Visas

Planning to travel to the U.S.?  Apply now.

National security is our top priority when adjudicating visa applications.  Every prospective traveler to the United States undergoes extensive security screening.  This screening draws on information from the full range of U.S. government agencies, including thorough biographic and biometric screening against U.S. law enforcement and counterterrorism databases.  Applicants sometimes require additional assessment to determine whether they are eligible for a visa.  The term “administrative processing” refers to various additional steps that must be taken.  The duration of administrative processing will vary.   Some cases will be completed in days or weeks, while others can take six months or longer.

To maximize the chances of being found eligible for a visa in time for your trip, you are advised to apply as early as possible.

What type of visa do I need?

The type of visa you must obtain is defined by U.S. immigration law, and relates to the purpose of your travel.  Please visit our Visa Wizard to find out what visa type is appropriate for you.

You must meet all legal requirements of the visa for which you are applying.  Our consular officers will determine your visa eligibility based on U.S. immigration law.

Please note:  The visa section is closed to the public on the second Wednesday and the last Friday of each month.

Nonimmigrant Visas

Travel to the United States on a temporary basis, including tourism, temporary employment, study and exchange.

Immigrant Visas

For foreign citizens who want to live permanently in the United States.

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.

(Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit.).

To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:

  • U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon
    Address: Awkar facing the Municipality
    P.O. Box 70-840 Antelias
    Telephone: (961) 4 542600 – 543600

The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States.  We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known.  Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.

We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:

  • We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.
  • We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.
  • We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.
  • We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.
  • We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.
  • We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.
  • We will provide information on non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on http://travel.state.gov.
  • We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.

Furthermore, if you are a:

  • Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
  • Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.
  • Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.

At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:

  • Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible.
  • Complete your application fully and accurately.
  • Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.
  • Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.