Nonimmigrant Visas

Please visit our U.S. Visa Information Service Website for complete information on nonimmigrant U.S. visa application procedure including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.

Drop Box

We encourage applicants with previous travel to the U.S. whose visa has expired within the last 48 months to check the U.S. Visa Information Service Website to determine if you qualify for our “Drop Box” interview waiver program. Eligible applicants may apply for visa renewals by express mail.

Temporary Visitors to the U.S.

All visa applicants must CAREFULLY double-check information entered on their DS-160 visa application form. Incorrect data will result in significant delays and require a second interview/appointment.

Due to systems processing procedures, the Consular Section is not able to issue visas the day of the interview. All applicants are encouraged to apply for visas well in advance of planned travel to the United States. Appointments cannot be expedited simply because you purchased your tickets. The Consular Section strongly advises that tickets should only be purchased once a traveler has received their nonimmigrant visa.

Applying for a Visa in Astana or Almaty

To apply for a nonimmigrant visa to the United States, follow these steps:

Step 1.

1. Check your passport:

a) Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in the United States (e.g. if you plan to go to the United States for one month in March, your passport must be valid at least through October).

b) Your passport must have at least one blank visa page.

2. Check your photo:

To complete your online visa application, you need a digital photo. Please carefully read the requirements to upload your photo and the photo specifications.  If the photo you upload does not meet the criteria, you will be given the option to continue without a photo.  In this case, if you have successfully submitted the application, you may bring a photo meeting the above requirements to your interview.

The photograph should measure two inches by two inches (approximately 5×5 cm) with the head centered in the frame, taken within the last six months to reflect your current appearance.  The photo must be in color and on a white background.  Hats or head coverings are only allowed if worn for religious reasons and if they do not obscure any facial features.  Eyeglasses are NOT acceptable in a photo.  Bringing a photo with you to the interview rather than uploading a photo to the online application form may prolong the visa issuance process.

Please note: Your photo will be rejected at the time of your visa interview if it does not correspond to the requirements specified above even if it was accepted by the online image quality assessment test.  This will result in delays of issuance of your visa.  Therefore, it is recommended to bring your photo meeting the above requirements to your interview even if you have submitted your photo with an application.

Step 2.  Visit the U.S. Visa Information Service Website to pay the visa application fee, fill out an application form, and make a visa interview appointment. 

Step 3.  Come to an Interview with a consular officer.

Applicants whose visa has expired within the last 48 months are eligible for our Drop Box interview waiver program and are not required to schedule an interview.  You may submit your documents by courier service.

Step 4.  Receive Your Passport and Visa via VFS Global office

You choose the method of passport delivery while making an appointment online for your interview.

“Pick up” means you will pick your passport yourself at the main office of VFS Global in Astana and Almaty.  Passports with visas can usually be picked up as early as two business days after the interview.

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 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.

Business and Tourist Visas for 10 years, Student and Journalist Visas for Five Years

Qualified Kazakhstani applicants who apply for business and tourist visas are eligible to receive visas to the United States with a maximum validity of 10 years. The validity for Student and Journalist visas may be issued for a maximum term of five years. The validity period of your visa will be determined by the consular officer reviewing your application and may be shorter.

Please note that the validity of your visa is the period of time in which you can apply to enter the United States. Immigration officials at the U.S. port of entry determine the maximum duration of your stay.

Nonimmigrant visa fees and validity vary depending on the type of visa:

B1/B2, C, D F, I, J or M $160
R, H, L, O, P, Q $190
E $205
Non-Immigrant Visas Fees for citizens of Kazakhstan

The visa processing fee can be paid online or in person in any Halyk bank branches.

Consular section of U.S. Embassy in Astana is located at:

Rakhymzhan Koshkarbayev Avenue, No. 3.
Astana, Kazakhstan, 010010

Consular section of U.S. Consulate General in Almaty is located at:

97 Zholdasbekov Street
Almaty, Kazakhstan 050059

Use entrance A2 into the building and you will be escorted to the Consular Section.  Take your ticket, have a seat, and you will be called to the window by your ticket number.

For all information about the nonimmigrant visa application process please visit the following website here:

DS-160 Visa Application Instructions (PDF, 3.42MB)

Purpose of the Visa Interview

United States immigration law places the burden of proof on the visa applicant to show that he or she is not intending to immigrate. In other words, each non-immigrant visa applicant must prove to the Consular officer’s satisfaction that he or she is not planning to travel to the U.S. in order to reside there permanently. Each applicant must demonstrate that he or she is traveling to the U.S. for a temporary stay and has strong ties that will compel him or her to return to their home country. It is up to the Consular officers at U.S. Embassies and Consulates to determine eligibility on an individual basis, on the merits of each case.

Because each person’s situation is different, people applying for the same type of visa may be asked different questions and be required to submit different documents. Consular officers may request additional information or documentation depending on their assessment of each person’s situation.

On the day of your interview, please be prompt. Arrive at the Embassy/Consulate General at the appointed time. If you arrive late and miss your appointment time, you must make a new appointment.

Attempting to obtain a visa by willful misrepresentation of a material fact, or fraud, may result in the permanent refusal of a visa or denial of entry into the United States.

Location of Interview in Astana

U.S. Embassy Astana
Rakhymzhan Koshkarbayev Avenue, No. 3.
Astana, 010010
Entrance from Tauyelsyzdyk Street

Location of Interview in Almaty

97 Zholdasbekov Street
Almaty, Kazakhstan 050059

Use entrance A2 into the building and you will be escorted to the Consular Section. Submit your documents to Window #1 and take a seat.

What To Bring To Your Interview

  • Passport
  • Bring your Identification Card or any other photo ID
  • DS-160 Confirmation Page
  • Interview Confirmation ID (generated after making an appointment)
  • Bank receipt (the original and a copy)
  • Your supporting documentation

How Long to Expect to be at the Consular Section

Everyone’s situation is different and may therefore take different amounts of time. However, in general, you should anticipate being at the Embassy for approximately two hours.

Interviews for Children

Children under the age of 14 are not required to appear for an interview if all of the following conditions apply:

1) The child is traveling to the U.S. with his/her immediate relatives (such as parents or grandparents),
2) The child’s original birth certificate is submitted;
3) The relative with whom the child will travel has a valid U.S. visa; and
4) The child submits his/her own passport.

Children under the age of 17 may be accompanied by one adult.

Restrictions On What You Can Bring To The Embassy

The following items are prohibited:

  • Electronic devices such as cellular telephones, computers, radios and tablets
  • Aerosol cans and perfume bottles
  • Weapons of any kind (including pocket knives)
  • Cameras
  • Recording devices

Please note that no one may accompany applicants into the embassy’s visa waiting room. This includes American citizens, spouses, attorneys, sponsors, friends, and family members. Thus, any information these individuals would like to present should be submitted with the application materials or given to the applicant to present to the consular officer during the interview. We appreciate your understanding.

Visa applicants must pay the visa application fee, fill out an application form, and make a visa interview appointment for an available day before they can request an emergency appointment at U.S. Visa Information Service Website. You will receive a notification by email if your request is approved or declined.

Travel arrangements such as airline reservations do not justify an emergency appointment. As a result, we do not recommend purchasing non-refundable tickets until after you have received your visa. Please note: visa processing requires a minimum of one business day following approval.

For more information, including the documentary evidence required to qualify for an expedited appointment, visit U.S. Visa Information Service Website

All questions and inquiries regarding visas are handled by the U.S. Visa Service Desk. If you have questions that are not answered on our website, our customer service agents are ready to assist you. To contact a customer service representative please visit their website for full contact information.


The Summer Work and Travel program provides foreign students with an opportunity to live and work in the United States during their summer vacation from college or university to experience the people and way of life in the United States. Jobs are usually in the hospitality industry and often include working as restaurant staff, housekeepers, lifeguards, or attendants at amusement parks.

Participants in the program must be post-secondary school students in an educational institution outside the United States who have completed at least one semester or equivalent of post-secondary academic study. Additionally, they must possess sufficient proficiency in English.

Participants attending universities in Kazakhstan may be allowed to work in the U.S. between May 8th and September 1st and must return to Kazakhstan by the beginning of the fall semester at their universities. The Summer Work & Travel program is not for visitors who only want to travel in the United States. A B-2 category visa is the appropriate visa for tourists entering the United States.

Citizens of other countries can apply in Astana or Almaty provided that they study in Kazakhstani universities. The document requirements for non-Kazakhstani students can differ from those for Kazakhstani citizens. To avoid delays please check the Reciprocity Schedule.

For more information about the Summer Work and Travel Program, please click here.

Know Your Rights

All program participants must read and understand the Wilberforce Act pamphlet (Русский, PDF, 7 MB, English (PDF, 2MB)  which explains the rights they have while in the United States. During the visa interview the Consular Officer will verify that applicants know and understand their rights under the Wilberforce Act.

Procedural Guidelines:

Applicants to the program can apply directly to a U.S. based sponsor or through a local broker in Kazakhstan. A list of some local brokers is below, and a listing of the U.S. based sponsors can be located by clicking on “Find a Summer Work Travel Sponsor.”

• It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that their online application (DS-160) is completed accurately. In addition to the online application form, applicants must pay the SEVIS and MRV fees. They must also bring the original form DS-2019, which is issued by the sponsoring agency, to the interview or make arrangements for their agency to submit the DS-2019 to the consular section in advance of the interview

• Applicants for the Summer Work & Travel Program must pay a SEVIS fee online at least 72 hours in advance of appointment date.

List of Local Agencies

The following is a list of some education companies in Kazakhstan that partner with U.S.-based exchange visitor sponsors and can assist applicants in obtaining a DS-2019 from a U.S.-based exchange visitor sponsor.

The local agencies listed below are permitted to make group appointments for visa applications for Summer Work and Travel participants. Agencies not listed below will not have this ability and thus may not be able to secure visa application appointments.

The Consular Section of the U.S. Mission in Kazakhstan assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by the following persons or firms. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department of State or the U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate General. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance.

The following local agencies are currently registered to participate in the Summer Work and Travel season:

ABC Universe
AirTravel International
Columbus Exchange
Corvette Center
Globus Exchange Programs Team
International Exchange Center
Kazakhstan Council for Educational Travel (KCET)
Opportunity Programs
United Students Company