US Dubai Consulate FAQ

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Greeter staff is located inside the waiting room of the US Consulate to direct and assist applicants with the process. All applicants must follow instructions given to them by greeters and Consulate staff.

Once inside the US Consulate, greeter staff will barcode each applicant’s passport for  the next process. All applicants must have their passport and DS-160 confirmation page ready for this process.

After barcoding, applicants must next proceed to a designated window as directed by the greeter staff in order to have their application input into the system and checked for errors. If there is an error on application, the applicant must inform the data entry staff so that it may be corrected. 

After application intake and prior to the applicant’s interview with a consular officer, applicants will be required to have their fingerprints scanned for biometric identification. Finger scans are not required for children under age 14. A greeter will direct you to the appropriate window for the finger scanning process.

Interviews are conducted in English, Farsi, Arabic, Urdu and Hindi.  An applicant must bring an interpreter if he or she does not speak English or any of the above listed languages well enough to participate unassisted in the visa interview.

Be prepared to present your passport and any desired supporting documents to the consular officer at the time of your interview. Please note that it is not mandatory or required for the consular officer to review any or all of your supporting documents.


At the end of your interview, the consular officer will inform you whether you have been found eligible or ineligible for a U.S. visa.

The interviewing consular officer will inform the applicant at the window both orally and in writing of the final decision on their visa application.