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Visa Interview Waiver Program Remain In Effect After ExOrder

Under U.S. visa interview waiver program, certain repeat travelers do not need to appear for in person interview at the U.S. Consulate/Embassy !!


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Repeat travelers to the United States may, under some circumstances, renew their visas without appearing at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate for an interview. Additionally, some governments allow their citizens to travel with a valid visa in an expired passport, provided the traveler also has a valid passport. If your government allows travel with a valid visa and a combination of an expired and valid visa, then the U.S. government will allow you to travel to the United States with your old passport containing a valid visa and your new, valid passport.


You may submit your visa application at a CGI location as either an Interview Waiver or Drop-Box submission and proceed without a consular interview if you meet all of the following qualifications:

INTERVIEW WAIVER PROGRAM "DROP-BOX" CHECKLIST

If you can answer “yes” to all of the following questions, you qualify for our Interview Waiver Program “Drop-box”. You do not need to schedule an appointment at a Visa Application Center. Please log in, create your profile, proceed with your application, and print two copies of the submission letter. Drop off your passport along with the listed documents mentioned on the submission letter at one of our 11 service centers.

Eligibility Criteria for all applicants except child below 14 years of age and applicant above 80 years of age or older:

  • I have a previous U.S. visa in the same class as the visa for which I wish to apply
  • My most recent visa was issued in India
  • I received my visa after January 1, 2008
  • My prior visa is not annotated “Clearance Received” or “Department Authorization”.
  • My most recent visa (in the same class for which I am applying) was issued on or after my 14th birthday
  • I have no refusals for a visa in any class after my most recent visa issuance
  • If I am applying for an H or L (individual) or R visa, my prior visa in the same class is still valid or expired within the last 12 months.

OR

  • If I am applying for any other class of visa, my prior visa in the same class is still valid or expired within the last 12 months.
  • Note: Blanket L1 visa applicants do not qualify for the Interview Waiver Program, but Blanket L2 spouses are eligible.
  • If I am applying for an F visa, am continuing as student at same school for which my previous visa was issued.
  • If I am applying for a J visa, my current DS-2019 is issued by the same institution as the institution listed on my previous visa

Eligibility Criteria for Child below 14 years of age:

  • I am applying before my 14th birthday.

Note: Children under 14 must submit a photocopy of each parent’s passport biographic information page if parents have a passport. If either parent has a visa, you should also submit a photocopy of each parent’s visa. If no parent has a visa and no parent is applying for one, then you should provide documentation regarding the purpose of the trip and a photocopy of the visa of the accompanying adult.

Eligibility criteria for applicants over 80 years of age:

  • I am applying on or after 80th birthday
  • My most recent visa application was not refused.

INTERVIEW WAIVER PROGRAM CHECKLIST

If you can answer “yes” to all of the following questions, you may qualify for the Interview Waiver Program. Please schedule an appointment at a Visa Application Center to have your photograph taken and fingerprints collected.

Eligibility Criteria for all applicants:

  • I have a previous U.S. visa in the same class as the visa for which I wish to renew
  • My most recent visa was issued in India
  • I received my visa after August 1, 2004 but before January 2, 2008
  • My prior visa is not annotated “Clearance Received” or “Department Authorization”.
  • My most recent visa (in the same class for which I am applying) was issued on or after my 14th birthday
  • I have no refusals for a visa in any category after my most recent visa issuance
  • If I am applying for an H or L (individual) or R visa, my prior visa in the same class is still valid or expired within the last 12 months.

    OR

  • My prior visa in the same class is still valid or expired within the last 12 months.

  • Note: Blanket L1 visa applicants do not qualify for Interview Waiver Program, but Blanket L2 spouses are eligible.
  • If I am applying for an F visa, am continuing as student at same school for which my previous visa was issued.
  • If I am applying for a J visa, my current DS-2019 is issued by the same institution as the institution listed on my previous visa

Note: Using the interview waiver or drop-box service does not guarantee visa issuance. In some cases, you may be required to appear for a visa interview at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate, for example, if you submit an incomplete and/or inaccurate application. Submit your application well in advance of your planned travel to allow for the possibility that a visa interview will be necessary.


Locations

City             Hours of Operation                             Address

Delhi Mon-Fri 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.S - 1 American PlazaInternational Trade Tower Nehru PlaceNewDelhi - 110019


Mumbai Mon-Fri 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.Trade Center Gr. Floor G Block Bandrakurla Complex Bandra EastMumbai - 400051


Chennai Mon-Fri 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.Good shepherd, No 82, Kodambakkam High Road, NumgambakkamChennai - 600034


Hyderabad Mon-Fri 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.1-8-384/385, Ground Floor, Gowra Grand S.P.RoadBegumpet SecunderabadHyderabad - 500003


Kolkata Mon-Fri 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.Jasmine Tower 31 Shakespeare Sarani (1st Floor)Kolkata - 700017


Chandigarh Mon-Fri 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.SCO 186-187, Ground Floor (Rear Side), Sector 8-C,Madhya Marg,Chandigarh – 160018Punjab – India


Jalandhar Mon-Fri 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.Aman Plaza, 3rd floor, 310 Lajpat Nagar, Nakodar Chowk, Jalandhar, Punjab 144001


Ahmedabad Mon-Fri 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.Gujarat Chambers BuildingShri Ambika Mills Ashram RoadAhmedabad - 380009


Pune Mon-Fri 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.501, 5th Floor, Sohrab HallTadiwala Road ,Behind Pune Railway Station,Maharashtra – India


Bengaluru Mon-Fri 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.Unit No.: 302 & 303,Level 3, Second Floor,Prestige Atrium, No.1 Central Street,Bengaluru – 560001Karnataka – India


Kochi Mon-Fri 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.1st Floor Coastal Chambers Opp Mercy HotelM.G Road RavipuramKochi Kerala - 682015







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