As of April 6, 2009, nonimmigrant visa applicants at the U.S. consulate in Ciudad Juarez will be required to obtain a separate appointment for the collection of biometric information at the Application Support Center (ASC). The ASC appointment must take place before the U.S. visa interview. Previously biometric data was collected on the day and at place of the visa interview. Ciudad Juarez is one of a handful of U.S. consular posts that have implemented the use of the new nonimmigrant visa application form, DS-160.
Foreign nationals applying for nonimmigrant visas at Ciudad Juarez need to plan one day for the submission of biometric information at the ASC and another day for the visa interview at the U.S. consulate. While the U.S. consulate plans to eventually allow applicants to schedule the ASC appointment in the morning before an afternoon consular visa interview, this option is not available at this time. Please note that the appointments do not have to take place on consecutive days.
For more information on nonimmigrant visa application procedures at the U.S. consular post in Ciudad Juarez please click here.