Update for dual-nationals regarding recent U.S. Executive Order: Dual nationals with a valid passport issued by any country not restricted under the Executive Order may schedule appointments and apply for visas. U.S. embassies and consulates will process visa applications and issue visas to otherwise eligible applicants who apply with a passport from an unrestricted country, even if they hold dual nationality from a restricted country.  Those who qualify for visas will be permitted to travel to and apply for admission to the United States. 

Urgent Notice: Per U.S. Presidential Executive Order signed on January 27, 2017, visa issuance to aliens from the countries of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen has been suspended effective immediately until further notification.  If you are a national of one of these countries, please do not schedule a visa appointment or pay any visa fees at this time. If you already have an appointment scheduled, please DO NOT ATTEND your appointment as we will not be able to proceed with your visa interview.  Please note that certain travel for official governmental purposes, related to official business at or on behalf of designated international organizations, on behalf of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or by certain officials is not subject to this suspension. Please contact support-SaudiArabia@ustraveldocs.com to inform them of your appointment time and date and request cancellation.  Please continue to monitor www.ustraveldocs.com and www.travel.state.gov for further updates.

Important Notice:  Make sure that all information on the appointment confirmation letter matches exactly as it is written in English in your passport and the DS-160 application. This is especially important if someone helps you fill out the application! If your application and appointment confirmation do not match your passport, you will not be able to enter the Consulate for your appointment.  You will be required to correct that information to make a new appointment. Please also note the following

  • If someone else helped you fill the DS-160 application, please make sure that you answer the last question in the DS-160 application and mention their name:
  • If any fields, such as parents’ names, are left blank, incomplete, or state “I DON’T KNOW’ on the DS-160 application it will be invalid.
  • The destination listed on the DS-160 application must show your correct destination in the U.S.
  • If you need help to refill the DS-160 application please visit the website : ceac.state.gov.

To amend your www.ustraveldocs.com profile please contact the call center at support-saudiarabia@ustraveldocs.com.

Starting November 1, 2016, eye glasses will no longer be allowed in visa photos. For further details on photo requirements please visit:


If you are a citizen of a Visa Waiver Program partner but have received notice that you are no longer eligible to travel to the United States under that program, you should apply for a nonimmigrant visa at least three months in advance of your desired travel.  If you do not have imminent travel plans, you should pay the nonimmigrant visa application fee, fill out the DS-160 nonimmigrant visa application form at ceac.state.gov/genniv/, and schedule a visa appointment.  If your travel is imminent, you may request an expedited visa appointment after scheduling a regular appointment.  Please include in your request the date and purpose of your travel, as well as a copy of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection message you received regarding your ESTA status. More information about restrictions to travel under the Visa Waiver Program, including the requirement for an electronic passport, is available at https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/visit/visa-waiver-program.html.


 Applicants are encouraged to review the calendar when scheduling their appointments and select the soonest available appointment among the three locations (Riyadh, Dhahran and Jeddah) in Saudi Arabia. Passports will be delivered to the selected Aramex locations, regardless of interview locations. For example, you can have your interview at our Embassy in Riyadh and your passport delivered to Aramex in Jeddah. Applicants are reminded that scheduled interview locations are not interchangeable. Those appearing at unscheduled locations will not be admitted for interview and will be required to reschedule their appointments. For example, if your interview is scheduled for our Consulate General in Jeddah, you may not appear at our Embassy in Riyadh for your interview.


Please ensure that all personal (full name, passport information, etc.) and contact information (phone number, email, etc.) provided is for the applicant requesting a visa and reflects the information exactly as is in the passport. The failure to provide the correct personal and contact information will result in the delay or cancellation of your visa application process and the delay in the return of your passport.

The Department of State acknowledges the International Civil Aviation Authority Organization (ICAO) deadline, requiring all travelers have a machine readable passport by November 24, 2015.  Please note that under U.S. law a machine readable passport is NOT required for visa issuing purposes. So long as an applicant presents a valid passport, a visa can be placed in it.


As of November 29, 2016, Chinese citizens with 10-year B1, B2 or B1/B2 visas in Peoples’ Republic of China passports are required to update their biographical and other information from their visa application through the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) before travelling to the United States. This update must be done every two years, or upon getting a new passport or B1, B2, or B1/B2 visa, whichever occurs first. 

EVUS enrollment is available at www.EVUS.gov. There is currently no fee for EVUS enrollment.  Until a fee is implemented, travelers can enroll in EVUS without charge. The Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will keep visa holders informed of new information at www.cbp.gov/EVUS.




If you are unable to make your appointment for a visa interview, please re-schedule the visa interview BEFORE the time of the appointment.  Applicants who fail to re-schedule their appointment in advance must start the visa application process over, including filling out a new DS-160.  Applicants will NOT have to pay a new fee to schedule their appointment if they reschedule within one year of their original appointment.  Applicants who are unable to use their receipt number to schedule a new appointment should contact GSS at support-saudiarabia@ustraveldocs.com to unlock their receipt (the number of times a receipt may be unlocked is limited).  Applicants may then schedule a new appointment for an interview.  Please note that unlocking a receipt may take up to two weeks.

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Welcome to the U.S. Visa Information Service for Saudi Arabia. On this website you can find information about U.S. immigrant and nonimmigrant visas and the requirements to apply for each. You can also learn how to pay the required visa application fee, and book an interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh and the Consulates in Dhahran and Jeddah.

This is the official visa information website of the U.S. Mission in Saudi Arabia.