Renew My Visa

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Overview

The following visa types, under some circumstances, may be renewed without personal appearance of the applicant at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate for an interview: B (Tourism/Business), F (Student), M (Vocational and non-academic students), I (Journalist), J (Exchange visitor), D and C1 (Transit/Crewmember), H (Temporary worker), L (Intercompany Transfer), O (Alien of Extraordinary Ability), P (Performer visa). Additionally, some governments allow their citizens to travel with a valid visa in an expired passport, provided the traveler also has a valid passport. If your government allows travel with a valid passport and a combination of an expired passport that has a valid visa, then the U.S. government will allow you to enter the United States with your old passport containing a valid visa and your new, valid passport.

Nonimmigrant visas issued for the following purposes of travel may not be renewed through this program:

  • C1 Transit Visa previously issued for purposes other than employment with an airline or cruise ship;
  • J1 Summer Work and Travel Program visas;
  • F1 visas previously issued for short term English language study;
  • Subsequent L1 visas based on a new I 129S form;

Qualifications

You may submit your visa application at Pony Express as a drop box submission and proceed without a consular interview if you meet all of the following qualifications:

Renewal of a B, C, D, F, I, J, M and O Visas

  • All ten fingerprints were captured at a prior consular interview
  • Your previous visa is currently valid, or has expired within the last 11 months
  • The application is for the same type of visa as the current/previous visa
  • The current/previous visa was issued by either the U.S. Embassy in Astana or U.S. Consulate General in Almaty
  • The applicant is physically present in Kazakhstan and normally a resident of Kazakhstan
  • Your visa does not have Clearance Received written on it

Renewal of H, P and L Visas

  • All ten fingerprints were captured at a prior consular interview
  • Your previous visa is currently valid, or has expired within the last 11 months
  • The application is for the same type of visa as the current/previous visa
  • The current/previous visa was issued by either the U.S. Embassy in Astana or U.S. Consulate General in Almaty
  • The applicant is physically present in Kazakhstan and normally resident in Kazakhstan
  • Your visa does not have Clearance Received written on it

If you don’t meet all the conditions above please schedule an interview appointment.

Note: Using the 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/Consulate, for example, if you submit an incomplete and/or inaccurate application. Average processing time for this service is two weeks.

How to Apply

Step 1

Pay the visa application fee.

Step 2

Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form. Print and save your confirmation page.

Step 3

Register an account on this page. Follow the steps to schedule an interview. Answer the questions in step 7 carefully. If you meet the requirements for drop-box submission, you will receive a drop-box submission letter. Print out your drop-box letter and collect the following documents:

  • DS-160 confirmation page
  • Your current passport
  • Your current or most recent visa,if you still have it in your possession
  • Printed drop-box letter
  • One photograph taken within the last six months (conforming to the guidelines on this webpage). Failure to submit a valid photograph will delay the processing of your case.
  • Two copies of the document checklist.
  • Other documentation required for your visa type

Step 4

Deliver your sealed visa application to a Pony Express office. Bring the second copy of your document checklist with you. A Pony Express employee will review your document checklist before accepting your application for delivery to the U.S. Embassy/Consulate.

Note: Reciprocity fees may apply. These are fees another country charges a U.S. citizen for a similar type of visa. The Department of State's website has more information about reciprocity fees and can help you determine if this fee applies to your nationality.

More Information

Apply for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa