Welcome to the Visa Unit

UPDATE ON IMMIGRANT VISA PROCESSING:  U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi is currently processing cases in the following categories:

  •  IR/IH-3, IR/IH-4, SQ and SI SIVs
  •  IR-1, CR-1, IR-2, CR-2, or K visas, E-3 (certain healthcare professionals) and I-5/EB-5
  •  SB-1 returning residents, I-131A boarding foils

UPDATE ON NONIMMIGRANT VISA PROCESSING:  U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi and Consulate General Dubai are currently only processing very limited nonimmigrant visas for the public, including B1/B2 Temporary Visitor Visas, for urgent travel only, such as travel for critical medical needs.  For F, M, or J student visas, appointments are available as needed to ensure that students can travel in advance of program start dates.  Please follow instructions to request expedited appointments.

The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law.  As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.

See our Directory of Visa Categories to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.

Please click on “Nonimmigrant Visas” or “Immigrant Visas” below to learn more about the application process in Abu Dhabi or Dubai.

For nonimmigrant visa applicants with Iranian citizenship please see additional information here.


Nonimmigrant Visas

Travel to the United States on a temporary basis, including tourism, temporary employment, study and exchange.

Immigrant Visas

For foreign citizens who want to live permanently in the United States.

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.

(Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit.).

To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page ( for full information or use contact information below:

Detailed information about the visa application process, fee payments, delivery of documents, types of visas and qualifying for a U.S. visa is available at ( . In addition, applicants in the UAE may contact our service provider’s call center, Sunday to Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to obtain general information at Abu Dhabi 02 447-6084 and Dubai 04 376-8311. Accordingly, questions regarding the application procedure should not be directed to the U.S. Embassy or the U.S. Consulate General.

Abu Dhabi

  • To reach a customer service representative in Abu Dhabi via email, please contact


For questions related to visa and consular issues at the Consulate General in Dubai, please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) here . If your inquiry is not answered by the FAQs then send an email to

If you are the bearer of a diplomatic passport, and wish to apply for a tourist visa to the United States, you may request an appointment directly from the Embassy or Consulate General consular sections.  To request an appointment at the Embassy in Abu Dhabi, please email  To request an appointment at the Consulate General in Dubai, please contact the consular section at

The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States.  We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known.  Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.

We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:

  • We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.
  • We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.
  • We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.
  • We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.
  • We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.
  • We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.
  • We will provide information on non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on
  • We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.

Furthermore, if you are a:

  • Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
  • Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.
  • Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.

At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:

  • Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible.
  • Complete your application fully and accurately.
  • Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.
  • Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.