Nonimmigrant Visas


The US Consulate in Asuncion is accepting applications for the visa process by mail for individuals who have had a tourist visa (B1/B2) with 10 years of validity that has expired within the past 4 years by the date the consular section receives the application. The previous visa MUST HAVE BEEN ISSUED IN ASUNCION in order to qualify for this program.


  1. Fill out the DS-160 form.
  2. Create an account in the system to print the electronic payment receipt and pay the visa fee at any ProNet location.
  3. Login with your account to the system after the payment has been validated and follow the instructions. (The system will automatically guide you through this process and determine if your case qualifies for mailing)
  4. If your case was accepted to be sent by Courier (DHL) you must prepare an envelope that must contain ONLY THE FOLLOWING:
  • The valid and legalized passport.
  • If valid, previous visa.
  • 5 cm x 5 cm printed color photo on a solid white background without hats or glasses.
  • The confirmation sheet of form DS-160, only the first sheet.
  • For minor applicants, a photocopy of the minor’s birth certificate and a photocopy of the parents’ visa must be attached if they have them.


  • DO NOT SEND copies of property titles, nor copies of diplomas, nor family booklet, nor tax return forms.

The U.S. Mission to Paraguay understands that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment.  We have worked diligently and restored all routine visa operations as of January 3, 2022. For receipts valid on or after March 20, 2020 or purchased between March 20, 2020 and January 3, 2022, the U.S. Mission has extended the validity of payment (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2023. This extension allows all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment due to the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the paid fee.  Fees paid on or after January 3, 2022 are valid for one year from their date of purchase.

Due to local conditions, the U.S. Embassy in Asuncion has cancelled all routine B1/B2 visa appointments. The Embassy is processing limited student and petition-based visas. As local conditions permit, the Consular Section will open for additional processing. Those with urgent emergency travel should follow the instructions below to request an expedited in-person interview appointment. 

U.S. Embassy Asuncion is only processing visa applications from Paraguayan nationals and residents. Appointments made by third-country nationals who do not meet these requirements will be cancelled. The Consular Section is currently unable to accept phone calls about visa cases.  For help with the visa process, please call the visa call center or review the instructions.  For correspondence on a specific case, please email

B1/B2 applicants and students and exchange visitors with urgent travel plans constituting an emergency who are unable to get an appointment within the needed timeframe should follow the guidance below to request an emergency appointment.  Additionally, applicants in other visa categories (H1B, L1, O, E, etc.) should use the expedite channel.  Those attempting to schedule large groups of applicants together should email

Please note that requesting an emergency appointment does not guarantee that you will receive an appointment. As always, we recommend that you not make non-refundable travel plans until you have your visa in hand.

Nonimmigrant visas: In order to initiate your request for an emergency appointment, you must first apply for a regular appointment. Please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa. After doing so, please complete the following steps:

  1. Sign in to your registered account at the Visa Information Service.
  2. Select the option “request expedite” at the top of the site’s home.
  3. Follow the steps indicated.
  4. Under “Justification for Emergency,” please include your purpose of travel and planned travel date.
  5. Monitor the email inbox of the email address that you used for your visa application. The Embassy will provide further information regarding your request for an emergency or mission-critical visa appointment via email. If your request for an emergency appointment is approved, please note to the date and time of your appointment as scheduled by the US Embassy. In many cases, this will not be the same as the date/time requested because we are operating on a limited basis. 

Urgent information regarding novel coronavirus

Any individuals with pending consular appointments who

  1. were physically present within the People’s Republic of China, excluding the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, or were physically present in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Europe, South Africa or Brazil within the last 14 days, (2) are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or (3) believe they have may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, are strongly encouraged to postpone their appointments by at least 14 days.

There is no fee to change an appointment and visa application fees are valid for one year in the country where the fee was paid. For questions about rescheduling a pending consular appointment, please contact the call center at for specific guidance. Information concerning rescheduling a pending consular appointment is also available at


The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Asuncion is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.

Please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.

Only non-immigrant visa applicants with a scheduled appointment and those specified below will be admitted into the Embassy. Applicants should arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment. You will not be allowed to enter prior to your scheduled appointment.

Every person visiting the Embassy must agree to a security screening before entering the Consular Section with their belongings.

Applicants will not be allowed to enter the Embassy with the following items:

  • Weapons or any element that could be used as a weapon, including knives, metallic files, nail clippers, scissors, etc.
  • Electronic devices (mobile phones, cameras, laptops, tablets, USBs, cables, remote controls, remote access keys or other electronic equipment)
  • Liquids and/or flammable items, including sodas, perfume, lighters, matches, etc.
  • Purses or bags measuring 20 x 15 x 10cm or more (smaller purses are allowed)
  • Packages, bags, backpacks, briefcases, suitcases
  • Drugs, narcotics or any illegal substance, as well as medicines without a prescription

In order to make the process as quick as possible, please avoid wearing the following items:

  • Platform shoes with high heels
  • Metallic belts
  • Clothing with metallic accessories (buttons, buckles, etc.)

Embassy Location

The Embassy of the United States in Asuncion, Paraguay is located on Avenida Mariscal Lopez 1776. Hours of Operation

The business hours of the Consular Section are Monday to Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 am to 11:30 am excluding Paraguayans and U.S. holidays.

However, access to the Consular Section is by appointment only.

Request for Expedited Non-Immigrant Visa Appointment
In order to initiate your request for an emergency appointment, you must first have applied for a regular appointment.

In order to initiate your request for an emergency appointment, you must first have applied for a regular appointment.

  1. Sign in your registered account at the Visa Information Service.
  2. Select the option “request expedite” at the top of the site’s home.
  3. Follow the steps indicated therein and wait for an answer to the e-mail address used when creating your account

Travel for tourism does not qualify for an expedited appointment. Only the following purposes of trip are considered for expedited appointments:


  • Unforeseen travel requirements in support of business.
  • Other cases that may involve travelers going to sports/media events and/or professional conferences or trainings.


  • You to need to obtain urgent medical care in the U.S.
  • You need to accompany an immediate family member who requires urgent medical care. (Immediate family members include spouse, mother, father, brother, sister, or child).
  • An immediate family member in the U.S. has a serious medical condition and requires your presence urgently.
  • You need to attend the funeral of an immediate family member.

Study, Work or Exchange Visitor Visa:

  • You need to apply for a student or exchange visitor visa and your appointment date is after the beginning of your classes or exchange program.
  • You recently received your I-797 approval notice and the petitioner requires your immediate presence.

Important Note: Once you obtain an emergency appointment, you are treated as a normal visa applicant; you must qualify for a U.S. visa in every respect.

If the Consular Officer determines on your expedite appointment date that the reason for which the emergency request was approved is not consistent with the actual purpose of your trip, this shall be recorded on your file and might have a negative impact on the outcome of your current or future request(s). In addition to this, you will need to schedule a new appointment through the regular procedure.

If you want to apply for H, L and J visas now, please click here for important information.

Delivery service available for visa applicants

As of 17 August 2015 the U.S. Embassy in Paraguay began using DHL to return passports/visas without additional cost to visa applicants. Passports with approved visas are usually available within 5 working days. For more information, click here.

Some visa applications require further administrative processing, which takes additional time after the visa applicant’s interview by a consular officer. Applicants will be advised of this requirement. Most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days of the visa interview, but the timing will vary based on individual circumstances of each case.

The Consular Section recommends that individuals apply for visas well in advance of their proposed date of travel, and not make final travel plans or purchase non-refundable tickets until the passport and visa have been received.

To contact a customer service representative for assistance with any of the following, please visit the Visa Appointment Service:

  • Visa application process
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Document delivery

You can also visit the Visa Appointment Service website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.

If your passport with a U.S. visa (valid or expired) is lost or stolen, even if you have no immediate travel plans, please report it immediately to the Embassy via email to to prevent identity theft.

Please include the following information, as well as the words “Lost” or “Stolen” in the subject line:

  • Full name (as it appears on your stolen or lost passport)
  • Date of the robbery or date in which you believe your passport with the visa was lost. Passport number of your lost or stolen passport (if available)
  • Number of the lost or stolen passport (if you have it)
  • Identity card number
  • Phone number
  • Police report (if available). We recommend making a police report in order to notify the authorities and prevent identity theft.

A visa cannot be transferred to a new passport.  To apply for a new visa, please follow the regular visa application process.  If you need to travel to the United States for a medical emergency/treatment, business or study purposes, you will find how to request an expedited appointment on this same page.

Please note that once a passport with a U.S. nonimmigrant visa is reported as lost or stolen to the Embassy, the visa is electronically cancelled. This means that, even if it is later found, the visa may not be used to travel to the United States.

The DS-160 form requires that you upload your photo electronically. To do this, BEFORE YOU BEGIN TO COMPLETE THE FORM, you must have a photograph digitally loaded on your computer, pen drive, etc., in JPEG format (For example, a photo file format type: name.jpg) that has a maximum of 1 MB of file size. Heavier photos cannot be uploaded in the system.

Photo requirements

  • The size of the photo should be 5 cm x 5 cm and color photograph. The background of the photo should be white and smooth. Tile or curtain backgrounds will not be accepted. Must be a recent photo (taken at most six months before). The photo must be taken completely in front (the person may not be looking to the right, left, up or down), and the face should cover approximately 50% of the photo area.
  • The face must be completely clear, with its visible features, with good lighting and without any shadows around. Do not wear: hats, caps, hoops, glasses, etc., which may make it difficult to see the face.

Please note that the system only controls the parameters regarding the size of the photo, but it is the responsibility of the applicant to verify that their photo meets all the requirements mentioned above. If on the day of your appointment the Consulate determines that your photo does not meet any of the requirements, you must go to take a new photo and your process will experiment important delays.

The suggested photo studios that meet the requirements are Kodak Express, Rochester Studios and Kovacs Studios, however any individual or photographic studio can take the photo and it can be used as long as they meet the requirements and the website program validates the photo.

For more information click here.

Most applicants must appear in person at the Consular Section to apply for a visa. However, some applicants may be exempt from this requirement based on their age.

Applicants who do not need to appear in person must meet the following age criteria:

  • Children under 14 years – a parent with the birth certificate can submit the application on behalf of their child.
  • Adults over 80 years of age – a close relative can submit the application on behalf of the applicant.

Remarks: In some cases, the Consular Section will contact the applicant to request a personal interview.

On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, the U.S. government implemented a reciprocity fee for student (F) and inter-country transfer work (L) visas for Paraguayans. Under the principle of reciprocity, these fees will make the U.S. visa costs for Paraguayans equal to the costs for the equivalent Paraguayan visa for Americans. Paraguayans applying for F visas will need to pay a reciprocity fee of $238. Paraguayans applying for L visas will need to pay a reciprocity fee of $18.