Renew My Visa

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The U.S. visa application process is the same whether you are applying for the first time or renewing your visa. It is important to know that your visa may still be valid even if the passport it is in has expired. You can travel to the United States with your old passport containing a valid visa and your new, valid passport.

All visa applicants must be physically present in Costa Rica even if an interview is not required and regardless of the applicant’s age or if the application is a renewal.


You may be eligible for a visa renewal appointment if you meet the following criteria:

  • You wish to renew a full-validity (ten year) B1/B2 U.S. visa that is currently valid or which expired less than 12 months prior to the date of your interview.
  • You are a citizen or legal resident of Costa Rica
  • You have never resided unlawfully in the United States or otherwise violated U.S. immigration law.

You are not eligible for a visa renewal appointment if you meet any of the following criteria:

    • You have never had a U.S. visa.
    • You have a U.S. visa that expired more than 12 months ago.
    • Your last valid visa was canceled or revoked.
    • Your previous visa was limited to a single entry or to a period of validity that was less than ten years.
    • You have changed your name since your previous visa was issued.
    • You did not provide fingerprints during a previous visa application.
    • You wish to apply for a visa in a different visa class than your previous visa.

For example, you had a B1/B2 visa, but now you wish to apply for a F-1 student visa.

    • You do not hold a valid Costa Rican passport or residency card.
    • You are applying for more than one visa at the same time.

For example, you are applying for both F and B1/B2 visas.

  • You lost your previous passport that had a valid or expired U.S. visa.

Supporting Documentation

Bring the following documents to the Embassy on the day of your appointment:

  • A current, valid passport
  • Any passports containing previously-issued U.S. visas
  • Confirmation page of the DS-160
  • Bank receipt
  • Photograph