Tourists, business people, students, or skilled workers who wish to stay in the United States for a specified period of time in order to carry out specific purposes need a nonimmigrant visa. According to US laws and regulations, most nonimmigrant visa applicants must demonstrate to the consular officer that they have strong ties to their country of residence and must verify that they intend to leave the United States after their temporary stay.


If you apply for a B-1 / B-2 visa, you must demonstrate to the consular officer that you qualify for a visa to the United States according to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Section 214 (b) of the INA assumes that every B-1 / B-2 visa applicant is a potential immigrant. You must overcome this legal presumption by showing:

1. That the purpose of your trip to the United States is for a temporary visit, such as for business, pleasure or medical treatment.

2. That you have planned to remain in the United States for a limited period of time.

3. Evidence of funds to cover your expenses during your stay in the United States.

4. That you have enough social or economic ties that will secure your return to your place of residence, at the end of your visit.

If you are applying for a tourist/business visa, you must submit the following:

  • A Confirmation Form of the Non-Immigrant Visa Electronic Application Form (DS-160).
  • A valid passport to travel to the United States with a validity of at least six months longer than the time you will remain in the United States (unless specific agreements with each country provide exceptions).
  • If more than one person is included in your passport, every person that desires a visa must submit an application.
  • A printed photograph of 5cmx5cm (2 "x 2") taken in the last six months, with a white background.
  • A receipt showing the non-refundable payment of US $ 160 corresponding to the processing fee of the nonimmigrant visa application.

In addition to these requirements, you must submit an interview appointment sheet that confirms that you have scheduled an appointment through this service. You can also carry the solvency documents that you believe support the information provided to the consular officer.

The documentation you provide is just one of several factors that the consular officer will consider during your interview. Consular officers analyze each application individually and consider professional, social and cultural factors, among other things. Consular officers analyze specific intentions, family situation and their long-term plans and projects within their country of residence. Each case is examined individually and is granted all the deliberations of the law.

Do not even think about presenting false documents. Fraud may result in being permanently ineligible for the visa. If you are concerned about confidentiality, you should bring the documents to the Embassy in a sealed envelope. The Embassy will not make your information available to anyone and will respect the confidentiality of your information.

You should bring the following documents to your interview:

  • Up-to-date proof of income, tax payments, property or business ownership, and assets.
  • Your itinerary and/or any other information about the planned trip.
  • A letter from your employer detailing your position, salary, how long you have been employed, a vacation permit and the purpose of the company, if any, for your trip to the United States.
  • Criminal/judicial records of any arrest or conviction anywhere, even if you have completed your sentence or were pardoned later.

You should consider providing additional documents, based on the purpose of your trip. If you´re visiting relatives bring documents that prove your relative's status (for example green Card, valid visa, etc.) If you have previously been in the United States, bring the documents that prove your immigration or visa status.

Documents for Applicants Seeking Medical Care

If you wish to travel to the United States for medical treatment, you must be prepared to submit the following documentation, in addition to the documents listed above and those the consular officer may need:

  • A diagnosis of a local doctor explaining the nature of your medical condition and why it requires treatment in the United States.
  • A letter from a physician or medical center in the United States stating the willingness to treat that specific condition and detailing the estimated time and cost of treatment (including medical fees, hospitalization costs, and medical expenses in general).
  • A statement of financial responsibility from an individual or an organization that will pay for transportation, medical and general expenses. Those who guarantee the payment of these expenses must provide evidence of their ability to do so, usually through bank statements or other income/savings statements, or certified copies of tax returns.

Payment Information

Although the rates are specified in US dollars, you must make the payment in local currency. You can pay the fee at any Banco Nacional agency. Children must pay the same rate.


Your visa application fee is non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another person. You will receive a receipt after paying the application fee. This receipt is valid for one year from the date of payment.

The application fee for the most common types of a nonimmigrant visa is $ 160 USD. This includes tourism, business, student and exchange visas. Visa USA Now specializes on the tourist visa, visit our homepage for more information on how to get started.  After you make the payment at Banco Nacional you can schedule your appointment the next business day.

Note: A visa does not guarantee entry to the United States. A visa simply states that a consular officer of the United States has determined that you are eligible to apply for a visa to the United States for a specific purpose.

Fake news through social networks

Social networks quickly spread news everywhere, whether they are true or not. There was news spread recently of a supposed decree the president of the United States, Donald Trump, had signed. This decree completely removed the visa requirement for Costa Rica. The United States embassy in Costa Rica was responsible for denying this information that had come up. For this, they had to make an official declaration indicating to all the people of Costa Rican nationality, that this was false news.

They said the following specifically: "The news that has been circulating on social networks are completely false since every person who is a Costa Rican national, always needs a visa to be able to enter the United States". They also said: "We advise anyone who is thinking about applying for a visa to ignore this false news, since these are not authorized sources and they generate a lot of uncertainty".

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