Renew My Visa

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Overview

The U.S. visa application is often much simpler if you are renewing your visa. It is important to know that your visa may still be used, even if it is in an expired passport. You can travel to the United States with your old passport containing a valid visa and your new, valid passport.

However, you may qualify for a waiver of the interview requirement, eliminating the need to come to the Embassy. Use of the Interview Waiver service does not guarantee visa issuance. Further, we may, in some cases, after reviewing an application submitted by mail, require an in-person interview.

Qualifications

Applicants may qualify for a waiver of the interview requirement in the following situations:

  • Children under 14 are eligible for the Interview Waiver service, even if they have not been issued a US visa before.
  • Applicants of 80 years of age or older are eligible for the Interview Waiver service, even if they have not been issued a US visa before.
  • You are applying for the same visa category: B1, B1/B2, C1, C1/D, F1, F2, H4, I, J1*, J2, L2, M1, M2, O1, O2, O3, P4 or R2. (J* Does not apply to Summer Work Travel Program). Dependents of petition-based visa applicants cannot submit their applications before the principal applicant.
  • Your U.S. visa is still valid or expired less than 12 months ago.
  • Your last visa was issued after January 1, 2008.
  • Your passport with the previous visa is still in your possession (it has not been lost or stolen).
  • In the annotation field, your previous visa does NOT show ANY of the following: “Waiver” or “Clearance”.
  • Your nationality, date of birth and gender are the same in your old and new passports.
  • You are currently in Romania.
  • Since your last visa was issued, you have NOT applied to extend or adjust your immigration status while in the United States.
  • Since your last visa was issued, you have NOT been arrested or deported or violated U.S. immigration laws or regulations.
  • Since your last visa was issued, you have NOT applied for a visa and been refused or your visa has been cancelled or revoked.

The Consular Section reserves the right to request that an applicant appear in person for an interview after reviewing his or her application.

Please note that if you are applying for a visa with a temporary passport, the validity of your visa will be limited to one year. If you have applied for a visa with a temporary passport in the past, you will be asked to obtain a full validity passport prior to visa issuance. To avoid delays in visa processing, please apply with a full validity passport. Full validity Romanian passports are valid for five years. If your passport is valid for one year or less, it is a temporary passport.

How to apply

Step 1

Complete the non-immigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form and print out the DS-160 Confirmation Page with bar-code.

Step 2

Log-in to our online applicant system and create/update your profile to pay the visa application (MRV) fee. Once logged in, choose “New Application/Schedule Appointment”, select “Nonimmigrant Visa” and then “Continue”. You will select the visa category; you will provide passport information, the DS-160 Application ID, contact information and the address for passport delivery.

Step 3

As you go through the process you will answer the questions which will evaluate your eligibility for the Interview Waiver. After you answer the questions, you will be prompted to enter an address where you want your passport and visa to be delivered and prompted to pay the visa fee. If qualified for the Interview Waiver, you will receive detailed instructions of how to deliver your documents. You will need three pieces of information in order to register online:

  • Your passport number
  • The receipt number from your payment receipt. (Click here if you need help finding this number.)
  • The ten (10) digit barcode number from your DS-160 confirmation page

Make sure you select how you choose to have your passport with visa delivered:

  • TNT Pick-up: You may pick up your passport at the TNT pick-up location you specified when you scheduled your interview. This option is free.
  • Premium Delivery: If you select this option, we will send your passport to your home or office via TNT courier. There is an additional fee of 24 RON/passport for this service, which is paid directly to TNT on delivery.              

IMPORTANT! You must print out the Interview Waiver Confirmation Page and send it to the Consular Section along with the other documents. If we do not receive the Interview Waiver Confirmation Page, we will not be able to process your visa application. This is how the Interview Waiver Confirmation Page looks like:

 

Step 4

Gather your DS-160 confirmation page, current and previous passports, a recent photo and your Interview Waiver Confirmation Page and the bank receipt/proof of payment. Depending on the visa category, you may require additional documentation i.e. work contract/letter of employment for crew members or technicians on board vessels (C1/D and B1), valid I-20 form for students (F1 or M1), DS-2019 for exchange visitors (J1), press credentials for journalist (I) etc.

Step 5

Visa applicants wishing to take advantage of this service should ensure they send their application and supporting documents to the Embassy by TNT.

You will need to send the documents by TNT Express (TNT pick up locations). To do so, you have to go to a TNT pick up location and submit the Interview Waiver Confirmation Letter and all the other required documents. This service is free of charge.

Important: If you want a TNT courier to pick up the documents from your home/office, you have to pay an additional fee.

Step 6

At the end of the visa adjudication process, TNT will return your documents and your passport to you at the chosen document delivery address in your profile. You can change the delivery address by accessing your profile. If issued, your passport will contain your visa.

Once we receive your application package, a consular officer will make the final determination whether you qualify for visa issuance without a personal interview. In such a case, your visa will be issued and your passport containing the visa will be returned to you. Processing time takes a minimum of 7 to 10 working days.

Should an officer determine a personal interview is required, you will receive a visa interview appointment letter via TNT.