Due to the current security situation in Tel Aviv, U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv remains open but is operating at reduced staffing until further notice, and has canceled routine visa application processing and American Citizen services. Emergencies involving an American citizen and visa applications will be considered on a case by case basis. If you had a scheduled visa appointment, you will receive an email informing you of the appointment cancellation, and another email with a new scheduled appointment. If the appointment is not convenient for you, you may reschedule your appointment through the scheduling system. You are not required to pay a new fee. We will update the website and our facebook on any developments. To ask for an emergency appointment, please email NIVTelAviv@state.gov (for visas) or AMCTelAviv@state.gov (for U.S. Citizens Services) and explain the nature of your emergency. We will respond to your email quickly with additional instructions.
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.