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.
Consular fees can be paid with any credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, or Diner’s Club) or with U.S. currency dated 2006 or later. Please note that the credit or debit card must be in the name of the applicant or the accompanying parent or legal guardian if the applicant is under the age of 18.
When making an appointment, please ensure that everyone coming to the Embassy is listed on your appointment. Individuals whose names are not included in the appointment will not be admitted to the International Zone and cannot come to the Embassy. This includes children.
The Consular Section is located on the U.S. Embassy compound on Al Kindi Street in the International Zone in Baghdad. Please enter through the Consular entrance on Al Kindi Street. Note that weapons are not allowed in the Consular waiting room and no parking is available.
The Consular Section does not accept phone calls about visa cases, and the American Citizen Services office cannot answer visa questions. If you have questions about a visa to the United States, please contact one of our visa units.
The U.S. Consulate General in Erbil continues to operate with limited staffing. Social distancing and other COVID-19 measures also limit the number of customers we can serve daily. Applicants who arrive at their appointment unprepared (without the required forms or fees) can negatively impact our ability to provide services to other customers. Applicants who do not bring an accepted form of payment to their interview will be asked to reschedule.
The Consular Section does not accept phone calls regarding visa cases. If you have questions about a visa to the United States, please visit our visa page.
Note that weapons are not allowed in the Consular waiting room and no parking is available.
If you need reasonable accommodation for your appointment, we encourage you to request your accommodation immediately once you schedule your appointment. We make every effort to provide accommodations to persons with disabilities and medical conditions. Reasonable accommodations vary, depending on the situation and the person’s needs.
Examples of accommodations include, but are not limited to:
If you are unable to provide fingerprints because of a medical condition, including birth defects, physical deformities, skin conditions, you may qualify for a fingerprint waiver for certain fingers.
The waiting room of the Consular Section and its restroom is wheelchair-accessible.