Nonimmigrant Visas

In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State has temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. Embassies and consulates have canceled all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as of March 20, 2020, but will continue to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services as resources and local conditions allow.The Embassy in Cairo remains open and the Consular section continues to process cases as expeditiously and safely as possible given the Covid epidemic. We have a process for expediting emergency visa cases, and a limited capacity for handling such cases given the needs to maintain social distancing for the safety of our applicants and staff.  Our priorities at this time given the restrictions necessary to keep our staff and applicants safe are American Citizen Services, life-or-death emergency visa cases, and certain priority student visa cases. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. Please see these notices which contain detailed information about the current status of visa services worldwide and visa restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic:

Entry of non-Legal Permanent Resident foreign nationals who were present in South Africa, Brazil, the U.K., Ireland, People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, Iran, or the 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area within 14 days prior to their arrival at the port of entry in the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation.  If you reside in, have traveled recently to, or intend to transit or travel to South Africa, Brazil, the UK, Ireland, China, Iran, or the Schengen Area (which is comprised of: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland) prior to your planned trip to the United States, we recommend you postpone your visa interview appointment until 14 days subsequent to your departure from the subject country(ies).

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Egypt 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.

All visitors must be screened prior to entering the Embassy and are subject to inspection via a walk-through metal detector and a hand-held metal detector. In order to expedite your interview and required security checks, please keep in mind the following policies:

  • All Consular visitors seeking access to the Embassy must present valid government-issued photo identification.
  • Visitors seeking access to the American Citizen Services Unit must present two forms of valid government-issued photo identification.
  • Cell phones are prohibited beyond the security check entrance. There are no exceptions.
  • Laptops, recording equipment, computers, cameras, electronics, backpacks, large bags, luggage, large purses, oversized strollers and other cumbersome items are prohibited and cannot be deposited at the security entrance. There are no exceptions. Please leave these items at home.
  • Please follow all instructions given by the guards.
  • American citizens facing emergencies can be admitted to speak to a consular officer.
  • Due to space limitations, please do not arrive until your scheduled appointment time.
  • All minor children should be accompanied by one parent or legal guardian
    Hours of Operation

Access to the Visa Section is by appointment only. The Visa Section does not provide visa services or information on a walk-in basis.

The Immigrant Visa Unit (IV) is open for business Sunday through Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, access to the IV Section is by appointment only.

Please note the following persons may accompany a visa applicant during Consular-related visits:

Special Needs Visitors: Applicants who have special needs due to a physical disability may be accompanied by ONE person. Due to space limitations, only applicants and petitioners with scheduled appointments for visa interviews or American Citizen Services will be allowed inside the waiting rooms.

Please be courteous to all staff. This will avoid delays. Please note that security regulations apply to all visitors. If you fail to follow these security requirements, you may face delays or the cancellation of your visit. For more information in English, please click here (PDF 319 KB). For more information in Arabic, please click here (PDF 228 KB).

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we strive to maintain orderly and efficient service for all customers. If you have any questions or concerns regarding these policies please feel free to contact us at:, or call +20-2797- 3300 or 16872 (from within Egypt).

The Embassy of the United States of America
Embassy of the United States of America
5 Tawfik Diab Street
Garden City, Cairo

Consular Service

If you have a question about visas or any other consular matter, please see the Consular Service page.

Our Cairo call center handles general questions, responds to case-specific inquiries, and schedules appointments for certain services (but not visa interviews). The number is 0900-70600. You may only call from a land line in Egypt to reach this number, and you will be charged a small fee. You may also call 2100 from a call center mobile in Egypt.