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How to Apply

How to Apply

General overview

With a limited exception that include applicants for official visas and certain J1 exchange visitors, all applicants for nonimmigrant visas aged 14 to 79 require an interview appointment. In order for an appointment to be scheduled, an appropriate MRV (Machine Readable Visa) processing fee must be paid. The Embassy does not accept walk-in applications.

Applicants under 14 or over 79 years of age do not require an interview appointment. Their visa applications should be sent to the Embassy through UPS courier service after the MRV fee is paid. Visa applications can be brought directly to the Embassy ONLY if the parents or immediate family members of the applicant under 14 or over 70 are coming to the Embassy to apply for their own visa. In this case, their immediate family members will bring the applications along. 

To pay the MRV fee and schedule an interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv, applicants can use the on-line Official Visa Services system at http://telaviv.usvisa-info.com

For information about the visa application process and assistance in scheduling an interview appointment, please contact the Official Visa Services call center, which is available at the following numbers:

Local telephone number: 03-7621694, Sunday through Thursday 08:00 to 18:00 local time

U.S. telephone number: 703-439-2342, Monday through Friday 08:00 to 18:00 EST

The on-line appointment system and the call center are the main sources of information on the visa application process.  

To pay the MRV fee and schedule an interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv, applicants can use the on-line Official Visa Services system at http://telaviv.usvisa-info.com or the Official Visa Services call center, which is available at the following numbers:

Local telephone number: 03-7621694, Sunday through Thursday 08:00 to 18:00 local time

U.S. telephone number: 703-439-2342, Monday through Friday 08:00 to 18:00 EST

The on-line appointment system and the call center are the main sources of information on the visa application process.  

Application process

DS-160 visa application form

To start a visa application, all applicants are required to fill out and successfully submit an electronic visa application form DS-160 through the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/. The form must be filled out individually for each applicant, regardless of the applicant’s age, or whether the applicant is traveling as part of a family or a group.

If you encounter difficulty preparing the form, such as problems uploading your picture properly, or answering a specific question, you may visit the DS-160 FAQ page on the State Department website at http://travel.state.gov/visa/forms/forms_4401.html.

IMPORTANT: Changes to the DS-160 can only be made BEFORE you electronically sign and submit it. Please make sure that all the information you provided on your DS-160 form is correct BEFORE you hit the Sign and Submit button. To make changes to your incomplete application, you may utilize the Retrieve Incomplete Application option. Using this option, you can retrieve applications that were initiated no later than 30 days ago.

DS-160 Application ID and confirmation sheet

Your DS-160 Application ID is displayed in the CEAC system as you are filling the form. Please record your DS-160 Application ID! The Application ID is necessary to retrieve an incomplete application form, and is essential for identification of your application throughout the process.

After you have successfully filled out the form, you should submit the form by clicking the Sign and Submit button. The system will then provide you with a DS-160 confirmation sheet. Please print out your DS-160 confirmation sheet on a laser printer. Ink jet printers can make the barcode unreadable, which will delay processing of your visa application and increase waiting time at the Embassy. Failure to comply with DS-160 requirements will result in our returning the whole application back to you without processing.

Please note that your form is not submitted until you have signed it electronically by clicking the Sign and Submit button!  

IMPORTANT: Please note that the Embassy DOES NOT initiate contact to applicants upon submission of the electronic DS-160 application form. Submitting your application is just one of the steps in the application process that the applicant is required to complete.

Further on this page, we explain how to apply for a visa. Please select the appropriate age category for more information on the application process.

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Applicants aged 14 to 79 

How to schedule an appointment 

Step 1: Submit the on-line DS-160 application form

You must complete and electronically sign the application form BEFORE you schedule your appointment.  Print the DS-160 confirmation sheet that includes the Application ID.  This number is required to schedule your appointment.

Step 2Register visa application, pay the MRV fee, and schedule an interview appointment

In order for you to pay the MRV fee and schedule an interview appointment, your visa application should first be registered. To register your application, please follow the instructions below:

Go to the Official Visa Services website at http://telaviv.usvisa-info.com, click on the Create Account button, and follow the instructions. After you have entered your personal details and selected the courier option, the system will prompt you to pay the MRV fee. For further information on the payment options, please click here. Interview appointment can be scheduled immediately upon confirmation of your payment in the system

After you have successfully scheduled an interview appointment, you will receive a system generated appointment confirmation email. A print out of this email should be brought to your interview at the Embassy.

After you have successfully scheduled an interview appointment, you will receive a system generated appointment confirmation email. A print out of this email should be brought to your interview at the Embassy.

Step 3: Prepare the documents

Each visa application for a nonimmigrant visa should contain the following documents:   

  1. DS-160 confirmation sheet
  2. 5cmX5cm regular (printed on paper) color photograph on a white background. Regular photograph must be brought to the appointment even if the applicant’s digital photograph was uploaded to the DS-160 application form. The photograph should be taken within the last 6 months, be clear and of good quality. For additional photo guidelines, please click here
  3. Applicant's previous and current (valid) passports
  4. A print out of the appointment confirmation email showing the date and time of your interview appointment
  5. Each visa applicant should be prepared to present additional documents at the time of their interview depending on the visa type. For further details, please choose the visa type from the Visa Types list.  Applicants for tourist visas are commonly asked to present proof of employment and pay statements, official army service/Keva contracts from active duty soldiers, and proof of enrollment at universities or colleges from students. Applicants with a technical or scientific background should also review the information on this page 

How to cancel or reschedule an appointment 

IMPORTANT: There is no limit on the number of times an appointment can be cancelled/rescheduled within one year from the day the fee was paid, without charge. After you have attended your appointment, you will need to pay a new fee to schedule a new appointment.

You can cancel or reschedule an appointment in one of the following ways:

  1. On-line through the Official Visa Services system: Log onto your account in the Official Visa Services system at http://telaviv.usvisa-info.com, click on the Reschedule Appointment or Cancel Appointment buttons, and follow the instructions. 

IMPORTANT: You will not be able to modify your appointment date through the on-line system on the last two business days prior to your current appointment date: the system deactivates the Cancel Appointment and Reschedule Appointment options two business days before the appointment date. If you wish to reschedule your appointment after the system has deactivated the Reschedule Appointment option, and also in case you were unable to attend your appointment, you should contact the Official Visa Services helpdesk for assistance. Please click here for the Official Visa Services contact details.

  1. By telephone: Dial the Official Visa Services call center at 03-7621694 and ask the operator for assistance

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Applicants under 14 or over 79

Applicants in this age category do not require an interview appointment. However, their visa applications must be registered to pay the MRV fee and use UPS courier service. Please review the information on how to apply for a visa for a child or elderly citizen on the Official Visa Services website. Alternatively, you may follow the below steps to prepare and submit the visa application to the Embassy:

Step 1: Submit the on-line DS-160 application form

You must complete and electronically sign the application form BEFORE you proceed to the next step. Print the DS-160 that includes the Application ID.  This number is required to successfully complete registration and payment. 

Step 2: Register visa application and pay the MRV fee

Application registration is required to pay the MRV fee, and use UPS courier service. Here is how you can register the application and pay the MRV fee:

  • If the application is sent to the Embassy through UPS:

To register an application through the on-line system, please go to the Official Visa Services website, and click on the Create Account button. After you have entered applicant’s personal details, please select the purpose of travel as “Visitor Visa – Courier In”. Upon selection of the preferred delivery method, the system will prompt you to pay the MRV fee. For further information on the payment options, please click here. IMPORTANT! Please print the payment confirmation, since it is essential for processing the application.

  • If a child or an elderly citizen’s immediate relatives are applying for their own visas and attending an interview appointment at the Embassy:

To register an application and pay the MRV fee, simply add a child or an elderly citizen as a family member to your account, and pay their fee. Their name will automatically appear in your appointment confirmation email, which you should bring with you to your appointment 

Step 3: Prepare the documents

Each visa application should contain the following documents:  

 

  1. DS-160 confirmation sheet
  2. 5cmX5cm regular (printed on paper) color photograph on a white background. Regular photograph must be included in the application even if the applicant’s digital photograph was uploaded to the DS-160 application form. The photograph should be taken within the last 6 months, be clear and of good quality. For additional photo guidelines, please click here
  3. Applicant's previous and current (valid) passports
  4. Print out of the payment confirmation, if the application is sent via UPS
  5. Additional documents:
  • Applications for tourist (B1/B2) visas for children under 14 should include a letter of consent from the parents authorizing the child’s travel. This requirement applies not only if the parents are traveling with the child, but also when the child is traveling with an accompanying person (e.g., grandparent) 
  • Additional documents for other visa types vary. For further details, please dial the Official Visa Services call center at 03-7621694  

Step 4: Deliver the application to the Embassy

If a child or an elderly citizen’s immediate relatives are applying for their own visas and are required to attend an interview appointment at the Embassy, they can simply bring all the documents with them to their appointment. Otherwise, please drop off the application at one of the designated UPS facilities located at the Ben-Gurion Airport, Beer Sheva, or Haifa, either in person or via a third party. For further information on the location and hours of operation of UPS facilities, please click here. Please note that UPS does NOT collect applications from applicants.

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MRV (Machine Readable Visa) processing fee    

The MRV fee varies according to the visa category:  

B1/B2, F, and J visa categories: $160

H, L, O, P, and R visa categories: $190

E visa category: $270 

For further information on the MRV fees, please click here 

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UPS courier service 

Delivery of passports/documents to the Embassy

Please note that UPS does not collect passports/documents from applicants. Please drop off the passports/documents you wish to send to the Embassy at one of the designated UPS facilities located at the Ben-Gurion Airport, Beer Sheva, or Haifa, either in person or via a third party. For further information on the location and hours of operation of the UPS facilities, please click here. 

Passport return

The Embassy returns the passports through UPS according to the delivery option you selected when registering your application. The available delivery options are:

  • Pick-up at one of three designated UPS facilities: Ben-Gurion Airport, Beer Sheva, or Haifa.  For information on the exact pick-up locations and addresses of UPS facilities, please click here
  • Courier delivery to your preferred address. In this case, you should provide the work or residential address to which the passports should be delivered. It will take about five working days to receive the passport(s) after the interview appointment 

You may check the delivery status of your passport in one of the following three ways: 

  • On-line through the Official Visa Services website. Please log in to your account in the on-line system to view the delivery status.  
  • By phone through the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system at 03-7621694
  • By speaking with a live service agent at 03-7621694

For applicants’ convenience, we have added a special page with useful information on UPS passport delivery services. Please review the information on that page before you come to our office to apply for a visa. 

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Security notice 

Find below a list of items that you may/ may not bring to the Embassy:  

Prohibited

Briefcases

Backpacks or large purses

Luggage

Electronic equipment, including cell phones and Blackberries

Liquids, sprays, or powders

Fire-lighting equipment (e.g., matches, lighters)

Weapons of any kind  

Permitted

Passport and relevant documents

Wallet/small purse

Newspaper/books in printed form only (e.g., no electronic books)

Writing materials

Car, house keys  

NOTE:  The U.S. Embassy does not have any storage facilities for visitors.  For your convenience, you can utilize nearby independent storage facilities.  The U.S. Embassy is not associated with and has no responsibility whatsoever for the quality of their services. 

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