Nonimmigrant Visas

On October 25, President Biden announced a Presidential Proclamation titled “A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” This proclamation, which takes effect at 12:01 am Eastern Standard Time on November 8, 2021, will end the travel restrictions under Presidential Proclamations (P.P.) 9984, 9992, 10143, and 10199 as they relate to the suspension of entry into the United States of persons physically present in Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, the Schengen Area, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. In place of these restrictions, the President announced a global vaccination requirement for all adult foreign national travelers. This proclamation applies to persons aboard a flight scheduled to arrive in the United States that departs after 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on November 8, 2021. More information about this global vaccination requirement, including details on exceptions and waivers due to humanitarian concerns, is available at Non-U.S. citizen, Non-U.S. immigrants: Air Travel to the United States | CDC. Pursuant to President Biden’s proclamation, as of November 8, the Department of State can process visa applications for individuals physically present in the affected countries. Please note that the rescission of these P.P.’s does not necessarily mean that a U.S. Embassy or Consulate is able to immediately schedule all affected applicants for visa interviews. Please review our website to for the latest information on the current state of visa services.

Effective July 21, 2021, the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy, Beirut will resume limited routine nonimmigrant visa services. Travelers may schedule appointments for the full range of visa categories on-line. While the Consular Section aims to process cases as soon as practicable, substantial backlogs of applications and limited capacity due to COVID-19 mitigation measures will result in longer wait times for appointments. We understand that many nonimmigrant visa applicants paid a visa application fee (known as the MRV fee) and are still waiting to schedule a visa interview. The Department of State extended the validity of MRV fees until September 30, 2022 to allow applicants who were unable to schedule an appointment as a result of the suspension of routine visa services an opportunity to schedule an appointment. If you have an urgent immediate need to travel to the United States, please follow the guidance provided at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/lb to request an emergency appointment.

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.

Please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.

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

  • Email: To reach a customer service representative via email, please write to support-Lebanon@ustraveldocs.com.
  • Telephone: Please contact a customer service representative using one of these telephone numbers:
    • Callers in Lebanon: Call +961 1 964 659.
    • Callers in the United States: Call 1 703 520 2244

    Skype: To use Skype to speak to a customer service representative during regular hours of operation, add a new contact to your Skype account with the Skype name ustraveldocs-lebanon.

The Embassy is located in Awkar, off the Dbayeh highway, facing the Awkar Municipal Building. The Consular Section provides full Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visa Services.

Please read carefully the general list of security procedures for U.S. Embassies.  Any visitor who declines to be screened by U.S. Embassy security personnel will be prohibited from entering the Embassy grounds.

Security Notice to All Embassy Visitors

All visitors must be screened prior to entering a U.S. Embassy or Consulate and are subject to inspection via walk-through metal detector and a hand-held metal detector.  All personal items will undergo full inspection by use of x-ray and other detection equipment.

Any visitor refusing to submit to security screening shall be prohibited from entering.

Prohibited Items (Items Not to Bring to the Embassy)

The following items are prohibited inside the U.S. Embassy and we have no storage facilities for them, so please leave them at your home, your hotel, or in your vehicle:

  • Backpacks, bags, luggage, or large purses (purses 15cmX10cm. and smaller will be permitted)
  • Food and beverages
  • Fire-lighting equipment (e.g. matches, lighters)
  • Weapons of any kind, including mace or pepper spray
  • Tools, including any sharp or bladed objects
  • Any oils, aerosols or pump sprays, liquids, lotions and powders
  • Electronic or recording equipment of any kind, including, but not limited to:
    • Cameras
    • Laptop computers
    • Mobile phones
    • Blackberries
    • MP3, CD, or cassette players
    • Pagers
    • Keyless remotes
    • E-readers such as iPads or Kindles
    • Thumb drives
  • Helmets of any type

This list is not all-inclusive.  The U.S. Embassy reserves the right to deny entry of any items deemed suspicious.

Permitted

  • Small bags to carry necessary documents
  • Passport  and relevant documents
  • Wallet/small purse
  • Newspaper/books in printed form only (e.g. no Kindles, iPads or other e-readers).
  • Writing materials
  • Car, house keys

Consular-Related Visitors

The following persons may accompany an applicant on a case-by-case basis during Consular-related visits:

  • Interpreter: Applicants may request to bring one interpreter if they do not speak English or Arabic well enough to participate in an interview.  The request will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Special Needs Visitors: Applicants may request to bring one person to help if they are elderly, disabled, or if the applicant is a minor child applying for a visa.  The request will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Due to waiting room size, the large volume of applicants and the time required to screen consular clients, other accompanying persons cannot be admitted to the waiting room.

Drivers, friends, and extra relatives must wait outside or return to meet the applicant after the interview has been completed.  The sole exception to this rule is applicants with minor children under the age of 18.

Attorneys, agents, accountants, or employers accompanying applicants will not be permitted to accompany clients into the waiting room or at their interviews without prior approval.