As we enter the busy summer travel season, the Consular Section reminds travelers to apply early for their U.S. visas. As of this writing (March 22nd, 2013) the current wait to sign up for a visa interview is three weeks/15 business days. We are also unable to accept requests for expedited appointments at this time.
Beginning April 13, 2012, non-immigrant visa application fees will increase. Petition-based non-immigrant visas, including H, L, O, P, Q, and R visas, will increase to $190. The visa application fee for all other categories (except E visas), including B-1/B-2, C, D, F, and J visas will increase to $160.
Temporary Visitors to the U.S.
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 biometrics processing procedures, the Consular Section is unable to issue visas the day of the interview. All applicants are encouraged to apply for visas well in advance. Appointments cannot be expedited simply because you purchased your tickets. You should not buy your plane tickets unless you have a valid visa in your possession.
Applying for a Visa in Bishkek
To apply for a non-immigrant visa to the United States, follow these steps:
Step 1. Check your Passport
- 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 1 month in March, your passport must be valid at least through October).
- Your passport must have at least one blank visa page.
Step 2. Visit https://evisaforms.state.gov/default.asp?postcode=bkk&appcode=3 to fill out an application form, and make an appointment.
Step 3. Come to an Interview with a Consular officer.
Step 4. Receive Your Passport And Visa at the Consular section, U.S. Embassy in Bishkek. Please bring valid photo ID.
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.
What is on your Visa
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 Issuance fee for Kyrgyz citizens:
|Type of Visa||Visa Processing Fee
3 months single entry
12 months multiple entry
|H, L, O, P, Q, R||$190||6 months multiple entry
12 months multiple entry
All visa fees must be paid in U.S. dollars or Kyrgyz som based on the exchange rate established by the U.S. embassy. 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.
If you are refused a visa, you can apply again. However, we do not recommend re-applying without additional or new information that can demonstrate your strong social and economic ties to Kyrgyzstan or changed circumstances of your life.
If you are refused a visa, the Visa Processing Fee will not be refunded.
Notice for Foreign Citizens/Residents
Visa applicants that are not citizens or documented residents of the Kyrgyz Republic should not make online appointments. Instead they are required to request visa appointments via e-mail at Consularbishkek@State.gov
E-mail requests should specify full name, passport number and DS-160 barcode. Electronic appointments of such individuals will be deleted. This does not apply to foreigners that live, work, or study in the Kyrgyz Republic.