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Need assistance with a U.S. visa? Contact us through our Visa Navigator.

What is a Visa?

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.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program, which is administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The Visa section of this website is about U.S. visas for foreign citizens and nationals to travel to the United States. Visit Travel.State.gov for additional information.

Note: U.S. citizens do not need a U.S. visa for travel to the United States. When planning travel abroad a U.S. citizen may need a visa issued by the embassy or consulate of the country they wish to visit.

What Type of Visa Do You Need?

For short-term visits to the United States (for tourism, business, education, and more), you can go directly to the online application (form DS-160). For immigrant visas,  which are issued to foreign nationals who intend to live and work permanently in the United States, you can visit the U.S. citizenship and Immigration Services site for the relevant forms.  If you are unsure what type of visa you need, please use the Visa Wizard below.

To Schedule an Appointment

Please click here to schedule an appointment.

Interview Waivers

Starting September 1, 2022, Embassy Doha expanded the Interview Waivers (IW) program to include qualified Qatari citizens and residents. The IW program allows qualifying visa applicants to submit visa applications by postal mail without an appointment. Some nationalities may not qualify. To check if you qualify, please fill out your visa application at the Visa Service website.

In general, the following applicants may apply for Interview Waiver:

  • All applicants who were issued a prior tourist (B1/B2) U.S. visa that expired within the past 48 months and have previously given their fingerprints.
  • Applicants who were issued a prior crew U.S. visa in the same visa class (C/D or D) that expired within the past 48 months.
  • All applicants who were issued a prior student or exchange (F, M, or J) U.S. visa and their dependents for continuing studies or programs.
  • Official and diplomats for A1, A2, G1, G2, G3, G4, and NATO visas.
  • Any applicant younger than 14 or older than 79. Note that the parent of a minor may be asked to attend an interview in certain cases.

For applicants who meet all the above criteria, please prepare the application package with the following:

  • Copy of Qatar ID Card (QID)
  • Applicant’s original passport with at least six months validity remaining
  • Applicant’s previous passport that holds the valid or expired U.S. visa
  • Confirmation page of your visa application form DS-160
  • One U.S. visa-sized photo (2 in x 2 in or 5 cm X 5 cm) on a white background ( photo requirements here)
  • Applicant’s original I-20 or DS-2019 forms for applicable F, M, and J visas
  • If applicant is under 14 years of age, a copy of the applicant’s birth certificate, a copy of the parents’ passport bio details page, and a copy of parents’ valid visas/ESTAs.

To avoid delays, do not send additional documents beyond those requested above. Please allow at least 10-14 business days for your visa application to be processed.

All materials must be sent to the U.S. Embassy through Aramex service. You may use any one of these locations:

 

Aramex Location 1: Wholesale Market Street, opposite to Regency Hyper Market, Ain Khalid, Zone 56/ ST 995/ Building 156, Doha, Qatar

Hours: Sunday through Saturday from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Phone: (+974) 4420 0100

 

Aramex Location 2: Gate Mall, Doha Tower, 3, Omar Al Mukhtar Street, First, Doha, Qatar

Hours: Sunday though Saturday from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Phone: (+974) 4420 0100

 

Applicants qualifying for the IW still must qualify for a visa, and in some cases, applicant may be called into the visa unit for an interview. If you do not qualify for the Interview Waiver program, please schedule an appointment.

Reasonable Accommodation

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 require a private appointment due to a medical condition or disability, we may schedule an alternative time for you to come in for your interview.
  • If you or your child has a disability and requires a private appointment in a quiet space without distraction, we may schedule an alternative time for you or your family to come in for your interview.
  • If you are unable to speak, you may be allowed to respond to questions in an agreed-upon nonverbal manner such as using pen and paper.
  • If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may bring a sign language interpreter to translate during the interview if needed.
  • If you have low vision, we may provide you with communications in large print.

The waiting room of the Consular Section and its restroom is wheelchair-accessible.

Please contact us at ACSDoha@state.gov to request reasonable accommodation for a passport appointment.

Note:   We do not schedule appointments for routine services via email.  To schedule a passport appointment, please follow the links and instructions above.

Our Locations
The map below shows where we provide consular services.