The US Embassy is going to simplify the issuance of visas for residents of Kazakhstan, in particular, it is planned to cancel the interview procedure for non-immigrant visas, reports tengrinews.
US Ambassador to Kazakhstan Daniel Rosenblum spoke about the innovations.
In an interview with reporters, Rosenblum explained that the pandemic increased the amount of other work that needed to be done as a priority.
“At the moment there is no proposal to extend the term of the visa. Perhaps this is a matter of the near future. But we continue to discuss with the government of Kazakhstan how we can improve the issuance of visas for the long term with multiple entries. But it must be a two-way entry. Although we, of course, have rules and conditions for issuing visas, we want to encourage Kazakhs to travel to the United States, but we also encourage Americans to visit Kazakhstan, as this is the strongest guarantor of friendly relations between countries, Rosenblum said. – The steps that we are now taking are reducing the waiting time for obtaining a visa. The second question is permission not to come to the interview. So that people can simply apply for non-immigrant visas. We see a big positive impact when Kazakhs and Americans visit each other.”
At the same time, the ambassador noted that the United States needs to be very careful in its visa policy in order to keep citizens safe and prevent any problems.
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“I can't give you an exact percentage, but there have been frequent cases of people leaving on a tourist visa and staying there to work. There was also a problem when people stay longer than their visa. Therefore, during the visa interview, our consuls often ask very difficult questions to make sure that people will act according to the law,” he said.
The ambassador also added that the issue of opening direct flights between Astana and New York is a constant subject of dialogues between the countries.
“Both parties are interested in opening this flight. But, as you understand, this is a very complex issue, there are a lot of rules and regulations that must be observed. In particular, there is a conversation with the US Aviation Association. I don't think it will happen tomorrow or in a month, but we are positive that it will happen soon," Rosenblum said.
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