Applicants who reside outside of Kazakhstan

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Notification for third country nationals residing outside of Kazakhstan about visa application process

Individuals who normally reside outside of the Republic of Kazakhstan and are not citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan, may submit their application at the U.S. Embassy in Astana and Consulate General in Almaty.

Applicants are not required to be a resident of Kazakhstan to apply for a visa, but they must select a non-residents category after Step 8 if they are presented with the choice. Foreign nationals who reside in Kazakhstan and can show their original residence permit/long-term visa on the day of their interview should select Regular priority. Foreign nationals who select Regular priority, but fail to present a residence permit/long-term visa on the day of their interview will not be interviewed.

The visa appointment wait time published on travel.state.gov does not represent the wait time for non-resident category. The appointment wait time for non-resident category for scheduling an interview in U.S. Embassy Astana and in U.S. Consulate General in Almaty is at least 90 calendar days.

The document delivery for visa applications processed at the U.S. Embassy/Consulates in Kazakhstan is possible only to address or pick-up location on the territory of Kazakhstan. Please do not enter a delivery address in any other location outside of Kazakhstan in your ustraveldocs.com website profile, since this will delay the collection time of your passport. You may also choose to collect your passport from the Pony Express office in Kazakhstan. For the full list of pick-up locations, click here.

Applicants who do not reside in the Republic of Kazakhstan and are not citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan, who wish that their passport would be collected by the third party, will need to make their own arrangements to have their passport collected by their representative. Personnel of the Pony Express courier company cannot collect the passports on behalf of the applicants or send to the address in a different country. For full details of the document collection rules please visit this page.