Information for Visa Applicants about the Current State of Visa Services

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Information for visa applicants about the current state of visa services:  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visa as the court ordered the government to treat these visas as though they were issued on the date P.P. 10014 was rescinded.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://www.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.