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El Salvador - San Salvador Field Office

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Field Office Director

Paul Mitchell

Service Area

The San Salvador Field Office has jurisdiction over U.S. immigration benefits activities in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras  and Panama.

Street Address

United States Embassy - San Salvador
Attn: DHS - USCIS
Final Blvd. y Urb. Santa Elena
Antiguo Cuscatlan, La Libertad
El Salvador

Mailing Address from the US

U.S. Embassy, San Salvador
Attn: DHS - USCIS
3450 San Salvador Place
Washington, DC 20521-3450

Express Mail address

U.S. Embassy, San Salvador

Attn: DHS - USCIS
Final Blvd. y Urb. Santa Elena

Antiguo Cuscatlan, La Libertad
El Salvador

Office Location

We are located at the US AID Building within the Embassy premises.  Access is through the Consular gate located on Boulevard Santa Elena.

Hours of Operation

The office is open to the public on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM. The office is closed on Salvadoran and American holidays.

For General information, call the phone numbers that are listed below, Monday  through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Phone, Fax Numbers & E-mail

Phone:
Spanish or English, please call 2501-3022.
From outside the country, please call: 011-503-2501-3022.

Fax: 
Please send faxes to: 503-2288-3330
From the US: 011-503-2288-3330

E-mail:
Please send e-mails to: elsalvador.uscis@uscis.dhs.gov

Visiting the office in person

Walk-ins:
The office is open to the public on Monday and Wednesday from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM. The office is closed on Salvadoran and American holidays.

Public Transportation

Information not available.

Parking & Handicap Accessibility

Pay parking is available next to the Embassy.

Accessibility for those with special needs is available.

Paying Fees

Fees for applications and petitions are listed on the Forms section of the USCIS website. The fees for all applications and petitions submitted to this office must be paid in U.S. dollars, cash, or credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover) at the Consular Cashier Section in the Embassy.

Customer Feedback

We strive to provide quality service to our customers. If we have not lived up to this commitment, or if we have met or exceeded your expectations, please let us know. To comment on the services provided at this office, please write to the Field Office Director at the address given above, or to the:
District Director
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
PO Box 9000
Brownsville, TX 78520

If you feel you were mistreated by a U.S. immigration employee, or wish to make a complaint of misconduct by a U.S. immigration employee, you may write to the District Director, or write directly to the:
Department of Homeland Security
USCIS
Attn: Chief, International Operations Division
20 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 3300
Washington, DC 20529-2100

Forms

 Immigration forms are available under the Forms section of the USCIS website which can be found to your right under Related Links.

Visas

For in-depth information about visas, please check the Visa Services section of the U.S. Department of State website.

Form I-407

The abandonment of lawful permanent resident status is irrevocable. An individual who relinquishes lawful permanent resident status must qualify again for such status. Therefore, one should give careful thought to abandoning lawful permanent resident status.

If you wish to abandon your permanent residence and relinquish your Permanent Resident Card (Green Card), please contact us at any of the above-indicated channels.   

Forms I-600 & I-600A

Information on intercountry adoptions may be found at the Department of State website and on the Adoption section of the USCIS website which can be found to your right under Related Links.

Form I-130

U.S. citizens, who reside locally, can file Form I-130 for Immediate Relatives.  To do so, please visit our office on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM, or contact us at any of the above-indicated channels.

Form N-400

U.S. immigration offices overseas do not accept or process Naturalization applications from U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) that live overseas.  Visit the Citizenship section of the USCIS website which can be found to your right under Related Links.

Form I-131 Parole

The San Salvador Field Office does not issue Humanitarian Parole.  Instructions on how to file an application for Humanitarian Parole are located on Form I-131 or on the Humanitarian Parole Section of the USCIS Website which can be found to your right under Related Links.

Form I-131 Re-entry

The San Salvador Field Office does not issue or extend Re-Entry permits. Instructions on how to obtain or replace a Re-Entry permit are found on the How Do I Get A Travel Document section of the USCIS website which can be found to your right under Related Links.

Form I-590

The San Salvador Field Office is unable to directly receive refugee resettlement applications. For general information and processing criteria please see the Department of State website and the Refugee section on the USCIS website which can be found to your right under Related Links.

Filing Form I-601 and I-212 from Abroad

If you are abroad and otherwise approved to immigrate to the United States, but a Department of State Consular Officer found you ineligible to enter because of one or more grounds of inadmissibility for which a waiver may be available, you may apply for a waiver by filing Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility.

If you left the United States voluntarily after being issued an order of deportation or removal, were deported or removed, or re-entered the U.S. unlawfully after previously accumulating more than one year of unlawful presence, you may apply for readmission to the U.S. by filing Form I-212, Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission Into the United States After Deportation or Removal. 

Where to File

On June 4, 2012, USCIS changed where waiver applications are filed. This will provide more efficient and consistent application processing, and allow you to track your case status online. You may also request an email or text message confirming receipt of your waiver by completing and attaching Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance to your application.

Waiver applications and supporting evidence should be mailed directly to the USCIS Lockbox. You may find the address for the appropriate USCIS Lockbox in the form instructions, as well as in the USCIS website at:

Our office will process your application if you submitted it on or before June 4, 2012. 

Please see the policy memorandum, Exceptions for Permitting the Filing of Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility, and any associated Form I-212, Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States After Deportation or Removal, at an International USCIS Offices, for more information.

I-601 Expedited Adjudication Requests

If you are sending your application to the USCIS Lockbox and believe you have extraordinary circumstances that are time-sensitive and compelling, you may attach a written request to have your application expedited at the time of filing.

If you have already submitted your application to the Lockbox, you can make an expedite request by either contacting the Nebraska Service Center (NSC) directly by email, or by calling the USCIS National Customer Service Center.

For information on how to contact the NSC and our National Customer Service Center, please visit the Contact Us page on the USCIS website. 

If you filed a Form I-601 with this office on or before June 4, 2012, and it is still pending, you may request that the USCIS office expedite adjudication of your application when there are extraordinary circumstances that are time-sensitive, compelling, and would require you to be in the U.S. sooner than would be possible if your application was processed under a normal time frame. A strong desire to immigrate to the United States as soon as possible is not by itself “extraordinary.”

You must deliver a written request to expedite adjudication to the USCIS Field Office Director. You must also provide evidence of the extraordinary and compelling circumstance.

If your request to expedite the adjudication of an I-601 waiver is approved, the USCIS office will notify you within 15 days of receipt of your request. If you do not receive a response within 15 days, then it is very likely that your request has been denied.

Please be aware that approval to expedite adjudication of an I-601 waiver application does not guarantee that you will be approved, but only that consideration and adjudication of the I-601 waiver application will be expeditiously handled. If additional evidence is required, the adjudication of your application may be delayed. You will receive a Request for Evidence if additional evidence is needed. If your request for expedited processing is denied, your waiver will be adjudicated within normal processing times.

Transportation Boarding Letters

 U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents who are visiting El Salvador and who do not have a valid Alien Registration Card (Green Card) may apply for a Transportation Letter at the San Salvador Field Office.

The following documents will be required:

  1. A record of entry of departures (Movimiento Migratorio) obtained from the El Salvador Migration Office.
  2. A local police report if the Green Card was lost or stolen.
  3. A valid passport accompanied with a copy of it.
  4. A copy of your valid DUI
  5. A complete two-page questionnaire to determine the applicant's immigrant status.
  6. If you are in possession of your Alien Registration Card, please present it.
Last Reviewed/Updated: 03/18/2014