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Visas to the U.S.

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Non-Immigrant Visas
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What is a visa?

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A visa is issued by a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. A visa entitles the holder to travel to the United States and apply for admission. It does not guarantee entry. An immigration inspector at the port of entry determines the visa holder's eligibility for admission into the United States and their length of stay.

Who needs a visa?

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Kazakhstani citizens, like citizens of many countries, require a visa to enter the United States, unless they qualify under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).

Types of visas

U.S. Flag thumbnail Non-Immigrant Visas are for people with permanent residence outside the United States, but who wish to go to the U.S. on a temporary basis - for tourism, business, medical treatment, temporary work, or study.

Immigrant Visas are required by anyone seeking to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States. Upon entry into the United States, an immigrant visa holder is processed for a Permanent Resident Card (I-551), commonly known as a Green Card.


Recent legislation has led to changes in the procedures American citizens resident abroad will follow if they wish to sponsor an immediate relative (spouse, parent or minor child) for an immigrant visa.  Effective immediately, the immediate relative petition (I-130) must be filed with the USCIS office responsible for the petitioner's place of residence (that is, the place of residence of the American citizen who is filing the petition).  Consular offices at U.S. embassies and consulates are no longer authorized to accept I-130s, although they will continue to provide guidance to American citizen petitioners and their family members. Responsibility for acceptance and approval of immigrant visa petitions rests solely with USCIS.  American citizens should submit their I-130 at the CIS office responsible for their place of residence. USCIS contact information may be found on their webpage at www.uscis.gov.  USCIS can be reached through their National Customer Service Center (NCSC) at 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833).  The USCIS Ombudsman may be contacted at [email protected]

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Contact Consul

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Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs
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U.S. Government Agencies
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US Customs & Border Protection
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