It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide all necessary information and documentation for the Consular officer to make an appropriate decision. During the interview, each applicant should be prepared to explain to the Consul the purpose of the intended trip and present evidence of sufficient funds. Applicants also need to convince the Consul that they have strong and permanent ties to Uzbekistan, such as a family, job, property, etc., which would demonstrate their intent to return to Uzbekistan after their stay in the United States. Applicants who have not been residing in Uzbekistan for at least six months are recommended to apply in their country of permanent residence where they would be better prepared to present evidence of their social and economic ties.
Personal Appearance of Applicants in the Non-Immigrant Visa Interview
All applicants must appear in person for the non-immigrant visa interview. Applicants under the age of 16 may bring a parent or official representative with them. All accompanying adults must also sign up for an appointment. This is true even if the accompanying adults are not applying for visas themselves. In order to schedule an appointment, the accompanying adult must send an E-mail message to the Consular Section at ConsularTashkent@state.gov and request scheduling an appointment for the same date and time as the minor they will be accompanying.
For applicants over the age of 16, interested parties – including immediate family members, American friends, lawyers, and others are not allowed to be present at the interview.
Prior to the interview, all applicants between the ages of 14 and 79 must complete the fingerscanning process. This is done at the Consular Section at the beginning of the interview.
All applicants seeking “U” non-immigrant status, both principal and derivative, between the ages of 14 and 79, who are overseas, receive a Notice of Action instructing them to report to the nearest overseas USCIS office, U.S. Embassy or Consulate, or U.S. military installation in order to have fingerprints taken for the FBI criminal record check. USCIS cannot adjudicate any “U” non-immigrant petition for an alien abroad without first receiving the alien’s biometric information. As there is no Department of Homeland Security office in Uzbekistan, the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent will provide you this service. Please contact us to make an appointment for collection of biometrics. There is no fee for this service. Please be prepared to present the USCIS Notice of Action, FD-258 Fingerprint Card and proof of identification. Once the finger prints are taken, the Consular Section will mail them directly to the USCIS Vermont Service Center.
In majority of cases, Consular Officers inform the applicants of their decision at the end of the interview. If the visa is issued, the applicants may normally collect the passport with the visa the next business day at 3:30 pm. They need to bring their receipts confirming the payment of the application processing fee.
However, in some instances, Consular Officers may request additional documents or information to be provided in order to make a decision. In others, the nature of the application may require additional processing which will take some time. Therefore, the Consular Section strongly encourages applying for visas as early as possible to avoid last minute delays. It is usually not a good practice to reserve or purchase plane tickets before the visa is issued and received from the Consular Section.
Please visit the website of the Bureau of Consular Affair’s website for information on visas and visa procedures.
How to Apply
- Prepare the required documents. Please be aware that different documents are required for different categories of visitor visas. Please note that a new DS-160 application form must be completed each time an applicant applies for a visa.
- Make an appointment using the online appointment system for nonimmigrant visa interviews. If you wish to renew your visa, you may apply under Interview Waiver Program. Appointments for application under IWP are only accepted on Mondays at 14:00. Please, see our webpage for the Interview Waiver Program to find if you are eligible under this program.
- Consider other recommended documents that that might help you prove your economic and social ties to your home country. Please note that Consuls will only review documents other than those that are required that they find useful during an interview.
- Come to your interview on time. Applicants who are late to their interview or those who do not have all required documents will not be interviewed. Please do not bring any electronic devices (i.e. cell phones, players, flash drives) to your interview.
- All applicants, including children, are required to pay the application fee. This payment is only made on the United States Embassy grounds through the Consular cashier, using currency in good condition and with exact change. This payment may only be made with U.S. dollars. The Consular Section no longer accepts Uzbek soum for payment. Applicants should keep in mind that the application fee is not refunded in the event of a visa refusal.
- Have an interview with the Consul.
How to Contact Us
3 Moyqorghon Street, 5th Block, Yunusobod District
100093, Tashkent, Republic of Uzbekistan
Consular Section E-mail: ConsularTashkent@state.gov
All requests for expedited appointments, questions regarding nonimmigrant visas and processes involved in applying for them may be addressed to this address. All E-mail inquiries will be processed within five business days.