For citizens and residents: Procedures for issuing a visa to visit America from the UAE

Abdallah Shahin - | UAE

Every year, citizens and residents of the UAE look forward to visiting America, whether for tourism, work or treatment, so it is necessary to know how to submit an American visa from the Emirates and the most important documents required, as well as the offices for obtaining an American visa for residents of the Emirates and other important details, which is What this topic will cover:

Are UAE citizens and residents required to apply for an American visa from the UAE?

There is no doubt that traveling to America and tourism in its lands is a dream for many, but all residents of the United Arab Emirates, whether citizens or residents, must submit a visa application to visit America, with the exception of holders of passports of some countries that the United States of America has exempted from the visit visa, which are as follows:








Czech Republic












The Republic of Korea








New Zealand




San Marino








United kingdom

Types of American visa from the UAE:

There are two main categories of USA visas that you can apply for from Dubai:

Immigrant visas to the United States of America - to reside there permanently

US Nonimmigrant Visa – for business, tourism, or medical purposes

Steps to obtain a visa to visit America from the Emirates:

The steps for obtaining an American visa for UAE citizens and residents of nationalities not exempt from the American visa are as follows:

Applying for an American visa from the UAE:

Those wishing to obtain an American tourist visa from the UAE must fill out an electronic application form DS-160. Below are the steps in detail:

Visit the Electronic Consulate Center Applications website

Determine the country you live in

Enter all the required information in the form, in terms of location of residence, work, and age

Submit the application, then print the application and keep the reference number that will be used for payment later.

Paying the price of an American visa from the UAE:

You will now have to pay the non-refundable US Visa fee, as the US visit visa fee is currently US$185, which is equivalent to AED 679.

Steps to pay visa fees:

Create a user account on the US Embassy website

Enter the application number that you previously submitted on the Electronic Consulate Center Applications website

Follow the steps until you reach the payment page and choose the payment method, either cash or credit card

Schedule the interview

Methods of paying visa fees:

Create a user account on the US Embassy website

Enter the application number that you previously submitted on the Electronic Consulate Center Applications website

Follow the steps until you reach the payment page and choose the payment method, either cash or credit card

Schedule the interview

Submit the required documents:

A copy of the Form DS-160 confirmation page

Passport has at least one blank page (must be valid for more than 6 months from the specified travel date)

Passport containing your most recent US visa (if applicable)

A color passport photo measuring 5 x 5 cm (2 x 2 inches) that is no more than 6 months old

Accompanying family members, if you want to enter the United States for another purpose, must submit a marriage certificate and birth certificate (for unmarried children under the age of 21), as applicable.

Application fee payment receipt, if you are required to pay prior to the interview

In addition to the above, there are additional requirements for an American visa from the Emirates that you must submit, including the following:

Documents explaining the purpose of the trip

A bank statement to prove your ability to pay all trip costs

Functional proof

If you cannot afford all the costs of the trip, you may be asked to show evidence that someone else will cover some or all of the costs

Pass the interview

After talking about how to obtain an American visa from the Emirates, we have reached the most important part of submitting an application for a tourist visa to America from the Emirates, as the interview is mandatory for all applicants between the ages of 14 and 79 years, noting that it is not required for those under 13 years of age. And 80 years and above.

Here are some tips for passing the interview:

Make sure to stick to the specified time

Do not forget any of the required documents

Answer all interview questions truthfully according to the information in your documents

Go to the places to obtain an American visa from the Emirates

You can apply for a US tourist visa from the UAE either through the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi, or through the US Consulate in Dubai. Below is the contact information for each:

US Embassy in Abu Dhabi

Location: Al Sefarat District, Airport Street, Al Rawda


Monday - Thursday: 07:30 AM - 05:00 PM

Friday: 07:30 AM - 11:30 PM

Contact: 02 414 2200

US Consulate in Dubai:

Location: Al Saif Street, Umm Hurair 1


Monday - Thursday: 07:30 AM - 05:00 PM

Friday: 07:30 AM - 11:30 PM

Contact: 04 309 4000

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