Non-immigrant visas are required for travelers who wish to visit the United States temporarily for tourism, business, studies or cultural exchanges. Non-immigrant visa applicants are required to schedule an appointment for an interview with a U.S. Consular officer. Interviews are by appointment only. The Embassy does not accept walk-in applications.
Do not schedule an appointment or submit your application until you have read the following information. Incomplete visa applications considerably delay the application process.
| --- ATTENTION --- Starting May 15, 2006 due to procedural changes your visa will be ready at 16:00 on the NEXT working day after your interview day.
APPLYING FOR A VISA
To apply for a non-immigrant visa to the United States, follow these steps:
Interviews are usually scheduled for two weeks from the date that you call to make the appointment. For routine visa applications, the visa will be ready at 16:00 on the NEXT working day after your interview day. See the Wait Times links on the right for more detailed information.
Please note that the processing times quoted are averages and cannot be guaranteed. Many additional factors, such as the need for additional documentation, special clearances, incomplete applications, and fraud investigations may influence the processing of individual visa cases. Therefore, the actual processing time will vary based on the individual circumstances of each case.
You should never pay for travel arrangements before having a visa in your possession. The U.S. Embassy Consular Section accepts no responsibility if you do so, nor will we expedite visa processing because you have fixed travel dates. If you need an expedited interview, please follow the instructions here.
GENERAL VISA INFORMATION
Some of the information printed on the visa is the category, the expiration date, and the number of entries allowed. The expiration date means the last day when you can ENTER the USA. Upon arrival in the United States, the U.S. Immigration officer at the port of entry determines the duration of your stay.
There are two fees for the issuance of non-immigrant Visas:
- VISA PROCESSING FEE: $100 for each applicant, including children
- VISA ISSUANCE FEE for Kazakhstani citizens:
|Type of Visa
||Visa Processing Fee
||Visa Issuance Fee|
|1-year, multiple entry visa
|Children under 16, students
The Visa Processing Fee must be paid at the time of your interview and the Visa Issuance Fee, if any, must be paid before the visa will be issued. All visa fees must be paid in U.S. dollars.
If you are refused a visa, you can apply again as soon as the next day. However, we do not recommend re-applying without any additional or new information that can demonstrate your strong social and economic ties to Kazakhstan or changed circumstances of your life.
If you are denied a visa, the $100 Visa Processing Fee will not be refunded.
For more information about visa refusals under 214(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, please refer to Visa Denials at travel.state.gov.