Nonimmigrant Visas

The U.S. Embassy in Doha has resumed online scheduling for all non-immigrant visa categories (except for certain J visa applicants).  Please visit for more information. There may be limited availability due to COVID 19 restrictions.   If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at, email or call the call center at  +974-4423-1248.

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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.

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.

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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