Information Resource Center

The Information Resource Center (IRC) section of the U.S. Embassy website is the “information booth” where we hope you’ll find whatever you were looking for but couldn’t find in other sections. If your question is about traveling to the U.S., please check out our Frequently Asked Questions page where we have collected a lot of useful information.

The IRC can provide reference, referral and documentation service for researchers, journalists, govt officials, and others with a professional or scholarly interest in the United States. Qualified information resource specialists can assist with your inquiries about the U.S.

The IRC also provides personalized alert services on topics relating to U.S. policy and topical issues. If you need assistance from the IRC in connection with your work, please send an email to


  • The IRC does not answer queries about visas to the United States or about other consular matters. For consular information, please check the Consular pages of our website.
  • The IRC does not answer any questions regarding ESTA, all questions concerning ESTA should be directed to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. For more information about ESTA, see our list of frequently asked questions (FAQ).

Public Information and Quick Reference Service

For general information about the United States, please check the About the U.S. section of the site.

IRC Resources