Nonimmigrant Visas

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.

Access
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.

Security
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:

BUSINESS:

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

MEDICAL EMERGENCY:

  • 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.

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 AsuncionConsularFPU@state.gov 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.