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Visa Interview Waiver Program for Non-immigrant Visas

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Most applicants require in-person interviews with a U.S. Consular Officer when applying for a visa.  However, certain applicants may not require in-person interviews for non-immigrant visas and may apply by using the drop box service. This is a result of the Executive Order signed by President Obama in January 2012 to significantly increase legitimate travel and tourism to the United States.

Under a new initiative, in select circumstances, qualified foreign visitors who were interviewed and thoroughly screened in conjunction with a prior visa application may be eligible to renew their visas without undergoing another interview.

This pilot program permits consular officers to waive interviews for qualified non-immigrant applicants worldwide who are renewing their B1/B2 visa within 47 months of the expiration of their previously held visa, and within the same classification as the previous visa.

Embassies and Consulates have begun implementing this pilot program immediately in Russia, Beijing, Mexico,  and now three days ago in Delhi.

This program does not entitle any applicant to a waiver of personal appearance. Consular officers will retain the authority to interview any applicant who they determine requires a personal appearance.

MLG will continue to monitor developments in this area and update our readers as to new posts implementing this program.

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Written by MithrasLaw

March 29, 2012 at 8:20 am

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