Nonimmigrant Visas

Important Information for Visa Applicants: 
The U.S. Embassy in Cairo is working every day to address the high demand for nonimmigrant visa appointments that accumulated over the past two years because of the pandemic, which continues to severely limit our consular operations.  As a result, while nonimmigrant visa appointment requests are handled on a first-come first-serve basis, and there are expedited services for those seeking nonimmigrant visa renewals.  The wait times for non-expedited nonimmigrant visa appointments remain very long.  We appreciate your patience.

To apply for a nonimmigrant visa (of any category), please visit  Appointments are usually opened on Sunday mornings at 8:00am (or Monday if there is a holiday). If you are unable to find an available appointment, please try again the following Sunday morning at 8:00am.

Please note:  For those seeking to renew nonimmigrant visas that expired no more than 48 months ago, interview appointments are no longer required.  Applicants who qualify to renew their visa without an interview are still required to take an appointment slot to drop off their documents at the courier. Please scroll down to learn more about the Interview Waiver Program and other nonimmigrant visa services.

Limited Expedited Appointment Availability:
If you have an unforeseen travel need and require an expedited interview appointment for a nonimmigrant visa, please visit the Global Support Services (GSS) website, and select “Apply for an Expedited Appointment” to submit your request.  We have a limited capacity for handling such cases and not everyone who requests an expedited visa appointment will receive one.  Please plan accordingly.

Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

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.

To apply for a nonimmigrant visa, 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.

Interview Waiver Eligibility

If you were previously issued a U.S. tourist visa that expired in the past 48 months (4 years), you can apply to renew your visa without an interview, regardless of your age.

To apply to renew your tourist visa, please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website.  Log-in to the online applicant system and create a profile to pay the visa application (“MRV”) fee. Once logged in, choose “Schedule appointment.”  Appointments are usually opened on Sunday morning at 8:00am (or Monday if there is a holiday). If you are unable to find an available appointment, please try again the following Sunday morning at 8:00am.

As you go through the online process, you will answer questions that evaluate your eligibility to apply for a visa without an interview.  Please note that going through this process to “schedule an appointment” simply confirms your eligibility to apply for a visa without an interview, and then reserves your place in the Embassy’s visa processing queue. After you have scheduled an appointment, print your confirmation letter, and drop off the letter and your passport at SLS in Zamalek.

Once you have succeeded in scheduling your appointment, you do not need to come to the Embassy during your appointment time and you do not need to wait for your appointment date to go ahead and mail your passport and confirmation letter.

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.