Nonimmigrant Visas

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Georgetown 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.

To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:

The US Embassy is located at 100 Duke and Young Streets, Kingston, Georgetown, Guyana. Visa applicants are required to use the Duke Street entrance of the Embassy. All visa applicants must have a scheduled appointment or a letter from the Embassy, as well as a photo ID for entry.  Please see our Prohibited Items page for a list of items you may not bring into the Embassy.

Please click on the links below for detailed information on applying for a non-immigrant visa in Guyana. Visa information is also available at http://guyana.usvisa-info.com/ or by calling the Visa Information Center at 1-877-246-6788. If you are in the United States call 1-703-988-5765.  Call Center hours are: Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Step 1: Select a Visa Type

Identify the type of visa you need based on the purpose of your travel to the United States.  A full list of visa types can be found http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/general/all-visa-categories.html. The vast majority of routine travel for tourism or business should be B1/B2.

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 clicking on the DS-160 Application Form website, select “Guyana, Georgetown” from the drop down menu and then click “Start an Application”.  You will be taken through a series of questions which you must answer truthfully. When finished, print the final “Confirmation Page” with the barcode. This page MUST be presented on the date of your visa interview.

If you choose to use a visa preparation service, such as an internet café or consultant, it is your responsibility to ensure the information they enter into your DS-160 application is complete and accurate.  You are responsible for all errors in your application, which may jeopardize your qualification for a visa.

Step 3: Register For Visa Services And Pay The Visa Processing Fee

Visit our Visa Information Service website at http://Guyana.usvisa-info.com and register for visa services by clicking on the “Create Account” button. Follow the steps outlined and print the two (2) deposit slips which must be presented at any branch of Scotiabank Guyana to make your application fee payment.

The visa application and processing fee for most visa classes (B1, B2, C1, C1/D, F, M, J) is US $160.00.  Fee information for other classes of visas can be found at travel.state.gov. Scotiabank Guyana will stamp one copy of the deposit slip as “paid.” You will need this copy to schedule your appointment.

You will need this copy to schedule your appointment.

Step 4: Schedule Your Interview Appointment

Within two business days of paying your visa processing fee at Scotiabank Guyana, you will able to schedule your visa appointment online at http://Guyana.usvisa-info.com, or by calling the Visa Information Center at 225-8732.  If you are in the United States call 703-439-2359.  Call Center hours are:  Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Some applicants may be eligible to have their interviews waived. See “Interview Waiver” rib for more information.

Step 5: Attend Your Interview at the U.S. Embassy

Appear at the U.S. Embassy for your interview when scheduled. Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes before your appointment time. Bring along your passport, one 2×2 inch photo, and your application confirmation page. Applicants under the age of 18 must submit original birth certificates issued within the past two (2) years by the General Registrar’s Office.

Due to security concerns and space limitations, you will not be able to bring friends, relatives, attorneys, or business contacts to attend the visa interview with you.  Only minors, disabled persons, and people who need special assistance may bring a family member to the interview.

You will be screened by security personnel before entry.  Certain items are not permitted in the Embassy including food, liquids, guns, weapons, cellular telephones, photographic or video cameras, radios, computers or other electronic equipment. See the complete list of prohibited items.

Step 6: Pick Up Your Visa

If your visa application is approved, the Consular Officer will provide a Visa Delivery Instruction Notice advising you to pick-up your visa at the local Document Service Center (DSC), located at 345 Middle and East Streets, North Cummingsburg, Georgetown. Applicants will be able to pick-up their passports five (5) business days after the interview, Monday through Friday (except holidays), from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.

Pick-Up Requirements for Adult Applicants: Applicants 18 years or older must take an official form of identification to the DSC within 30 days of visa approval. Official Identification can be any one of the following:

1.    National Identification Card

2.    Official Driver’s License

Pick-Up Requirements for Minor Applicants: When retrieving documents for children under age 18, a parent must provide proof of identity and proof of his/her relationship to the applicant. The following is required:

1.    The child’s original birth certificate or adoption decree, with the parent’s full legal name displayed on the document.

2.    The parent must prove their identity by presenting a national ID card or passport which matches the parent’s name as stated on the child’s birth certificate or adoption decree.

Third Party Pick-Up Requirements: Adult applicants may authorize a third party to retrieve their passport documents. The third party must present the following documents:

1.    A signed authorization letter, notarized by a Notary Public or Justice of the Peace, which states the full legal name of the third party.

2.    A photocopy of one of the applicant’s identification documents: Passport, National ID Card, or Driver’s License.

3.    The Passport, National ID Card or Driver’s License of the third party. The name on the identification presented must match the name on the authorization letter.

Questions regarding the DSC document return service, including questions about visa delivery status may be directed to the Visa Information Service telephone line at 592-225-8732.

Please Note

If you are applying for a K1 (fiancé) or K3 visa, please do not use the Non-Immigrant Visa Appointment System to schedule an appointment. You will receive specific appointment scheduling instructions via letter or e-mail from the Consular Section.

If you are renewing a visitor (B1/B2) or Transit(C1/D) visa that has expired within the past 12 months, or, you are under 14 years of age or above 79 years of age, you may qualify to forego your visa interview.

Who Qualifies for an Interview Waiver

  1. All applicants under 14 years of age
  2. All applicants over 79 years of age
  3. Renewing a visitor’s (B1/B2) or a Transit/crewmember (C1/D) within 12 months of expiration.
  4. Have never been denied a U.S. visa OR if previously denied, subsequently issued a visa in the same visa category.
  5. Have never had an immigration or law enforcement violation
  6. Your previous visa was issued in Guyana
  7. You are a Resident or National of Guyana.

Applicants who meet these requirements may schedule an appointment for the purposes of submitting their required visa documentation and having their updated biometric information collected.

To schedule an “Interview Waived” appointment, please log into this website after completing steps 1 – 3 on the “How to Apply” page. After logging in, you will be asked to answer some validating questions to determine if you qualify to have your interview waived. Alternatively, you may CONTACT the Visa Information Center for assistance with scheduling an Interview Waived appointment.

Applicants who wish to travel to the U.S. due to an emergency are advised to check the appointment wait time for regularly scheduled appointments to determine if an appropriate appointment may be available. You may obtain the next available date by creating an account at http://Guyana.usvisa-info.com.

Applicants may only request an expedited appointment under the following circumstances:

  • An immediate relative’s death, grave illness or life threatening accident taking place in the United States. Applicants must provide the name, relationship, place and description of the situation, and contact information for the attending physician or funeral home.
  • Urgent medical treatment for the applicant or their minor child.
  • An applicant for a student or exchange visitor (F/M/J) visa whose I-20 or DS-2019 has a start date that is earlier than the first available visa appointment.
  • An unexpected need to travel to the United States for urgent business purposes (including H and I visas) that is occurring within 10 days after the first available visa appointment, unless the business purpose is for routine periodic travel related to purchase of wholesale goods for resale in Guyana or similar purposes.
  • NOTE: Weddings, purchased tickets, and discretionary travel do NOT constitute emergencies justifying an expedited appointment.

To request an Expedited/Emergency Appointment:

Applicants must first schedule a regular appointment, either through the Information and Appointment Website or by contacting the Call Center at 225-8732, Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m.

If the regular appointment date is not early enough to accommodate the emergency circumstances, applicants may request an expedited appointment on the Information and Appointment Website by selecting the “Request Expedite” link on the “Application Summary Page” and following the instructions provided.

We always recommend that individuals apply for visas well in advance of their proposed date of travel.  No assurances regarding the issuance of visas can be given in advance.  Therefore, final travel plans or the purchase of non-refundable tickets should not be made until a visa has been issued.

Passports and visas are official travel documents and should be reported immediately if lost or stolen.

If your U.S. visa was issued in Guyana and it was subsequently lost or stolen, please complete this Report of Lost or Stolen Visa Form (PDF 81 KB) and e-mail it to VisaGeorge@state.gov. You should also immediately notify the police in the area where the visa was stolen, and provide a copy of the police report to the Embassy.

If your visa was not issued in Guyana, please report the loss to the U.S. Embassy where it was issued. You should also include a copy of the police report, if applicable.

After receiving a new passport, you are welcome to apply for a new non-immigrant visa by following the application instructions at https://gy.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-visas/.