The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.
See our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.
Travel to the United States on a temporary basis, including tourism, temporary employment, study and exchange.
For foreign citizens who want to live permanently in the United States.
What is a Visa?
A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.
Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.
(Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit.).
United States Embassy Algiers, Algeria
05 Chemin Cheikh Bachir Ibrahimi
- For questions about applying for Non-Immigrant (Visitor) visas, contact our contract visa service provider at: Support-Algeria@ustraveldocs.com or call :213 982 402 688
- If you have already appeared for an interview and need to submit additional evidence you can email it to AlgerNIV@state.gov. Please note that this address is only for follow-up on pending cases, and we are unable to respond at this address to inquiries about submitting a new application, scheduling, or closed (refused) cases.
- Foreign diplomats may also contact us at AlgerNIV@state.gov.
For questions about Immigrant Visas (including the Diversity Visa):
- If you have a pending Immigrant Visa petition, but the case is not yet scheduled at the U.S. Embassy in Algiers, please use the on-line NVC Contact form.
- If you have already had an appointment at the U.S. Embassy and need to provide additional evidence, or if you have been given an appointment date, you may contact us at IV-DVAlgiers@state.gov.
- For U.S. Legal Permanent Residents in Algeria who have lost their Permanent Resident “Green” card, or whose card has expired, or who may have lost permanent resident status by staying out of the United States for more than a year, please contact us at IV-DVAlgiers@state.gov for an appointment.
Customer Service Statement
The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States. We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known. Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.
We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:
- We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.
- We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.
- We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.
- We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.
- We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.
- We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.
- We will provide information on non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on http://travel.state.gov.
- We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.
Furthermore, if you are a:
- Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
- Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.
- Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.
At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:
- Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible.
- Complete your application fully and accurately.
- Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.
- Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.