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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How far in advance should I apply for a visa?

A: Please submit your application for a visa as far in advance of your travel dates as possible. Administrative processing on your application can take 60 days or longer.

Q: Where can I find more information about the United States before I travel?

A: A good place to start is at the U.S. Department of State's website. To learn more about travel to the United States, please visit

Q: Can third country nationals apply for visas in Baghdad?

A: Yes; however, it is generally recommended that applicants apply for visas in the country where they normally reside.

Q: Where is the Consular Section located?

A: The Consular Section is located in the International Zone, at the U.S. Embassy on Al Kindi Street.

If you are unable to arrange your own access or escort into the International Zone, please request the Consular Section's assistance by sending an email to:

Q: How can I contact the Consular Section?

A: The best way to reach the Consular Section is by email:

Q: How can I schedule an interview at the Consular Section?

A: If you are applying for a tourist (B1/B2) visa, please visit our
Online Appointment System.
If you are a student or traveling urgently for medical treatment, please send an email to If you are a diplomat or government official traveling on official business, please send an email to