Visas

Immigrant and Diversity Visas

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. Link to the full announcement here:  https://kg.usembassy.gov/president-biden-removes-presidential-proclamation-9983-visa-restrictions-on-kyrgyzstan/.  

In addition, on February 24 President Biden rescinded Presidential Proclamation 10014, entitled “Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Present a Risk to the United States Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak.”  For more information about how this may impact your specific immigrant visa application, please visit the following link:

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/rescission-of-presidential-proclamation-10014.html 

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, visa processing at the United States Embassy in Bishkek continues to be severely limited.  Immigrant and diversity visa applicants should wait to be notified of the scheduling of an interview in accordance with the phased resumption of visa services.  U.S. Embassy Bishkek will not accept transfer of immigrant visa or diversity visa cases for applicants who reside outside of the Kyrgyz Republic. 

Non Immigrant Visas

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Embassy in Bishkek remains unable to resume routine nonimmigrant visa operations. We are currently offering as many appointments as local conditions, resources, and safety considerations allow in mission-critical visa categories, including a limited number of appointments for petition-based employment visas, student visas, and exchange visitor visas.  We encourage all applicants to be mindful of the constraints and also to apply early.  Appointments will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis as capacity allows.  

Interview requests may be sent to consularbishkek@state.gov.  In your request, you must provide a copy of your I-20, DS-2019, or petition approval form. Appointments will not be scheduled online. If your program start date has already passed, please communicate with your university or program sponsor about issuing an I-20 or DS-2019 with amended start dates.  The Consular Section will not schedule interviews for individuals whose program start dates have passed. Prior to your interview, you must complete the DS-160 and bring the confirmation page to your interview. 

U.S. Embassy Bishkek is not scheduling nonimmigrant visa interviews for applicants who reside outside of the Kyrgyz Republic.

We are not processing requests for B1/B2 visas or any other category of nonimmigrant visas other than those listed above at this time, except in case of an emergency. If you need to travel immediately, please send a detailed email to consularbishkek@state.gov to request an emergency appointment and explain why your travel is an emergency.

The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.

See our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.

(Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit.).

Inquiries regarding non-immigrant visas:

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Email: To reach a customer service representative via email, please write to: consularbishkek@state.gov

Location: 171 Prospect Mira, Bishkek, 720016, Kyrgyzstan

The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States.  We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known.  Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.

We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:

  • We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.
  • We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.
  • We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.
  • We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.
  • We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.
  • We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.
  • We will provide information on non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on http://travel.state.gov.
  • We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.

Furthermore, if you are a:

  • Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
  • Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.
  • Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.

At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:

  • Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible.
  • Complete your application fully and accurately.
  • Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.
  • Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.