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Interview Appointment System

Step 1: Complete the Visa Application

Individuals wishing to visit the United States must create an online profile at and follow all instructions given on the website. After this, they will be directed to to complete an application. While the applicant may designate someone to fill out the application, he or she must electronically sign it and is responsible for all of the information contained within it. Upon completion of the application, the applicant must print out the deposit slip from the confirmation page.

Step 2: Payment of the Application Fee

Each applicant must visit a participating CIB Bank branch and pay the Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee. You will need to keep the payment receipt for when you schedule the interview.

Step 3: Scheduling of appointment

Applicants log on to or call +20-2-3531-1460 or 16872 (from within Egypt) and schedule an appointment using their CGI confirmation number on the receipt.

An applicant who needs an interview but has not scheduled an appointment through the Visa Appointment System will not be allowed into the Embassy to apply for a visa. Each individual in your traveling party will need a separate appointment. Children under the age of 14 must have appointments as well. A separate application fee must be paid for each child and a separate application MUST be completed and a recent picture attached.

Step 4: Interview appearance

Each applicant must bring in a copy of his CEAC confirmation page, passport, and a photo. Additional documents may be brought depending on the type of visa – please see the links to the left for further information. All applicants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Please refer below for information regarding photo requirements:

Sample of Photograph Size

It is very important to bring the correct photo on the day of your interview. If it is not correct, you will have to reschedule your interview,resulting in a delay of your travel.

Sample of Photograph Size

Sample of Photograph Size

  • Photo size must be 5 x 5 cm (2” x 2”). Photo must be original, taken within the past 6 months, and show current appearance.
  • Photo must be color. Background must be plain white.
  • Photo must be in sharp focus, and correctly exposed (not too dark or too light).
  • Photo must be taken from a straight frontal view, showing full face including both ears.
  • Facial dimensions must be between 2.5 cm and 3.5 cm from the top of the head to the bottom of the chin.
  • Photo cannot be digitally altered. Scanning old photos to insert a white background is not acceptable.
  • Photo should show normal street attire:
    • Uniforms should not be worn except for religious attire that is worn daily.
    • Hats/headgear obscuring the hair or hairline are not allowed. Headgear worn for religious purposes is acceptable provided that the face is uncovered.
    • Dark or non-prescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable. Prescription glasses, hearing devices, wigs or similar articles, should be shown if normally worn.