updated January 26, 2015
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.
If you are a citizen of a Visa Waiver Program partner but have received notice that you are no longer eligible to travel to the United States under that program, you should apply for a nonimmigrant visa at least three months in advance of your desired travel. If you do not have imminent travel plans, you should pay the nonimmigrant visa application fee, fill out the DS-160 nonimmigrant visa application form at ceac.state.gov/genniv/, and schedule a visa appointment. If your travel is imminent, you may request an expedited visa appointment. In order to request an expedited appointment, please include in your request the date and purpose of your travel, as well as a copy of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection message you received regarding your ESTA status. You may send the request to ErbilNIV@state.gov.
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