Starting this Monday, the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Port-of-Spain is implementing a new system for processing visa renewal applications by mail to reduce the retention period of applicants’ passports. .
The Embassy is making this change in view of extremely high demand for the postal service and to allow applicants to retain their passports for as long as possible during the application process.
Applicants who qualify for a visa renewal interview waiver will be placed in a virtual queue that will allow them to retain possession of their passport and required documents until they are notified for further processing.
Nationals of Trinidad and Tobago must provide accurate and up-to-date contact information when completing their application.
Those eligible for a visa renewal interview waiver will be notified by email with instructions on how to submit their passport and documents once the consular section is ready to receive them.
Upon decision, the Consular Section will return applicants’ passports through DHL using the option selected at the time of registration, either door-to-door delivery or collection at the DHL office.
Payments for the home delivery option of passports or documents must be made online at the time of registration at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-TT/niv/.
To avoid further delays for those who are eligible for a visa renewal interview waiver, follow all instructions carefully. Incorrect applications or missing photos for visa applications by mail will cause processing delays. In general, applicants will need to submit the following documents:
- A valid passport
- The applicant’s previous passport with their last issued U.S. visa (if applicable)
- The applicant’s DS-160 confirmation page
- Applicant’s DHL courier receipt
- A passport photo taken within the last six months and in the appropriate format
- Applicants under the age of 14 must also submit a copy of their polymer birth certificate and a copy of their parents’ valid US visa.
Eligibility for visa renewal by mail is determined during the registration process on the Embassy’s planning website https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-TT/niv/.
Applicants who are not eligible for visa renewal by mail must make an appointment in person.
Demand for tourist visas continues to be high and applicants should expect a long wait for an in-person interview.
Those who submitted an application before May 23 will not be placed in the virtual queue.
The consular section will process these requests as soon as they are received.
For more information on applying for a visa, visit tt.usembassy.gov/visas/.