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General Visa Information

Thank you for your interest in applying for a non-immigrant visa to the United States.

The official visa information website has moved to www.ustraveldocs.com/om.  For detailed information and the application procedures, please visit the link above.

For assistance with visa applications, inquiries, pay application fees, schedule online appointments and know the status of visas and passports, please direct your email correspondence to support-oman@ustraveldocs.com.  To talk to a customer service agent, please dial:

Callers in Oman: Call (968) 2466 7735
Callers in the United States: Call +1 703 520 2246.

Note:  English and Standard Arabic speaking customer service agents are available 7 days a week from 10 am to 4:30 pm (local Omani time) and 7 am to 3 pm (Eastern Standard Time).  The center is closed on Omani national holidays, as observed by the U.S. Embassy in Oman.

Passport and Visa pick-up:  Visa applicants are notified when to collect their passports at the interview.  Passport pick-up hours are between 3 and 4 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at the visitor’s entrance.  Consular receipts must be submitted for passport collection.  Note:  The Embassy is closed on Omani and American holidays.

Oman Government Officials

Diplomats and other foreign government officials traveling to the United States to engage solely in official duties or activities on behalf of their national government must obtain A-1 or A-2 visas prior to entering the United States. They cannot travel using visitor visas or under the Visa Waiver Program. With the exception of a Head of State of Government -- who qualifies for an A visa regardless of the purpose of travel -- your position within your country’s government and your purpose of travel determine whether you need an A-1 or A-2 visa. Immediate family members of diplomats and government officials receive A-1 or A-2 visas, with few exceptions. Personal employees, attendants, or domestic workers for diplomats and government officials (holding a valid A-1 or A-2 visa) may be issued A-3 visas.

To qualify for an A-1 or A-2 visa, you must be traveling to the United States on behalf of your national government to engage solely in official activities for that government. The specific duties or services that will be performed must be governmental in character or nature, as determined by the U.S. Department of State, in accordance with U.S. immigration laws. Government officials traveling to the United States to perform non-governmental functions of a commercial nature, or traveling as tourists, require the appropriate visas and do not qualify for A visas. The fact that there may be government interest or control in a given organization is not in itself the defining factor in determining if you qualify for an A visa. Detailed information on official visas is available at http://www.travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/other/diplomat-foreign-government-official.html.

Oman Government Officials traveling to the U.S. for official purposes will need to 1) complete form DS-160 available at , upload their photo, submit the form and print the confirmation sheet, 2) prepare an application package to include: (a) DS-160 confirmation sheet, (b) new photo with a white background, (c) diplomatic note from the Omani Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and (d) current passport.   Please drop the complete application package in the drop-box at the visitor’s entrance.  Drop-box hours are 8 am to 4 pm Sunday through Thursday.  Note:  The Embassy is closed on Omani and American holidays.

Ministry of Higher Education Students

The Embassy has conducted two presentations for the Ministry of Higher Education Scholarship Students that are planning to study in the United States. These instructions will allow students to apply for the visa efficiently and on a timely manner. If you have any questions, please contact the consular office at ConsularMuscat@State.gov.

Presentation: How to Apply for a U.S. Student Visa Sponsored by the Givernment of Oman [PDF 1.43MB]

Presentation: Legal and Security Briefing [PDF 470KB]

Certain Exchange Visitors (J-1 visas)

U.S. government sponsored exchange visitor (J visa) applicants and their dependents are not required to pay application processing fees if participating in a Department of State, a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), or a Federally funded educational and cultural exchange program which has a program serial number beginning with G-1, G-2, G-3, or G-7 printed on Form DS-2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status. U.S. government sponsored exchange visitor (J visa) applicants and their dependents are also not required to pay applicable issuance fees.  Detailed information on Exchange Visitors is available at  http://www.travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/study-exchange.html.

Such applicants will need to 1) complete form DS-160, upload their photo, submit the form and print the confirmation sheet.  2) prepare an application package to include: (a) DS-160 confirmation sheet, (b) new photo with a white background, (c) Form DS-2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status, (d) Form DS-7002, Training/Internship Placement Plan (if applicable), and (e) current passport.  Please drop the complete application package in the drop-box at the visitor’s entrance.  Drop-box hours are 8 am to 4 pm Sunday through Thursday.  Note:  The Embassy is closed on Omani and American holidays.

Questions on the above visa categories may be emailed to ConsularMuscat@State.gov.

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