Consulates May Waive Visa Interviews for Certain Renewals

As part of its efforts to accommodate applicants impacted by the covid pandemic and speed up its case backlog, the Department of State has been allowing some nonimmigrant visa interviews to be waived since August 2020.

Before Covid, consular officers may waive the in-person interview requirement for individuals applying for a nonimmigrant visa in the same classification as long as the previous visa expired within 12 months.

DOS later expanded the interview waiver eligibility to include nonimmigrant visas that expired within 24 months.

As of March 11, 2021, DOS has further extended its policy until December 31, 2021, to now include applicants who nonimmigrant visa expired within 48 months.