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Announcement Regarding Visa Services

The Bureau of Consular Affairs reports that all visa-issuing embassies and consulates are now back online.  We are scheduling visa interviews and issuing nonimmigrant and immigrant visas.

NonImmigrant Visa Services in Abu Dhabi

If Your Interview Was Scheduled for Abu Dhabi

Special Notice for Transfers

We are still not able to transfer cases from one consular office to another. If you submitted your DS-160 visa application to the US Consulate in Dubai but scheduled your visa interview appointment in Abu Dhabi, we may have told you at the interview appointment that we were not able to transfer your case due to the technical problems. If you are in this group of applicants, please either:

  1. reschedule your appointment in Dubai; or
  2. reschedule your appointment in Abu Dhabi, but please complete a NEW DS-160, selecting Abu Dhabi as the location, before appearing for your appointment.

The U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi and U.S Consulate General in Dubai accept applications from persons residing anywhere in the UAE. Dubai also maintains a separate appointment system for applicants living in Iran. Citizens of some countries are eligible to use the Visa Waiver Program.

Note to Iranian applicants: residents of Iran (students or otherwise) are required to apply with the US Consulate in Dubai. The US Embassy in Abu Dhabi does not process non-immigrant visas for Iranian nationals residing in Iran.  Please visit the US Consulate in Dubai website at

 How to Apply for a Visa

In order to apply for a non-immigrant visa to travel to the United States, you should follow the steps listed below. Non-immigrant visas include those for tourism, medical treatment, students and temporary workers. Information regarding different types of visa and the requirements to qualify for those visas can be found at Be sure to have all the necessary documents ready in order to facilitate the application process.

The basic steps of the application process for a visa to the United States are as follows:

  1. Get a visa photo (important information about photo standards); photos taken more than six months before the interview will not be accepted. Submitting a photo older than six months will delay your visa processing.
  2. Complete the DS-160 application form online (you must fully answer all questions on the application) and print the one page confirmation sheet. Please be sure to provide a valid email address so we can contact you if needed.
  3. Pay the visa application fee. You may pay the fee online, via phone or in person. Please visit for more information. Please Note: this fee is not refundable.
  4. Make an appointment. Visit to obtain information about visa types, appointments and delivery of approved visas.
  5. Prepare your supporting documents, which vary depending on the purpose of your travel. Detailed information is available at Click on the link below for information about the most common visa types.

  6. On the day of your appointment, please come to the Embassy or Consulate General no earlier than 15 minutes prior to your appointment time. Please do not bring any bags, briefcases, etc. with you when you come to the Embassy for your visa interview. Only applicants will be allowed into the consular section, according to their appointment time. Children under 14 years of age and adults over the age of 79 are not required to appear for an interview and their applications may be submitted via Empost courier services. Please visit for additional information.

If your visa is approved, it will be available for pick up at the designated Empost courier location once the Embassy has finished processing your visa.

Additional information

The website of our visa services provider, contains extensive information regarding all aspects of the visa application process. The service provider also operates a call center which is available Sunday to Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m and can answer questions about the application process.  In addition, you may visit our Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.

If you already had your interview and would like to follow up on your case status, please click here.