General Information

An immigrant visa is required of anyone who wishes to enter the United States to reside there indefinitely, whether or not that person plans to seek employment in the United States. The Consular Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Almaty processes immigrant visas for the residents of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

General Categories 

U.S. immigration law provides four general categories for the issuance of immigrant visas:

  • Family sponsored immigrants – a spouse, parent, minor child, son/daughter, sibling of a U.S. citizen; and spouse, minor child and son/daughter of U.S. legal permanent resident;
  • Employment based immigrants – workers that meet certain employment criteria;
  • Diversity Immigrant Visa Program – known as the “green card” lottery;
  • Fiance/fiancée – visa issued for entering the U.S. in order to marry.

For more detailed information on different visa categories please visit U.S. Department of State website or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).

Refugee cases are processed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).