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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?

  • Temporary Visitor (nonimmigrant) visas for tourism, business, work, or study. The Consulate General in Erbil processes nonimmigrant visas.
  • Immigrant Visas to live in the U.S. permanently.  Immigrant visas are processed exclusively by the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
  • Special Immigrant Visas for people who worked on behalf of the U.S. Government to live in the U.S. permanently.  Special Immigrant Visas are processed exclusively by the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

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.

updated June 16, 2013

Travel & Tourism in the U.S.

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Diversity Visa Scam Alert

  • 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
    United Kingdom

    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

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