Nonimmigrant Visas: Tourism & Visit

The U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides several categories of nonimmigrant visas for those who want to visit or work temporarily in the United States.

You can find out more about each type of visa from the travel.state.gov website.

In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, as of March 17, 2020, the United States Embassy in Kyrgyzstan is cancelling routine nonimmigrant visa appointments.  This action does not apply to diplomatic/official visa applications or to immigrant visa applications.  We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.  If you had a nonimmigrant visa appointment scheduled March 17, 2020 and later, your visa appointment is cancelled.  Do not attend your previously scheduled appointment. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel to the United States immediately, please contact us via consularbishkek@state.gov to request an emergency appointment.

Please note there are travel restrictions for certain countries. Please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-information.html and read the section “Presidential Proclamations Regarding Novel Coronavirus” for more information.

Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay, or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. Visitor visas are nonimmigrant visas for persons who want to enter the United States temporarily for business (visa category B-1), tourism, pleasure or visiting (visa category B-2), or a combination of both purposes (B-1/B-2).

Here are some examples of activities permitted with a visitor visa:

  • Tourism.
  • Vacation (holiday).
  • Visit with friends or relatives.
  • Medical treatment.
  • Participation in social events hosted by fraternal, social, or service organizations.
  • Participation by amateurs in musical, sports, or similar events or contests, if not being paid for participating.
  • Enrollment in a short recreational course of study, not for credit toward a degree (for example, a two-day cooking class while on vacation).

Visitor Information

We would like to remind everyone that they may only register up for one non-immigrant visa appointment at a time. All visa appointments must also have an attached visa application (form DS-160). The Embassy will delete any applicant’s second appointment, or any appointment that does not have a filled out DS-160, without notification.

Thank you for your understanding.