The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.
U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv expedites a limited number of interview appointments for visitor visas for the following reasons only:
- Life-threatening medical emergencies that require treatment at a U.S. medical facility.
- Visits to gravely ill/dying relatives in the United States or the death of an immediate relative.
- Students and Exchange Visitors (F, M, and J visas) who could not otherwise travel to the United States in time for enrollment and class/program attendance.
- Persons with approved employment-based visa petitions (visa categories H, L, P and O) who cannot otherwise arrive for their work start dates.
- Unexpected urgent business purposes, including unexpected travel of significant cultural, political, journalistic or economic importance.
To apply for an expedited/emergency appointment:
- Complete the online application form, pay the fee, and schedule a regular appointment. Click here to apply and initiate the process.
- After you have scheduled a regular appointment, request an expedited/emergency appointment by selecting the Request Expedite option on your online account, or through the call center +972-3-905-8062.
- Send documents supporting your request for an emergency appointment (e.g. medical records) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Ensure that your email contains your full name and passport number.
We grant expedited/emergency appointments based on the factors above and strive to respond to each request as quickly as possible. If approved, we will send an email notification to the email address registered in the appointment system. If the request is not approved, we will notify you by email to attend the appointment as originally scheduled.
Please note that granting an expedited/emergency appointment does not guarantee visa issuance. U.S. law places the burden of qualifying for a visa solely on the applicant.
Visa Returned by Israel Post
The Embassy uses Israel Post’s courier service to deliver all documents. Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions on the Visa Information Service website. To track your package, sign in to your account and click on Courier Shipping Number.
If you have not received your passport within 10 days of your interview or within three weeks of sending us a visa application via courier, please email email@example.com to inquire about the status.
Visa Fee Exemptions/Diplomatic Visas
If you are applying for a U.S. government-sponsored J1 visa program, you are exempt from the visa processing payment. Please contact the Embassy directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an interview.
Diplomatic/Official Visas (visa type A, G, or C3): We accept visa applications from all Israeli government offices and diplomatic missions between 08:00 -12:00, Monday-Thursday, or between 08:00-10:00 on Fridays (except on American or Israeli holidays).
A courier can drop off the application and passport at the stated times; the applicant is not required to appear in person for an interview.
Each visa application should contain the following:
- Valid passport
- DS-160 confirmation page
- A Diplomatic Note from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or a similar letter from the appropriate Ministry requesting issuance of the visa (A or G). The letter must contain the following applicant information: name and date of birth, position and title, place of assignment or visit, specific purpose of travel, specific description of duties, travel date, anticipated length of stay in the United States, and the names, relationships, and dates of birth of any dependents and other members of household who will be accompanying or joining the principal applicant.
- Holders of diplomatic passports holding official positions and applicants for diplomatic and official visas are exempt from paying the MRV fee.
A Diplomat or Government Official applying for a Visitor Visa (B1/B2) should follow the standard visa application process including payment of the MRV fee and scheduling an interview. Please visit the Visa Information Services website to initiate an application.
Lost/Expired Green Cards
Form I-551 (green card)
If your green card is lost, stolen, or expired and you have not been out of the U.S. for more than one year, you may apply for a boarding foil any Monday-Friday at 13:00 by appointment only. In order for us to process your request, you need to demonstrate that:
- You were an LPR at the time of departure from the United States;
- You maintain a residence in the United States and have not been outside the United States for more than one year;
- At the time of departure, you intended to return to the United States.
You may find additional information on and instructions for the I-131A on the I-131A Form and Instructions page.
If you plan to file a Form I-131A to apply for an LPR boarding foil, please note that you must pay the $360 filing fee online on the USCIS website before appearing in person at a consular section. Information on the new form and fee is located here. You must bring evidence of payment, in the form of a printed email receipt notice or confirmation page, when you appear in person to file Form I-131A. As with all immigration fees, USCIS does not issue refunds, regardless of the decision on the application.
In addition to the Form I-131A and evidence of payment, you should bring the following:
- A valid passport, driver’s license, or any other official document bearing a photograph.
- One photograph, taken within the past six months, which meets the required specifications.
- Evidence of lawful permanent resident status such as stamp in passport, photocopy of card, etc.
- Form I-551 (green card). If your I-551 was lost or stolen, please present a police report (if applicable and available) documenting when it was lost or stolen.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can the I-131A fee paid to USCIS be refunded? An I-131A fee will only be refunded in the event of U.S. government error. USCIS will not process a refund if an applicant later determines that a LPR boarding foil was unnecessary. Please contact the relevant USCIS Field Office for more information.
What evidence can LPRs present at an airport, rather than applying for a boarding foil?
To enter the U.S., an LPR may present at least one of the following items in place of a boarding foil:
1. A valid Permanent Resident Card with a 10-year expiration date, or
2. A valid Permanent Resident Card (with a two-year validity), and a Form I-797, Notice of Action, indicating that status is extended, or
3. Orders from the U.S. government (civilian or military) showing that time outside the U.S. was on official government business. These individuals should consult their air carrier prior to completion of an I-131A and payment of the fee.
Where can I obtain my A number or find out more information? Please direct your inquiries to the nearest USCIS field office location.
Please note the Embassy does not issue replacement green cards, only boarding foils (if qualified). New green cards can only be obtained in the United States from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
If you were arrested in the United States for an immigration violation and were allowed to depart voluntarily, you must prove that you have returned to Israel by appearing at the U.S. Embassy. Reception hours are on Fridays between 10:00am and 10:30am.
In most cases, you will be asked to present your current passport, any U.S. visas you possess, the documents you received from USCIS or the immigration judge in the United States, and the original boarding pass from your return flight to Israel.
Please note that the money bond which was deposited on your behalf in the U.S. will not be returned to you at the Embassy. You will be interviewed by a consular officer who will sign the paperwork that you received from USCIS and return it to you. The Embassy will notify the U.S. Authorities of your return to Israel by providing them with a copy of the same paperwork.
What to Bring to an Appointment
Please plan to arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before your appointment time. Note that applicants only are admitted to the Embassy, unless you are a parent accompanying a child under 18. Friends or family members who are not applying (including American citizens) will not be permitted entry to the Visa section. Please note that children under 14 do not need to attend an interview.
You must bring your DS-160 and appointment confirmation slip with you to your appointment.
When you arrive at the Embassy, you will be required to go through a security screening before you may enter the Consular Section for your appointment. Please read through the entire list of prohibited items below to prepare for our security check and simplify your entry into the Embassy. The U.S. Embassy does not have storage facilities for your items.
Several businesses near the Embassy rent lockers to visitors. Please note, the U.S. Embassy is not associated with and has no responsibility for the quality or cost of their services.
- Electronic equipment, including cell phones and USB flash drives
- Backpacks or large purses
- Liquids, sprays, powders, or lip balms
- Fire-lighting equipment (e.g. matches, lighters)
- Weapons of any kind
Note: The security staff reserves the right to prohibit other items from entering the Embassy.
- Document pouch to carry necessary papers
- Passport and relevant application documents
- Newspaper/books in printed form only (no electronic books).
- Writing materials
- Car and house keys