Visas

All nonimmigrant visa application fee (also known as the MRV fee) payments made on or after October 1, 2022, are valid for 365 days from the date a receipt is issued for payment of the MRV fee.  Applicants must schedule an interview appointment or submit an interview waiver application during this 365-day period.  Please note applicants must only schedule their interview or submit their waiver application within the 365-day period.  There is no requirement the interview must occur during the 365-day period.  All receipts for payment of MRV fees issued before October 1, 2022, were extended until September 30, 2023, and remain valid until this date.

The Consular Section at the U.S. Consulate General in Erbil only provides nonimmigrant visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period. We do not process official government visas or immigrant visas, including fiancé visas in Erbil.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply for a nonimmigrant visa , please follow the steps below:

  1. Fill out the DS-160 for each applicant (including children): https://ceac.state.gov/GenNIV/
  2. Obtain a visa appointment:
    • For non-emergency appointments, please schedule through our online appointment website *
    • If your situation qualifies for an expedited appointment, please see the instructions below.

*Please note that due to a significant backlog, there may not be appointment slots available when you first try.  New appointment slots are opened throughout the week and you should check back in order to obtain an appointment.

3. Please bring the following to your visa interview:

    • a MRV fee (visa fee) receipt from the Bank of Baghdad for each applicant
    • one 5cm-by-5cm photo for each applicant
    • one pre-paid DHL air waybill for your group

 

EXPEDITED VISA APPOINTMENTS

If your purpose of travel is one of the following categories, you may qualify for an expedited visa appointment:

If you have emergency travel based on medical treatment or illness or death in the family, please send an email to ErbilNIV@state.gov with the subject ‘Emergency Travel.’  In the email, you must include the following:

– A letter from the hospital or doctor in the United States explaining the situation and why the trip to the United States is necessary.  If treatment in the U.S. is necessary, the letter should include the date and duration of treatment as well as the estimated cost.

– In the case of treatment in the United States, the applicant’s local doctor should submit a letter with the applicant’s diagnosis and an explanation why treatment cannot be performed in Iraq.

– If your immediate family member in the United States is ill or has passed away, please send information about the situation from the doctor in the United States.

– A copy of each applicant’s DS-160 Confirmation page (CEAC)

– A copy of your passport data page.  The passport must have at least six months of validity remaining after your planned date of entry.

If you have urgent travel, please send an email to ErbilNIV@state.gov with the subject ‘Urgent Travel’.  In the email, you must include the following:

–  Evidence that your travel is necessary by a specific date (for example: an invitation to a graduation, your registration for a business conference, the confirmation dates of a cruise you are taking, etc.)

– A copy of each applicant’s DS-160 Confirmation page (CEAC)

– Proof that you have Iraqi citizenship or residency in Iraq.

– A copy of your passport data page.  The passport must have at least six months of validity remaining after your planned date of entry.

If you are travelling on one of these visa categories, please send an email to ErbilNIV@state.gov with the type of visa you are travelling on in the subject of your email.  In that email, you must include the following:

–A copy of your I-20 or your DS-2019.

– A copy of each applicant’s DS-160 Confirmation page (CEAC)

– Proof that you have Iraqi citizenship or residency in Iraq.

– A copy of your passport data page.  The passport must have at least six months of validity remaining after your planned date of entry.

If hold the passport of a country in the Visa Waiver Program and you have been recently denied ESTA authorization, you are not eligible to travel under the Visa Waiver Program.

Email erbilniv@state.gov to request an appointment for a B1/B2 (business and tourism) visa with the subject “ESTA denial” and include the following attachments:

-A copy of your ESTA denial

-DS-160 Confirmation page (CEAC)

-Passport with more than six months of validity after your planned entry to the United States.

The U.S. Consulate General Erbil now accepts the following services on behalf of USCIS:

If your purpose of travel falls under these categories, please email ErbilNIV@state.gov.

If you are a non-citizen or non-resident of Iraq and wish to schedule a non immigrant visa appointment, please send an email to ErbilNIV@state.gov with the subject ‘Non-citizen/Non-Resident Travel’.  In the email, you must include the following:

– An explanation of your purpose of travel to the United States

– A copy of each applicant’s DS-160 Confirmation page (CEAC)

– A copy of your passport data page.  The passport must have at least six months of validity remaining after your planned date of entry.

Consular services will consider your request on a space-available-basis.  Please note that if you are a non-citizen/non-resident of Iraq, and you schedule an appointment using our online scheduling program, your appointment will be cancelled, and you will be notified via email.

Visa applicants can also apply at any consulate or embassy which is accepting appointments.  There is no requirement to apply in Erbil.  Please see https://travel.state.gov to find information on scheduling appointments in other locations

We regret that due to the volume of emails we receive, we will not respond to email requesting appointments except in those cases mentioned above.