The Visa Unit of the Embassy has resumed normal operations after a period of reduced operations due to the security situation. This extraordinary measure was taken for the safety of the public and Embassy personnel. A reduced staff continued to process emergency visas and cases which did not require the personal appearance of the applicant, and maintain communication with the public. All applicants whose appointments were rescheduled were notified by email. Visa applicants should now come to the Embassy on the day of their scheduled appointment.
In case the new date of your rescheduled appointment date is inconvenient, you are requested to login to your visa account and reschedule your appointment individually. In the case of emergency travel and a need for an expedited appointment please follow the instructions of the "Expedited Appointments" process found at https://usvisa-info.com/en-IL/selfservice/us_expedited_appointments.
All Israeli citizens are required to have a valid visa to enter the United States, regardless of age. If you hold the passport of another country, you may not need a visa for short visits for tourism or business to the United States. To see if you are eligible to travel to the United States without a visa on another passport, please follow this link: Visa Waiver.
For information about how to apply for a visa, please visit the “How To Apply” page.
J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor ProgramThe Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program launches a new website dedicated solely to the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program. It will make the online experience easier and more efficient for the more than 350,000 J-1 visitors who come to the United States each year. For more information, visit http://j1visa.state.gov.
Investor visa for Israeli nationals
President Obama signed the legislation that would add Israel to the list of countries eligible for non-immigrant investor visas in the United States.
The legislation, which was spearheaded by Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), would grant Israelis E-2 investor visas, allowing them to live and work in the U.S. in order to be closer to their investments. The legislation, signed on June 11, 2012, passed the House and the Senate in recent months.
However, the implementation of this visa category will not be effective until the terms and conditions of the final agreement are determined between the two countries. The Embassy will issue a press release as soon as the E2 investor visa is available to Israeli nationals.