Changes to the Visa Application Process
Changes are coming to the visa application process at the U.S. Embassy. Once implemented, these changes will make applying for a visa less expensive and easier for visa applicants. These changes will start taking place September 15, so if you plan to apply for a visa soon, please be aware that the process for applying for a visa will change slightly.
As part of U.S. Mission Egypt’s efforts to streamline the visa application process, the Embassy is implementing a new visa appointment, fee payment, and document delivery system starting on October 4, 2013. This system, already in use in several countries, will make it easier for applicants to schedule their visa interview appointments, pay visa processing fees, and check on the status of their issued visas.
The transition process will begin September 15 when CIB will no longer issue receipts for visa applications until we transition to the new system on October 4. From September 15 to October 4, applicants will be able to use receipts received before September 15 to schedule appointments through Vodafone. On October 4, applicants will be able to receive receipts from CIB through the new system, and then schedule an appointment. Applicants will only pay the existing, unchanged, visa processing fee of $160 for most nonimmigrant visa types. Applicants will continue to be able to pay in cash at any CIB Bank branch.
Previously, in addition to the processing fee, applicants faced additional costs for scheduling appointments and arranging for the return of their passports, and these costs will go away starting October 4. Applicants will use a new online system to make visa interview appointments and to check on the status of their applications. They will be able to call the new Call Center to make an appointment or have their questions answered at no extra charge. The new system allows applicants to pick up their passports at any one of the 16 Aramex branches around Egypt. Under the new appointment process, the U.S. Embassy will continue to offer a drop-off nonimmigrant visa renewal service for applicants who are eligible to renew their visas without a personal interview.
The United States is committed to meeting the growing demand for visas to the United States. In 2012, the U.S. Mission in Egypt processed over 90,000 nonimmigrant visa applications, representing an increase of about 25% over 2011. Our new appointment, fee payment, and passport return system is just part of our effort to continually improve service to the Egyptian traveling public.
Please monitor the Embassy website over the next few weeks for more details on the new appointment system or contact ConsularCairoIV@state.gov (for immigrant visas) or ConsularCairoNIV@state.gov (for non immigrant visas).
A Message to our Consular Clients
The safety of our clients and staff is our highest priority. Due to disruptions caused by the current security environment, consular services may experience unusual delays. This situation may affect processing times for visa applications and U.S. Citizen Services. Changes to appointment schedules may occur on very short notice. The Consular Section’s capacity to respond to inquiries is limited at this time due to the volume of inquiries. We regret the inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we strive to provide efficient service while prioritizing your safety.
Welcome to the Visa Section. One of our
main missions is to provide Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Visa Services
to Egyptians and citizens of other countries who reside in Egypt.
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If you want to become a legal resident of the United States, please use the links on the left to visit the Immigrant Visa Section for further information on our services.
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