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STATUS OF VISA PROCESSING AT THE U.S. EMBASSY IN KATHMANDU

September 30, 2022

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to reopen our full visa operations and facilitate travel between the United States and Nepal in a manner that is safe for both our applicants and our staff. Please continue to monitor our website for further updates. Additional information on the resumption of visa services is available on the travel.state.gov   “Visa Services Operating Status Update  ” information page.

Applicants entering the Embassy must wear a face mask at all times and follow social distancing protocols.  Any applicant with symptoms, such a cough, sore throat, or fever must reschedule their interview. Applicants should comply with any quarantine requirements they are subject to in Nepal.

REQUIREMENTS FOR AIR TRAVELERS TO THE U.S.:  Effective Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. EDT, the CDC rescinded its Order requiring all airline or other aircraft passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 to board any aircraft destined to the United States from a foreign country.  Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen and nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers .

IMMIGRANT VISAS

Our consular section is processing all categories of Immigrant Visas, including those for immediate relatives and fiancés of U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), Returning Residents, Employment-based visas and others as capacity allows.

DV2020 and DV2021: The Department of State is aware of the various court orders regarding the reservation and adjudication of DV-2020 and DV-2021 diversity visas. As information becomes available, guidance will be published on travel.state.gov  .  Please see additional information here  .

Changes to Vaccination Requirements for Immigrant Visa Applicants: Effective October 1, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Technical Instructions for panel physicians require all immigrant visa applicants to receive a full COVID-19 vaccine series as part of their medical exam prior to being issued a visa.  The CDC requires the COVID-19 vaccine to be approved through either the World Health Organization (WHO) or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). CDC’s technical instructions can be found here  .  The Department of State encourages all immigrant visa applicants to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible to not experience delays in their visa processing.

NONIMMIGRANT VISAS

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The consular section is processing nonimmigrant visas in the below limited circumstances and according to capacity:

  • B1/B2 and certain F, M, J, H, and non-blanket L visas   that can be renewed/issued without an interview (please see the eligibility criteria and instructions here  );
  • Diplomatic and official visas;
  • C1/D appointments for air and sea crewmembers;
  • F, M, and J student and exchange visitor visas;
  • Petition-based work visas;
  • Limited B1/B2 visa appointments with priority given to applicants who were eligible and applied for renewal via interview waiver but were required to schedule an appointment, and
  • Other nonimmigrant visas in emergency situations.

Fee validity: All nonimmigrant visa application fee (also known as the MRV fee) payments made on or after October 1, 2022, are valid for 365 days from the date a receipt is issued for payment of the MRV fee.  Applicants must schedule an interview appointment or submit an interview waiver application during this 365-day period.  Please note applicants must only schedule their interview or submit their waiver application within the 365-day period.  There is no requirement the interview must occur during the 365-day period.  All receipts for payment of MRV fees issued before October 1, 2022, were extended until September 30, 2023, and remain valid until this date.

Expedited/Emergency Appointments:  If an applicant has an emergency or other urgent need to travel, please follow the guidance provided here  to request an expedited appointment. Requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and appointment space is limited.

Vaccine Requirements: Starting on November 8, 2021 foreign national air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to fly to the United States, with only limited exceptions.  Additional information is available here  .

Information for visa applicants regarding COVID-19:

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to reopen our full visa operations and facilitate travel between the United States and Nepal in a manner that is safe for both our applicants and our staff.

What is a Visa?

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship or nationality.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel under the Visa Waiver Program.  The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.  If you cannot find what you are looking for here, please visit Travel.State.gov for additional information.

Note: U.S. citizens do not need a U.S. visa for travel to the United States, but when planning travel abroad a U.S. citizen may need a visa issued by the embassy or consulate of the country they wish to visit.

Do You Already Know What Type of Visa You Need?

For nonimmigrant visas, you can go directly to the online application for the DS-160; or for immigrant visas, directly to the USCIS site for the relevant forms.  If you are unsure, please use the Visa Wizard below to help you determine your visa type.

To make an appointment request for a service for Legal Permanent Residents, please send appointment requests to ConsKTM@state.gov  

To report instances of fake documents, fraudulent visa applications, or visa scams, please e-mail FraudKTM@state.gov

For all other visa inquiries, please e-mail support-nepal@ustraveldocs.com or call +977 9801208392 to speak with a representative. Additional contact information can be found here: https://www.ustraveldocs.com/np/np-main-contactus.asp#ContactInformation

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