Nonimmigrant Visas

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Embassy in Kuwait remains unable to resume routine visa operations. We are currently offering as many appointments as resources and safety allow. Due to the prioritization of Immigrant Visa cases, the Embassy has a reduced capacity to process Non-Immigrant Visas. We do not currently envision being able to offer most routine Non-Immigrant Visa appointments that require an interview, including for petition-based employment visas or business/tourist visas.  The Embassy will continue to process student and K-1 fiancé visa applications.  If you have a valid visa or had a US visa that expired within the last 48 months, you may be able to renew your visa without an interview.  For more information on MRV fees and scheduling a visa appointment, visit our visa information website. If you have an urgent medical matter and need to travel immediately, follow the guidance provided at our expedited appointment website to request an emergency appointment.

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait City 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.

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.

To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:

  • Email:
  • Telephone: Please contact a customer service representative using one of these telephone numbers:
    • Callers in Kuwait: +965 2220 4144
    • Callers in the United States: +1 703 520 2243

Cell Phones Not Permitted on Embassy Grounds

For the safety and security of all applicants and employees, visa applicants are not permitted to bring cell phones or other electronic  devices into the U.S. Embassy. Applicants who bring such devices will be denied entry. Please make arrangements to leave your electronic equipment in a safe location off Embassy grounds during your interview appointment. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your cooperation.

Due to the extreme weather conditions, we ask that you do not arrive at the Embassy more than 15 minutes before your visa appointment.

The Embassy grants emergency appointments for medical cases that require immediate travel when appointment waiting times exceed one week.

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The Embassy grants same-week emergency appointments for student visa cases that require immediate travel, but only if appointment waiting times exceed one week.  

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