Through December 31, 2022, you may qualify for an interview waiver for an initial nonimmigrant visa application if you fit in one of these categories:
You may also qualify for an interview waiver, indefinitely, for a nonimmigrant renewal visa application if:
As part of the application process for a visa to the United States, typically you have to complete an in-person interview at a U.S. consulate to show that you are eligible for the visa. However, some applicants may be able to get the interview waived. Using this process is a convenient option for those applying in certain nonimmigrant visa categories or those renewing visas in the same nonimmigrant category and can reduce the hassle and anxiety of an in-person interview with a consular officer.
As a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Department of State has expanded the eligibility for a nonimmigrant visa interview waiver.
If you believe you are eligible for an interview waiver, you will need to review your local U.S. consulate’s website or appointment scheduling website to determine what is required to apply for a waiver. Typically, consulates require you to schedule an appointment to drop off or allow you to mail in the following documents: DS-160 confirmation page, a valid passport, pre-paid courier packaging for passport/document return, the fee receipt, two passport style photographs, and the visa petition approval notice (such as Form I-797 approval notice). Be advised: As procedures will vary from consulate to consulate around the world and the consulate has discretion to require an interview of any visa applicant, you should consult an immigration attorney to discuss how to file and whether you may qualify for a waiver.
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