Due to worldwide technical problems, the U.S. Embassy in Astana and Consulate in Almaty are unable to process applications for U.S. visas that were submitted on or after June 9, 2015. Nonimmigrant visa applicants who submitted the DS-160 application form on or after June 9 should cancel their interview appointments at https://cgifederal.secure.force.com/?language=Russian&country=Kazakhstan. Once the technical problems are resolved, applicants will be able to reschedule an interview appointment.
What is a visa?
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?
Kazakhstani citizens, like citizens of most countries, require a visa to enter the United States. Citizens of certain countries may enter the United States without a visa if they are traveling for pleasure, business or in transit and they meet certain other requirements. Click here for more information on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).
Types of visas
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.