Nonimmigrant Visas – Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated: September 01, 2021

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul suspended operations on August 31, 2021.  While the U.S. government has withdrawn its personnel from Kabul, we will continue to assist U.S. citizens and their families in Afghanistan from Doha, Qatar.  We will also continue our efforts to help Lawful Permanent Residents, immigrant visa applicants, and the many Afghans who have stood with us over the years, who are seeking to leave Afghanistan, including applicants for Special Immigrant Visas. 

Our commitment to the people of Afghanistan is enduring.  We will continue to press for an orderly transition of power to an inclusive government, especially of women and minorities,  with broad support.  We will use every diplomatic, economic, political, and assistance tool at our disposal to ensure the Taliban honors its commitments to uphold the basic rights of all Afghans and support continued humanitarian access to the country.

Consular services, including visa services, remain available outside Afghanistan.  If you would like to transfer your immigrant visa or special immigrant visa case that is documentarily qualified for consular interview to any U.S. embassy or consulate outside of Afghanistan, please submit your request here:

Please refer to Special Immigrant Visas for Afghans – Who Were Employed by/on Behalf of the U.S. Government ( for more information regarding the SIV process and who to contact with questions. Afghan nationals who are eligible for the SIV program who have not yet done so, are encouraged to submit one complete application package to the National Visa Center ( to facilitate processing in an expeditious manner.

Please continue to monitor official U.S. Government websites, including, for updated information.

Please take the time to review the following frequently asked questions on Nonimmigrant Visas. If, after reviewing the information, your question remains unanswered, submit your question by using our online inquiry form. Please note that if the answer to your inquiry is on this page or in our website, your inquiry will not receive a response.