US Dubai Consulate FAQ


On the day of the interview, a consular officer will inform applicants directly if their application for a U.S. visa has been approved. Applicants will then receive a document that informs them of the process on how to retrieve their passports from the EMPOST courier service.

Applicants will receive an email from the courier service once the passport is ready for collection. Visa processing will take between 3 to 5 business days.


If applicants need to travel urgently and request to take their passports back on the day of the interview, they will later need to drop the passport off at an EMPOST courier service location on any following business day. Empost will return the passport to the Consulate for visa processing, and the passport will be returned to the applicant via Empost afterwards.  Please note that this entire process will take approximately 7 business days after the passport is dropped off at the EMPOST office.