Visas: Frequently Asked Questions

When will the U.S. Embassy in Managua return to normal operating status?

The embassy assesses the security situation in Nicaragua on a daily basis and will resume normal operating status when it is possible for the Embassy to work more routine hours.

Where is the best place for the public to get information?

Information about visa operations at the U.S. Embassy in Managua can be found at ni.usembassy.gov/visas/. Additional information about applying for a U.S. visa can be found at www.ustraveldocs.com

Will nonimmigrant visa fees be refunded?

Nonimmigrant visa application fees are non-refundable and are not transferrable to another embassy/consulate.  However, fees that visa applicants paid in Managua remain valid for one year from the date of payment and may be used for a visa application in Managua should routine visa operations resume within that time frame.

If I have already paid for my nonimmigrant visa interview in Managua, but have decided to travel to another country to complete the application process, will I have to pay again?

Yes.  Nonimmigrant visa application fees are not transferrable to another embassy/consulate. 

Are applicants attending already-scheduled visa interviews?

No. The U.S. Embassy in Managua has canceled all previously scheduled nonimmigrant visa interview appointments, except those that were scheduled as expedited requests.  Nicaraguan nationals, like nationals of other countries, may apply for visas at U.S. embassies and consulates in other countries around the world.  Please visit www.ustraveldocs.com to pay a new application fee and schedule an interview.

Can Nicaraguan nationals apply for nonimmigrant visas at U.S. embassies or consulates in other countries?

Yes.  Nicaraguan nationals, like nationals of other countries, may apply for visas at any U.S. embassy or consulate around the world, but must be physically present in that country. Nonimmigrant visa application fees paid in Managua are not transferrable to another embassy or consulate, so Nicaraguan applicants must pay the visa application fee for the new application.

Will the U.S. Embassy process nonimmigrant visas in emergency situations?

Visa appointments are cancelled until further notice. The only nonimmigrant visa applications that the U.S. embassy in Managua will be able to accommodate are those for:

  • Diplomatic or official (category A or G) visas, or
  • Extremely rare emergency cases in which the applicant has a life-threatening illness requiring treatment in the United States. This requires a letter from a physician or medical facility in the United States, stating that the physician or medical facility is willing to treat your specific ailment and detailing the projected length and cost of treatment (including hospitalization fees, and all medical-related expenses).

Applicants who meet the second criterion above should contact our call center for further instructions on how to schedule an emergency appointment

How do applicants schedule an appointment with a different embassy or consulate?

Please visit www.ustraveldocs.com to schedule an interview.

What if I already paid for a visa interview, will the U.S. Embassy in Managua schedule a nonimmigrant interview for me in a third country?

No, applicants are responsible for rescheduling their own nonimmigrant visa interviews.  Nicaraguan nationals, like nationals of other countries, may apply for visas at our embassies and consulates in other countries around the world.  Please visit www.ustraveldocs.com to pay a new application fee and schedule an interview.

Will the type of visa change if I apply in a third country?

The visa type will not change depending on where you apply for a U.S. visa.  For more information on which types of visas are available, please visit http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ni/ni-niv-visatypeinfo.asp

For applicants who are unable to travel to another country for a visa interview, what can they do?

Fees paid in Managua remain valid for one year from the date of payment and may be used for a visa application in Managua should routine visa operations resume within that time frame.

Are immigrant visa services  closed?

As of May 16, 2018, the U.S. Embassy in Managua determined we were unable to continue accepting new immigrant visa cases from the National Visa Center.  Therefore, all cases that were not yet with Managua on that date are on hold, pending a resumption of visa operations at U.S. Embassy Managua.  While the National Visa Center has a process to request expedited treatment of immigrant visa applications, the U.S. Embassy in Managua is only able to approve these requests in cases of clear, life-threatening emergency directly impacting the visa applicant(s).

What if I would prefer to process my immigrant visa case at another U.S. embassy or consulate, rather than wait for U.S. Embassy Managua to reopen for new immigrant visa cases?

Immigrant visa applicants may request to process their application, or continue processing their application, at another U.S. embassy or consulate.  Such applicants must provide justification for the case transfer (such as, for example, a move or change in residency to another country) and show that they can legally reside in the country while their case is being processed.  If the case file has already been transferred to U.S. Embassy Managua, the applicant or petitioner must send a transfer request directly to the Immigrant Visa Unit at the chosen U.S. embassy or consulate.  Contact information for U.S. embassies and consulates is available at usembassy.gov.  If the case file is still held at the National Visa Center (NVC), you can contact them using the Ask NVC online contact form.  If the U.S. embassy or consulate agrees to accept the case and the case is qualified for scheduling, NVC will transfer the case to your requested U.S. embassy or consulate.

How do I get an update on my immigrant visa case if it was pending with the U.S. Embassy in Managua as of May 16?

Please contact our call center with your Managua case number and inform them of the most recent steps taken in your case. Please note that Embassy staff are processing these cases on a space- and officer-available basis, so it may take much longer than anticipated or reported during the applicant’s interview for processing to conclude

My immigrant visa case was pending with the U.S. Embassy in Managua as of May 16 and I missed my interview or need to schedule a follow-up interview, but no appointments are available.  What should I do?

As of July 9, all immigrant visa appointments are canceled until further notice. The Embassy continues to provide emergency services for U.S. citizens, and can accommodate expedited nonimmigrant visa appointment requests in life-or-death circumstances only. The Embassy will update this website as more information becomes available about how to proceed. 

My petitioner sent a DNA test kit to the U.S. Embassy in Managua; when will I be contacted to complete the test?

All kits received since April 13, 2018, are pending.  The Embassy will contact applicants as soon as we have sufficient staff to process these tests.  Test kits remain valid for one year from the date of receipt at the Embassy.

I have stayed out of the United States for more than 12 months and want to apply for returning resident status; what should I do?

The U.S. Embassy in Managua is unable to offer appointments at this time.  You may explain that appointments were unavailable at your interview in the future when the Embassy is able to reopen for routine services.  If your need to apply is urgent, you may contact other U.S. embassies in the region to ask if they would be able to accept your application.

What is the status of the 2018 Diversity Visa Program?

Nicaraguan nationals selected as part of the 2018 Diversity Program should continue to check the status of their entries for information about their interview appointment, along with instructions for processing.

I need ink fingerprints taken at the U.S. Embassy in connection with a petition approved by USCIS (adoption, U-3, or other), what should I do?

At present, the U.S. Embassy in Managua is unable to offer this service.  You may contact another U.S. Embassy in the region or request an extension from USCIS to submit your fingerprints.

My valid lawful permanent resident card was lost or stolen and I need to replace it; when can I come in to the Embassy?

The U.S. Embassy in Managua is currently unable to offer this service.  You may contact another U.S. Embassy in the region to request an appointment with them.