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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have other questions which are not answered here, please visit the Department of State website.   You may also email your question to the Consular Section at consularkuwaitm@state.gov.

  • Can I study in the U.S. on my tourist visa?

    Can I study in the U.S. on my tourist visa?

    • No. In order to study in the United States and enroll as a full-time student at a university, college, private school, or language institute you must have a valid I-20 form and apply for an F1 or M1 student visa. Please see http://kuwait.usembassy.gov/student3.html for more information on student visas.

  • The officer told me that my visa is pending administrative processing. What does this mean?

    The officer told me that my visa is pending administrative processing. What does this mean?

    • If the officer told you that your visa was pending following your interview this means that your visa was recommended for approval, however is subject to administrative review. This process can take from several weeks up to several months. Please make sure to apply for your visa as early as possible to avoid any delays in travel plans due to the visa processing.


      please click here to check the status of your visa.

  • I need to travel for urgent medical treatment or am a student with an immediate school start date and there are no appointments available for two weeks. Can you help me?

    I need to travel for urgent medical treatment or am a student with an immediate school start date and there are no appointments available for two weeks. Can you help me?

    • In the event that you need to travel urgently for either medical treatment or for study please contact us and we may be able to assist you in getting an expedited visa appointment. However, if your case is subject to administrative processing, you will still have to wait for the visa.  We advise you to apply as early as possible.

  • I would like to take my maid/nanny/babysitter to the U.S. with me. How can I apply for him/her?

    I would like to take my maid/nanny/babysitter to the U.S. with me. How can I apply for him/her?

    • The application process for a domestic worker is differs from the regular tourist visa process.  Instructions can be found here: http://kuwait.usembassy.gov/domestic_employee.html

      If you are a diplomat traveling to the U.S. on official travel and would like to take your maid to live with you during your assignment, please click here for further information.

      Domestic workers must overcome the presumption of immigrant intent, which can be more challenging for third country nationals.  Contracts between the employee and the employer must comply with U.S. labor law.

  • I have a valid visa in my old passport but I have changed my name or would like to transfer the visa to my news passport, how can I do this?

    I have a valid visa in my old passport but I have changed my name or would like to transfer the visa to my news passport, how can I do this?

    • We are not able to transfer a visa into a new passport.  If you would like a visa in your new passport, you must apply for a new visa. Please bring your old visa with you to your interview.

      If your name has changed and you hold a valid visa, you must reapply for a visa in order to travel to the U.S. Please bring a copy of the official court documents regarding your name change to the interview.

      You may also continue to travel on the old visa by combining your new and old passports and traveling on them together provided that all of your information has remained the same.

  • Do I need to bring my children to the interview?

    Do I need to bring my children to the interview?

    • Any children under the age of 14 do not need to be present for the interview. A parent, and only a parent, is eligible to apply on their behalf.

  • My family member/friend is applying for a visa, but does not speak English. Can I attend his/her interview with them?

    My family member/friend is applying for a visa, but does not speak English. Can I attend his/her interview with them?

    • No. Unless accompanying a minor child, only the visa applicant will be permitted into the building. Rest assured we have many Arabic speaking translators and officers on hand to interview the applicants. We also have Urdu, Hindi, Mayalum, Tagolog, Spanish, and Amharic speaking staff on hand to assist as well.

  • The Consular Officer asked me to bring in court documents from an arrest in the U.S. How can I do this?

    The Consular Officer asked me to bring in court documents from an arrest in the U.S. How can I do this?

    • If the officer requested court documents pertaining to an arrest in the U.S. it is the applicant’s responsibility for obtaining these official documents. Please start by contacting the local police office in the district or city in which you were arrested.

  • Can I wear a headscarf in my visa photo?

    Can I wear a headscarf in my visa photo?

    • Yes. You may wear a headscarf in your photo; however your face must be visible. You may come to your interview with a full face veil, but a female officer will do a brief check to verify your identity.

  • Can I apply for a visa to the U.S. if I am on a tourist visa in Kuwait?

    Can I apply for a visa to the U.S. if I am on a tourist visa in Kuwait?

    • Yes. You are eligible to apply, but you must be able to demonstrate strong ties to the country in which you are applying in order to qualify for a tourist visa. This may be difficult to do if you are not resident in Kuwait.

  • Can I apply for a tourist visa if I have already applied for an immigrant visa?

    Can I apply for a tourist visa if I have already applied for an immigrant visa?

    • Yes. You are eligible to apply for a tourist visa if you have a pending immigrant visa, but you are not allowed to hold both at the same time. If a family member has applied for an Immigrant Visa for you and you would like to travel shortly for tourism, you may apply for an NIV but in order to qualify you must be able to demonstrate strong ties to your host country.

  • I did not turn in my I-94 when I left the U.S., what do I do now?

    I did not turn in my I-94 when I left the U.S., what do I do now?

    • Do not return your I-94 to the embassy.  Click here for directions on contacting Customs and Border Control.