Announcements

Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus

6 February, 2020

Any individuals with pending consular appointments who (1) were physically present within the People’s Republic of China, excluding the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, within the last 14 days, (2) are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or (3) believe they have may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, are strongly encouraged to postpone their appointments by at least 14 days. There is no fee to change an appointment and visa application fees are valid for one year in the country where the fee was paid.

To postpone your appointment, please sign in to your user account, select the “Continue” option, and follow the system instructions under the “ reschedule appointment” action. If you require further assistance please refer to our "Help" section at the bottom of the page.

New restrictions on travel to the United States for non-U.S. citizens

3 February, 2020

Entry of aliens who were present in China, excluding the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, within 14 days prior to their arrival at the port of entry in the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation. If you reside in China, have traveled to China recently, or intend to travel to China prior to your planned trip to the United States, we recommend you postpone your visa interview appointment until 14 days subsequent to your departure from China.

Visa appointments are usually available much sooner in Jerusalem

22 January, 2020

Visa appointments are usually available much sooner in Jerusalem. Please check the appointment availability in Jerusalem before Tel Aviv. However, until February 28, 2020, applicants with mobility issues may have difficulty accessing the Jerusalem consular section because of construction projects.

Starting November 4, the parking lot at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem will no longer be available to the public

16 October, 2019

Starting November 4, the parking lot at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem will no longer be available to the public. Public parking in the surrounding area will continue to be available. If you choose to drive, please allow sufficient time to find parking and walk to the Embassy. You may also use public transportation, including buses or taxis. The following buses have stops near the U.S. Embassy:

Egged Bus 7-Alef
Egged Bus 78-Alef
Egged Bus 7
Egged Bus 78
South Bus 203
South Bus 204
South Bus 222
South Bus 224
South Bus 231

Extension of Validity for Venezuelan Passports

12 June, 2019

As of June 7, 2019 the Department of State recognizes that previously issued Venezuelan passports and “prorrogas” have been extended by decree of interim Venezuelan President Guaido for an additional five years past their printed date of expiration. Passports rendered valid by this decree will be accepted for visa and other consular services.

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO NON-IMMIGRANT VISA APPLICANTS RESIDING IN GAZA

31 October, 2017

If you are an applicant residing in the Gaza Strip and require a permit to attend your non-immigrant visa interview:

  1. After completing your DS-160 at https://ceac.state.gov/CEAC and creating a user account at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-il/niv, select the option stating that you reside in Gaza. Then, schedule a Consular Section appointment by selecting the specific date/appointment reserved only for Gazan applicants. Please choose a date over 60 days in advance in order to allow time for the permitting process.
  2. Apply for your permit to leave Gaza through the District Coordination Office (DCO). You may present a printout from this website as proof of the date of your appointment.
  3. A shuttle from Erez to be coordinated by the Israeli authorities will take you directly to the U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem Consular Section at 14 David Flusser Street. Same-day return shuttle service will also be provided.

Note: This guidance does not apply to immigrant visa applicants or Green Card holders. Guidance for immigrant visa applicants and Green Card holders residing in Gaza is available HERE.