Urgent Message for Visa Applicants: Postponement of Appointments

In accordance with United States Government and Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia actions to contain and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh and Consulates General in Jeddah and Dhahran postponed nonimmigrant and immigrant visa appointments starting in March. We have provided emergency and mission-critical visa services since that time and will continue to do so as we are able. As the COVID-19 situation in Saudi Arabia changes, the U. S. Mission to Saudi Arabia has begun a phased resumption of routine visa services – see more information here. We are unable to provide a specific date for when we will resume specific visa services, or when the Embassy and Consulates General will return to processing at pre-COVID workload levels.

The U.S. Mission to Saudi Arabia understands that many nonimmigrant visa applicants paid a visa application fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa interview. Rest assured that the U.S. Mission will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until December 31, 2021, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule a visa appointment with the already paid fee. Please continue to monitor this site for information on when we will return to routine visa operations. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/sa to request an emergency appointment.