Nonimmigrant Visas

Due to Government of Qatar COVID 19 restrictions and our ongoing efforts to ensure the health and safety of our employees and visa applicants, routine B1/B2 (tourist and business meeting) visa interviews are suspended.  B1/B2 visa appointments for later in the year are currently available.  Student and petition based work, and crew visa appointments are currently available for online scheduling.

If you have a business, medical, or humanitarian emergency please follow the guidance provided at https://ustraveldocs.com/qa/qa-niv-expeditedappointment.asp, email Support-Qatar@ustraveldocs.com or call the call center at +974-4423-1248.

On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed a Presidential Proclamation titled “Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States.” This proclamation ends the travel restrictions under Presidential Proclamations 9645 and 9983 that had suspended entry into the United States of certain nationals, based on visa type, from Burma, Eritrea, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Nigeria, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Venezuela, and Yemen.

Nonimmigrant visa applicants who were previously refused due to either P.P. 9645 or 9983 and did not qualify for a waiver will need to submit a new visa application (DS-160) and pay a new visa application processing fee if they wish to reapply for a visa. For information on applying for a nonimmigrant visa please visit https://qa.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-visas/.

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Doha is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.

Please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.

On January 12, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an Order requiring all air passengers, including U.S. citizens, arriving to the United States from a foreign country to get tested no more than three days before their flight departs.  Travelers must provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight.  Testing is required regardless of vaccination status.  This Order will go into effect on January 26, 2021.  Travelers departing from Qatar should contact their health care provider to determine where they can be tested.  Contact information for Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) health center is available here and a list of local hospitals and physicians is available on the U.S. Embassy website.

Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel(like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel.  There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19.  Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at consulardoha@state.gov and provide the information below.  The U.S. Embassy or Consulate will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.

The following information must be provided for each passenger:

  1. Name (family name/surname, given name), passport number and country
  2. Cell phone number including country code of passenger or head of household if family unit
  3. Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit
  4. U.S. destination address
  5. Is U.S. destination home address?
  6. Departure date
  7. Flight itinerary
  8. Name of submitting entity if different from passenger
  9. Name of company submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  10. Name of point of contact submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  11. Phone and email address for POC submitting waiver request on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  12. Purpose of travel to the U.S. (provide brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed and how travel will contribute to health and safety of passengers(s))
  13. Justification for testing waiver (e.g. no testing available, impact on health and safety)
  14. Documentation to support justification for test waiver, if available (e.g. medical records or orders for medical evacuation)

For information on limited humanitarian exemptions, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html

The U.S. Embassy in Doha understands that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment. We are working diligently to restore all routine visa operations as quickly and safely as possible. In the meantime, rest assured that the U.S. Embassy in Doha will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until December 31, 2021, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee. Please continue to monitor this site for information on when we will return to routine visa operations.

Hours of Operation for Services:

Visa Interviews: 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday by appointment only.

Applicants must arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to their appointment time. Early applicants will be required to wait until their appointment time to enter the Embassy compound. Applicants who arrive more than one hour late for their appointment may be asked to reschedule. Visa Interviews will not be held on the days mentioned in the Holiday Schedule.

Due to space limitations and the pandemic, only scheduled visa applicants whose name appears on our appointment list and those assisting applicants with special needs may enter the consular section.

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 special needs that requires a private appointment in a quiet space without distractions, 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.
  • 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.
  • Interview waivers are only granted in extreme situations, such as having a medical condition that requires flying in an air ambulance.

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

Please contact us at ConsularDoha@state.gov for more information or to request reasonable accommodation.

Interview Waiver is available for qualified Qatari citizens who are applying for the same visa classification and their full validity visa expired within the last 24 months.

How to Apply

Step #1:  Complete a  DS-160 application for each applicant

  • It is VERY important to answer all questions on the DS-160 form completely and to the best of your ability. Failure to do so will delay processing of your visa application.
  • If you are using a travel agency, be sure to provide the agency all necessary information such as mother’s and father’s full names and dates of birth. Applicants who receive visas will be notified for passport pick up via text message/SMS so it is important that your mobile number, not the travel agency’s, is listed on your application.
  • For more information visit the DS-160 FAQ

Step #2:  Pay the visa fee.

Step #3:  Schedule an appointment

During the process of scheduling an appointment online, you will be asked a series of questions designed to determine whether you are eligible to participate in the Interview Waiver. If eligible, you will receive drop-off instructions for submitting your passport to Aramex.

  • Appointment Confirmation printout (for each applicant).
  • DS-160 Confirmation page printout (for each applicant).
  • Passport (also previous passport if it contains previous U.S. visas).
  • Recent photographs (within last 6 months and with white background, only religious head coverings are permitted).
  • Supporting Documents (bank statements, salary certificate, etc.).

If applying for a student visa, please be sure to bring your I-20 and SEVIS receipt.

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