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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:

Certain Polish applicants residing in Poland, who are applying for B1/B2 visas 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 full validity B1/B2, C1/D, F or M visas issued after December 10, 2007.  Applicants whose personal data have 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.
  • Previous visa was issued for full validity.
  • They have not been refused a visa.
  • They are Polish citizens residing in Poland. 
  • They are applying for the new visa within 12 months of the expiration date of the old visa. 

F and M visa applicants:  They are continuing the same program or course of study or are attending the same school. The SEVIS number for this program must be the same as on the prior form (I-20). 

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. 

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.

Step 4

You must collect all of the documents listed below and take them to a courier TNT office. TNT will deliver them to the U.S. Embassy/Consulate at no cost.

  • Interview Waiver Confirmation letter (generated during on-line registration); 
  • A valid passport and all previous passports containing a valid U.S. visa;
  • DS-160 confirmation page (one page with barcode and photo);
  • Any other documents specific for the visa type such as I-20 for F and M visas or, a seaman’s book and a letter from the employer for C1/D visa.

To view TNT Express document drop off locations, click herePassports submitted by any other means will be sent back without consideration.

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.