Visas

*** UPDATE: Current travel requirements to enter the United States are available here.

Covid-19 information

Non-Immigrant Visas

U.S. Embassy Bishkek has resumed routine visa services for nonimmigrant visas. We are currently offering as many appointments as local conditions, resources, and safety considerations allow. We encourage all applicants to be mindful of the constraints and to apply early. Appointments will be available on a first- come, first-serve basis as capacity allows. Emergency appointments are available on a very limited basis and must be scheduled via email at ConsularBishkek@state.gov .

The DS-160 Electronic Visa Application form may be found here: DS-160

To make an appointment for a nonimmigrant visa interview, please use our online NIV Appointment System.

Citizens of Ukraine may make an appointment for a non-immigrant visa interview through our online NIV Appointment System or by contacting us at ConsularBishkek@state.gov.

For more information on visa processing for citizens of Ukraine, please visit the Department of State’s Information for Nationals of Ukraine page.

For students and exchange visitors, 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.

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. Only serious medical emergencies and life-or-death situations will be considered.

Immigrant and Diversity Visas

U.S. Embassy Bishkek is currently conducting interviews for all immigrant visa categories. Immigrant and diversity visa applicants should wait to be notified of the scheduling of an interview. For more information about immigrant and diversity visas, please visit our immigrant visa page.

For Ukrainian Immigrant Visa applicants: Consulate General Frankfurt is the post designated to process Ukrainian Immigrant Visa applicants including Diversity Visa (DV) and Fianc(é)e (K-1) visa applicants.  Embassy Warsaw is the designated post for Ukrainians seeking an immigrant visa based on an adoption.  However, Ukrainian applicants may request transfers to any post that processes immigrant visas. To request a transfer to Embassy Bishkek, please contact us via email at ConsularBishkek@state.gov.

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.

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 Chyngyz Aitmatov Ave, 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.