Starting from July 1, 2021 domestic delivery services to applicant’s address are becoming premium. Applicants who would like to use this service would need to opt for it and update their profiles on www.ustraveldocs.com. Once documents would be ready to ship, applicants would be contacted over email and requested to pay a fee of 7.50 USD (in Kazakhstan Tenge at the exchange rate applicable for the day of notification) per applicant online.

Starting from July 15, 2021 document drop-off service via DHL branches in Kazakhstan is becoming premium. Applicants who intend to submit their interview waiver applications via DHL offices in Kazakhstan should contact the following email address ustraveldocskz@vfsglobal.com. Applicants will be provided with instructions and online payment link for the service. The price for the service is 7.50 USD (in Kazakhstan Tenge at the exchange rate applicable for the day of notification) per applicant.

Pick up/drop off services will remain available free of charge at the VFS locations in Almaty and Nur-Sultan.



President Biden rescinded Presidential Proclamation (PP) 10014, entitled “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak,” on February 24, 2021. Immigrant visa applicants who had been affected by this proclamation should review the instructions here.


Presidential Proclamation 10052, which temporarily suspended the entry of certain H-1B, H-2B, J (for certain categories within the Exchange Visitor Program), and L nonimmigrants, expired on March 31, 2021. Visa applicants who have not yet been interviewed or scheduled for an interview will have their applications prioritized and processed in accordance with existing phased resumption of visa services guidance. Visa applicants who were previously refused visas due to the restrictions of Presidential Proclamation 10052 may reapply by submitting a new application including a new fee.


On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed a Presidential Proclamation titled “Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States.” This proclamation ends the travel restrictions under Presidential Proclamations 9645 and 9983 that had suspended entry into the United States of certain nationals, based on visa type, from Burma, Eritrea, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Nigeria, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Venezuela, and Yemen. Click here for additional information.


Effective January 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers entering the United States to present a negative COVID-19 test (a viral detection test for SARS-CoV- 2 approved or authorized by the relevant national authority), taken within 72 hours of departure. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers before boarding. Airlines must deny boarding of passengers if they do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery. This requirement is separate from the visa application process. All Presidential Proclamations restricting travel due to COVID-19 remain in place, and continue to apply to subject potential travelers regardless of their test results or vaccination status. Travelers holding a National Interest Exception also remain subject to all applicable pre-departure testing requirements. For more information on waivers to the testing requirement please click here.


The U.S. Mission to Kazakhstan understands that many non-immigrant visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are waiting to schedule a visa appointment. We restored all routine visa operations on December 2, 2020. For non-immigrant visa receipts valid on or after March 19, 2020 or purchased between March 19, 2020 and December 2, 2020, the U.S. Department of State extended the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until December 31, 2021, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee. Fees paid on or after December 2, 2020 are valid for one year from the date of payment.

Immigrant Visas: The Consulate General in Almaty is processing immigrant visa cases for all visa categories according to the Department of State’s immigrant visa prioritization guidance.

Diversity Visa 2020 Applicants: Individuals whose DV-2020 visas have expired may not be issued replacement visas; however, individuals who received DVs in 2020 as a result of orders in the court case Gomez v. Trump may travel to the United States on an expired visa as the court ordered the government to treat these visas as though they were issued on the date P.P. 10014 was rescinded. The court did not specify for how long the visas would be considered valid. Therefore, applicants wishing to benefit from the order are encouraged to travel as soon as practicable as the order could change.

DV applicants for DV-2020 who were not issued visas before September 30, 2020, will not be interviewed, scheduled, or reconsidered for visas, as those applicants were only eligible for issuance of a visa through the end of the 2020 fiscal year, which ended on September 30, 2020.

Diversity Visa 2021 Applicants: DV applicants for the 2021 fiscal year (DV-2021) should wait to be notified of the scheduling of an interview by the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC).

The National Visa Center (NVC) and Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) are scheduling interview appointments for new immigrant visa cases. U.S. Consulate General Almaty continues to contact applicants for K visas whose cases have been received from NVC with instructions for scheduling interview appointments.

The Embassy and Consulate General are also accepting appointment requests from boarding foil and returning resident permit applicants. To request an appointment for these services, please contact USAKZ@state.gov.

Nonimmigrant Visas: The United States Embassy in Nur-Sultan and U.S. Consulate General in Almaty are providing all nonimmigrant visa services.

Visa renewals by interview waiver: The U.S. Embassy in Nur-Sultan is accepting interview waiver applications for qualifying renewal applicants in certain visa categories, including B1/B2. Until December 31, 2021, individuals with a currently valid visa or whose visa expired within the last 48 months may submit an interview waiver renewal application. Click here for more information.

While the Embassy and Consulate aim to process cases as soon as practicable, there is likely to be increased wait times for completing such services due to substantial backlogs. Information about non-immigrant visa wait times for Kazakhstani citizens and residents is available here. Wait times for non-residents are substantially longer. If you have an urgent need to travel, please submit a request for an expedited appointment in accordance with the guidance provided at https://ustraveldocs.com/kz/kz-niv-expeditedappointment.asp. Note that submitting a request for an emergency appointment does not guarantee that your request will be approved. Requests should include a detailed explanation of your urgent need to travel.


Entry of foreign nationals who were physically present within the following list of countries within 14 days prior to their entry or attempted entry into the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 10143, and the Proclamation signed on April 30, 2021:

- India (applicable to nonimmigrants only);

- South Africa;

- Brazil;

- The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe;

- The Republic of Ireland;

- The 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland);

- The Islamic Republic of Iran; and

- The People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau.

There are certain exceptions to the suspension of entry, including exceptions for U.S. lawful permanent residents and certain family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, among other exceptions listed in the proclamations. If you reside in, have traveled recently to, or intend to transit or travel to the above list of countries prior to your planned trip to the United States, we recommend you postpone your visa interview appointment until 14 days subsequent to your departure from the subject country(ries). Additionally, if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or believe you may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, you are strongly encouraged to postpone your appointment by at least 14 days. Click here for additional information.


Non-immigrant visa applicants residing outside of Kazakhstan: please review this page before purchasing your MRV fee in order to apply in Kazakhstan.


Please review this page if you or any of the applicants applying for a visa with you are under the age of 16.


Effective immediately, the U.S. Embassy in Nur-Sultan will no longer provide storage for laptops or other large electronic devices for visitors – including both visa applicants and U.S. Citizens seeking services.


In order to ensure that consular staff is able to prepare applications for interview, nonimmigrant visa applicants are required to fill and submit their DS-160 visa applications at least two business days prior to their interview date.


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Welcome to the U.S. Visa Information Service for Kazakhstan. On this website you can find information about U.S. immigrant and nonimmigrant visas and the requirements to apply for each. You can also learn how to pay the required visa application fee, and book an interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Nur-Sultan and the U.S. Consulate General in Almaty.

This is the official visa information website of the U.S. Mission in Kazakhstan.