Visas for Minors

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Questions and Answers

Q: Do all minors need a visa?

A: All travelers, including minors, need a visa to travel to the United States or must qualify to travel without a visa through a special program, such as the Visa Waiver Program.

Q: Do all minors pay the same application fee as adults?
A: Yes, they do.

Q: Do all minors need to schedule an interview appointment?

A: Every applicant requires an appointment.

Q: Do all minors have to come in person for their appointment?

A: Minors under the age of 2 do not need to come in person for a regular appointment.  All minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by both biological parents at the regular interview for their child's visa regardless the age.  The only exceptions would be death, divorce, a birth certificate showing father unknown, or legal custody due to other circumstances (e.g. adoption or orphans).  In each exception, a legal document would be required to show cause for the other parent's absence.  In the case of remarriage, the child's mother/father must appear with the current spouse (i.e. minor's stepparent). 

Q: Does each minor need to present a birth certificate at the time of the interview, even if he or she has a passport or cédula?
A: Yes, each minor under 18 years of age must present an original birth certificate at the time of the interview

Dropbox Process for Applicants under the age of 14:

Starting on December 11, 2017, all the applicants under the age of 14 who meet the following criteria should apply for the visa by mail via CargoTrans:

  • The applicant is under the age of 14 and all parents listed on the birth certificate have valid, full-validity, multiple-entry B1/B2 visas. Full-validity visas are issued for multiples entries, 12 -120 months validity.
  • In case the applicant is renewing a B1/B2 visa, he or she has not lived unlawfully in the United States and has not violated US law.
  • In case the applicant is renewing a B1/B2 visa, the visa was not previously lost or stolen.
  • In case the applicant is renewing a B1/B2 visa, the visa was not damaged.
  • In case the applicant is renewing a B1/B2 visa, the applicant has not been denied a visa within the past 12 months.
  • In case the applicant is renewing a B1/B2 visa, the visa was not cancelled or revoked.

If the applicant is under the age of 14 and meets all of the above criteria, print and take the respective Dropbox Confirmation Letter with the following documentation to any CargoTrans location:

  • Current, valid passport.
  • If his or her current or last US visa was issued in another passport, include that passport as well.
  • DS-160 confirmation page.
  • Current 5cm x 5cm (2x2”) photograph taken within the last six months.
  • Original applicant's birth certificate from The Civil Registry.
  • Legible photocopies of the valid B1/B2 visa of parents listed on the birth certificate.
  • A visa fee receipt for the current visa application.

If the applicant is under the age of 14 and does not meet all the above criteria, please contact the call center to
schedule a regular appointment.

Please note that CargoTrans will send all documents to the US Embassy at no charge and return the passport to the agency you previously selected. Remember that any documentation aside from passports and birth certificates sent with your visa application will be kept by the Embassy and not returned.

Remember that to send these documents through CargoTrans; you must present the personalized Drop Box Confirmation Letter for each of the applicants who are applying to this process.