US Embassy Announces Interview Waiver Process for Visa Renewal

The US Embassy in India has introduced an interview waiver process for travelers looking to renew their US visas. Eligible applicants with clearance received or department authorization on their previous visas can now avoid an in-person interview.

In a recent announcement, the US Embassy in India has shared that travellers looking to renew their US visas can now take advantage of the interview waiver process. This new update has been introduced as part of the Department of State’s ongoing efforts to make the visa application process more efficient and streamlined.

However, this is only applicable to those who have previously received the annotation “Clearance Received” or “Department Authorization” on their visas.


“More good news for U.S. visa renewals! Travellers with “clearance received” or “department authorization” on their previous visas can now use the interview waiver process to apply for a new visa. For additional interview waiver criteria, please see our website,” said the US Embassy in India in an official Tweet.

Interview Waiver Process Saves Time and Reduces Stress

Many travellers who were previously required to attend an in-person interview at the US Embassy or Consulate will be relieved by the interview waiver process. This procedure not only saves time but also alleviates the stress of having to go through the visa application process again.

Eligibility Criteria for Interview Waiver Process

Applicants must renew their visa in the same category within 48 months of expiration to be eligible for the interview waiver process.

Consular officers have the authority to waive the in-person interview requirement for travellers applying for F, H-1, H-3, H-4, non-blanket L, M, O, P, Q, and academic J visas who have previously been issued any type of visa, as long as they apply for a visa in their country of nationality or residence.

Not Applicable for Applicants with Previous Refusals

It is important to note that this authorization does not apply to applicants who have previously received a refusal that has not been waived or overcome. If additional information is needed from applicants, adjudicating consular officers may request an in-person interview.


Important Note for Interview Waiver Applicants

For those applying through the interview waiver process, it is important to note that it may take up to three weeks from the time a passport has been accepted at the Visa Application Center until the passport is delivered or they are notified that the passport is ready for pickup.

During this period, it will not be possible to withdraw the passport or expedite the processing under any circumstances.

In conclusion, this new update to the interview waiver process is great news for travellers who want to renew their US visas quickly and easily. For additional interview waiver criteria and information, applicants are advised to visit the US Embassy’s website.

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