Waiver of Personal Appearance for Qualified Visa Applicants – Drop-Box

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Overview

The Drop-Box procedure is designed for applicants who do not need to appear at the Embassy to be fingerprinted and interviewed. They can submit their completed visa applications and relevant supporting documents through TNT Express courier service, or directly to the Consular section every working day between 4:00 and 4:30pm.

Qualifications

There are several main groups of applicants who may use the Drop-Box procedure. These are:

  • First-time and renewal applicants over the age of 79, who are Bulgarian nationals or third country nationals permanently residing in Bulgaria;
  • First-time and renewal applicants under the age of 14, who are Bulgarian nationals or third country nationals permanently residing in Bulgaria and travel with both parents, already in possession of a valid U.S. visa, U.S. permanent resident card or U.S. passport.;

In all other cases children under 14 will apply though the standard application process. At the time of visa interview at least one of the parents must be present to represent the child. The child’s attendance is not obligatory.

  • Applicants who are renewing a visa in the B1/B2 or C1/D visa categories and meet all of the following criteria below:
    • The previous visa was issued by U.S. Consulate Sofia after October 31, 2007;
    • The previous visa is still valid or expired less than 12 months ago;
    • The previous visa was valid for 12 month or more;
    • The applicant is renewing a visa in the same visa classification as the previous one;
    • The applicant is a Bulgarian national or third country national permanently residing in Bulgaria;
    • The applicant has never been refused a visa, or refused only for the same visa class that he/she is currently applying, under section 214(b) or 221(g), and the visa was issued subsequently;
    • The previous visa was not cancelled or revoked;
    • The previous visa was not lost or stolen;
    • The applicant has complied with the immigration laws and regulations of the United States during previous visits.
  • Applicants for G-4 visas 

Issued to personnel of any rank who are proceeding to the United States to take up an appointment at a designated international organization (including the United Nations). Members of their immediate families may also be issued G-4 visas, except their domestic employees, who are issued G-5 visas. Officers and employees of designated international organizations, who are not assigned in the United States, may be accorded G-4 classification if they intend to transit the United States. G-4 visas may also be issued to personnel of any rank on the payroll of a designated international organization proceeding to the United States on behalf of that organization.

Applicants for G4 visas do not have to pay the visa fee. They cannot use the appointment system on this website and TNT courier services. Such applicants may bring their application documents directly to the U.S. Embassy in Sofia every business day between 4:00 and 4:30 p.m. or mail them to the Embassy by any courier service. The application should also include an employment contract or letter from the international organization.

Passports with ready visas are returned directly to the applicants.

How to Apply

Step 1
Pay the visa application fee.

Step 2
Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form.

Step 3
Register on this web page. You must answer the waiver of interview questions online or contact the call center in order to qualify. If you qualify you will receive the Drop Box confirmation page from your profile and detailed instructions of how to deliver your documents.

You will need three pieces of information in order to register online:

  • Your passport 
  • The receipt number from your payment. (Click here if you need help finding this number.)
  • The ten (10) digit barcode number from your DS-160 confirmation page.

Step 4 

Print out the Drop Box confirmation letter and send all your documents by TNT Express courier (see TNT Express Courier Service) or deliver them directly to the Embassy every working day between 4:00 and 4:30pm. The Address for the Consular section is: 16, Kozyak Street, Sofia 1408.

Each applicant must provide the following documentation:

  1. DS-160 confirmation page. 
  2. Application fee receipt. Note: This payment is mandatory and not refundable in case of refusal. 
  3. Include a valid passport and previous passports containing U.S. visas. 
  4. In the case of children under the age of 14, traveling with both parents, already in possession of a valid U.S. visa, U.S. permanent resident card or U.S. passport, applications should include copies of parents’ travel documents and the birth certificate of the child.
  5. Attach one recent photograph 5cm x 5cm, taken on white background.
  6. Drop Box confirmation letter.
  7. Any supporting documents.

If your file is incomplete, you will receive a call from the U.S. Embassy, or your documents will be returned to you.

Supporting Documents

Depending on the visa category, supporting documents may include:

  • Applicants for B1/B2 visa may submit an invitation letter or a letter explaining the reasons for their trip;
  • Applicants for C1/D visa should present a copy of their employment contract or a letter from their employer.

Visa applications may contain only copies of original supporting documents like property deeds, birth certificates, marriage certificates, etc. Provided that no additional administrative processing is needed, visa applications will be processed as quickly as possible and documents will be returned through TNT courier service.

Drop Box applications are not guaranteed visa issuances. Although an applicant may meet the above criteria, a consular officer, after reviewing the application, may determine that a personal appearance is required. An employee of the Consular section will contact the applicant to schedule an appointment for personal interview.