Step 1. Check the Validity of your Passport
- For nationals of the Kyrgyz Republic, your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in the United States (e.g. if you plan to go to the United States for one month in March, your passport must be valid at least through October).
- Your passport must have at least one blank visa page.
If your passport does not meet both of these criteria, please apply for a new passport before making your visa appointment.
Step 2. Complete the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160
Fill out the DS-160 Electronic Application Form.
All visa applicants must CAREFULLY check information entered on their DS-160 visa application form. Minor errors may be corrected on the day of the appointment, but if you notice a major error or have an update to your application (recent marriage, change in travel plans), please complete a new DS-160 form and bring the updated confirmation page with you to your appointment.
The Consular Section is not able to issue visas on the day of the interview. All applicants are encouraged to apply for visas well in advance of planned travel to the United States. The Consular Section strongly advises you to purchase tickets or book reservations only after you have received your nonimmigrant visa.
Expedited appointments are offered on a limited basis, primarily for medical and humanitarian emergencies. Travel for the purpose of attending weddings and graduation ceremonies, assisting pregnant relatives, participating in an annual business/academic/professional conferences, or enjoying last-minute tourism does not qualify for an expedited appointment.
Step 3. Collect any Supporting Documentation
The following items are required for your visa interview:
- Valid international passport, with at least 6 months of validity from the date of your planned travel AND at least one blank visa page;
- Your DS-160 confirmation page and appointment confirmation page;
- A 5 cm x 5 cm color photo not older than 6 months;
- Payment for your interview. We request the exact payment amount for the interview, either in KGS or USD (crisp and unmarked), but not both. We do not accept credit cards for payment. Applicants whose visas are approved may be required to pay an additional reciprocity fee. Please check the Reciprocity Fee Schedule and plan accordingly for your visit.
Additional documents may be requested to establish if you are qualified for the visa. For example, additional requested documents may include evidence of:
- The purpose of your trip;
- Your intent to depart the United States after your trip; and/or
- Your ability to pay all costs of the trip.
Note: Visa applicants must qualify on the basis of the applicant’s residence and ties abroad, rather than assurances from U.S. family and friends. A letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support is not needed to apply for a nonimmigrant tourist visa. If you do choose to bring a letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support to your interview, please remember that it is not one of the factors that we use in determining whether to issue or deny a nonimmigrant tourist visa.
Step 4. Schedule an Interview Appointment
To schedule an appointment for a non-immigrant visa (NIV) interview, please go to the NIV Appointment System. Please have your DS-160 confirmation number available. It is located on your DS-160 confirmation page, in bold print.
Expedited appointments are offered on a limited basis, primarily for medical and humanitarian emergencies. Travel for the purpose of attending weddings and graduation ceremonies, assisting pregnant relatives, participating in an annual business/academic/professional conferences, or enjoying last-minute tourism does not qualify for an expedited appointment. Applicants requesting an expedited appointment and/or applicants who are not resident in the Kyrgyz Republic should follow the directions provided in our online Navigator to make their request.
Step 5. Pay the MRV Fee
On the day of your interview, please pay the appropriate nonrefundable visa application fee(s), based on your visa type. Depending on your nationality and the visa category for which you are applying, reciprocity fees may apply. Please check the reciprocity fee schedule to determine if there is an additional fee related to the issuance of your visa.
All visa fees must be paid in U.S. dollars or Kyrgyz som based on the exchange rate established by the U.S. Embassy at the cash desk of the Consular section on the day of interview. Please note that this fee is non-refundable. Applicants should not pay this fee unless they are 100% confident that they want to apply for the U.S. visa.
NOTE: Payment for your interview is due at the time of service. We request the exact payment amount for the interview, either in KGS or USD (crisp and unmarked), but not both. We do not accept credit cards for payment. Applicants whose visas are approved may be required to pay an additional reciprocity fee. Please check the Reciprocity Fee Schedule and plan accordingly for your visit.
Step 6. Interview with a Consular officer
During your visa interview, a consular officer will determine whether you are qualified to receive a visa, and if so, which visa category is appropriate based on your purpose of travel. You will need to establish that you meet the requirements under U.S. law to receive the category of visa for which you are applying. Ink-free, digital fingerprint scans will be taken as part of your application process. They are usually taken during your interview.
Step 7. Pay the Visa Issuance Fee
If your visa is approved, you may also pay a visa issuance fee, depending on the type of visa issued. If you are a Kyrgyz national and you are issued a B-1/B-2 Tourism & Visit visa, you will need to pay an additional fee. Issuance Fee depends on your nationality. Please check the Reciprocity Fee Schedule for additional information.
Step 8. Return to Collect your Passport and Visa
You will be informed of the time and date of that your may collect your passport at the time of the interview. In general, passport pass-back takes place within 5-7 business days after your interview. You will be notified on the day of interview of the time and date to collect your passport. Passports may be collected from the Consular section entrance with your payment receipt. Your designated representative may collect the passport on your behalf if you are unable to collect it yourself.
Attention: Interviews for children under 14 or individuals over 79 years of age
For Kyrgyzstani passport holders and non-citizen permanent residents of the Kyrgyz Republic, some interview waiver options are available. Adults 80 years of age and over are not required to appear for an interview. Children under 14 years of age are not required to come for an interview with the consul if the following conditions are met:
1) The child is traveling to the US with his/her close relatives (such as parents or grandparents),
2) A relative with whom the child travels has a valid American nonimmigrant visa; and
3) The child has a personal travel passport.
The Consular section reserves the right to interview parents or guardians of minor children as they deem necessary.
Children between the ages of 14 and 17 may appear for an interview accompanied by an adult.
Prohibited items at the Embassy
The following items are prohibited inside the Embassy compound:
• Electronic devices, such as cellular phones, computers, radio and other storage media;
• Aerosol cans and deodorizing bottles;
• Weapons of any kind (including pocket knives);
Please note that no one can accompany the applicants to the waiting room for an interview with the exception of certified translators. This rule applies to US citizens, spouses, lawyers, sponsors, friends, and family members. Additional written information may be presented to the consul if requested during the interview.