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Nonimmigrant Visas

How to Apply

General overview

With limited exception, all visa applicants must be interviewed in person at the Embassy.  Applicants for official (government) visas, children, the elderly, and certain applicants previously issued a U.S. visa may be able to apply without an interview, if eligible under our Interview Waiver Program (IWP).  Interviews must be scheduled online; the Embassy does not accept walk-in applications.
The Interview Waiver Program (IWP) allows applications to be submitted and processed without interview for individuals under age 14, age 80 and over, and some adults seeking to renew a previously issued visa (see the criteria for adult renewals). 
Applicants either follow the standard application process or follow the IWP application processAll applicants must submit the visa application form online as the first step in applying for a visa.

The Visa Services website and the call center are the best sources of information on the visa application process.

Standard Application Process

  1. Complete the application online 
  2. Register the application and pay the visa processing fee
  3. Schedule an interview appointment 
  4. Prepare for your interview
  5. Attend your interview

Step 1: Complete the application online

  • Fill out the visa application (form DS-160) at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/ and record the application ID number.  You will need the Application ID number to schedule your appointment and to use the courier service.  
  • Print the DS-160 confirmation sheet.
  • Complete a separate form for each applicant in your family or group, regardless of age.
  • Make sure all the information on your application is correct BEFORE you click the Sign and Submit button.
  • For further information, see the Frequently Asked Questions about the application (DS-160)

IMPORTANT: The Embassy DOES NOT contact you after you submit the application form online.
You, the applicant, need to continue to Step 2 to pay and schedule your interview.
 

  • 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 visa processing fee online.  You can also pay in cash at the post office. Click here for complete fee instructions. 

 Step 3: Schedule an interview

 (Exception: children, the elderly, and some adults seeking to renew a previously issued visa do not need an interview  –  Stop here and see IWP application process below)

  • After paying, you must schedule your interview appointment.  You can schedule the appointment in two ways:
  • Print the appointment confirmation. You will receive it at the email address you used while scheduling your interview.

If you are applying for a U.S. government-sponsored J1 visa program, you are exempt from the visa processing payment.  Contact the Embassy directly at TelAvivNIV@state.gov to schedule an interview.


Step 4: Prepare for your interview

  • Each visa applicant should hand carry the following documents:
  • DS-160 confirmation sheet
  • Printed payment confirmation
  • Appointment confirmation email
  • 5 x 5 cm color photograph on a white background. For additional photo guidelines, please click here.
  • Applicant's current passport
  • Passport with your previous US visa, if applicable. If the passport with your previous US visa is unavailable, submit a letter explaining why.
  • 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 evidence of substantial and ongoing to life activities within Israel, such as 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.

Step 5: Attend your interview

Attend your interview at the Embassy at the scheduled time.  See information about:

Security at the Embassy 
Post Office passport delivery service
Visa refusals


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Interview Waiver Program (IWP)
Application without interview
The Interview Waiver Program (IWP) lets some applicants apply for visas by courier, without an interview at the Embassy.  The Interview Waiver Program (IWP) includes applicants under age 14, age 80 and over, and some adults who have previously been issued a U.S. visa.  

The complete eligibility criteria for IWP are below.

Applicants under age 14 or age 80 and over
Applicants in these age groups generally do not require an interview.  They may apply by courier for both first-time applications and renewals. The IWP application process for these age groups is explained below. For more detailed instructions and to begin the application process, see the Visa Services website.


Adult renewals (ages 14 through 79)
To renew a visa by courier, you must meet ALL of the requirements listed below.  If you do not meet ALL the requirements for renewal by courier below, you must schedule an interview through the standard application process.  

Criteria for IWP renewals:

  • Your current visa is still valid or expired less than 12 months ago 
  • You are applying for a visa in the same place where the previous visa was issued (for example if your previous visa was issued in Jerusalem, apply for visa renewal in Jerusalem, not in Tel Aviv) 
  • You are renewing the same type of visa, and it is one of the following types: B, C, D, F, M, H, I, L, O, P, Q, or R. 
  • Your previous visa was issued on or after January 1, 2008. 
  • Your previous visa does not have the words “clearance,” “blanket,” or “waiver” printed in the annotation field.
  • You were age 14 or older at the time the previous visa was issued.  (Applicants currently under age 14 may also apply without an interview See above.)

The IWP application process for renewals is explained below.  For more detailed instructions and to begin the application process, see the Visa Services website.

IWP Application Process (by courier)

For renewals by courier and applicants under age 14 or age 80 and over

  •  Complete the application online
  • Register the application online and pay the visa processing fee
  • Prepare the documents
  • Submit the passport and documents to the Embassy

You can also complete many steps of the process on the phone with the call center.  Contact details are here.

Step 1: Complete the application online

  • Fill out the visa application (form DS-160) athttps://ceac.state.gov/genniv/
  • Print the DS-160 confirmation sheet that includes the Application ID.  You will need the Application ID number to schedule your appointment.  
  • Complete a separate form for each applicant in your family or group, regardless of age.
  • Make sure all the information on your application is correct BEFORE you click the Sign and Submit button.
  • For further information, see the Frequently Asked Questions about the application (DS-160)

IMPORTANT: The Embassy DOES NOT contact you after you submit the application form online.You, the applicant, need to continue to Step 2 to pay and submit your documents.
 
Step 2: Register the application online and pay the visa processing fee
Go to the Visa Services website

  • Click on the Create Account button
  • Enter the applicant’s personal details
  • Select purpose of travel as “Visitor Visa – Courier In”
  • Pay the visa processing fee. For fee details, click here 
  • Print the payment confirmation

For IWP applicants whose immediate relatives are also applying for visas and attending an interview at the Embassy:

  • Log in to the family’s account on the Visa Services website
  • Add the applicant as a family member
  • Pay the visa processing fee
  • Print out the appointment confirmation email

Step 3: Prepare the documents

Each visa application should contain the following documents:

  • DS-160 confirmation sheet
  • Printed payment confirmation
  • Appointment confirmation email
  • 5 x 5 cm color photograph on a white background. For additional photo guidelines, please click here.
  • Applicant's current passport
  • For renewals, passport with the previous visa.  If the previous passport with the visa is unavailable, submit a letter explaining why.
  • 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 evidence of substantial and ongoing life activities within Israel, such as 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.

Step 4: Submit the passport and documents to the Embassy

Drop off your passport and documents at one of the designated  post offices facilities for delivery.
For IWP applicants whose immediate relatives are also applying for visas and attending an interview at the Embassy:

Bring the applicant’s passport to the family’s interview appointment.  Applicants under age 14 or age 80 and over do not need to physically appear for the interview.
For more detailed instructions and to begin the application process, see the Visa Services website.
 
Additional information for IWP applicants

  • Allow at least three weeks for processing.
  • Some applications require additional administrative processing. Applying through the Interview Waiver Program by courier does not circumvent this processing.
  • The consular officer may still ask you to appear for an interview for any reason.
  • If an interview is necessary, you will receive instructions on how to schedule an appointment.
  • If a child is traveling to the United States for a naturalization appointment with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), provide a copy of the DHS appointment letter with the application documents.

Scheduling and cancelling appointments

An appointment may be cancelled or rescheduled within one year from the day the fee was paid, without charge.
You can cancel or reschedule an appointment in one of the following ways:

  1. Online through the Visa Services system: Log onto your account in the Visa Services system at http://telaviv.usvisa-info.com, click on the Reschedule Appointment or Cancel Appointment buttons, and follow the instructions. 
  2. Through the call center. Contact information available here.

Appointment changes one day before interview: You will not be able to modify your appointment date through the on-line system on the last business day prior to your current appointment date: the system deactivates the Cancel Appointment and Reschedule Appointment options one business day before the appointment date. If you wish to reschedule your appointment after the system has deactivated the Reschedule Appointment option, you should contact the Visa Services help desk for assistance. Please click here for the Visa Services contact details.

If you missed your appointment and need to reschedule:

Log in to your account at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-il , and on the “Applicant Summary” page, select “Missed My Appointment.”  On the “No Show Request” page write the reason for your request in the relevant text-box and click on “Send Request.”   Once a Consular Officer has reviewed your request, you will receive an automated email informing you that you can choose a new appointment time.

If you scheduled your original appointment through the telephone help desk, you can contact them at 02-5677833 and ask the agent to submit the rescheduling request on your behalf.

Security screening requirement 

Before your interview, you will need to pass through security screening at the Embassy.  See below for allowed and prohibited items.  The U.S. Embassy does not have 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 for the quality of their services. 
 
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 

Contact us
For information about the process, assistance in scheduling an interview, and other questions, contact the Visa Services call center.
Visa Services call center

Locally: 03-7621694
Sunday through Thursday 08:00 to 18:00 local time
From the US: 170-324-94689
Monday through Friday 08:00 to 18:00 EST
The on-line appointment system and the call center are the best sources of information on the visa application process

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