The State Department has announced an increase in the validity of visas for Colombians traveling on a temporary basis to the United States from five (5) years to ten (10) years.
This means that most Colombian applicants who qualify for a B1/B2 non-immigrant visa may be issued a 120-month, multiple-entry visa. According to the Department of State this extension of visa validity is supporting the expanding partnership between the United States and Colombia on a broad array of issues, which has resulted in increased exchanges for tourism and business. The extension is also consistent with the passage of the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement, which can increase investment between the two countries. The State Department believes a growing Colombian economy will lead to a growth in travel for education and training, tourism, and economic activities in the U.S.
Approximately 577,000 Colombians visit the United States annually, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
Changes in visa reciprocity have no effect on visa eligibility or security screening procedures. Visa applicants will be subject to the same standards of eligibility for a U.S. visa as before the change in validity.
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