How to Get a USA Visa From Israel

By Eric Som
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If you want to obtain a visa to visit the United States from Israel, you must apply for a nonimmigrant visa at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel. If you live closer to Jerusalem, you can apply for your nonimmigrant visa at the Consulate-General of the United States in Jerusalem. The B1/B2 visa is one of the most common nonimmigrant visa types for travel to the United States for business and/or pleasure. Apply early for your U.S. visa, as the approval process takes time.

Obtain a full-color, passport-sized (2" by 2") digital photo of yourself, taken within six months of your visa application with a plain background. The digital image must be a JPEG with a minimum resolution of 300 DPI.

Visit the U.S. Department of State Consular Electronic Application Center website using the link in the "Resources" section of this article.

Click on the “Start Application” button at the bottom of the page, select your location under the “Location” pull-down menu (you must select either “Tel Aviv” or “Jerusalem," whichever is closest to your location) and then choose “Test Photo.”

Click on the “Browse” button, select the JPEG passport photo and click “Upload Selected Photo” at the bottom of the page.

Complete your DS-160 form by clicking on the “Start A New Application” button, typing your information in the boxes and then following the prompts. Save your application often by clicking on the “Save” button to avoid losing any information.

Print the confirmation page that appears upon completion of the application. According to the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, you should “print the DS-160 confirmation page on a laser printer” as “ink jet printers can make the barcode unreadable, which will delay processing of your visa application and increase waiting time at the Embassy.”

Visit any participating branch of Bank HaDoar of the Israeli Post Office and pay your visa application fee; as of April 2010, this fee is USD $131 (approximately ILS 483). You can also pay the fee by visiting any branch of Cairo Amman Bank. Upon paying the fee, make sure you receive a payment receipt, known as a “Kabalah” or “Kabalah L’Shagrirut Amerika’it.”

Schedule your visa appointment online using the link in the "Resources" section of this article. If you are younger than 14 or older than 79, you do not need a visa appointment; however, you can still schedule a visa appointment for a relative to attend and receive your visa.

Gather supporting documents demonstrating strong ties to your home country, including but not limited to employment in Israel, family obligations/commitments and educational commitments in Israel. Your nonimmigrant visa may be denied if you do not demonstrate sufficient strong ties to Israel, as a U.S. Immigration Officer could worry that you may not return to your home country.

Attend your visa appointment and submit your supporting documents, including but not limited to your valid passport and visa fee payment receipt.

About the Author

Eric Som has been writing professionally since 2002, contributing to various websites. He is certified through the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Som holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Laws from Handong Global University. He also has a Juris Doctor degree from an Ohio law school.