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Visas

Worldwide Technical Problems

The U.S. Department of State has recently experienced technical problems with its visa system.  This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular country or visa category.  We recognize and deeply regret the inconvenience to travelers.  We are working to bring our systems back to full operational capacity.  We continue to prioritize immigrant visas, adoption cases, and emergency nonimmigrant visa cases.  We are printing visas for these cases with very few delays.

While we have made significant progress and issued most of the delayed visas, applicants are advised to expect delays of up to one week in addition to normal processing times.  Please take this into consideration when making travel plans. 

We are aware of a small number of visa cases still in process because of system performance issues.  We are working diligently to clear those cases.  Applicants who interviewed at  U.S. Embassy Tunis after July 20 and who would like their passports returned to them without the U.S. visa must send a request with their name and passport number to ConsularTunis@state.gov.

Welcome to the Visa Unit’s Homepage!

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tunis is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.

For specific information on visas for temporary visitors, please consult the Nonimmigrant Visa  section.  Those who plan to travel to the United States to establish permanent residency, please consult the information in the Immigrant Visa  section of this website.   

    US visas for same-sex spouses

          A same-sex marriage is now valid for immigrant and non-immigrant visa purposes, as long as the marriage is recognized in the “place of celebration.” The validity of a marriage will depend on whether it was legally valid in the place of celebration, rather than the place of domicile.   A same-sex marriage is valid for immigration purposes even if the couple intends ultimately to reside in one of the 37 states that do not recognize same-sex marriages.  The same-sex marriage is valid even if the applicant is applying in a country in which same-sex marriage is illegal.  For more information, please see here

Travel & Tourism in the U.S.

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TRIPOLI CONSULAR SECTION

  • Please monitor Tripoli website for information on resumption of service using the following link:  http://libya.usembassy.gov/visas.html
    We do not know when the Consular section in Tripoli will resume services. 

    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 sections.