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Updates on Operational Status

12 August 2014
  • We have made significant progress and issued most of the worldwide backlog of nonimmigrant visa cases.  We are working to bring the Consular Consolidated Database back to full operational capacity.
  • We continue to prioritize immigrant visas, adoption cases, and emergency nonimmigrant visa cases.  We are printing visas for these cases and all cases with very few delays.
  • Please check with the embassy or consulate where you will apply for additional information.   


The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia is at the service of both American citizens and Mongolian nationals.  The Embassy is located just off of Big Ring Road in the 11th Micro-district, next to the Laotian Embassy.

All applicants should arrive at the scheduled appointment time and bring their photo ID (civil ID / driver’s license).

To contact the Consular section for information on Non-Immigrant visas you may send an email to

To inquire about Immigrant visa issues, please email us at

To report fraudulent activity or problems with a visa broker, please email us at

Please note that Consular Section won't be discussing any visa related issues on the phone. All correspondence should be only through e-mails.

Next Steps on DOMA - Same-Sex Marriages Now Valid for Immigration Purposes

Now that the Supreme Court has found section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional, President Obama has directed the Attorney General to work with other members of his Cabinet to review all relevant federal statutes to ensure this decision, including its implications for Federal benefits and obligations, is implemented swiftly and smoothly.  We recognize the significance  of this decision for affected families, and we are working to implement policy and procedural changes as soon as possible.  Effective immediately, U.S. embassies and consulates, including the U.S. Embassy in Mongolia, can accept visa applications filed on behalf of same-sex spouses and partners.  Specifically, a same-sex marriage is now valid for immigration purposes, as long as the marriage is recognized in the place of celebration.  Same-sex spouses and their children are equally eligible for non-immigrant (NIV) derivative visas, and same-sex partners of U.S. citizens may apply for fiance non-immigrant (K-1) visas.

The Department of State is working with the Department of Justice to review all relevant statutes and regulations that affect visa processing and immigration benefits.  For more information on submitting a visa application, you can visit  Further, if you have any questions regarding this change in policy and what it may mean for you and/or your partner, please email us at  


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  • Do not believe any e-mail claiming that you have won DV/Green Card

    The Department of State wants to emphasize that the Bureau of Consular Affairs never provides notification of DV selection via e-mail. For DV-2012, notification of selection will only be made through Entry Status Check on the E-DV website

    You should not believe any malicious e-mail sent by criminal operators who seek to defraud individuals of their money claiming that you have been selected to apply for a visa under the Diversity Visa program.

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