Nonimmigrant Visa Interview
Many foreign nationals approved for nonimmigrant visas through U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) are required to attend an in-person interview at a US Consulate or Embassy and obtain a visa in their passport to enter the United States. The purpose of the interview is to verify information in the application and ask questions about eligibility for the visa. Many consular posts have an interview waiver procedure that permits certain nonimmigrant visa applicants to obtain a visa without an in-person interview. Interview waiver procedures vary by consular post and can be verified on your local consulate’s website. The consulate has the discretion to require an interview of any applicant no matter the circumstances.
Are you Eligible for an Interview Waiver?
Under the current interview waiver eligibility requirements, nonimmigrant visa applicants who meet the following criteria may qualify for the interview waiver program:
- The applicant has a previously issued US visa in the same classification as the visa for which they are applying;
- The applicant is applying at the consular post of the applicant’s usual residence;
- The prior visa is not annotated “Clearance Received” or “Department Authorization”;
- The most recent visa in the same classification for which the applicant is applying, was issued on or after their 14th birthday (For children under 14 years of age, interviews are rarely required.);
- The most recent visa in the same class for which the applicant is applying was not lost/stolen or canceled;
- The applicant was not previously refused a visa in any classification unless the refusal was overcome or ground for inadmissibility was waived; and
- The applicant’s prior visa in the same classification is still valid or has expired within the last 48 months.