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What is a Visa?

A visa is a document issued by a U.S. Embassy or Consulate that gives you permission to apply for admission to the United States; it does not guarantee entry.  An immigration inspector at a United States port of entry, such as an airport, will determine your eligibility for entry into the United States. 

Who Needs a Visa?

Citizens of Israel, the West Bank or Gaza, Jordan, or any country not listed in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) or who are exempt from the visa requirement, are required to have a valid visa to travel to the United States.  Those qualifying under the Visa Waiver Program must still submit their travel details via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) website.  Travelers who have United States citizenship, even if they are also citizens of another country, must enter and depart the United States on U.S. passports.

What Types of Visas are available?

  • Nonimmigrant Visas – Primarily intended for those visiting the United States temporarily on business, pleasure, or as students.
  • Immigrant Visas – Intended for those wishing to enter the United States to reside there permanently.

The U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem provides nonimmigrant visa services to applicants residing in the city of Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza. More information on the nonimmigrant visa application process and how to schedule an appointment is available through our online scheduling website. The U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem also processes all immigrant visa cases for residents of Israel, Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza.