updated January 26, 2015
I M P O R T A N T N O T I C E:
The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our overseas passport and visa systems. This issue is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working urgently to correct the problem and restore full operability.
Welcome to the Consular Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Erbil!
The Consular Section provides many services, including issuing visas. A visa allows you to travel to the United States and apply for admission; it does not guarantee entry. An immigration inspector at the port of entry determines your eligibility for admission into the United States.
What Types of Visas Are Available at the U.S. Consulate in Eril?
- Temporary Visitor (nonimmigrant) visas for tourism, business, work, or study.
The following visa services are processed exclusively by the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad:
- Immigrant Visas to live in the U.S. permanently
- Special Immigrant Visas for people who worked on behalf of the U.S. Government to live in the U.S. permanently
Who Needs a Visa?
All Iraqi citizens require specific documentation to enter the United States. Usually, this is a visa.
Travelers holding dual citizenship with the United States may not receive a visa, and must enter the United States using their American passport.
Fraud Notice / Warning
Department of State Warns of Impostor or Fraudulent Websites, Emails or Print Advertisements
For more information on Fraud Notices and Warnings, visit travel.state.gov.
Diversity Visa Scam Alert
Many Iraqis are getting e-mails from criminals pretending to be the Department of State.
The Department of State does not notify Diversity Visa lottery winners by e-mail.
Many of these e-mails ask you to send money by Western Union to the following address in London:
24 Grosvenor Square
London, W1A 2LQ
This is the physical address of the U.S. Embassy in London, but this is a trick: the money will go to the criminal somewhere else in the world.
To learn more about DV scams and what you can do, please read the Department of State's DV Scam Warning