Renew My Visa

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Overview

The U.S. visa application process is in many ways the same whether you are applying for the first time or renewing your visa. It is important to know that your visa may still be valid if the passport it is in expires. You can travel to the United States with your old passport containing a valid visa and your new, valid passport.

Drop-off visa services are available in order to expedite the visa application process. In most cases, using this service eliminates the need to come in for an interview. Like an interview, however, the use of the drop-off service does not guarantee visa issuance. Further, we may, in some cases, after reviewing an application submitted through the drop-off service, require a person to appear for an in-person interview.

If your previous visa was marked as "clearance received" or has a waiver annotation or you lost your previous passport with the valid or expired U.S. visa, then you are not eligible to apply for a U.S. visa without an interview and cannot use the drop-off service.

Qualifications

You may be eligible to apply for a U.S. visa without an interview based on your age, or if you are renewing a prior U.S. visa that expired less than 12 months ago.

Qualification for Drop-off Service Based on Age:

  • Children under 14 years of age, and applicants age 80 or older (and Brazilian citizens who are younger than 16 or 66 years of age and older) may apply through the drop-off service if they have not been previously found ineligible for a U.S. visa. Please refer to the list of "Supporting Documentation" below to ensure the correct documents are included with the application.
  • These applicants must be a citizen or resident of Denmark and they must be physically present in Denmark during their application process.

Qualification for Drop-off Service Based on previous U.S. Visa Issuance:

You may also be eligible to apply through the drop-off service if you were previously issued a U.S. visa and all of the requirements under a) AND one of the requirements under b) is met:

  1. All of these requirements must be met:
    • Your prior visa was issued to you when you were age 14 or older, and your fingerprints (10-prints) must have been collected.
    • You are a citizen or resident of Denmark.
    • You are physically present in Denmark during their application process.
    • You are applying for the exact same type of visa. For example, you had a B visa and wish to apply for another B visa.
  2. One of these requirements must be met:
    • You are applying for a B, C1, D, I or O-visa AND your visa is currently valid or has expired within the last 48 months.
    • You are applying for an F (students), J (exchange visitors) or M-visa (nonacademic students), AND your visa is currently valid or has expired within the last 12 months AND you are renewing your visa to continue your participation in the same program or attendance at the same institution as your previous visa.
    • You are applying for an H, L, R or P visa and your visa is currently valid or has expired within the last 12 months.

Supporting Documentation

All Applicants:
  • Passport: Passports must be valid for at least six months beyond their intended period of stay in the United States.
  • The DS-160 application form confirmation page.
  • One Photograph: Two inches square (51mm x 51mm) color photograph, less than 6 months old, against a white background, full frontal view of face.
  • Application fee receipt number (or other document which shows that application fee has already been paid).
Specific Applicants:

Children under 14 years old:

  • A copy of the child's birth certificate.
  • A written description of the child’s intended purpose of U.S. travel that includes contact information for the U.S. inviter and a description of his or her relationship to the child.
  • Copies of the parents’ passport biographic information pages.
  • Copies of the parents' current and/or previous U.S. visas, if available.
  • Please note, if a parent or parents are applying in-person for a visa at the U.S Embassy or Consulate General, not through the drop-off service, the parent(s) may also book an appointment in the child’s name and drop off the child's application at the time of their own interview.

Derivative applicants, spouses and children of primary applicants: If you are applying for a visa based on your family member’s eligibility to receive a student - , exchange visitor - or work visa, then please submit your marriage certificate and a birth certificate for each child.

B-Visa applicants: Business travelers are encouraged to submit a letter from their employer, describing their purpose of visit. Tourist travelers are encouraged to submit evidence of their ties to Denmark, which could be a letter from their employer stating their employment status.

C1/D-visa applicants and B1 OCS visas: Letter from employer stating the purpose of visit. If a TWIC annotation or OCS annotation is needed, the appropriate TWIC-letter or U.S. Coastguard letter of exemption.

F, M and J-Visa applicants:

PROOF OF FINANCE: Proof that you can support yourself during your entire stay in the U.S.

DS2019 FOR J-VISAS: If you are on a J exchange program, you must have a completed original Form DS-2019 that matches the name in your passport.

I-20 FOR F and M-VISAS: F-visa applicants must submit a form I-20A-B. M-visa must submit form I-20M-N. The forms must be properly completed and signed by both the Designated School Official (DSO) and the applicant

SEVIS RECEIPT: Most J, F, and M applicants must pay a SEVIS fee. Please refer to Student Visas or Exchange Visitor Visas for details and instructions on payment. Please bring a receipt to your interview.

I-Visa applicants: Letter from your employer on company letterhead stating the purpose of your visit and if your employment with the media is permanent or temporary. If you are a freelance/temporary media worker please submit a copy of your job contract.

H, L, O, P and R-visa applicants: Please submit a copy of your petition approval notice from USCIS (I-797).

How to Apply

Step 1

Complete the non-immigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form.

Step 2

Log-in to our online applicant system and create a profile to pay the visa application (MRV) fee. Once logged in, choose “Schedule appointment”. As you go through the process you will answer the drop-box questions which will evaluate your eligibility to apply for a visa without an interview.

Step 3

After you answer the questions, you will be prompted to pay the visa fee. Upon qualifying you will receive detailed instructions of how to deliver your documents. You will need three pieces of information in order to register online:

  • Your passport number
  • The CGI reference number from your payment receipt. (Click here if you need help finding this number.)
  • The ten (10) digit barcode number from your DS-160 confirmation page
Step 4

Gather your DS-160 confirmation page, MRV fee receipt, valid passport (and any previous passports with still valid visas), photo, and a letter explaining your travel purpose and itinerary. Depending on the visa category, you may require additional documentation and a reciprocity fee. Please refer to your specific visa category page for additional required documents.

Step 5

When you’re ready to submit the documents to the Embassy, please send us an e-mail at support-denmark@ustraveldocs.com and, within 1 – 2 business days, we will e-mail you an address label which will allow you to mail your documents free of charge at the Consulate. That address label has to be applied on a parcel.
Take your package with your supporting documents to a post office and drop them off for delivery. Sending the documents at the US Consulate is a service free of charge.

Find the nearest post office address: http://www.postdanmark.dk/da/Sider/Quick%20Finder/LocationFinder.aspx.
Important: You CANNOT put the mailing into the red letter boxes!

Step 6

Drop the return envelope containing your documents at any Post Danmark Office. Click here for locations. Post Danmark will deliver your documents to the Embassy.

Step 7

At the end of the visa adjudication process, Post Danmark will return your documents and your passport to you at the chosen document delivery address in your profile. You can change the delivery address by accessing your profile. If issued, your passport will contain your visa.