Applicants Not Requiring a Personal Appearance

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Overview

The following types of applicants may apply for a visa without making a personal appearance at AIT Taipei.  However, such applicants may still be required to appear for an interview when required by a consular officer.  Applicants not meeting these criteria are required to make an appointment and appear for an interview. No exceptions will be made to these requirements. 

Applicants 13 years old and younger

Applicants 13 years old and younger (applicants who have not reached their 14th birthday):  Personal appearance of applicant is not required.  However, an interview appointment is required and a parent or legal guardian must appear for an interview on behalf of the applicant.  If the parent or legal guardian is unable to appear for an interview on behalf of the child, the child must make an appointment and appear for an interview.  Children applying for an F-1 visa to study in the United States must still make a personal appearance and be interviewed.  Please visit Apply for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa for more details. 

Applicants over the age of 79

Applicants over the age of 79 (applicants who have reached their 80th birthday):  Personal appearance or appointment is not required.  Applicant or a representative should take the following steps to submit the application.

Step 1

Complete the non-immigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form. 

Step 2

Log-in to our online applicant system and create a profile to pay the visa application (MRV) fee. Once logged in, choose “Schedule appointment”. As you go through the process you will answer the drop-box questions which will evaluate your eligibility to apply for a visa without an interview. 

Step 3

After you answer the questions, you will be prompted to pay the visa fee. 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:

  • - Your passport number
  • - The receipt number from your payment receipt. (Clickhere if you need help finding this number.)
  • - The ten (10) digit barcode number from your DS-160 confirmation pag
Step 4

Gather the following documents:

  • your DS-160 confirmation page,
  • one photograph taken within the last six months,
  • MRV fee receipt,
  • A valid passport. Most visa applicants must have a passport valid for at least 6 months past the date of their anticipated departure from the United States.  Taiwan passport holders and passport holders from certain countries may enter the United States with passports that will expire in less than 6 months.  However, they will not be permitted to remain in the U.S. beyond the validity of their passports.
  • all previous passports - If your previous passports are lost or stolen, you must provide AIT with a Certificate of Entry and Exit Dates (from 1983 to present).  To obtain a Certificate of Entry and Exit Dates, please visit the Taiwan National Immigration Agency’s website for details.  If you have reported for passport lost, please also provide the police report.
  • If you have legally changed your name, please bring your Taiwan Household Registration Record (listing entire immediate family with detailed notes). 
  • If you have been arrested or convicted for any offense or crime, please bring the police record or court documents to your interview.  (If the original record was not written in English, please also provide an English translation.)  Please also provide a Taiwan Police Criminal Record Certificate regardless of where you were arrested or convicted.
  • If you have abandoned your U.S. lawful permanent resident status (or green card), please provide proof of abandonment.
  • Please refer to your specific visa category page for additional required documents. 
Step 5

You or your representative should take your package with your supporting documents to a designated document delivery location and drop them off for delivery to AIT.  Click here for locations.  You do not need to pay additional fee for this delivery service.

Step 6

At the end of the visa adjudication process, the courier will return your documents and your passport to you at the chosen pick-up location. You can change the delivery address by accessing your profile. If issued, your passport will contain your visa. 

Applicants renewing C1/D visas

Applicants renewing C1/D visas: Airline crewmembers and seamen who are renewing C1/D visas do not need to make an appointment or personally appear at AIT if they meet the following requirements.  Applicants who do not meet the requirements for this C1/D Visa Renewal Program are required to make an appointment and personally appear for an interview.  This program does not entitle any applicant to a waiver of interview and a consular officer may require any applicant to personally appear for an interview.  No exceptions will be made to these requirements. 

  • On the renewal application date, the applicant holds a C1/D visa that is either currently valid or that has been expired for less than 12 months. Under this program, the renewal application date must be prior to the one year anniversary date of the visa expiration.  For example, if your previous C1/D visa expiration date is 10 January 2014, you may apply for a C1/D renewal without the need to personally appear at AIT on or before 9 January 2015.  If you apply on or after 10 January 2015, you will need to make an appointment and personally appear for an interview.
  • The applicant had all ten fingers fingerprinted for their previous visa application. AIT began taking ten-finger fingerprints for visa applicants on November 7, 2007.
  • The applicant normally resides in Taiwan. Applicants who are not Taiwan passport bearers must provide a photocopy of their ARC card or other evidence of Taiwan residence.
  • The applicant may also renew a B1/B2 visa in conjunction with their C1/D visa renewal application under this program if the B1/B2 visa is currently valid or expired no more than 12 months before the renewal application date.
  • The applicant DOES NOT qualify for this program and must make an appointment and personally appear for an interview (1) if the applicant has ever been refused a visa, (2) if the applicant’s most recent C1/D and/or B1/B2 visas were lost or stolen, or (3) if any of the applicants biographical information has changed (including the applicant’s name).

The Applicant or a representative should take the following steps to submit the application. 

Step 1

Complete the non-immigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form. 

Step 2

Log-in to our online applicant system and create a profile to pay the visa application (MRV) fee. Once logged in, choose “Schedule appointment”. As you go through the process you will answer the drop-box questions which will evaluate your eligibility to apply for a visa without an interview. 

Step 3

After you answer the questions, you will be prompted to pay the visa fee. 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:

  • - Your passport number
  • - The receipt number from your payment receipt. (Clickhere if you need help finding this number.)
  • - The ten (10) digit barcode number from your DS-160 confirmation pag
Step 4

Gather the following documents:

  • your DS-160 confirmation page,
  • one photograph taken within the last six months,
  • MRV fee receipt,
  • A valid passport. Most visa applicants must have a passport valid for at least 6 months past the date of their anticipated departure from the United States.  Taiwan passport holders and passport holders from certain countries may enter the United States with passports that will expire in less than 6 months.  However, they will not be permitted to remain in the U.S. beyond the validity of their passports.
  • all previous passports, including the most recent visas.
  • an employment verification letter from the employer
  • If you have legally changed your name, please bring your Taiwan Household Registration Record (listing entire immediate family with detailed notes). 
  • If you have been arrested or convicted for any offense or crime, please bring the police record or court documents to your interview.  (If the original record was not written in English, please also provide an English translation.)  Please also provide a Taiwan Police Criminal Record Certificate regardless of where you were arrested or convicted.
  • If you have abandoned your U.S. lawful permanent resident status (or green card), please provide proof of abandonment. 
Step 5

You or your representative should take your package with your supporting documents to a designated document delivery location and drop them off for delivery to AIT.  Click here for locations.  You do not need to pay additional fee for this delivery service.

Step 6

At the end of the visa adjudication process, the courier will return your documents and your passport to you at the chosen pick-up location. You can change the delivery address by accessing your profile. If issued, your passport will contain your visa.