Attention residents of Belarus:
Beginning June 1, 2015, non-immigrant visa applicants who reside in Belarus must renew their visas via the U.S. Embassy in Minsk . Only Belarussian applicants who live in Russia are eligible to send their passports to Moscow for visa renewal.

Renew My Visa

On this page:


Repeat travelers to the United States may, under some circumstances, renew their visas without appearing at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate for an interview. Additionally, some governments (including the Russian Federation) 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 visa and a combination of an expired and valid visa, then the U.S. government will allow you to travel to the United States with your old passport containing a valid visa and your new, valid passport.


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:

  • All ten fingerprints were captured at a prior consular interview
  • For holders of B1/B2 (tourist), I (journalist), or C1/D (crew) visas: Your most recent visa was issued after November 6, 2007 and is currently valid or you are applying within 11 months of the expiration of that visa.
    For holders of all other types of visas: Your previous visa is currently valid or you are reapplying within 11 months of the expiration of your previous visa.
  • You are applying for the exact same type of visa as your current/previous visa
  • Your visa does not have Clearance Received annotated on it
  • You must be present in the Russian Federation

Foreign nationals applying in Russia who are required to pay an issuance (reciprocity) fee will need to apply in person and pay the reciprocity fee at the consular cashier. Please visit this page to find out if you are required to pay issuance (reciprocity) fee. Russian citizens do not have to pay any issuance fees and it is not possible to pay these fees through computerized branches of Russia Post or online.

Below are several examples of what the maximum validity of visa could be for citizens of certain countries who apply in Russia, depending on the application method chosen:

Maximum validity of the visa based on the application method
Nationals of Application without interview Interview in the Consular section
Armenia N - 3 months, single entry visa
Q, R - applicants for theses categories
cannot apply through interview waiver process
N, Q, R - 12 months, multiple
entry visa
Kyrgyzstan B, F, M, J, H, I, L, O, P, Q, R - 3 months, single
entry visa
B, F, M, J, H, I, L, O, P, Q, R - 12
months, multiple entry visa
Turkmenistan B, F, J, M, I - 3 months, multiple entry visa

C, D, H, L, N, O, P, Q, R - 1 month, single
entry visa
B, F, J, M, I - 12 months, multiple
entry visa
C, D, H, L, N, O, P, Q, R - 12
months, single entry visa

 If all of the above conditions are not met then you must schedule an interview.

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. Submit your application well in advance of your planned travel to allow for the possibility that a visa interview will be necessary.

How to Apply

Step 1

Pay the visa application fee. This webpage lists all of the visa fees associated with the most common nonimmigrant visa types. Instructions for how to pay your fees are available on this webpage.

Step 2

Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form. (Choose ‘Russian’ in the dropdown menu at the top right of the screen to view the application with Russian translations.) After completing the form, print and save your confirmation page.

Step 3

Register an account on this webpage. 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:

  • Your current passport
  • Your current or most recent visa (if your most recent visa is still valid, you must submit the original visa with your application. A copy will not be sufficient).
  • Printed drop-box letter
  • One photograph taken within the last six months (conforming to the guidelines on this webpage). In the vast majority of cases, YOU MAY NOT SUBMIT THE SAME PHOTOGRAPH THAT APPEARED ON YOUR LAST VISA. Failure to submit a valid photograph will delay the processing of your case.
  • The checklist of all documents submitted as part of the drop-box application.
  • Supporting documentation required for your visa type

Step 4

Bring your documents to a Pony Express office. Please don’t call-in the Pony Express courier services for pick up documents from your residence/office, since such shipments are considered as regular mail and might be returned to you for the re-submission of documents in line with the required process. If you haven’t filled the checklist in advance, you will need to complete it a Pony Express office. A Pony Express employee will review your document checklist before accepting your application for delivery to the U.S. Embassy/Consulate. Both copies of the checklist would have to be signed by applicant/representative and Pony Express officer. Extra copies of the checklist for applicant’s references aren’t provided.

Step 5

If additional information is needed to complete processing of your case, you will be informed by email. If your application is approved, your passport and visa will be delivered to you by Pony Express or held for you to pick up at the address you specified when you scheduled your interview. Details on passport delivery are available on this webpage.