Step 1. Check the Validity of your Passport
- a) 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).
- b) Your passport must have at least one blank visa page.
Step 2. Complete the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160
Fill out DS-160 Electronic Application Form.
All visa applicants must CAREFULLY double-check information entered on their DS-160 visa application form. Incorrect data will result in significant delays and require a second interview/appointment.
Due to systems processing procedures, the Consular Section is not able to issue visas the day of the interview. All applicants are encouraged to apply for visas well in advance of planned travel to the United States. Appointments cannot be expedited simply because you purchased your tickets. The Consular Section strongly advises that tickets should only be purchased once a traveler has received their nonimmigrant visa.
Please be aware that only the following circumstances will be considered for an expedited appointment: Urgent medical care for yourself or a family member, death of an immediate family member, urgent business when travel needs could not have been predicted in advance, and to begin or resume a program of study when no student visa appointments are available.
All applicants who wish to have an expedited appointment are required first to fill out an electronic application form DS-160, schedule a visa appointment before requesting an expedited appointment and send a request to Consularbishkek@state.gov
Step 3. Collect any Supporting Documentation
Only a passport, DS-160 confirmation page, Appointment confirmation page, a 2 x 2 inch color photo not older than 6 months – with a light or white background ( if not uploaded in the electronic application), and the forms listed in Step 2 are required for the visa interview. Additional documents may be requested to establish if you are qualified. 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 NIV Appointment System. Please, have your DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form Confirmation Number handy. It is located on your DS-160 confirmation page, in bold print.
Step 5. Come to an 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 6. Pay the MRV Fee
On the day of your interview, please pay the following nonrefundable visa application fees: $ 160 for B-1 (Business) and B-2 (Tourism & Visit) nonimmigrant visas; $ 190 for H, L, O, P, Q, and R visas; and $ 205 for E visas. 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: We accept full amount only in one currency either in US dollars or KG soms, we can’t accept $100 and the rest amount in KG soms.
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 issued a B1/ B-2 Tourism & Visit visa, you will need to pay an additional fee of $45.00 for Kyrgyz Nationals. Issuance Fee depends on your nationality. You may check this website for more information on reciprocity
Step 8. Return to Collect your Passport and Visa
If your interview was held and your visa was approved on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, you may come for passport pick up on Friday at 14:30 to Consular section entrance with the payment receipt.
If your interview was held and your visa was approved on a Thursday or Friday, you may come for passport pick up on Wednesday the following week at 14:30 to Consular section entrance with the payment receipt.
Attention: Interview for children under 14
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 travels to the US with his / her close relatives (such as parents or grandparents),
2) The original of the child’s birth certificate is attached to the application.
3) A relative with whom the child travels has a valid American nonimmigrant visa; and
4) The child has a personal travel passport.
Children under 17 years can come for an interview accompanied by an adult.
You cannot bring to the Embassy
• 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, keep in mind that no one can accompany the applicants to the waiting room for an interview. This rule applies to US citizens, spouses, lawyers, sponsors, friends and family members. If anyone wishes to present any information, they must send it to the applicant so that the applicant himself can provide this information to the consul during the interview.
Thank you for understanding.