Renew My Visa

Interview Waiver

Certain visa applicants who have previously been issued U.S. visas may renew their visas without attending an interview.

Please note that all interview waiver application submittals must be received at a DHL Document Drop-Off Location at least ten calendar days prior to the one year anniversary of the previous visa’s expiration date.

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Qualifications for the Interview Waiver 

To qualify for interview waiver, visa applicants must be applying to renew a visa in the same classification as their prior nonimmigrant visa - B1/B2, F, M, J, L, or H visas.  Applicants must submit their application at the post of their normal residence.  Applicants must satisfy all of the following criteria for their visa class.  If applying as a group or family, all members must fulfill all criteria to qualify for interview waiver.

Applicants who are 79 years or older automatically qualify for interview waiver.  Applicants 79 years or older are still required to apply and print a copy of their Interview Waiver letter through the schedule platform.

For B1/B2 visa holders:
• The applicant is a Nigerian passport holder; if not a Nigerian passport holder, the applicant principally resides in Nigeria and their last visa was issued in Nigeria;
• The applicant’s last visa interview resulted in an issuance;
• The applicant was issued a two-year B1/B2 United States visa;
• The visa expired no more than 12 months prior to reissuance;
• The applicant was at least 14 years old at the time of the last issuance or will be under the age of 14 at the time of reissuance; and
• The applicant has never been arrested nor had an encounter with law enforcement, customs, or immigration officials in the United States.

For  F or M visa holders:
• The applicant is a Nigerian passport holder; if not a Nigerian passport holder, the applicant principally resides in      Nigeria; and their last visa was issued in Nigeria;
• The applicant’s last visa interview resulted in issuance of an F or M visa;
• The visa expired no more than 12 months prior to reissuance;
• The applicant is continuing in the same program the original visa was issued for, for example continuing with a bachelor’s degree, even if you have changed institutions, OR if you are continuing with a different program at the same institution; for example completing a bachelor’s program and continuing to study for a master’s degree at the same institution.
• A copy of the  applicant’s endorsed I-20 is submitted with the application-please do not send originals;
• A current transcript is included with the application;
• The applicant was at least 14 years old at the time of the last issuance or will be under the age of 14 at the time of reissuance; and
• The applicant has never been arrested nor had an encounter with law enforcement, customs, or immigration officials in the United States.

For  J visa holders:
• The applicant is a Nigerian passport holder; if not a Nigerian passport holder, the applicant principally resides in Nigeria; and their last visa was issued in Nigeria;
• The applicant’s last visa interview resulted in issuance of a J visa;
• The visa expired no more than 12 months prior to reissuance;
• The applicant’s Student and Exchange Information System (SEVIS) number has not changed at the time of issuance from the previously issued visa;
• The applicant was at least 14 years old at the time of the last issuance or will be under the age of 14 at the time of reissuance; and
• The applicant has never been arrested nor had an encounter with law enforcement, customs, or immigration officials in the United States.

For  L visa holders:
• The applicant is a Nigerian passport holder; if not a Nigerian passport holder, the applicant principally resides in Nigeria; and their last visa was issued in Nigeria;
• The applicant’s last visa interview resulted in issuance of an L visa;
• The visa expired no more than12 months prior to reissuance;
• The same petition is provided that was used in the previous visa application;
• Receipts showing payment of all necessary fees are provided;
• The applicant was at least 14 years old at the time of the last issuance or will be under the age of 14 at the time of reissuance; and
• The applicant has never been arrested nor had an encounter with law enforcement, customs, or immigration officials in the United States.

For H visa holders:
• The applicant is a Nigerian passport holder; if not a Nigerian passport holder, the applicant principally resides in Nigeria; and their last visa was issued in Nigeria;
• The applicant’s last visa interview resulted in issuance of an H visa;
• The visa expired no more than 12 months prior to reissuance;
• The same petition is provided that was used in the previous visa application;
• Receipts showing payment of all necessary fees are provided;
• The applicant was at least 14 years old at the time of the last issuance or will be under the age of 14 at the time of reissuance; and
• The applicant has never been arrested nor had an encounter with law enforcement, customs, or immigration officials in the United States.

 Applicants who do not meet these criteria should schedule regular appointments to ensure they receive the earliest visa appointment available to them. If you schedule a renewal appointment but do not meet the criteria for this category, you will be turned away on your appointment date and required to schedule a new appointment. This could result in a significant delay in your application.

Do ensure all your dependents qualify for the Interview Waiver before adding them as dependents on your profile as we will not be releasing receipts of dependents who do not qualify for the Interview Waiver.

Individual Waiver documents takes about fifteen business days to process. You can track the status of your application by visiting www.ustraveldocs.com/ng.

Other Information

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