Nontourist Visa Reciprocity Updates
We are happy to hear that many citizens are pleased with the new, longer visa validities and lower fees for U.S. citizens residing in Nepal on work, student, and press visas. Learn more about the basics of the new visa reciprocity scheme at https://np.usembassy.gov/lower-fees-longer-visas-u-s-workers-students-press-nepal.
The requirements for work, study, and press visas in Nepal remain the same. The visa application or eligibility process have not changed, only the amount of time stamped on the visa at the final step of the process. You can learn more about each visa category by visiting the “Visa Information” tab at http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np.
Most nontourist visa applications begin with a visa recommendation letter issued by a separate government agency, such as the Department of Labor or Department of Education. Visa recommendation letters are generally issued for a short, specific amount of time based on an agency’s policy or your paperwork (e.g., a six-month course of study or a one-year journalism contract). We understand that the Department of Immigration is generally issuing nontourist visas for the maximum allowable validity, even if the visa recommendation letter is for a shorter amount of time. One exception is that students are generally given the option of requesting either a lower-cost short-term visa under the Department of Immigration’s general regulations or a five-year visa for $360 under the U.S.-Nepal agreement.
It is important for visa holders to maintain the appropriate status behind their visa for the duration of their stay and to make sure their status is up-to-date each time they enter Nepal. Please be aware that there is a range of possible consequences for not maintaining the appropriate status, up to and including deportation. Deportation proceedings can include large fines, lengthy jail time, and a ban on returning to Nepal.
If you apply for a long-term nontourist visa, we recommend that you have a U.S. passport with an expiration date beyond the maximum allowable visa validity. If your passport will expire before the end of the maximum visa validity, the Department of Immigration will only issue a visa valid through the passport expiration date. The Department of Immigration has informed us that you are entitled to return at a later date with a renewed passport and claim any “missing” visa validity at no extra cost, but this will require additional visits to the Department of Immigration in the future. You can renew your U.S. passport at any time by following the instructions available at https://np.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passports.
While the Embassy cannot assist in applications for Nepali visas and may not have the answers to all questions, do let us know about your experience if you apply for a visa by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay Safe in Nepal Welcome Email and Changes to the Warden Program
You should have received an email message from us last month providing our new “Stay Safe in Nepal” welcome information and announcing updates to the warden program. Unfortunately some did not receive the PDF file that was attached. If you did not receive the attachment, the PDF is also available on our website at https://np.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/stay-safe-in-nepal-warden-program. We recommend saving the PDF on portable electronic devices and printing hard copies to store in your home, office, and car so that you can connect with your local warden in the event electronic communication is down during a crisis. After you review the welcome email and warden program changes, we would appreciate two minutes of your time to answer a few quick questions at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BDG32P5.
Children’s Home Discussion
Are you involved with a children’s home in Nepal? Do you know U.S. citizens or other expats involved in children’s homes here? If so, let us know if you might be interested in an informal discussion here at the Embassy next month. Whether you’re a volunteer, a manager, or a sponsor, we’d like to learn more about your experience. We also hope this meeting will be a good opportunity for like-minded folks to connect and share best practices.
Some Passport Applications Now Cost $10 More
As of April 2, the passport execution fee increased from $25 to $35 for U.S. passport applicants using the DS-11 form, including first-time applicants over age 16, children under age 16, and applicants who reapply after reporting their previous passport lost or stolen. Accordingly, the total passport fee for such applicants will increase by $10. The price for a minor passport application will increase to $115; a lost and stolen re-application for an adult will increase to $145. Adults renewing their passport using the DS-82 form will not be affected, as they do not require execution under oath. For more details, please visit travel.state.gov.
Voting in the 2018 U.S. Elections
Research your state’s absentee registration and voting process ahead of time or use the simple steps on the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s website, FVAP.gov. If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact Embassy Kathmandu’s Voting Assistance Officer at VoteKathmandu@state.gov.
April 15 is Tax Day! International taxpayers can learn more about their obligations and options at https://www.irs.gov/individuals/international-taxpayers.
Got What It Takes To Be A Diplomat?
Embassy Kathmandu will host the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) on Saturday, June 2, 2018. Visit the Pearson VUE FSOT website to learn more at http://www.pearsonvue.com/fsot. Registration for the test will be open May 2-30.
From The Consular Section
Routine consular services for U.S. citizens are offered by appointment on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons. It is easy to make an online appointment. For needs outside of that schedule, email email@example.com or dial (+977)(1)423-4000 during working hours. After hours or when the Embassy is closed, you can dial the same number to speak with an operator if you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent emergency assistance. You can also dial the analog back-up number (+977)(1)400-7200. Please note that we answer questions concerning visas for travel to the United States only by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.