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Effective Wednesday, May 16, 2018 until further notice, U.S. Embassy Managua will not process routine nonimmigrant visa applications or accept new immigrant visa cases.  Due to unstable security conditions in Nicaragua the Embassy is operating with reduced hours.  The Embassy will prioritize:

  • U.S. citizen services including U.S. passport applications and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad,
  • Immigrant visa cases already pending at the Embassy as of May 16th, and
  • Emergency nonimmigrant visa services. 

Emergency nonimmigrant visa cases only include:

  • Travelers with urgent, life-threatening medical circumstances and
  • Students and exchange visitors with imminent report dates for programs. 
All non-emergency nonimmigrant visa appointments have been canceled.  Likewise, the application by courier program for visa renewals and minors with two visaed parents is no longer available.  Nonimmigrant visa applicants who do not meet the criteria for an emergency appointment may apply in any other country where they are physically present, including neighboring Central American countries, but should bear in mind that they must demonstrate strong ties to their home country and the intention to depart the United States after a short stay.  Visa application fees paid in Nicaragua cannot be transferred for use in another country.  Fees already paid to the U.S. Embassy in Managua are not refundable, but are valid for one year from the date of payment for possible future use in Nicaragua when the Embassy reopens for routine visa services.  Information about application procedures and how to pay fees to apply at U.S. embassies outside of Nicaragua is available at  Additional information for immigrant visa applicants is available at


Important Notice!

On December 4, the U.S. Supreme Court granted the Government’s motions for emergency stays of preliminary injunctions issued by the U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Hawaii and Maryland, which prohibited the enforcement of certain sections of Presidential Proclamation 9645 (P.P). Nationals of Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and Venezuela are subject to the restrictions and limitations. More information is available at this link:


For more information about how to access the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Managua, click here.

Starting November 1, 2016, eye glasses will no longer be allowed in visa photos. For further details on photo requirements, click here.

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Welcome to the U.S. Visa Information Service for Nicaragua. 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 Managua.

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