Visas for Applicants under 14 and over 79

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Overview

Lebanese applicants under the age of 14 or above the age of 79 years do not need to come to the interview.

Qualifications

  • Applicants under 14 years of age who have legal rights to reside in Lebanon or are Lebanese citizens are exempt from coming to the interview.  They can send their passports to the Embassy with the following documents.
  • Passport
  • Original Family extract translated into English
  • Interview Waiver confirmation letter
  • DS-160 Confirmation letter
  • Bank receipt
  • One recent photo
  • Copy of the parents visas
  • Applicants under 14 who do not have Lebanese citizenship or permission to reside in Lebanon must come to the interview.
  • Applicants over 79 are not required to appear for a nonimmigrant visa interview at the U.S Embassy in Lebanon. These applicants may choose to send a representative in their stead.

Supporting Documents

As appropriate, such applicants should provide an original family extract translated into English, they may include copies of owned properties, bank account statements, and a letter detailing their purpose of travel.  The visa section may, however, ask for more documentation or for a personal interview.  After processing, the applicants will be contacted by the Embassy and notified of the outcome of their cases.  Applicants must make sure to include accurate contact information on their visa application forms.

Applicants should, in almost all cases, come alone to their interviews. Children between the ages of 14 and 18 must come to the interview and may bring a parent with them.  Children under the age of 14 do not need to come to the interview.  Either of the parents may apply for the visa on behalf of the child.  Applicants with serious medical problems may also choose to bring an escort with them, by sending an e-mail to the visa section at BeirutNIV@state.gov, or send a fax to 961-4-544037.

Replies will be sent within 3 working days.

Questions and Answers

Q: Do children need a visa?

A: All travelers, including children, need a visa to travel to the United States or must qualify to travel without a visa through a special program, such as the Visa Waiver Program.

Q: Do children pay the same application fee as adults?

A: Yes, they do.

Q: Do children need to schedule an interview appointment?

A: Every applicant requires an appointment.

Q: Do all children have to come in person for their appointment?

A: Applicants should, in almost all cases, come alone to their interviews.  Children who are between the ages of 14 and 18 must come to the interview and may bring a parent with them.  Children who are under 14 years of age and are Lebanese or have legal permission to reside in Lebanon do not need to come to the interview.  In this case, either one of the parents may apply for the visa on behalf of the child.  Applicants with serious medical problems may also to choose to bring an escort with them.

Children who do not have permission to reside in Lebanon must come in person for their appointment.