Applying for Status

If you wish to apply for Returning Resident Status you are required to take the following steps.

Step 1:   Please complete the form DS-117 (click here to download as a PDF)

Step 2:  Schedule an appointment to attend a preliminary interview with a consular officer who will determine your eligibility for returning resident status. Appointments are scheduled online at https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/immigrate/immigrant-process/interview/prepare.html. You will be provided with further information at this time. You will be required to pay a non-refundable fee of $180.00 to the Embassy cashier on the day. Fees may be paid in cash – UAE dirham or dollar equivalent; by Credit Card – Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club. The Embassy does not accept any other credit or debit cards, or personal checks. Also, please provide documentation to proof that your stay out of U.S. over twelve months was beyond your control.