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 that we 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 https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-IL/niv, 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, https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-il/niv, 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 https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-IL/niv 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 https://il.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/child-family-matters/birth/.  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. Please refer below for information regarding photo requirements:

  • Photo size must be 5 x 5 cm (2” x 2”). Photo must be original, taken within the past 6 months, and show current appearance.
  • Photo must be color. Background must be plain white.
  • Photo must be in sharp focus, and correctly exposed (not too dark or too light).
  • Photo must be taken from a straight frontal view, showing full face including both ears.
  • Facial dimensions must be between 2.5 cm and 3.5 cm from the top of the head to the bottom of the chin.
  • Photo cannot be digitally altered. Scanning old photos to insert a white background is not acceptable.
  • Eyeglasses are no longer allowed in visa photos.
  • Photo should show normal street attire:
      • Uniforms should not be worn except for religious attire that is worn daily.
      • Hats/headgear obscuring the hair or hairline are not allowed. Headgear worn for religious purposes is acceptable provided that the face is uncovered.

It is very important to bring the correct photo on the day of your interview. If it is not correct, you will have to reschedule your interview, resulting in a delay of your travel.