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Students and Exchange Visitors (F, M, and J Visas)

The US Embassy in Baghdad accepts all classes of Student and Exchange Visitor visa applications (F, M and J visas.)

How to Apply for a Visa

In order to study in the United States, you must first apply for and gain acceptance to a U.S. school or exchange program. Your sponsoring institution will provide you with an I-20 Form (for students) or DS-2019 Form (for exchanges). You must have this approved form before pursuing a student or exchange visitor visa.

Please note: You may apply for your visa no more than six months in advance of your travel; however, the visa will not be issued more than 120 days before the start date of your program. Additionally, you may not travel to the U.S. on your student or exchange visitor visa more than 30 days before the start date of your program.

Complete the following application forms

Pay the application fee

  • Please note that as of February 5, 2012, Bank of Baghdad will replace Al Warka bank as the official collector of U.S. visa application fees.  You will be able to pay your fee at any Bank of Baghdad branch in Iraq.  Any unused fee receipt from the Al Warka branch will still remain valid for one year from the date of purchase.  It is permissible for another person to make the payment for you, but they must take your passport or a copy of your passport with them.
  • Pay the $160 fee. This fee change will formally go into effect on April 15, 2012.  They will issue you a receipt
  • Verify that your receipt for payment includes
  • The visa applicant’s name as it appears in her or his passport
  • The visa applicant’s passport number
  • The words “US Embassy MRV Sweep”
  • The payment must not be made more than 1 year before the visa interview.

Schedule an Interview

  • Please schedule an interview  through the Online Appointment System.
  • Select an available appointment date from the calendar.
  • Select a preferred time for your appointment, and then enteryour Surname (last name), Given Name, Passport number, Email Address and Telephone Number.
  • Verify that all the information entered is correct, and then click "Submit". 
    Print the appointment confirmation page and bring it with you to your appointment.
  • Enter the confirmation code from your DS-160 confirmation page.

Pay the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee 

Bring the following to your interview

  • Completed application form
  • Original A, D, E, or G-series Iraqi Passport, valid for at least six (6) months after your date of travel
  • Photocopy of the Biographical Data page of the passport
  • Civil Identity card
  • One (1) photograph, taken within the last six months

For more information about photograph requirements, please click here. Photos must meet these requirements, or the application cannot be processed.

  • $160 Application fee, non-refundable and payable in the Consular Section at the time of the interview (U.S. cash only).  This fee change will formally go into effect on April 15, 2012. 
  • Approved I-20 Form (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status), or DS-2019 Form (Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status)
  • Receipt of your SEVIS fee payment
  • Pre-paid DHL Airway Bill (For more information about using DHL)
  • Evidence that you are able to finance the educational or exchange program in the United States

IMPORTANT: Please read the following information about your legal rights and protections as a student in the United States, according to the William Wilberforce Trafficking in Persons Act:

Rights, Protections and Resources Pamphlet (PDF 252.91 KB)

NOTE: To qualify for a visa as a temporary visitor, you must prove that you are not intending to immigrate to the United States. According to Section 214(b) of U.S. Immigration law, you can prove this by demonstrating strong ties to a residence abroad that you do not intend to abandon. Ties may include your job, family, or house. For more information, please click here

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