file a petition with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which must be approved before submitting the application form. This document, which has eight different modalities, will only be issued to workers who wish to enter the country for a specific period and in a non-permanent and defined manner.

According to the U.S. Embassy, ​​wait times vary depending on the category: B1/B2 visas, 711 days; F/M/Y, 6; Petition (H, L, O, P), 11; Non-residents of Colombia or Venezuela (all visa categories), 717; and for those exempted from the interview it will be in 3 days.

Source: El heraldo