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“The Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our passport/visa system.  This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category. We apologize to applicants who are experiencing delays or are unable to obtain a passport, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or visa at this time. We are working urgently to correct the problem and expect our system to be fully operational again soon.”

All Mexican citizens require a visa to enter the United States.  Click on the headings below to learn about the six steps in the visa application process at the U.S. Consulate General in Nuevo Laredo. 

  • STEP 1 : SELECT THE VISA TYPE

    STEP 1 : SELECT THE VISA TYPE

    • The type of visa you need depends on the purpose of your travel to the United States.  A full list of visa types can be found in our Visa Categories section.

      Most Mexican applicants in Nuevo Laredo apply for a Border Crossing Identification Card (BCC). This type of visa is intended for tourist activities such as sightseeing or visiting friends and relatives.  It also allows for temporary business travel such as negotiating contracts and attending conferences or short-term training.

      If you plan to study or work in the United States, you will need a different kind of visa.  Please browse these Visa Categories for more information.
  • STEP 2 : COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION

    STEP 2 : COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION

      • Now that you know the kind of visa to apply for, you can fill out the DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form.  This application can only be completed online.  After navigating to the DS-160 Application Form website, select "Mexico, Nuevo Laredo" from the drop down menu and then click "Start an Application".  You will be taken through a series of questions.  If you would like a question translated into Spanish, hover your cursor over the text and the translation will appear.  When finished, print the final “Confirmation Page” with the barcode.

        If you choose to hire a visa preparation service, they may complete the application for you.  It is your responsibility to ensure the information they enter into your DS-160 application is complete and accurate.  If there are errors in your application, you will be required to correct your DS-160 and return at a later time to finish the application process. 

  • STEP 3 : MAKE AN APPOINTMENT AND PAY THE VISA FEE

    STEP 3 : MAKE AN APPOINTMENT AND PAY THE VISA FEE

      • You will need to make two appointments: one at the Applicant Service Center (where your fingerprints and photo are taken) and one at the U.S. Consulate (where your interview is conducted).  There are two ways to schedule these appointments:

        ONLINE: Visit the appointment website at http://mexico.usvisa-info.com/.  Click on the "Create Account" button in the upper right-hand corner and follow the instructions.  You can pay your application fee with a credit card at this time, otherwise, you will be given information on how to pay at any Banamex or Scotiabank branch. 

        OVER THE PHONE:  You can also schedule your appointment with an operator. The local numbers for Nuevo Laredo are (867) 233-3638 and (867) 454-5540.  If you live in another city, you can find additional telephone numbers here.  Please have the visa applicant’s passport in hand to provide necessary information to the telephone operator.  You can pay your application fee over the phone with a credit card, or the operator will provide you with information on how you can pay at any Banamex or Scotiabank branch.

        For current fees, please visit the Visa Fees section of our website.

  • STEP 4 : ATTEND YOUR APPOINTMENT AT THE ASC

    STEP 4 : ATTEND YOUR APPOINTMENT AT THE ASC

      • Before your interview at the U.S. Consulate, you will need to visit the Applicant Service Center (ASC) where they will review your application, take your fingerprints, and take your photo.

        Please arrive at the ASC at your scheduled appointment time and make sure to bring:
        1. Your passport(s)
        2. Your prior visa (if applicable)
        3. The printout of the confirmation sheet from your online application (the page with the bar code)

        Please note: You may not enter with food, liquids, guns, weapons, cellular telephones, photographic or video cameras, radios, computers or other electronic equipment.  
         

      • Nuevo Laredo ASC
        Across from the U.S. Consulate
        Ave. Obregon #3434, 
        Colonia Jardin 
        Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas 88260

        Piedras Negras ASC
        Plaza Comercial Piedras Negras, Blvd. Mendoza
        Berrueto, Local 9. Col. Lomas del Mirador
        Piedras Negras, Coahuila CP 26070

        You may not enter with food, liquids, guns, weapons, cellular telephones, photographic or video 
        cameras, radios, computers or other electronic equipment. 
  • STEP 5 : ATTEND YOUR INTERVIEW AT THE U.S. CONSULATE

    STEP 5 : ATTEND YOUR INTERVIEW AT THE U.S. CONSULATE

      • If you are renewing a visa that expired within the last four years, it is likely that you will not have to attend a visa interview.  Children 6 years and younger and adults 80 years and older are also not required to interview in person.

        If you are required to attend an interview, please visit the Visa Interview section of our website for more information.  

  • STEP 6 : PICK UP YOUR VISA AT DHL

    STEP 6 : PICK UP YOUR VISA AT DHL

    • If your visa is approved, it will be delivered to the DHL office you selected when you made your appointment.  Approximately 1 week after your interview, you will receive an e-mail containing your DHL tracking number. With this tracking number, you can go to the DHL website and enter the number into the "Track Your Shipment" box to see the status of the delivery.  

      If after 10 business days, you haven't received the e-mail, log back into your appointment account at 
      http://mexico.usvisa-info.com/ to obtain your DHL Tracking Number.  

      Approximate wait times are as follows:

      • BCC visa (credit card size) – 2 to 3 weeks
      • BCV visa (pasted in your passport) – 3 to 4 days
      • Other visa categories  – 3 to 4 days

      If you do not receive your visa or a notification from the Consulate within the delivery timeframe, please contact the Applicant Service Center at one of these phone numbers.

VIDEO GUIDE ON HOW TO APPLY

  • Youtube video on application process (May 17, 2012) Consular Officer Anson McLellan explains the visa application process.

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