Message on Systems Issues from the Bureau of Consular Affairs
26 June 2015
Systems issues that have affected the Department of State’s ability to issue visas have been resolved, and all applicants can schedule appointments as normal. All applicants should plan to attend their current appointments as scheduled. Applicants with passports at the Embassy will be contacted once the passport (with a visa) is ready for pickup. Thank you for your cooperation.
Each applicant must present a valid passport.
Please confirm whether or not you need to apply for a visa. You may not need to apply for a new U.S. visa if you already hold a valid U.S. visa or are a national of a Visa Waiver Program participating country.
If you do not need a visa, please visit the ESTA website to get your authorization to travel to the United States.
If you do need to apply for a nonimmigrant visa, please follow the steps below.
How to Apply
Determine your visa type by reading Common Nonimmigrant Visas. Each visa type explains the qualifications and application items. Choose the visa type that applies to your situation.
Be sure to also review the Visa Waiver Program. If your country participates in the Visa Waiver Program, you do not need to apply for a visa if you are traveling for business or pleasure and will only be staying in the Unites States for 90 days or less.
The next step is to complete the DS-160 Form. Be sure to read the Guidelines for Completing the DS-160 Form carefully. All information must be correct and accurate. Once the form is submitted, you cannot make any changes. If you need assistance, please consult an immigration lawyer or translator. The call center cannot help you complete your DS-160. You will need your DS-160 number to book your appointment.
Please be advised that you will have to upload your photo in order to complete the DS-160.
Once you have determined the correct visa type and completed the DS-160, you must pay the visa fee. The visa fee page lists the visa types and correlating visa fee in U.S. dollars and local currency.
To pay your visa fee, read the Bank and Payment Options page. This page explains how to make your visa fee payment. You will create a profile and must keep your receipt number to book your visa appointment.
Now you will need to log in to your profile with the same credentials you used to pay your visa fee. Once you are in the system, you will see your dashboard.
Click on Schedule Appointment on the left-hand side menu.
This will start the process for scheduling your appointment. You will need:
Your passport number.
The receipt number from your Visa Fee receipt. Click here if you need help finding this number.
The ten (10) digit barcode number from your DS-160 confirmation page.
As you go through the process you will be able to select your visa type, enter personal data, add dependents, select your document delivery location, confirm visa payment, and schedule your appointment.
You can also call our call center at +216 74 61 78 20 (Tunisian phone number ) / 1 703 520 2249 (US phone number) to schedule an appointment
If your visa is approved, the visa will be available for pick up at the U.S. Embassy.
Approved visas will be ready no earlier than the next business day, and applicants should anticipate at least a one-day turnaround. We are open between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, for visa pickup. We cannot return visas by mail or express courier.
Other Useful Information:
Applicants planning to travel to the United States for business or tourism purposes must demonstrate that they are properly classifiable as visitors under U.S. law. Potentially useful information may include evidence and documents that demonstrate an applicant’s ties outside of the United States, the purpose of the trip, intent to depart the United States, and arrangements made to cover the costs of the trip. As a general rule it is better to prepare more documentation on the day of the interview than less. However, documents are not required to qualify for a visitor visa per se.
Airline tickets do not constitute proof of intent to depart the United States. The Embassy advises applicants to be prepared for possible delays and not to make final travel arrangements until the visa is printed.
Depending on individual circumstances, applicants may provide additional documentation substantiating the trip's purpose and specifying the nature of binding obligations, such as family ties or employment.
Criteria for Requesting an Expedited Appointment:
Applicants should plan to apply well in advance of their scheduled travel. We suggest several weeks in advance when possible. We are able to expedite visa appointments only rarely in the following circumstances:
- In case of a personal or family medical emergency requiring travel to the United States.
- The death of an immediate family member in the United States (spouse, child, parent, or sibling).
- Urgent business travel for a specific meeting date in the United States.
- To begin study in the United States (interview appointment is past the start date for study on the Form I-20).
- To return to the United States to study or work (re-issuance of F1, M1, J1, H1B, L1 or other work visas).
To request an expedited appointment, please visit the following link :
Notice for Libyan Applicants
- - Effective April 1st, 2013, the U.S. Embassy in Tunis will no longer accept new non-immigrant visa applications from Libyans residing outside of Tunisia. For more details, please visit the Libyan applicant section.
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