U.S. CONSULAR POST UPDATE: TEMPORARY WAIVER OF IN-PERSON INTERVIEW FOR A NONIMMIGRANT VISA IN THE SAME CLASSIFICATION
by Rabindra Singh
On August 25, 2020, the Department of State (DOS) temporarily expanded the ability of consular officers to waive the in-person interview requirement for individuals applying for a nonimmigrant visa in the same classification.
Previously, only those applicants whose nonimmigrant visa expired within 12 months were eligible for an interview waiver. The DOS has temporarily extended the expiration period to 24 months. This policy is in effect until December 31, 2020.
This change will allow consular officers to continue processing certain nonimmigrant visa applications while limiting the number of applicants who must appear at a consular section, thereby reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission to other applicants and consular staff.
Visa Applicants should review the website of the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate for detailed information on what services are currently available as well as eligibility information and instructions on applying for a visa without an interview.