Interview Waiver Program (Visa Renewal)

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Overview

B1/B2, C1/D, returning F, M, J, or CW visa holders may, under some circumstances, renew their visas without appearing at the U.S. Embassy for an interview. If you meet the program qualifications, you will be able to drop off your visa application at one of our designated courier office locations. Applicants with incorrect or incomplete applications will be contacted to appear at the U.S. Embassy for a visa interview. Please note that you are not exempt from paying the visa application fee for this interview waiver program.

Qualifications

  • I have a previous visa in the same visa category.
  • I will be in Korea at the time I renew my visa. (An application cannot be sent by international mail to be processed.)
  • Korea is my normal residence.
  • If I am not a Korean citizen, Korea-born Taiwanese or Permanent Resident (F5 visa), my previous visa was issued through the U.S. Embassy in Seoul.
  • My previous visa was not annotated “Clearance Received” and “Waiver Granted”; I don’t have any criminal records; I don’t have a criminal record in any country.
  • My previous visa was not lost or stolen.
  • I have had no refusals for a visa since my most recent visa issuance.
  • I have not travelled to Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, or Yemen since March 2011.

Business/Pleasure (B1/B2)

  • It has been less than 12 months since my previous visa’s expiration date, OR, my visa has not yet expired.

Crew (C1/D)

  • I am employed by an airline as a crew member.
  • It has been less than 12 months since my previous visa’s expiration date, OR, my visa has not yet expired.

Student (F/M)

  • My previous visa was issued for the full validity of five (5) years
  • It has been less than 12 months since my previous visa’s expiration date, OR, my visa has not yet expired.

Exchange Visitor (J)

  • My previous visa was issued for the full validity; until the program end date on DS-2019, item 3.
  • It has been less than 12 months since my previous visa’s expiration date, OR, my visa has not yet expired.

CW (CNMI-Transitional Worker)

  • My previous visa was issued for the full validity of twelve (12) months
  • It has been less than 12 months since my previous visa’s expiration date, OR, my visa has not yet expired.

Please Note: Using the Interview Waiver Program (Drop-Box service) does not guarantee visa issuance. In some cases, you may be required to appear for a visa interview at the U.S. Embassy. If you submit an incomplete and/or inaccurate application, or if you do not meet the criteria listed above, we will contact you by phone or email to schedule an interview. You should submit your application well in advance of your planned travel, due to the possibility of a visa interview. Average processing time for general cases will be approximately one(1) week

Required Application Materials

  1. Drop-Box Confirmation Letter (The dropbox confirmation letter can be printed from here.)
  2. Passport including previously issued business/pleasure (B1/B2), crew (C1/D), student (F/M), exchange visitor (J), or CNMI-Transitional Worker (CW) visa
  3. Passport valid for travel to the United States
  4. DS-160; Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application - confirmation page
  5. One photograph taken within the last six (6) months (5X5cm, white background) - This webpage has information about the required photo format.
  6. Crew (C1/D) visa applicants:
    • Proof of employment issued by the airline
  7. Student (F/M) visa applicants:
    • Valid I-20; Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status – For Academic and Language Students
    • Current transcripts from your U.S. school
    • Photocopy of EAD card (Employment Authorization Document (Form I-766) a.k.a. work permit), if applicable
  8. Exchange Visitor (J) visa applicants:
    • Valid DS-2019; Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status
  9. CNMI-Transitional Worker (CW) visa applicants:
    • Approved Form I-129CW; Petition for a CNMI-Nonimmigrant Transitional Worker and/or I-797; Notice of Action