Nonresidents of Tajikistan:
Please note that nonresidents may only register for appointments on the following dates:  September 14, 28; October 12, 26;  November 2, 9;  December 7, 14.  Appointments made by nonresidents on any other day will be cancelled.

Residents of Tajikistan:
Please note that residents may not register for appointments on days designated for nonresidents. Appointments made on those dates will be cancelled.

The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law.  As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.  You do not need to use the services of a professional company to prepare your application.  For more detailed instructions on the application process, refer to the links below.

See our Directory of Visa Categories on to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.

Appointment dates are available using the online calendar at the Embassy’s website.  While children younger than 14 are not required to appear at the Embassy, each member of a family or group intending to travel together must schedule an individual appointment.  Parents attending an appointment on behalf of children under 14 years old must send an email using our Visa Navigator beforehand in order to be admitted to the Embassy.

Please, read important NOTICE on Visas for Children.

Expedited appointments are offered on a limited basis.  More information about qualifying for and requesting an expedited appointment is available here.

The Department of State is committed to facilitating legitimate travel to the United States for both immigrant and nonimmigrant travelers.

The Department of State published a Final Rule regarding changes to certain nonimmigrant visa (NIV) application processing fees. These changes were published in the Federal Register on March 28, 2023, and will be effective on May 30, 2023. The fee for visitor visas for business or tourism (B1/B2s) and other non-petition based NIVs such as student and exchange visitor visas, will be $185. The fee for certain petition-based nonimmigrant visas for temporary workers (H, L, O, P, Q, and R categories) will be $205. Additional information about processing fees for all visa classes is available on the Department of State’s website.

Visa application processing fees are set based on the actual cost of providing NIV services and are determined after conducting a study of the cost of these services. The Department uses an Activity-Based Costing (ABC) methodology to calculate, annually, the cost of providing consular services, including visa services. The fees for most non-petition based NIVs were last updated in 2012, and certain other NIV fees were last updated in 2014.

Iranian applicants are advised that the U.S. Embassies in Yerevan, Dubai, and Ankara are designated as Iran-processing posts, and have Farsi-speaking officers who are able to adjudicate the visa applications of Iranian applicants.

Immigrant Visas

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.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.

(Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit.).

The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States.  We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known.  Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.

We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:

  • We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.
  • We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.
  • We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.
  • We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.
  • We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.
  • We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.
  • We will provide information on non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on
  • We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.

Furthermore, if you are a:

  • Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
  • Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.
  • Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.

At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:

  • Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible.
  • Complete your application fully and accurately.
  • Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.
  • Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.

Nonimmigrant visas are required for travelers who wish to visit the United States temporarily for tourism, business, studies or cultural exchanges.  Nonimmigrant visa applicants are required to schedule an appointment for an interview with a United States consular officer.  Interviews are by appointment only.  We do not accept walk-in applicants. 

Visa processing normally takes approximately two working days.  The need for additional administrative processing or incomplete applications, however, may significantly increase the time it takes to process your application. Therefore, appointments should be scheduled at least six weeks prior to your desired departure date.  Airline tickets should not be purchased until you have your visa in your hand.