UAE travel: US visa appointments available only after 1 year; experts suggest alternative procedure

The closest available date in Dubai is October 18, 2024 and in Abu Dhabi is only in November 2024


SM Ayaz Zakir

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Published: Sat 28 Oct 2023, 6:00 AM

Last updated: Sun 29 Oct 2023, 3:18 PM

UAE residents heading to the US are advised to carefully plan their trips as visa appointments will be available only after a year, travel industry experts said.

“There is an unprecedented demand among UAE residents to travel to the US. And the closest available date in Dubai is October 18, 2024; and in Abu Dhabi, it is only in November 2024,” Dhas Antony, general manager of Rejoice Tourism LLC, told Khaleej Times.

Industry experts said the slots for visa appointments in the UAE are being booked out every day as many eager residents got their appointments six to eight months ago. As the slots are getting booked, some experts said appointments will not be available until March 2025 in the coming days.

“We are receiving over a hundred inquiries every day, which shows UAE residents' eagerness to travel to the US. The slots after a year are getting filled out fast and in the coming days, we can expect the availability of the appointments in 2025,” said Subair Thekepurathvalappil, senior manager for inbound and outbound operations at Regal Tours Worldwide.

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Get an appointment in any GCC state

There is an alternative, though. Expert said UAE residents are privileged to request a US visa appointment in any GCC nation and can be availed of within just a few days to a month.

“Many residents are opting to travel to neighbouring countries for the appointment, for which UAE residents are privileged,” said Subair.

“The appointment is available in Saudi Arabia in a week’s time, and in Kuwait and Oman next month,” said Subair.

How to apply for a US visit visa:

There are two types of US visit visas:

B1 Visa: One should apply for a US Business visa if traveling for business purposes. This visa is also known as the B1 Visa.

B2 Visa: A tourist visa for tourism is also known as the B2 Visa. The visit visa enables one to enter the US and remain there for up to six months and can be obtained by completing the DS-160 online form.

Procedure to apply for the visit visa:

•     Check what type of visa you need

•     Find out where you should submit your application in the UAE

•     Complete the application form online

•     Pay the visa fee

•     Obtain an appointment for a US visa interview

•     Gather the documents required for the visa

•     Attend the visa interview


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