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DOS and DHS temporarily expand interview waiver eligibility

  1. Date Announced

    Aug. 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]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    Aug. 25, 2020
  3. Subsequent Action

    December 29, 2020

    The above-described waiver for certain nonimmigrant visa interviews has been extended to March 31, 2021.

    Expansion of Interview Waiver Availability
Status: Final/Actual
Subject Matter: Non-Immigrant Visas
Agencies Affected: USCIS Bureau of Consular Affairs

Prior Policies

  • Previously, only those applicants whose nonimmigrant visas expired within 12 months were eligible for an interview waiver.

Subsequent Action

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