United States visa

In general, except for special cases for certain countries, any citizen wishing to enter the United States must obtain a visa, whether it is a non-immigrant visa for a short stay or a permanent resident visa.

This applies to all citizens of the following Arab countries: Bahrain, Algeria, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, Yemen and Mauritania.



Are part of non-immigrant visas, ie, persons who intend to enter the United States temporarily for the purpose of employment (category B-1) or tourism (category B-2). This page will also include information on B-2 visa related to tourism. This category also includes holidays, visits to relatives and friends, medical treatment, participation in social events hosted by fraternal organizations and civil society organizations, unpaid contributions by amateurs in musical, sports or Other similar events and registration in a short recreational course.

To inquire about other types and categories of visas, please visit the US Consulate Affairs website.


5 Steps to Apply for a B-2 Visa


1) Fill out the visa application

Fill out a non-immigrant DS-160 visa application online. After completing the application, you must print the confirmation page and complete the paper for a personal interview at the US Embassy or Consulate in your country.


2) A personal picture

When filling out the online application, you will be asked to download a personal photo, plus two copies of the photo to the interview.
The image must be colored.
The size of the image must be limited to 22 mm – 35 mm. The Image Requirements page has more details about the installation and size of the image you want.
The picture must take place within the last six months.
You should take with a white or semi-white background.
You must face the full face of the camera directly.
Both eyes must be open with “neutral” facial expressions.
The picture must be taken in a normal or daily dress for the person (the costume should not be worn in the picture, except for religious clothes that are worn daily).
It is not necessary to wear a hat or head covering that conceals the hair (unless a cover is placed daily for religious purposes)
Headphones, radios and sunglasses are not acceptable in the picture.
If you usually wear glasses (without colored lenses), an audio device or similar items, they can be placed in the image.
3) Appointment of the interview

Persons 13 years of age, younger, 80 and older are not required to go to an interview unless consular officers request it.
Persons aged 14 to 79 must set an appointment. Interviews are usually conducted at the US consulate or embassy in the country where they live. The interview can be scheduled at any US embassy or consulate, but obtaining a visa is more difficult if you apply outside the permanent residence
The waiting period for interview dates varies between places and visa categories, so it is advisable to apply for an early visa. You can review the waiting period here.
A valid passport must be submitted for six months after the stay in the United States.

4) Payment of visa fees

You must pay a fee when applying for a visa (US $ 160 for a B-2 visa) and bring the payment receipt to the interview (non-refundable fees). Instructions can be reviewed on the Embassy or Consulate website where a visa application will be submitted to increase information on payment of fees. Please note that there may be an additional fee when obtaining a visa. If a passport has more than one person, everyone who needs a visa must submit a separate application.


5) Additional documents

Additional documentation may be required such as evidence of:

Goal of the trip.
Intention to leave the United States after the flight.
Ability to pay for the trip. If there is no capacity to bear the costs, proof of someone else’s ability can be demonstrated.
Function or family ties in the place of residence can be sufficient evidence to show the purpose of the trip or intention to return to the place of residence.

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