How to apply

Applicants between the ages of 14 and 79 are generally required to apply for a visa in person at a scheduled interview.

Applicants under age 14 or aged 80 and over and those renewing their visas generally do not require an interview. For more detailed instructions and to begin the application process, see the Interview Waiver page.

 Step 1: Complete the Visa Application

Step One: Complete a DS-160 form online and print the confirmation page for each person applying for a visa, regardless of their age. You will need to determine your visa category, and the select the location where you would like to interview (either Jerusalem or Tel Aviv).  Answer the questions to the best of your ability.  Please note thatwe cannot assist you in completing the form. 

You will need to bring your confirmation page to your interview.   Do not send it to the Embassy prior to the appointment. 

Step 2: Payment of the Application Fee

Enter the following site, click on the “Create Account” button, and follow the instructions.   After you have entered your personal details and selected a courier option, the system will prompt you to pay the visa processing fee online.  You can also pay in cash at the post office.  If you have already created an account, click on “Continue”.  Click here for complete fee instructions.

Why is this website a .com domain and not a .gov domain? Don’t all U.S. government websites use a .gov domain? The new website,, is being run by a private company on behalf of the U.S. government. Thus, the website uses the private .com domain.

Step 3: Scheduling of appointment

Schedule an interview online at or by phoning the call center at 02-3741221 for Jerusalem or 03-9058062 for Tel Aviv.  Click here for the call center’s contact information.  Once you have scheduled your appointment, you will receive an appointment confirmation at the email address you provided. Please print the appointment confirmation.

Children under the age of 14 must have appointments as well if applying with their parents. A separate application fee must be paid for each child and a separate application MUST be completed and a recent picture attached.

Important: If you are applying for a visa for your child and one or both of the parents is/are U.S. citizens, please visit the following link before you pay the MRV fee  Your child might be entitled to U.S. citizenship.   If your child is entitled to automatic transmission of U.S. citizenship through the U.S. parent, he cannot be issued a visa to the U.S. and must enter the U.S. on a U.S. passport.

 Step 4: Interview appearance

Each applicant must bring in a copy of his CEAC confirmation page, passport, and a photo. Additional documents may be brought depending on the type of visa. All applicants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Photo requirements: You will upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160.  Please bring one printed photo in the format explained in the Photograph Requirements.