U.S. Consulate General Almaty, Kazakhstan - ATA


Please follow the steps below before your immigrant visa interview at the U.S. Consulate in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Step 1: Get a medical exam

As soon as you receive your appointment date, you must schedule a medical exam. Click the “Medical Exam Instructions” button below for a list of designated doctors’ offices in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. Please schedule and attend a medical exam with one of these doctors before your interview.

Medical Exam Instructions >>


Step 2: Complete your pre-interview checklist

It is important that you bring all required original documents to your interview. We’ve created a checklist that will tell you what to bring. Please print the checklist below and bring it to your interview along with the listed documents.

Pre-Interview Checklist >>


Step 3: Review interview guidelines

Read our interview guidelines to learn about any special actions that you need to take before your visa interview.  

 

Interview Guidelines >>


Medical Exam Instructions

All immigrant visa applicants, regardless of age, require a medical examination prior to the issuance of a visa. Only a physician accredited by the U.S. Consulate can perform this exam. It is your responsibility to schedule a medical exam with one of the doctors listed below before your visa interview at the U.S. Consulate. Medical examination results from other physicians will not be accepted.

Almaty

IMC - International Medical Center
235, Mukanov st, Almaty
311a Gagarin Ave, Almaty
Telephone: +7 (727) 378-64-64

SOS Clinic
11 Luganskogo St., Almaty
Telephone: +7 (727) 258-19-11
Email: alaopsmed@internationalsos.com
Website: www.internationalsos.com

Please click here for instructions in English and
Russian for visa applicants from SOS Clinic.
(PDF)

Dushanbe

Prospekt Medical Clinic
34, Foteh Niyezi St., Dushanbe
Phone: +992 48 702 44 00, +992 48 702 44 22,
+992 39 570 99 04,
 E-mail: prospekt-clinic@tajnet.tj or
reception.prospekt@tajnet.tj
Website: www.prospektclinic.tj/

Items to bring to your medical examination


The doctor will need the following items to complete the medical exam forms:

  • Your visa interview appointment letter
  • Your passport
  • Recently taken passport-sized color photographs (refer to physician's website for instructions)
    • If you are taking your medical exam at IMC, you will need two (2) recently taken passport-sized color photographs
    • If you are taking your medical exam at SOS Clinic or Prospekt Medical Clinic, you will need one (1) recently taken passport-sized color photograph
  • A copy of your immunization records
  • DS-260 confirmation page

All medical examination fees, including x-ray and blood test fees, must be paid directly to the examining physician. The basic fees for the medical exam are as follows. Vaccinations and follow-on tests may require additional fees. Click on the clinic names below for details:
 

Almaty

IMC- International Medical Center
Adults (age 15+ years) 50 000 KZT
Children (under 15) 30 000 KZT

SOS Clinic
Adults (age 15+ years) 184USD
Children (under 15) 124USD

Please click here for instructions in English and
Russian for visa applicants from SOS Clinic.
(PDF)

 

Dushanbe

Prospekt Medical Clinic
Adults (age 15+ years) 1800 TJS
Children (under 15) 1200 TJS
Only local currency is accepted here.

During the medical exam


The medical examination will include a medical history review, physical examination, and chest X-ray and blood tests (for applicants 15 years of age or older). The United States also requires tuberculosis (TB) testing for all applicants two years of age and older. Please be prepared to discuss your medical history, medications you are taking, and current treatments you are undergoing. More information on general medical requirements for U.S. immigrants is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

U.S. immigration law requires immigrant visa applicants to obtain certain vaccinations prior to the issuance of a visa. Current immigrant visa vaccination requirements are available on the Centers for Disease Control website. You can also read Frequently Asked Questions about our medical examination requirements online. 

After the medical exam


When your examination is completed, the doctor will either provide you with exam results in a sealed envelope, or send them directly to the U.S. Consulate. IF GIVEN AN ENVELOPE TO CARRY TO YOUR INTERVIEW, DO NOT OPEN THIS ENVELOPE. Instead, bring it to your visa interview. 

Any x-rays taken will be given to you. You DO NOT need to bring the x-rays to your visa interview unless you suffer from tuberculosis (TB). However, you must carry the x-rays with you when you travel to the United States for the first time. The medical report must be less than six (6) months old when you enter the United States as an immigrant. 

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Pre-Interview checklist

Please use the list below to determine the items that every applicant must bring to the immigrant visa interview:

A copy of your NVC interview letter (does not apply to Diversity Visa, fiancé(e), adoptive, or asylee/refugee applicants).

Unexpired passport valid for six months beyond your intended date of entry to the United States and a photocopy of the biographic page (where your name and photo are located).

Two (2) color passport-size photographs of each person applying for a visa (5 cm x 5 cm, or 2 inch x 2 inch). Please review our online photo requirements.

Confirmation page from the Form DS-260 Application for an Immigrant Visa you submitted online at ceac.state.gov/iv.

Confirmation page of your registered delivery address. Registration is free. Please see Registration Instructions

Your original birth certificate, notarized English translation, and a photocopy

Medical examination results in a sealed envelope (if the physician gives you these results).

Original birth certificates for spose and children of the principal applicant (even if he or she is not accompanying).

Applicants who fall into any category listed in italics below should bring these additional documents:

For family-based visa applications:

  • The appropriate Form I-864 Affidavit of Support for each financial sponsor along with a photocopy of the sponsor’s IRS transcript or most recent U.S. federal income tax return, and any relevant W-2s.

  • Proof of your U.S. petitioner’s status and domicile in the United States (photocopy of a U.S. passport, naturalization certificate, or lawful permanent resident card).

  • Evidence of the relationship between the petitioner and visa applicant: for parents of U.S. citizens – original birth certificate of the petitioner. If you are applying for a spouse or fiancé visa, bring evidence to demonstrate your relationship with the petitioner, such as photos, letters, emails and chat printouts, money transfer receipts, etc., from the beginning of your relationship to the present.

If you are married: Your original marriage certificate, notarized English translation, and a photocopy.

If you were previously married: Your original divorce or spouse’s death certificate, notarized English translation, and a photocopy.

If you are older than 16 years of age: The original police certificate from your country of current residence and countries of previous residence. If these three items are all true, you must bring a more recent police certificate to the interview:

1. You are older than 16 years;
2. You obtained a police certificate more than one year ago; and
3. You still live in the country that issued the police certificate.

For employment-based visa applications: Letter from your U.S. employer dated less than one month ago.

If you have ever been convicted of a crime: Court and criminal records, notarized English translation, and a photocopy.

If you have served in any country’s military: Military records, notarized English translation, and a photocopy.

If you are adopted: Adoption papers or custody documents, notarized English translation, and a photocopy.

If you are the petitioner’s stepchild: The original marriage certificate of the petitioner and your biological parent, notarized English translation, and a photocopy along with divorce records for any previous marriages of either parent.

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Interview Guidelines

Rescheduling or cancelling your interview


If you are unable to attend your appointment, please email usakz@state.gov. There may be a significant wait before the next available appointment, so please attempt to attend the date already assigned. For some family-based and employment preference visa categories, a visa became available within the month you have been scheduled by NVC. DV applicants should be aware that visas are numerically limited and must be issued by September 30 of the program year. There is no guarantee that a visa will still be available on the date of your rescheduled interview. Please carefully consult the Visa Bulletin before you decide to reschedule your interview.

Arrival at the consulate and security screening procedures


All visitors to the U.S. Consulate in Almaty must follow certain security procedures. Any visitor who declines to be screened by U.S. Consulate security personnel will be unable to enter the consulate. To avoid delaying your entry and that of those in line behind you, please bring only what is required for your interview. When you arrive at the consulate, go to Entrance A2. Show your appointment letter and passport to the security guard. Please arrive 20 minutes before your appointment.

Accompanying persons


The following persons may accompany a visa applicant to their interview:

  • Interpreter: Applicants may bring ONE interpreter if they do not speak English, Kazakh, or Russian well enough to participate in an interview.
  • Special Needs Visitors: Applicants may bring ONE person to help if they are elderly, disabled, or a minor child.

Attorneys are not permitted to accompany clients into the waiting room or to their interview.

Immigrant visa fees


If you have not paid all required fees to the National Visa Center, please be prepared to pay these fees on the day of your interview. All fees must be paid in U.S. dollars. We accept cash and credit cards only (K1 visa applicants may pay only cash). Please note that if you are found ineligible to receive a visa, the application fee cannot be refunded. A complete list of fees can be found on our Fees for Visa Services webpage.

Do not make travel plans outside of Kazakhstan


If your visa is approved, we will keep your passport at the consulate while we prepare your immigration packet and print a visa for your passport. We will usually return your passport to you within one week. If you have to travel within Kazakhstan while your passport is still with us, please make sure you have a valid picture ID other than your passport.

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After Your Visa Interview

A consular officer can make a decision on a visa application only after reviewing the formal application and interviewing the applicant. There is no guarantee that you will receive a visa. Do not sell your house, car or property, resign from your job or make non-refundable flight or other travel arrangements until you have received your immigrant visa.

If more information is needed


Sometimes a consular officer is unable to make a decision on a visa application because he/she needs to review additional documents or the case requires further administrative processing. When additional documents are requested, the consular officer will give you a refusal letter that asks you to submit additional documents. The letter will include instructions on how to submit those documents to the consulate.

Administrative processing takes additional time after the interview. Most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days. However, the timing varies based on the circumstances of each case. Before inquiring about the status of administrative processing, please wait at least 60 days after your interview.

What happens after visa approval


Passport, Visa, and Sealed Immigrant Packet – We will place your immigrant visa on a page in your passport. Please review your visa to make sure there are no spelling errors. We may also give you a sealed envelope containing documents that you must give to U.S. immigration authorities when you arrive in the United States for the first time. Do not open this envelope. You must carry it with you; do not put it in your checked luggage. If you receive X-rays during your medical examination, carry those with you and give them to the U.S. immigration authorities.

USCIS Immigrant Fee – All individuals who are issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a $165.00 Immigrant Fee to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) prior to traveling to the United States. This fee is for processing your residency status and printing your Permanent Resident Card. The only people exempt from paying this fee are: children entering the United States under the Hague Process, returning residents, and people traveling on a K visa.

When You Should Travel – You must enter the United States before the expiration date on your visa, which is usually six months from the date of your medical exam. Your visa cannot be extended and all fees are nonrefundable. The principal applicant must enter before or at the same time as other family members with visas. Children who turn 21 years old after visa issuance must enter the United States before they turn 21 years old; otherwise they will lose their immigrant status.

Getting a Green Card – Your Form I-551 Permanent Resident Card, also known as a green card, will be automatically mailed to the address in the United States that you write in your visa application form. This is a very important document that proves you have permission to reside in the United States. Do not travel outside of the United States until you receive your Permanent Resident Card. Once your card is issued, you should not stay outside of the United States for more than one year. If you do, you will lose your status as a Lawful Permanent Resident.

Children’s Issues – Children are required to have certain vaccinations before they can enroll in school in the United States. Therefore, we recommend that you bring your child’s complete vaccination records with you to the United States. Additionally, if your child is adopted, you have full custody as a result of a divorce, or you share custody with the child’s other parent, we recommend that you bring a copy of all applicable adoption or custodial papers from the authoritative court in your home country. You will likely need these papers (translated into English) in the United States for issues such as school enrollment, medical care, and eventual citizenship.

Information for New Immigrants – Please visit the USCIS web page for helpful information on moving to the United States. You can read their publication “Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants” online.

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Diversity Visa Applicants - Additional Information

If you are interviewing for a Diversity Visa (DV), all of the above instructions apply to you. Please schedule and attend a medical examination prior to your visa interview; and gather the required documents.

Below are additional instructions that apply only to DV applicants.

Bring to your interview


In addition to the documents listed on the Pre-Interview Checklist in this package, DV applicants should also bring the following items to your visa interview:

  • Appointment information printed from the “Entrant Status Check” on the E-DV website.
  • Documents showing that you have, at minimum, either a qualifying high school education OR have two years of qualifying work experience in the last five years immediately prior to application (for the principal applicant only; more information is available online).
  • Payment in cash of the $330 Diversity Visa Application Fee.

Review your DV Lottery entry


Prior to your visa interview, we recommend that you review the data on your initial E-DV entry. On your initial E-DV application, you must have correctly entered all required information, including your full legal name, date of birth, gender and your marital status. If you are legally married you must have listed your spouse, even if you are currently separated from him/her (unless your spouse is a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident).

Additionally, you must have listed ALL of your living children who are unmarried and under 21 years old. This includes your natural children, your spouse’s children, or children you have formally adopted in accordance with the laws of your country.

Failure to have listed an existing spouse or children or errors in your personal data at the time of your entry in the Diversity Visa lottery will result in the denial of your visa and visas for your family. Any fees paid to the U.S. government in support of your visa application(s) are nonrefundable. If you failed to include a child who had already been born, or a spouse to whom you were married when you entered the lottery, you should not proceed with the visa application. You can review the eligibility requirements online.

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Last Updated: 1/13/2020

Contact Information

U.S. Consulate General Almaty

97 Zholdasbekov St.
Samal Towers
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Telephone
(727) 2504900 Mondays & Wednesdays 9 a.m. to noon
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