IMPORTANT:

On Monday, June 22, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending entry into the United States of certain immigrants and nonimmigrants who present a risk to the U.S. labor market following the coronavirus outbreak. Effective immediately, the proclamation extends the suspension of entry for certain immigrants (Presidential Proclamation 10014) through December 31, 2020. The new restrictions imposed by the proclamation are effective at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 24 and expire on December 31, 2020, unless continued by the President.  U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and aliens who are or were inside the United States or those holding valid nonimmigrant or immigrant visas on the effective date are not subject to the proclamation.   

The proclamation suspends entry of nonimmigrants in the following categories: H-1B, H-2B, J (for aliens participating in an intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel program) and L, along with their spouses and children.  No valid visas will be revoked under the proclamation.   Presidential Proclamation 10014 and this proclamation provide exceptions to their restrictions for certain categories of immigrants and nonimmigrants.  The full text of the presidential proclamations are available on the White House website at:  

https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-aliens-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-following-coronavirus-outbreak/


The United States Embassy in Panama City remains unable to resume routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services at this time. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date.  The MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at support-panama@ustraveldocs.com to request an emergency appointment. As of September 1, some applicants applying for a tourist visa (B1 / B2) may be able to request the renewal of their visa. You can request the renewal by authorized courier under the Interview Waiver Program, for adults 18 - 79 years of age click here. For children under 14 years of age and adults over 80 years old, click here.

Applicants for H1B, H2B, H4, L and certain J categories covered by Presidential Proclamation 10052 should request an appointment only if you have reason to believe you may qualify for one of the exceptions listed in the Proclamation here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-aliens-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-following-coronavirus-outbreak/.  

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Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus: Entry of foreign nationals who were physically present within the following list of countries within 14 days prior to their entry or attempted entry into the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 9993, 9996 and the subsequent proclamation issued May 24, 2020:

-          Brazil;

-          The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe;

-          The Republic of Ireland;

-          The 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland)

-          The Islamic Republic of Iran;

-          The People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau

There are certain exceptions to the suspension of entry, including exceptions for U.S. lawful permanent residents and certain family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, among other exceptions listed in the proclamations. If you reside in, have traveled recently to, or intend to transit or travel to the above list of countries prior to your planned trip to the United States, we recommend you postpone your visa interview appointment until 14 days subsequent to your departure from the subject country(ries). Additionally, if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or believe you may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, you are strongly encouraged to postpone your appointment by at least 14 days. There is no fee to change an appointment and visa application fees are valid for one year in the country where the fee was paid. For questions about rescheduling a pending consular appointment, please contact us for specific guidance. For questions about rescheduling a pending consular appointment, please contact us for specific guidance at support-panama@ustraveldocs.com. Information concerning rescheduling a pending consular appointment is also available at https://www.ustraveldocs.com/pa/pa-niv-appointmentschedule.asp

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On January 31, 2020, a new Presidential Proclamation (“Presidential Proclamation 9983”) was issued which added to the ongoing travel restrictions of P.P. 9645 by expanding them to the nationals of six additional countries.  The restrictions only apply to immigrant visas and/or diversity visas, not nonimmigrant visas.  More information is available at this link

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PLEASE READ IF YOU ARE TRAVELING TO PANAMA FOR A VISA APPOINTMENT: 

If you are not a resident of Panama and will be traveling to Panama for your visa interview, we strongly encourage you to travel with your appointment letter in your hand luggage in case the Panamanian authorities request evidence of why you are entering the country.

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As of September 1, some applicants applying for a tourist visa (B1 / B2) may be able to request the renewal of their visa. You can request the renewal by authorized courier under the Interview Waiver Program, for adults 18 - 79 years of age click here. For children under 14 years of age and adults over 80 years old, click here.

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 The U.S. Embassy in Panama has extremely limited storage facilities for visitors and is not responsible for items either left or lost on its premises. Carrying many items dramatically slows down the security screening process, resulting in much longer waiting times to enter the building. We request you bring nothing to the embassy except the documents related to your visa interview and absolutely refrain from bringing multiple electronic items and bags.

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If you are a citizen of a Visa Waiver Program partner but unable to travel to the United States under that program, you should apply for a nonimmigrant visa at least three months in advance of your desired travel. If you do not have imminent travel plans, you should pay the nonimmigrant visa application fee, fill out the DS-160 nonimmigrant visa application form at ceac.state.gov/genniv/, and schedule a visa appointment. If your travel is imminent, you may request an expedited visa appointment. Please include in your request the date and purpose of your travel, as well as a copy of any U.S. Customs and Border Protection message you may have received regarding your ESTA status.

More information about restrictions to travel under the Visa Waiver Program, including the requirement for an electronic passport, is available at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/tourism-visit/visa-waiver-program.html

 

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Welcome to the U.S. Visa Information Service for Panama. On this website you can find information about U.S. immigrant and nonimmigrant visas and the requirements to apply for each. You can also learn how to pay the required visa application fee, and book an interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Panama.

This is the official visa information website of the U.S. Mission in Panama.