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Monday, March 22, 2021

Nonimmigrant Visa Interview Waiver Eligibility Expanded to 48 Months

Typically, anyone applying for a nonimmigrant visa, such as H-1B, L-1A, F-1, B-1/B-2, etc., at a consulate must undergo an interview first. One way to waive this interview is if the applicant already held a visa of the same category which expired no more than 24 months ago. Now, the Department of Homeland Security is temporarily increasing this 24 month period to 48 months. This rule will be in effect until December 31st, 2021. 

The DHS is taking this measure to reduce transmission of the coronavirus while continuing to process consulate cases, which were heavily delayed in 2020 due to the pandemic.

If you are now eligible for an interview waiver, please check your local embassy or consulate for more specific instructions on applying for one.

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