Immigrant visa issuance involves the following steps:
Step 1 – Filing the Petition
U.S. citizen or U.S legal permanent resident living in the U.S. territory files an I-130 (PDF 2 MB) petition for his/her alien relative at a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office with jurisdiction over the petitioner’s residence.
Petitioners residing in Kyrgyzstan are no longer able to routinely file Forms I-130 (PDF 2 MB), Petitions for Alien Relative, with U.S. Embassy in Bishkek. Petitioners residing in Kyrgyzstan are required to file their Forms I-130 (PDF 2 MB) by mail with the USCIS Chicago lockbox. The Consular Section in Bishkek is only able to accept and process Forms I-130 (PDF 2 MB) in exceptional circumstances.
USCIS Chicago Lockbox addresses for regular mail deliveries:
P.O. Box 804625
Chicago, IL 60680-4107
USCIS Chicago Lockbox address for express mail and courier deliveries:
131 South Dearborn-3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517
Exceptional Filing at U.S. Embassies or Consulates without a USCIS Field Office:
Petitioners, who do not reside in a country with a USCIS field office, but who believe that their situation merits an exception, may request an exception to allow the Consular Section at the Embassy to accept the filing. Each request for an exception will be evaluated individually.
A petitioner seeking to file a Form I-130 (PDF 2 MB) in the Consular Section in Bishkek should contact the Consular Section (BishkekIV@state.gov) to request consideration of the request for exception and explain the circumstances in detail. The Consular Section will then relay the request for an exception to the USCIS field office in Moscow. The determination of whether the case presents exceptional circumstances that warrant an exception to the general filing process will be made by USCIS. For more detailed information please visit the USCIS website.
Step 2 – National Visa Center
When the petition is approved by USCIS office in the U.S., it is sent to National Visa Center (NVC) for administrative processing. NVC assigns the case number and schedules the appointment date for the immigrant visa interview in the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek. To inquire into the status of your case you may send an email to email@example.com or call + 1 603 334 0700.
Step 3 – Interview
In order to prepare for the interview the applicant must gather required documents and pass the medical examination. Please see detailed instructions here:
- DV – Application Instructions and Document List (PDF 507 KB)
- IV – Application Instructions and Document List (PDF 333 KB)
English translations of all foreign language documents are required.Any foreign language document must be accompanied by e full English translation and a certification by the translator stating that:
- The translation is complete and correct; and
- The translator is competent to translate foreign language into English.
A beneficiary’s immigrant visa category is determined by the type of petition filed on his/her behalf with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In most cases, the visa category directly results from the type of relationship between the petitioner and beneficiary. While many immigrant visa categories are immediately available, others are numerically limited by law, meaning that beneficiaries of these visa types must often wait some period of time before their petitions are eligible for processing. Numerically Limited Visas cannot be processed until their priority date is current.
Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens are eligible to interview for visas immediately after the petitions filed on their behalf are approved by USCIS and transferred to the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek. An “immediate relative” is defined as a parent, spouse, or child (meaning both unmarried and under 21 years of age) of a U.S. citizen. Each immediate relative must have a separate petition filed on his/her behalf.
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;
- Fiancé/fiancée – visa issued for entering the U.S. in order to marry.
Refugee and asylum cases are processed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).
Affidavit of Support
The petitioner must accept legal responsibility for financially supporting their beneficiaries. Petitioners accept this responsibility and become a beneficiary’s sponsor by completing and signing a legal document called an Affidavit of Support, usually a Form I-864.
To qualify as a sponsor, you must be at least 18 years old and either a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident. You must have a domicile either in the United States or a territory or possession of the United States. In general, this requirement means you must actually live in the United States, or a territory or possession of the United States, in order to be a sponsor. If you live abroad, you may still be eligible to be a sponsor if you can show that your residence abroad is temporary, and that you have maintained a domicile in the United States.
DNA Testing Process
The Consular Officer may suggest DNA testing at time of the interview if the beneficiaries, who claim a biological relationship to the petitioner, but are unable to establish a relationship as required by U.S. law via sufficient and acceptable documentation.
1.The petitioner selects a DNA lab from an AABB accredited lab. Costs to be paid by the petitioner.
2.The selected DNA lab in the U.S. sends the DNA testing kit directly to U.S. Embassy Bishkek. The address is as follows:
U.S. Embassy Bishkek
Attn: Consular Section
171 Prospect Mira
+996 312 597 000
3.U.S. Embassy Bishkek contacts applicant (beneficiary), by e-mail or telephone, to schedule an appointment for DNA sample collection.
4.On the appointment day, the applicant (beneficiary) must bring: (a) his/her passport or photo I.D. (if you do not have a photo I.D., please inform the Consular Section); (b) one recent passport size photo (2″x2″); and (c) sufficient funds to pay the lab technician who performs the DNA testing.
5.U.S Embassy Bishkek sends the DNA sample collected on the appointment date directly to the DNA lab in the U.S. for testing.
6.The DNA lab conducts the test and sends the results directly to U.S. Embassy Bishkek.
7.U.S. Embassy Bishkek contacts applicant (beneficiary) by e-mail or telephone and informs him/her when to return to the Embassy for results of the test and next steps in the case.
Medical Examination for Immigrant Visas
Before the issuance of an immigrant visa, every applicant, regardless of age, must undergo a medical examination. The examination must be conducted by a doctor recognized by the Consular Section. Currently, there are two clinics in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan authorized to conduct medical examinations.
(List is provided in alphabetical order)
1. MEDI Ltd.
Multispecialty Medical center
5/3 Suerkulov str.,Bishkek,Kyrgyzstan
2. NEOMED Ltd.
Diagnostic and Consultative Medical Center
46 Orozbekov str.,Bishkek,Kyrgyzstan
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
All immigrant visa applicants, including adoptive parents, must use this clinic. Examination costs must be paid by the applicant, in addition to the visa fees.
Please contact a clinic to schedule an appointment as early as possible or at least two weeks prior to the interview date. You can find your interview date in the appointment letter you received from the National Visa Center or from U.S. Embassy, Bishkek (except adoptive parents).
Please bring the following to the medical exam:
• your visa appointment letter
• photograph 3 x 4 cm
• your vaccination records
• appropriate fees (see specific information for each clinic)
Once the exam and laboratory tests are completed, Panel Physicians must drop off the results in a sealed envelope at the US Embassy Consular section.
Note: K-1 and K-2 visa applicants are not required to submit proof of vaccinations or to undergo any vaccinations until they adjust status with USCIS. However, applicants may wish to consider carrying their vaccination records with them to the United States to facilitate the process of adjusting their status.
Adoptive parents applying for their adopted children (IR3-IR4 visas), should contact the clinic as early as possible for an appointment.
For more information on vaccination requirements, please visit the Department of State’s page on vaccinations.
For numerically limited visas, petitions are processed in the order of their priority dates. For family-based visas, the priority date is the date when the petition was filed at a USCIS office or, if permissible, submitted to an Embassy abroad. For employment-based visas, the priority date is typically the date the labor certification application was received by the U.S. Department of Labor.
To check the current priority days for each visa category, please click here.