Renew My Visa

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Overview

Qualifications for renewing a Visitor (B-1/B-2) visa without an interview at the Consular Section:

The applicant applies to ALL of the following conditions:

  • Possesses a valid 10-year B-1/B-2 visa (or one that has expired within the past 48 months), and
  • Has never been arrested or convicted of a crime, deported from the United States, denied entry to the United States, or have had any other problems or difficulties with U.S. Customs and Border Protection when attempting to enter the United States. 

Applicants will be required to apply through the normal application process if ANY of the following conditions applies:

  • The U.S. visa expired over 48 months ago;
  • The passport is damaged;
  • The applicant must travel immediately; or
  • The applicant is a domestic employee and traveling as such.

In all cases, consular officers reserve the right to require an interview of any visa applicant.

Renewal Program for Other Visa Categories: (C-1/D, F (Except Optional Practical Training), M, I, J (Except J-1 Summer Work and Travel), H, L, O, P, Q, R)

Some applicants born in Venezuela and applying with a Venezuelan passport may qualify for this program by mail without a personal interview.

Who is eligible for this renewal program?

Applicants applying in the exact same visa category, with a previous visa issued in Caracas on or after December 10, 2007, and who have had all ten fingerprints captured at a prior interview. (Both principal applicants and derivatives can qualify for this program).

To apply through this program an applicant must meet ALL of the following requirements: 

  • Renewing a C-1/D, F, M, I, J (except J-1 Summer Work and Travel), H, L, O, P, Q or R Visa;
  • Possess a valid visa, or one expired within the past 12 months;
  • Applying for the exact same visa category, with the previous visa issued in Caracas on or after December 10, 2007, and who have had all ten fingerprints captured at prior interview;
  • Born in Venezuela and applying with a Venezuelan passport;
  • Have the visa being renewed in his/her possession;
  • Be physically present in Venezuela at the time of the application;
  • Not have a previous visa refused, lost, stolen or revoked within the last 10 years;
  • Not have been arrested or convicted of a crime, deported from the United States, denied entry to the United States, or have had any other problems or difficulties with U.S. Customs and Border Protection when attempting to enter the United States.
Special Note for F, M, and J applicants
  • Students (F and M applicants) are eligible provided the applicant is renewing his or her visa to either: (a) continue participation in the same program even if at a different institution; or (b) attend the same institution even if in a different program.
  • Exchange visitors (J applicants) are eligible if the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) number has not changed from the previously issued visa.

In all cases, consular officers reserve the right to require an interview of any visa applicant.

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