New visa process for Mexicans will be explained on webchat

Yesterday, the manner in which Mexican citizens must apply for non-immigrant visas to the United States changed. To explain what the changes consist of, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico has coordinated a webchat with visa consuls for next Wednesday, January 12, starting at 4:00 pm. The dialogue will be live through a link on the embassy's website, in order to resolve doubts about the new visa procedure. They are also inviting people to leave questions in their Page Facebook page, to be answered by consular staff.

Before, every applicant had to make an appointment by phone, pay the non-immigrant visa fee at a Banamex branch, and go to the embassy or consulate to leave their biometric data (fingerprint, signature and photograph). Then he had to go to an interview and pay a courier service to have his visa and passport sent to him.

Among the modifications to the procedure:

* The appointment must now be requested at a Visa Applicant Service Center (ASC), where biometric data will be taken. These centers will be located at locations other than embassies and consulates.

* The applicant will no longer receive the visa and passport at home, but will have to pick them up at the nearest office of the DHL courier company, saving the cost of shipping.