On October 25, President Biden announced a Presidential Proclamation titled “A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” This proclamation, which took effect at 12:01 am Eastern Standard Time on November 8, 2021, ended the travel restrictions under Presidential Proclamations (P.P.) 9984, 9992, 10143, and 10199 as they relate to the suspension of entry into the United States of persons physically present in Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, the Schengen Area, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. In place of these restrictions, the President announced a global vaccination requirement for all adult foreign national travelers. More information about this global vaccination requirement, including details on exceptions and waivers due to humanitarian concerns, is available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.


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.


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. 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.


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.

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.

Diversity Visa (DV) 2021 Applicants: DV applicants for DV-2021 who were not issued visas before September 30, 2021, 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 2021 fiscal year, which ended on September 30, 2021.

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 and U.S. Consulate General in Almaty are 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. Important Note: In order to provide priority visa service to citizens and residents of Kazakhstan, separate, limited appointment slots are allocated for nonresident applicants. The visa appointment wait time published on travel.state.gov. does not represent the wait time for non-resident categories. The non-resident wait time significantly exceeds the wait time shown there. Applicants are reminded that MRV fees are non-refundable, non-transferable, and are only valid for one year from the date of payment. If you are unable to schedule an appointment within a year of payment then your receipt will expire, you will not be able to schedule an interview, and you must pay the fee again and begin the process anew.


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.