The U.S. Mission to Kazakhstan understands that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment. We are working diligently to restore all routine visa operations as quickly and safely as possible. In the meantime, rest assured that the U.S. Mission will extend 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. Please continue to monitor this site for information on when we will return to routine visa operations.


Visa renewals by interview waiver: Starting from September 14th, all new interview waiver cases will be reviewed by the US Embassy in Nur-Sultan. If a case is selected for interview that interview must be conducted in the US Embassy in Nur-Sultan. Also, if any additional documents are required they will need to be sent to the US Embassy in Nur-Sultan.


Information for visa applicants about the current state of visa services: As of March 19, 2020, the United States Embassy in Nur-Sultan and Consulate General in Almaty suspended routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. We continue to provide emergency and mission critical services as described below.

Immigrant Visas: The Consulate General in Almaty has resumed processing immigrant visa cases for applicants who are exempt from the Presidential Proclamation titled “Suspension of Entry of Immigrants and Nonimmigrants who present a Risk to the US Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak” issued on June 22, 2020. Beneficiaries of IR1, IR2, CR1, CR2, and K visa cases who have already attended their visa interviews in Almaty and were refused under section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act may submit pending documentation to continue their case processing. Documents for pending cases in any other visa category will not be processed at this time. Documents and passports may be submitted through courier delivery only. Click here for instructions on submitting your documents.

The National Visa Center (NVC) is scheduling interview appointments for new applicants for IR1, CR1, IR2, and CR2 visas. U.S. Consulate General Almaty continues to contact new applicants for K1 and K2 visas whose cases have been received from NVC with instructions for scheduling interview appointments.

No appointments are available for regular immigrant visa interviews for all other visa categories. Applicants for visas in the Family Preference (F) categories in which a dependent child will turn 21 (“age out”) before December 31, 2020, with an approved petition that is pending scheduling of an interview by the National Visa Center, may submit a request for an emergency appointment by emailing NVCExpedite@state.gov.

Replacing expired immigrant visas: The Consulate General in Almaty is processing applications to replace expired immigrant visas for individuals exempt from Presidential Proclamations 10014 and 10052. This includes individuals who possessed an immigrant visa that was valid on April 23, 2020 that subsequently expired before the individual was able to travel to the United States due to COVID-19-related travel disruptions.

These individuals must request a follow-up immigrant visa appointment through our online scheduling system.

Nonimmigrant Visas: As of October 21, 2020, the United States Embassy in Nur-Sultan and Consulate General in Almaty are providing certain nonimmigrant visa services, including: F, M, certain J categories (alien physician, government visitor, international visitor professor, research scholar, short-term research scholar, specialist, secondary school student and college/university student), C1/D, H, L, E, I, O, and P visas. Click here for more information.

Visa renewals by interview waiver: The Embassy in Nur-Sultan is accepting interview waiver applications for qualifying renewal applicants in certain visa categories, including B1/B2. Until December 31, 2020, individuals with a currently valid visa or whose visa expired within the last 24 months may submit an interview waiver renewal application. Click here for more information.

Visas previously refused under 221(g): Nonimmigrant visa applicants who have already attended an interview but whose applications were refused under section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, regardless of visa category, may submit additional information by courier. Click here for more information on submitting pending documentation for your visa application.

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. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://www.ustraveldocs.com/kz/kz-niv-expeditedappointment.asp (for non-immigrant visas).


On Monday, June 22, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending entry into the United States of certain immigrants and nonimmigrants who present a risk to the U.S. labor market following the coronavirus outbreak. Effective immediately, the proclamation extends the suspension of entry for certain immigrants (Presidential Proclamation 10014) through December 31, 2020. The new restrictions imposed by the proclamation are effective at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 24 and expire on December 31, 2020, unless continued by the President. U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and aliens who are or were inside the United States or those holding valid nonimmigrant or immigrant visas on the effective date are not subject to the proclamation.

The proclamation suspends entry of nonimmigrants in the following categories: H-1B, H-2B, J (for aliens participating in an intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel program) and L, along with their spouses and children. No valid visas will be revoked under the proclamation. Presidential Proclamation 10014 and this proclamation provide exceptions to their restrictions for certain categories of immigrants and nonimmigrants. The full text of the presidential proclamations are available on the White House website at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-aliens-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-following-coronavirus-outbreak/


On April 22, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending entry into the United States of certain immigrants who present risk to the U.S. labor market during the economic recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak.  The proclamation is effective at 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 23 and expires in 60 days, unless continued by the President. U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and those holding valid immigrant visas on the effective date of the Proclamation, are not subject to the proclamation. No valid visas will be revoked under this Proclamation. Routine visas services have been suspended at U.S. posts worldwide, but as resources allow, embassies and consulates will continue to provide emergency and mission critical visa services for applicants who are not subject to this presidential proclamation. The full text of the presidential proclamation is available on the White House website at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-immigrants-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-economic-recovery-following-covid-19-outbreak


Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus:

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, 9993, 9996 and the subsequent proclamation issued May 24, 2020:

- 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;

- 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 listed 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. There is no fee to change an appointment and visa application fees are valid for one year in the country where the fee was paid. For questions about rescheduling a pending consular appointment, please contact us via support-kazakhstan@ustraveldocs.com or web site or call center +7 (727) 350 5703 for specific guidance.


On January 31, 2020, a new Presidential Proclamation (“Presidential Proclamation 9983”) was issued which added to the ongoing travel restrictions of P.P. 9645 by expanding them to the nationals of six additional countries. The restrictions only apply to immigrant visas and/or diversity visas, not nonimmigrant visas. More information is available at this link.


Third country nationals 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.


DS-160 Application Submission Cut-Off Deadline: 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.