Nonimmigrant Visas

Starting August 23, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait City resumed limited operations for student visa processing for citizens and residents of Kuwait. We are accepting applications in the F, M, and J visa categories with an approved I-20 or DS-2019 form.

Applicants should visit https://www.ustraveldocs.com/kw/kw-niv-visaapply.asp to schedule an appointment. Because of limited capacity and safety precautions due to COVID-19, applicants should expect to experience some delay in appointment availability. Interviews for all other visa categories, including B1/B2, remain suspended. Applicants of any visa category with an urgent need to travel can request an emergency appointment.

Where conditions allow for it, we have resumed limited processing of visa renewals eligible for interview waiver, since these cases do not require applicants to visit our consular sections.  Schedule a renewal at https://www.ustraveldocs.com/kw/kw-niv-visarenew.asp

In order to protect the health and safety of our personnel and the public, we have instituted strict social distancing practices in our facilities.  All applicants must wear masks.  Any applicant with symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, or fever should contact us at KuwaitNIV@state.gov to reschedule their interview.

For any questions, please email KuwaitNIV@state.gov.

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: Support-Kuwait@ustraveldocs.com
  • 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.

For additional information on this process, please visit www.ustraveldocs.com.

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

Please visit www.ustraveldocs.com.