Renew My Visa

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Overview

Some applicants may not require an interview to renew their visas. If you are an applicant applying to renew a B1/B2, B1, B2, C1, C1/D, F, M or J visa that was issued to you after January 1 2008, you may be eligible for a mail-in (drop box) application if your visa has expired within the last 12 months.

NOTE:  If you are planning to travel within the next 2 weeks you should NOT apply via mail (drop box), but instead schedule an appointment for a personal interview at the U.S. Embassy in Suva. Although the Embassy strives to process applications by mail promptly, applicants should allow for 2 weeks of processing allowing for any delay in the shipping.

Applicants renewing their visas must create their profiles online, or modify their existing profiles if they already have one set up. If applicants meet the criteria for application by mail (drop box), these applicants must complete the DS-160 Form, and pay the application (MRV) fee. 2 copies of the Drop Box Confirmation letter must be printed, completed and signed by applicants. The following requisite documents are to be submitted to the U.S. Embassy:

        • Confirmation page of the DS-160 form;
        • A valid passport or travel document, including all previous passports;
        • Passport size photograph, full frontal view on plain background measuring 2” x 2” – to bring if this has not been uploaded with the DS-160;
        • 1 copy of the completed and signed Drop Box Confirmation letter;
        • Applicable for Students (F, J & M) – the I-120 or DS-2019 form;
        • Applicable for Workers – the approved I-797 or the DHS receipt number which starts with EAC … or WAC …
        • Any other supporting documents.

Please note that after an applicant has submitted the online DS-160, he/she will receive the DS-160 confirmation page.

Delivery Instructions

  1. Applicants from Fiji can submit their application material through EMS at one of the Post Fiji branches in listed below Fiji. Delivery of the drop box package to the Embassy is free provided that you attached the 2nd copy of the drop box confirmation letter outside the envelope when you bring the package to of one of the Post Fiji branches as listed below (please highlight to the postal staff that the item is to be sent FREIGHT FORWARD):
    • GPO Suva located at 10 Thompson Street, Suva
    • NADI AIRPORT located at the Airport Complex
    • LAUTOKA located at Vitogo Parade, Lautoka
    • SIGATOKA located at Lawaqa, Singatoka
    • BA located at Nareba Street, Ba-Varadoli
    • LABASA located at Nasekula Rd, Labasa
    • SAVUSAVU located at Main St, Savusavu
    • TAVUA located at Nasivi St, Tavua
  2. Applicants from Tonga can submit their application materials through DHL located at Fakafanua Center, Nuku'alofa, Tonga. Delivery of the drop box package to the Embassy is free provided that you attached the 2nd copy of the drop box confirmation letter outside the envelope when you bring the package to DHL located in Fakafanua Center.
  3. Applicants from Kiribati, Nauru, Tuvalu, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, and Wallis & Futuna can send their application via the courier or postal services located in their respective countries and the applicants will have to pay for all shipping charges.

Qualifications for Visa Application by Mail

If you are applying for a visa type that you have previously been approved for, such as a B1/B2, B1, B2, C1, C1/D, F, M or J visa, you may be exempt from the personal interview requirement.

In order to qualify for visa application by mail (drop box), you must be physically present in the FIJI Consular District (Fiji, Tonga, Kiribati, Nauru, Tuvalu, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, and Wallis & Futuna).

NOTE: At this time, the U.S. Embassy can only return the passport/document to an address or post office located within Fiji, and return passport/document to DHL located in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. Applicants outside of Fiji and Tonga will need to make their own arrangements (e.g. provide prepaid self-addressed courier return envelope) to have their passports returned to locations outside of Fiji. When providing the prepaid return envelope, you must also include a copy of the receipt paid to the courier services company to show that you have paid for the return of your passport/document.

To see if you qualify, please complete the checklist below:

          • I am applying to renew a B1/B2, B1, B2, C1, C1/D, F, M or J visa;
          • I am applying for the same type of visa within 12 months of the expiration of my previous visa;
          • My last visa was issued after January 1, 2008;
          • I am a resident of Fiji, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Nauru, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, or Wallis & Futuna;
          • My previous visa was approved at the time of the interview without any correspondence from the Consulate indicating that my application required further administrative processing.

If you checked all of the above questions, you may qualify for the mail-in (drop box) visa application.

In addition, the following requirements must be met:

            • My previous visa was NOT cancelled or revoked;
            • I have NEVER been refused entry into the United States;
            • I have NOT overstayed my visa or been illegally present in the U.S.;
            • I have no ineligibilities or reason to believe that I have failed to comply with U.S. immigration law;
            • My last visa application was NOT denied; and
            • I have NEVER been arrested or convicted for a crime.

If after reading the above information you do not qualify for an interview exemption, click here to schedule an appointment and appear in person for a non-immigrant visa interview at a U.S. Embassy.

IMPORTANT NOTICE – IF YOU DO NOT MEET THE CRITERIA AND HAVE SUBMITTED AN APPLICATION BY MAIL (DROP BOX) AND/OR DO NOT FOLLOW THE PROCEDURE AS SET OUT, YOUR VISA APPLICATION WILL BE DELAYED AND YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO APPEAR AT THE U.S. EMBASSY FOR AN INTERVIEW. WE ADVISE THAT YOU READ AND UNDERSTAND THE INFORMATION PROVIDED HEREIN.

How to Apply

If you meet the requirements above, follow the steps below to create a profile and continue the application process.

Step 1

Ascertain that you are applying for the same type of visa with 12 months of the expiration of your previous visa.

Step 2

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

Step 3

 Pay the visa application (MRV) fee.

Step 4

Click here to create a profile as a new user, or access your current profile if it already exists. Once logged in, choose “New Application/Schedule appointment” and answer all questions. (Please note that though you do not have to schedule the appointment at the end of the process, PLEASE MAKE SURE that you provide all the information to create your full profile, AND that you complete all the online steps in order to obtain the drop box confirmation letter which you must submit together with your application. Your visa application via mail-in (drop box) may be delayed if you do not submit the drop box confirmation letter).

Step 5

Gather your DS-160 confirmation page, 1 copy of the Drop Box Confirmation letter, current and previous passports, photo, and a letter explaining your travel purpose. 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 or the website of the U.S. Embassy for the fee information.

Important Note: The use of the mail-in (drop box) service does not guarantee visa issuance. In some cases, applicants may still be required to appear for a visa interview at the U.S. Embassy. Examples of this include incomplete and/or inaccurate applications.

Step 6

Insert all your documents into an envelope and seal your package.

Step 7

Write the relevant delivery address for the U.S. Embassy to which you are sending the documents.

Attention:

Non Immigrant Visa Section

U.S. Embassy, Suva

158 Princes Rd, Tamavua,

Suva

Fiji

Step 8

  1. If you are in Fiji, hand the sealed envelope with a 2nd copy of the Drop Box Confirmation letter attached on the outside of the envelope, to a counter staff at a Post Fiji branch for delivery to the U.S. Embassy in Suva (please refer to information above for list of Post Fiji branches accepting mail-in (drop box).
  2. If you are in Tonga, hand the sealed envelope with a 2nd copy of the Drop Box Confirmation letter attached on the outside of the envelope, to DHL located at  Fakafanua Center, Nuku'alofa.
  3. If you are in Kiribati, Nauru, Tuvalu, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, and Wallis & Futuna, please send your application via the courier or postal services located in your respective countries.

 List of Documents Required

An applicant who is eligible for a mail-in (drop box) application must send the following documents to the U.S. Embassy in Suva as described in step 8 above:

  • Valid Passport.
  • One color photograph 5 cm x 5 cm, white background with forehead and ears fully visible.
  • Form DS-160 confirmation page with bar code.
  • 1 copy of the Dropbox Confirmation letter (this is only available when you login to your profile with your username and password, respond to the questions accordingly, and enter the receipt number for the visa processing fee paid).
  • Prior Visa (except first-time applicants under 14 and over 79).
  • Letter with a brief explanation of the purpose of travel.

Specific to a visa category, the following documents must also be sent together with the above mentioned documents: 

Members of a Crew (D, C1/D)

    • A letter from your employer on letter headed stationary confirming your employment with the company and period that you will be in the United States
    • Copy of work identification as issued by your employer

Student (F, M)

    • Completed SEVIS Form: I-20A-B (for F1 students) or Form I-20M-N (for M-1 students) properly completed and signed by both the Designated School Official (DSO) and the applicant.
    • SEVIS Fee Receipt

Exchange Visitor (J)

    • Completed DS-2019 Form: Name on form must exactly match the name in your passport and has been entered into the SEVIS system by the U.S. academic institution.
    • For Training or Internship Programs, Form DS-7002

Journalist (I)

    • Copy of your Press identification as issued by your employer
    • Letter from Employer: A letter from your employer stating occupation, whether your position is permanent or temporary, purpose of travel, and length of stay

Temporary Worker (H, L, O, P, Q, R)

    • Copy of the Notice of Action Form I-797A, B or C (or more commonly known as “The Petition”)
    •  For the Blanket L Visa Category, three copies of the I-129

More Information

Apply for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa.