Visas

The Consular Section at U.S. Embassy Beirut has suspended routine visa operations in the interest of public health safety due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Limited appointments are available for student and petition-based non-immigrant visas as well as all immigrant visa categories.  The Consular Section is working diligently to address a backlog in cases while prioritizing the health and safety of its staff and customers.

Please visit www.ustraveldocs.com/lb regularly for more information on the availability of visa services in Lebanon.  There is no fee to change an appointment. The U.S. Embassy will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2022, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and attend a visa appointment.

Applicants who need to travel for emergency reasons may request expedited appointments via support-Lebanon@ustraveldocs.com. All emergency appointment requests must include documentation to support the reason for urgent travel.  The Consular Section will consider requests for emergency appointments on a case-by-case basis. The Interview Waiver Program is available for certain Lebanese students, exchange visitors and petition-based visa applicants who have a previously issued visa in the same visa category that is valid or expired less that one year from the date of application.

On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed a Presidential Proclamation titled “Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States.”  This proclamation ends the travel restrictions under Presidential Proclamations 9645 and 9983 that had suspended entry into the United States of certain nationals, based on visa type, from Burma, Eritrea, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Nigeria, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Venezuela, and Yemen.  On February 24, 2021, President Biden rescinded Presidential Proclamation (PP) 10014, entitled “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak.”  Presidential Proclamation 10052, which suspends the entry to the United States of certain nonimmigrant visa applicants who present a risk to the U.S. labor market during the economic recovery following the novel coronavirus outbreak, as well as Presidential Proclamations restricting entry of foreign nationals who have been physically present in certain countries 14 days prior to their arrival to the United States, remain in effect.  Please visit www.ustraveldocs.com/lb for additional information on Presidential Proclamations.

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 possibility that you will be able to travel on your scheduled date, we advise that you 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.