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Applying for a Visa Without an Interview

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Overview

The U.S. visa application process is the same whether you are applying for the first time or renewing your visa. It is important to know that your visa may still be valid if the passport it is in expires. You can travel to the United States with your old passport containing a valid visa and your new, valid passport.

Applying for a Visa Without an Interview

You may be eligible to apply for a visa without appearing in person for an interview. Please read carefully the following instructions.

Category 1:

If you are eligible to apply in one of the categories listed above, you may drop off your application documents at the diplomatic/official visa window of the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m. Holidays and Closures

A-3, G-5, or NATO-7 applicants are not eligible for a visa without interview.  (Every time you apply for these visas you must have an interview with a consular officer).

Category 2:

Some applicants are eligible for a waiver of interview. Please read the qualifications carefully below and follow the instructions below.

  • Travelers over the age of 80 who were not refused a visa at their last interview 
  • Certain children under the age of 14  who were not refused a visa at their last interview (see Applications for Children for more information)

Category 3:

Travelers who are renewing a visa issued after December 10, 2007.  Applicants whose personal data has not changed, who have not lost a passport containing a previous U.S. visa or have not had one stolen, and who meet all of the following conditions:

  • They received a visa after December 10, 2007 and all 10 fingerprints have been taken.
  • They are applying for a visa in the same category as the previous visa.
  • They have not been refused a visa.
  • They are applying at the consular post of their usual residence. Non-Polish citizens should submit a copy of their residence card (karta pobytu). 
  • J and F visa applicants:  They are continuing the same program or course of study and have the same sponsoring organization or are attending the same school.  The SEVIS number for this program must be the same as on the prior Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitors (J Visa) Status (DS-2019) or Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant (F-1) Student Status-For Academic and Language Students (I-20). 

       • They are applying for the new visa within 12 months of the expiration date of the old visa.
      • J visa applicants who previously received the William Wilberforce pamphlet (about workers’ rights and        trafficking in persons) in person from a consular employee,
      • They are not applying for a J-1 Summer Work and Travel visa.

  • B1/B2, C1/D, M and I applicants are applying for the new visa within 12 months of the expiration date of the old visa.
  • E, H, L, O, P, and R (petition-based visas) applicants are applying for the new visa within 12 months of the expiration date of the old visa.

              o H visa applicants must have previously received the William Wilberforce pamphlet (about workers’                      rights and trafficking in persons) in person from a consular employee.

 

Requirements

Step 1
Pay the visa application fee

If you are applying for an A, G, or NATO visa for official travel, you do not need to pay the MRV fee.

Step 2
Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form.

Step 3
Register on this web page, except A, G, NATO visas. See how to apply for A, G, NATO visas here.

You must answer the waiver of interview questions online or contact the call center in order to qualify. Upon qualifying you will receive detailed instructions of how to deliver your documents.

You will need three pieces of information in order to register online:

  • Passport details
  • Receipt number. (Click here if you need help finding this number.)
  • The ten (10) digit barcode number from your DS-160 confirmation page.

You should send your documents by TNT Express courier (see TNT Express Courier Service). To do so you must go to a TNT office with the Drop Box Confirmation letter (generated during on-line registration) together with a passport, DS-160 confirmation page (one page with a barcode) and other documents depending on the visa category.and your documents. There is no cost to send documents from a TNT office to the Embassy/Consulate.

Note: If you request the TNT courier to pick up documents at your residence/office you are financially responsible for any costs associated with the shipment.

Processing of your application may take up to 10 business days. Please note that we reserve the right to request a personal interview of any applicant.

Apply for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa.