Renew My Nonimmigrant Visa
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Most applicants applying to renew their visa do not require an interview with the consular officer. Most of these applicants will still need an appointment at the Visa Service Center.
What is a visa renewal?
The Consular Section accepts renewal applications for many visas without requiring a personal interview. To qualify for a visa renewal:
- You must be renewing a visa in the same classification.
- The visa you are renewing must be a multiple entry visa valid for at least one year.
- You are not eligible for the visa renewal if you have had any visa application denied since the issuance of the visa you are renewing.
- You are a resident of the Dominican Republic.
When you create a profile to schedule a visa appointment, you will be asked as a series of questions to determine whether you are eligible for the interview waiver or mail-in renewal of your visa. Your eligibility for different services will be determined automatically based on your answers to these questions.
- All nonimmigrant visas that are valid or expired less than 12 months ago.
- All nonimmigrant visas in classes other than E, H, L, P, or R that expired between 12 and 48 months ago.
Renewals for Children under the Age of 14 and Adults over the Age of 80
If you are renewing your visa in accordance with the above requirements, and you are a child under the age of 14 and an adult over the age of 80, then you do not need to be physically present to renew your visa. These applicants are not required to have their fingerprints taken, and for that reason, a family member or other representative can deposit the passport with the visa to be renewed at any Mailboxes, Etc. location. If the passport containing the visa has expired, you will need to first renew the passport, and then deposit both the old and new passport at any Mailboxes, Etc. location. Additionally, you will need to submit a printed copy of the confirmation page of the online DS-160 form along with a 2x2 inch (50 mm x 50 mm) color photograph and the payment receipt of the visa application fee paid at Banco Popular Dominicano.
Applicants whose previous visas were issued in 2009 or after and who were over age 14 when their previous visa was issued are also eligible for mail-in service via Mailboxes, Etc. All other applicants will need to schedule a VAC appointment to be fingerprinted and photographed. However, most will not require an interview at the Embassy.
Applicants who are eligible for mail-in service or interview waiver can still schedule an interview at the Embassy if they wish.
If you are renewing in accordance with the above requirements, your interview with the consular officer will be waived, and your application will be evaluated internally. If during the evaluation of your application the consular officer needs more information to determine your eligibility, you may be asked to attend an in-person interview.
To schedule an appointment for a visa renewal, follow the steps located in the Make an Appointment section.
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.
Present All Your Passports at the Interview
If you are renewing your visa, please remember to bring all your current and expired passports covering the entire time period that your visa was valid. Applicants with double nationality should present passports for both countries. It’s important that you present all your passports when you apply for your visa renewal so that the consular officer can review your travel patterns for the complete time period that you held the visa. If you do not present all requested passports, you could be required to complete a personal interview in order to decide your case.
If you are renewing your visa and do not require an appointment at the US Embassy, please be aware that your application will be processed and your passport returned in approximately 10 business days.
You should not renew your visa without an appointment at the US Embassy if:
· you have required a waiver to receive a visa in the past.
· you believe that you may have a visa ineligibility.
· you have urgent travel planned in the next 10 days.
If these circumstances apply to you, you should proceed to schedule two appointments, one at the Visa Application Center and one at the US Embassy.