Visas

As of January 1, 2020, all consular services are suspended at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq due to the attack on our facility. Please continue to monitor the Embassy and Consulate websites at https://iq.usembassy.gov/ to see when we can return to normal operations.

Immigrant Visas

If your initial immigrant visa interview was scheduled to take place at U.S. Embassy Baghdad after January 1, 2020, or if your interview was not yet scheduled, your visa application will be reassigned to another post. Please note that U.S. Consulate General Erbil is not an immigrant visa processing post. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to severely affect the ability of embassies and consulates around the world to be able to resume routine visa services.

If you interviewed at U.S. Embassy Baghdad prior to December 31, 2019, but your application was refused under Section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act pending the submission of additional documentation, please continue to monitor the Embassy and Consulate websites at https://iq.usembassy.gov/ to see when we are able to return to normal operations.

You may request that your application be transferred to a different U.S. Embassy or Consulate for further processing when routine visa services resume. Please visit the website of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you would like your case transferred to determine the operating status. Once the Embassy or Consulate has resumed immigrant visa processing, to request the transfer, directly email the post to which you would like your application to be transferred.  Unless you are a citizen or resident of the country in which that U.S. Embassy or Consulate is located, please note that your application transfer request may be refused. The U.S. Embassy cannot assist you in making travel arrangements to another country for your visa interview. To find a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your Region, please visit https://www.usembassy.gov/

Nonimmigrant Visas

Once routine visa processing has resumed, nonimmigrant visa applicants can apply at any U.S. Embassy or Consulate or at the U.S. Consulate General in Erbil. For more information regarding applying for nonimmigrant visas, please visit travel.state.gov.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to severely affect the ability of embassies and consulates around the world to be able to resume routine visa services. The particular constraints vary based on local conditions and restrictions but include local and national lockdowns; travel restrictions; host country quarantine regulations; and measures taken by our embassies and consulates to contain the spread of COVID-19. Combined, these restrictions have reduced appointment capacity during the pandemic, which has created a significant backlog of both immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applicants awaiting a visa interview. The State Department is working to reduce this backlog while ensuring the safety of our staff and applicants and protecting our national security.

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 on usvisas.state.gov to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to 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.).

Please use the following email addresses to contact us.

  • Nonimmigrant Visas (Diplomatic, Official, Tourist, Business, Students, Exchange, Other): BaghdadNIV@state.gov.
  • Immigrant Visas (including Special Immigrant Visas, returning resident visa, follow-to-join refugee, or follow-to-join asylee inquiries): BaghdadIV@state.gov
  • Refugee and Internally Displaced Persons Affairs:
    IC@iom.int.
  • If you have a tip concerning fraud that you wish to share with us, you may contact the Fraud Prevention Unit by e-mailing us at BaghdadFPU@state.gov. If you wish us to keep your identity confidential, be sure to tell us that this is your wish when you contact us.

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 http://travel.state.gov.
  • 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.