Under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015, travelers in the following categories are no longer eligible to travel or be admitted to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP):
- Nationals of VWP countries who have traveled to or been present in Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria on or after March 1, 2011 (with limited exceptions for travel for diplomatic or military purposes in the service of a VWP country).
- Nationals of VWP countries who are also nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria.
These individuals will still be able to apply for a visa using the regular appointment process at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. For those who require a U.S. visa for urgent business, medical, or humanitarian travel to the United States, U.S. Embassies and Consulates stand ready to handle applications on an expedited basis. More information on requesting an expedited appointment is available at www.ustraveldocs.com.
If an individual who is exempt from the Act because of his or her diplomatic or military presence in one of the four countries has his or her ESTA denied or revoked, he or she may go to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website, www.cbp.gov (http://www.cbp.gov/) or contact the CBP information Center, http://www.cbp.gov/contact. The traveler may also apply for a nonimmigrant visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
Certain other travelers who fall under this restriction may qualify for a waiver of the requirements. More information about possible waivers is forthcoming.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection strongly recommends that any traveler to the United States check his or her ESTA status at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/ prior to making any travel reservations or travelling to the United States. More information is available at www.dhs.gov/visa-waiver-program, and at http://kuwait.usembassy.gov/pr-01212016.html.
Visa Application Procedures
The non-immigrant visa is required for persons desiring to enter the United States temporarily for a multitude of reasons. While international travelers with visitor (i.e. B-1 or B-2) visas comprise a large portion of temporary visitor travel to the United States, we also process visas for those seeking to study, work temporarily, as well as marry in the United States.
We thank you for your interest in applying for a non-immigrant visa. For a complete step-by-step guide on the visa application process, please click "How to Apply."
Should you have questions on the process, please contact us.
NOTICE TO APPLICANTS
Cell Phones Not Permitted on Embassy Grounds
For the safety and security of all applicants and employees, visa applicants are not permitted to bring cell phones or other electronic devices into the U.S. Embassy. Applicants who bring such devices will be denied entry. Please make arrangements to leave your electronic equipment in a safe location off Embassy grounds during your interview appointment. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your cooperation.
Due to the extreme weather conditions, we ask that you do not arrive at the Embassy more than 15 minutes before your visa appointment