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.  Incorrect or incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant.  Please read the instructions below carefully to avoid unnecessary delays. 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.
  • My previous visa was not annotated “Clearance Received” or “Waiver ”.
  • I have never been accused of, or committed any crime in Korea or other country.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Student (F/M)

  • My previous visa was issued for the full validity of five (5) years

Exchange Visitor (J)

  • My previous visa was issued for the full validity; until the program end date on DS-2019, item 3.

CW (CNMI-Transitional Worker)

  • My previous visa was issued for the full validity of twelve (12) months

Please Note: Using the Interview Waiver Program 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, your application package will be returned to you via courier.  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