A cyclone has formed in the Indian Ocean that may impact Oman. The Government of Oman has declared a two day public holiday on October 3 and 4 in advance of the storm. The US Embassy will be closed on October 3 and 4, 2021.The exact trajectory of the storm is uncertain, but the forecast is that Muscat and northern Oman will see precipitation and winds. Please keep up to date on the progression of the storm by following local media reports. Residents of Oman should be prepared for possible power outages and commercial closures.
The Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Muscat for provides 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.
NOTE TO IRANIAN CITIZENS:
The U.S. Embassy in Muscat is unable to accept visa applications from citizens of Iran who are not resident in Oman. Iranian citizens living outside of Iran should apply for nonimmigrant visas in their country of residence. In general, applicants residing in Iran may travel to and apply at any U.S. embassy or consulate that processes nonimmigrant visas. U.S. Embassy Ankara, U.S. Embassy Yerevan, and U.S. Consulate General Dubai are staffed with Farsi-speaking consular officers who are most familiar with Iranian applicants and country conditions. Applicants should always check the website of the embassy or consulate at which they plan to apply for restrictions on third-country applicants or other post-specific policies.
To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:
- Email: For assistance with visa applications, inquiries, pay application fees, schedule online appointments and know the status of visas and passports, please direct your email correspondence to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Telephone: To talk to a customer service agent, please dial:
- Callers in Oman: Call (968) 2466 7735
- Callers in the United States: Call +1 703 520 2246
Note: English and Standard Arabic speaking customer service agents are available 7 days a week from 10 am to 4:30 pm (local Omani time) and 7 am to 3 pm (Eastern Standard Time). The center is closed on Omani national holidays, as observed by the U.S. Embassy in Oman.
Visiting the Embassy or Consulate
Electronic Devices: Please remember to leave any unnecessary electronic items at home or in your vehicle. You will not be able to enter the Embassy compound with your phone, tablet, laptop, or other electronic devices.
Please Come Early: Please try to arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointment. We will be better able to serve you if you arrive early. Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, appointment times are strictly enforced to control number of individuals in the indoor waiting areas.
Please Note: Some types of visas require a small additional issuance fee. You may want to bring a small amount of cash with you to your visa appointment
Due to COVID-19 and limitations on how many people can enter the US Embassy, children ages 0-13 years of age should not come to the US Embassy for the visa interview. The Consular Officer does not need to interview your young children for their visa. Parents can hand carry each applicant child’s passport, 5 x 5 cm new photo, visa payment receipt, and DS-160 sheet with them for the interview. Presidential Safety Mandate requires all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear an appropriate mask while inside Department facilities. Security may deny entry to individuals that are unwilling or unable to keep masks on.
If you experience COVID-19 symptoms or are in close contact with someone who is experiencing symptoms, DO NOT COME TO YOUR INTERVIEW. You must reschedule your appointment. Any applicant for any reason may reschedule his or her appointment at the day and time of their convenience. Your appointment does not impact the adjudication of your visa. Applicants exhibiting physical symptoms of COVID-19 may be asked to leave for the safety of other applicants and Consular staff.
We look forward to seeing you at the Embassy.
Applying for an Official Visa
Applying for an Official Visa (Arabic)
Although most applicants can expect to receive their approved visas within three business days, some applicants will require additional administrative processing. On average, administrative processing takes 60 days to be resolved. Applicants who require administrative processing should not contact the Embassy about the status of their case unless their case has been pending for more than 60 days. We also ask applicants not to make travel or hotel arrangements until they have their passports and approved visas in hand.
Interview Waiver Applicants
Certain applicants who renew their U.S. visas may be eligible to apply for their visa online without coming to the embassy for an interview. For more information on whether or not you qualify, please visit the U.S. Embassy in Muscat’s Global Support Services (GSS) website at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/om/.
Nonresident U.S. Visa Applicants
We are able to accept applications from individuals who are in Oman temporarily, however applicants who reside outside of Oman have the best chance for visa issuance applying in their home country. Iranian citizens living outside of Iran should apply for nonimmigrant visas in their country of residence. In general, applicants residing in Iran may travel to and apply at any U.S. embassy or consulate that processes nonimmigrant visas. U.S. Embassy Ankara, U.S. Embassy Yerevan, and U.S. Consulate General Dubai are staffed with Farsi-speaking consular officers who are most familiar with Iranian applicants and country conditions. Applicants should always check the website of the embassy or consulate at which they plan to apply for restrictions on third-country applicants or other post-specific policies.
Travel for the purpose of attending weddings and graduation ceremonies, assisting pregnant relatives, participating in an annual business/academic/professional conference, or enjoying last-minute tourism does not qualify for expedited appointments. For such travel, please schedule a regular visa appointment well in advance.
Non-Immigrant Visa pick-up hours are Monday – Thursday, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.