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Non-Immigrant Visas

General Information

Applying for a Visa in Ashgabat

To apply for a non-immigrant visa to the United States, follow these steps:

Additional documents may be required, based on the type of visa for which you are applying. For example, students should have their original I-20 or DS-2019 and proof of SEVIS fee payment. However, please be aware that documents only support a visa application. A visa is neither issued nor refused based solely on documentation.

Click here for more on making appointments for visa interviews.

Issued visas not requiring additional processing will usually be ready for pick-up at 11:00 on the NEXT working day after your interview. Some applications will require additional processing prior to issuance. The amount of time required varies based on the individual circumstances of each case. Please do not purchase airline tickets before receiving a visa.

Visa Validity

The expiration of the visa date is the last day when you can ENTER the USA. Upon arrival in the United States, the U.S. Immigration officer at the port of entry determines the duration of your stay.

Fees for Non-Immigrant Visas

All applicants for visitor and student visas, including children, are required to pay the $160 application fee. The payment is made at the Embassy on the day of your interview via appointment. Please note that the application fee is non-refundable.

Approved applicants who wish to obtain visas with longer validity have the option of paying an additional issuance fee. Issuance fees for citizens of Turkmenistan are as follows: 

Number of EntriesLength of ValidityIssuance Fee
Multiple Entries Three months No Additional Fee
Multiple Entries Six Months $115.00
Multiple Entries Twelve Months $355.00

Visa Refusals

If you are refused a visa, you may apply again. However, we do not recommend re-applying without additional information to demonstrate your strong social and economic ties to Turkmenistan or changed life circumstances. If you are denied a visa, the Visa Processing Fee will not be refunded.

For more information about visa refusals under 214(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, please refer to Visa Denials at