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President Biden Removes Presidential Proclamation 9983 Visa Restrictions on Kyrgyzstan
August 29, 2023

President Biden speaks at an event in Jackson, MS standing in front of an American flag


The United States Embassy is pleased to announce that on January 20 President Biden signed an executive order to remove immigrant and diversity visa restrictions that had suspended the entry of Kyrgyz immigrants.

We commend the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic for the significant travel-related security improvements they have made over the past 12 months.  Kyrgyz electronic passports containing biometric identification chips have been developed and are in the final stages of preparation. These passports will guarantee secure and convenient travel for Kyrgyz citizens.  The Government of the Kyrgyz Republic has also improved cooperation with INTERPOL and increased its sharing of criminal and terrorist information.

New Kyrgyz electronic passports and closer law enforcement cooperation will make us all safer, both here in the Kyrgyz Republic and around the world.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, visa processing at United States embassies around the world is severely limited.  Please refer to our website at kg.usembassy.gov for any updates to visa processing in light of this announcement.

The United States remains committed to strengthening our bilateral relationship to enhance the security, sovereignty, and prosperity of the Kyrgyz people.

Link to President Biden’s Official Proclamation – https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/20/proclamation-ending-discriminatory-bans-on-entry-to-the-united-states/