Date AnnouncedAug. 25, 2020
DOS and DHS temporarily expand the eligibility for interview waivers from within 12 months of the expiration of an applicant's nonimmigrant visa to within 24 months of its expiration. The temporary expansion ends December 31, 2020. To accommodate COVID-19 restrictions, 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. [ID #1024]View Policy Document
Effective Date of ChangeAug. 25, 2020
Subsequent ActionDecember 29, 2020
The above-described waiver for certain nonimmigrant visa interviews has been extended to March 31, 2021.Expansion of Interview Waiver Availability
Previously, only those applicants whose nonimmigrant visas expired within 12 months were eligible for an interview waiver.