Minors - Seven Years of Age or Older
One parent should appear in person on the day of the appointment with the minor if on that day he/she is 7 years of age or older.
Minors - Six Years of Age or Younger
Interview Waiver Program for Minors Six Years of Age or Younger Whose Parents Have Valid Visas
The parents of minors aged 6 or younger may apply for their children’s visas through the Interview Waiver Program, if qualified. Please see the Interview Waiver Program section for full details.
Applicants who do not meet these qualifications must apply for their visas following the standard interview process described below.
Parent Interview for Children Six Years of Age or Younger Who Do Not Qualify for the Interview Waiver Program
Child applicants six years of age or younger who do not qualify for the Interview Waiver Program are still NOT required to appear in person. Instead the parent should complete the child's DS-160 application, including a digital photo, and appear for a scheduled interview bringing the documents as described in Visa Application Steps, along with:
- Both parents' visas, if available;
- The minor's passport with a minimum validity of six months after the date of the appointment;
- Original or certified copy of the minor's birth certificate;
- A color photograph as described in the Photograph Guidelines section below;
- Documents to prove the financial solvency and ties to Mexico of the parents, as the children qualify through the parents.
Submitted photographs should follow these guidelines:
- In color, printed on a white background without borders. Colored or patterned backgrounds are unacceptable;
- Show the applicant facing straight forward, looking neither down nor to the side, with applicant's head centered in the frame and applicant's ears exposed;
- 2 by 2 inches (5 cm by 5 cm) with the head centered in the frame;
- The applicant's head (measured from top of the hair to the bottom of the chin) must measure 2.5 cm to 3.5 cm; the applicant's eye level must be 2.8 cm to 3.5 cm from the bottom of the photo;
- Taken within the last six months;
- Stapled or glued to the DS-160 confirmation sheet. If stapled, staples cannot touch the applicant's face.
- See an example of a photo here.
Fees for Minors
Minors 15 years of age and older pay the standard visa application fee.
Minors 14 years of age and younger have the choice of paying:
- The peso equivalent of $15.00 dollars *Only if one of the parents is a Mexican citizen and has a current tourist visa or is applying for a tourist visa.* This visa for the minor expires in 10 years or when the minor reaches the age of 15, whatever comes first. For example, if your child is 3 years old, his/her visa would expire when he becomes 13; if your child is 12 years old, the visa would expire when he turns 15.
- The peso equivalent of $160.00 dollars to apply for a visa expiring in 10 years, regardless of the minor’s age. For example, if your child is 12 years old, the visa would expire when he turns 22 years of age.
For more information about applying for a visa, please see Visa Application Steps.