Law Office of Leila Freijy PLLC
Immigration & Compliance Law 
Expansion of interview waivers at US Consulates

August 25, 2020. The Department of Homeland Security has 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 that permitted them to apply for a visa renewal through the DropBox system.

Visa applicants applying for a renewed visa in the same category as a prior visa that has expired within 24 months (rather than just 12 mo.) will now be able to apply through the DropBox.

This policy is in effect through December 31, 2020. 

Please note that this new policy applies only to applicants not impacted by the recent H, L and J visa suspension.  It does not modify the visa suspension proclamation in any way. 

This change will allow consular officers to continue processing certain nonimmigrant visa applications while limiting the number of applicants who must appear at the Consulate, thereby reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission to other applicants and consular staff. 

Travelers are encouraged to 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.

This immigration alert is being sent only to company representatives.  Please distribute to your foreign national employees as you see fit.

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Leila Freijy
Law Office of Leila Freijy PLLC