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Step 1: Application Procedure and Forms

The U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem has jurisdiction over nonimmigrant visa applicants who reside in the city of Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza.  All nonimmigrant visa applicants, even children listed in a parents' passports, are required to do the following:

  • Complete the Form DS-160 visa application
  • Pay the machine-readable visa (MRV) application fee
  • Present an undamaged passport or other travel document valid for at least six months beyond the holder's period of stay in the United States.  The travel document must have at least one blank page.
  • Provide one photograph that meets State Department regulations

All forms must be filed out completely.  Failure to complete the forms may result in your appointment being cancelled.  Parents must sign the forms for their children under 14 years of age. For more information about filling out the Form DS-160, click here.

Because the DS-160 application form is completed online, some users have encountered problems completing it. We encourage you to be sure to record your application ID number, which is required to retrieve your application, to save your application frequently, and to review all sections of the form to make sure every question is answered.  Additional information that could be helpful in completing specific sections of the DS-160 is included below.

Retrieving an application without the application ID (barcode number):  You must have your application ID number (also known as your CEAC confirmation code) to retrieve and continue your application.   This number will also be used when you schedule your appointment at

Retrieving an application if the surname contains fewer than five characters:  You can retrieve your DS-160 submission by entering up to the first five letters of your surname, even if your surname is less than five letters.  You must have your applicant ID (CEAC confirmation code) to do so.

Page Error Messages:  Some errors are the result of special characters and formatting related to your computer settings.  You should enter only numbers (no punctuation) in the salary and date fields before clicking "next" or "save."

All nonimmigrant visa applicants between the ages of 14 and 79 are required to schedule an interview appointment as described in Step 4: Scheduling a Visa Interview.

Applicants under the age of 14 or over 80 years old are not required to appear in person for an interview.

Israeli applicants for E-1 Treaty Trader Visas should contact Embassy Tel Aviv, where such applications are processed.  For further information, please visit and contact the E-1 visa unit at

Applicants for A-3, G-5, NATO-7, H, J, and B-1 personal or domestic servants should review the website here, which details the legal rights of employment-based nonimmigrants under federal immigrant, labor, and employment laws.

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