The “Mission Lane” visa program is the most popular visa for those wishing to travel to South America for business or tourism purposes.
The visa is available for the following activities: Travel to and from the US for more than 30 days, including any period of two months or more, to visit, study, or participate in a cultural event.
To be eligible for this visa, applicants must be: A US citizen, permanent resident, or a non-citizen for at least 30 days who has completed at least a year of full-time education in the United States, at least three years of education at a US college, or who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, or Switzerland, and who has been at least 16 years old and has lived in the US continuously for at most one year.
In addition, applicants need to be in the same country as their sponsor for at at least six months in a calendar year, or for a minimum of five years in a consecutive calendar year.
In general, a visa is not needed for those who travel for business purposes.
For a visa to be considered valid, the holder must meet the requirements outlined in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) for travel and study.
Visa application requirements for travel in the Mission Lane visa program The visa is also available for people who wish to travel within South America in order to attend a conference or a symposium.
The entry requirements for the Mission Lanes visa are: To be eligible, you must be an official delegate of the President of the Republic of Peru or the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country of your destination, or an official representative of the South American Commission for Tourism, if that is the country where you intend to travel.
A US citizen or Permanent Resident may apply for the visa at any time if they have been in the country for at long enough time to be able to support themselves on their own.
For a visa issued in a different country, you will need to provide documentation showing that you will be staying for a reasonable period of time.
For example, if you are attending a conference in South America and you intend on traveling to Argentina, then you will have to provide proof of the duration of your stay in Argentina, the country in which you intend, or proof of a visa that was issued in Argentina.
If you are applying for the “mission lane” visa, you should apply for it through your country’s embassy or consulate in your home country.
You should also contact your home nation’s embassy/consulate to obtain the necessary documentation.
For more information on this visa program, check out the Mission lane website.
Sources: Wired, Wired.com, The Washington Post, CNN.com