U.S. Consular Services Continue, Despite Partial Government Shutdown

24 December, 2018

The Bureau of Consular Affairs continues full operations despite the lapse in appropriations that took place on midnight December 21. All consular appointments for December 26th and beyond remain valid. Applicants are encouraged to use the day before, and day of, their appointment to verify that the appointment is still active.

Closures on December 24 and 25, 2018

All consular appointments scheduled for December 24 were canceled or rescheduled. Please check your email or text message for information on your new appointment date and time or for instructions on how to reschedule your appointment. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.


4 October, 2018

If you are working or studying in the U.S., plan to travel to Ireland for the Christmas holiday season, and need to renew your visa, you need to schedule your visa appointment now.

If you schedule your visa appointment between December 17 – 21, 2018 and you wish to return to the U.S. before January 4, 2019, you will need to collect your passport at the U.S. Embassy two working days after the day of your scheduled interview/appointment. Passport/visa collection will be at 2:00 p.m. sharp and must be in person. For a small number of visa applications, additional administrative processing may be required. If that applies to you, we will inform you immediately.

Visa appointments must be scheduled through our online appointment website or call center at If, when you schedule your appointment, you find that the first available date does not suit, you may submit an "expedite" request through the appointment website requesting an appointment date that better suits your travel plans. Please select a DPD courier depot for the return of your passport (even if you plan to pick up your visa after visa issuance). Please note: no appointments will be available on December 24.

Although you may qualify to submit your visa application by mail, we strongly advise that you do not choose this option over the Christmas holiday season as there may be insufficient time to process your visa application (normal processing takes 10 working days for mail-in applications) in time to return to the United States.

Supreme Court Order on Presidential Proclamation on Visas (December 4, 2017)

11 December, 2017

On December 4, the U.S. Supreme Court granted the Government’s motions for emergency stays of preliminary injunctions issued by the U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Hawaii and Maryland, which prohibited the enforcement of certain sections of Presidential Proclamation 9645 (P.P). Nationals of Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and Venezuela are subject to the restrictions and limitations. More information is available at this link:


5 April, 2017

Please note that you cannot enter the Embassy property with any electronics. This includes laptops, tablets, memory cards, flash drives, or other peripherals. If you have any of these items in your possession, you will be asked to find a place to store them away from the Embassy or to return on another day. The Embassy has small lockers which can accommodate a cell phone. No other electronics may be placed in these lockers.

Attention: Chinese citizens with 10-year B1, B2 or B1/B2 visas in People's’ Republic of China passports

28 November, 2016

As of November 29, 2016, Chinese citizens with 10-year B1, B2 or B1/B2 visas in Peoples’ Republic of China passports are required to update their biographical and other information from their visa application through the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) before travelling to the United States. This update must be done every two years, or upon getting a new passport or B1, B2, or B1/B2 visa, whichever occurs first.

EVUS enrollment is available at There is currently no fee for EVUS enrollment. Until a fee is implemented, travelers can enroll in EVUS without charge. The Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will keep visa holders informed of new information at


EVUS登记网站为。目前EVUS登记不收费。在实施收费规定之前,旅客可免费进行登记。美国国土安全部海关和边境保护局(CBP)将通过网站 向签证持有人公布最新信息。