Renew My Visa

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The U.S. visa application process is in many ways 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.

Interview Waiver procedure is available in order to expedite the visa application process. In most cases, using this service eliminates the need to come in for an interview. Like an interview, however, the use of the interview waiver procedure does not guarantee visa issuance. Further, we may, in some cases, after reviewing an application submitted, require a person to appear for an in-person interview.


You may be eligible to apply for a U.S. visa without an interview based on your age, if you are renewing a prior U.S. visa that expired less than 48 months ago, or if you have diplomatic or government affiliated travel. You may not use the Interview Waiver service if your previous visa was lost, stolen, or revoked. 

Qualification for Interview Waiver  Based on Age:

  • Children under 14 years of age,and applicants age 80 or older, may apply by mailing their application materials if they have not been previously found ineligible for a U.S. visa. Please see below in “Supporting Documentation" to ensure the correct documents are included with the application.
  • These applicants must be a citizen or resident of Finland.
  • These applicants must be physically present in Finland.

Qualification for Interview Waiver  Based on Past U.S. Travel:

  • Received a visa after January 1, 2008 and had their fingerprints taken;
  • Are applying for a visa in the same category as the previous visa;
  • Are applying for the new visa within 48 months of the expiration date of the old visa or the old visa is still valid;
  • Are a citizen or resident of Finland;
  • Your previous visa is not marked with "clearance received" or "waiver granted".

Qualification for Interview Waiver Based on Diplomatic, Government, and/or International Organization Affiliation

  • Foreign Government Officials traveling on official government business – A1, A2  visas
  • International Organizations Representatives (e.g. United Nations, World Bank) – G1, G2, G3, G4 visas
  • NATO Representatives and Military Personnel traveling on official business -NATO-1, NATO-2, NATO-3, NATO-4, NATO-5, NATO-6 visas

Please see this page to find more information on how to apply for a diplomatic/official visa.

IMPORTANT: Please note that even if you meet the qualifications above, you still may be required to come to the Embassy for an interview or to pay outstanding fees. You will be informed by e-mail if this is the case.  

Supporting Documentation

All Applicants:

  • Passport.
  • The DS-160 application form confirmation page.
  • One Photograph: Two inches square (51mm x 51mm) color photograph, less than 6 months old, against a white background, full frontal view.
  • Application fee receipt number (or other document which shows that application fee has already been paid).
  • Interview Waiver (vahvistuskirje) confirmation page

Specific Applicants:

  • Children under 14 years old:
    • Extract from the Population Information System in Finland (virkatodistus) showing the child’s parents or legal guardians.
    • A written description of the child’s intended purpose of U.S. travel that includes contact information for the U.S. inviter and a description of his or her relationship to the child.
    • Copies of the parents’ passport biographic information pages OR national ID cards.
    • Copies of the parents' current and/or previous U.S. visas, if available.
    • Please note, if a parent or parents are applying in-person for a visa at the U.S Embassy, not through the drop-off service, the parent(s) may book an appointment in the child’s name and drop off the child's application at the time of their own interview.
  • F-1 and J-1 visa holders:
    • Research/study plans with information about your planned studies or research in the United States, including the name and e-mail address of your advising professor and/or the head of your department in the United States.
    • Evidence of financial support for your study or exchange program. Evidence may include: tuition payment receipts, evidence of scholarship or grant funding, bank statements showing sufficient funds for your intended length of stay, statements from your school, college, or university stating fees have been received by the institution, etc.
  • Business travelers: Include a copy of the invitation letter, itinerary, and applicant’s resume with the application.
  • C-1/D applicants: Provide a current joining letter (original copy preferred) and photocopy of your work ID:
  • Please review the requirements for your applicable visa category to determine other essential and recommended documentation.
  • Interview Waiver (vahvistuskirje) confirmation page.

How to Apply

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. If you are eligible to apply for a visa without an interview, you will receive detailed instructions on how to deliver your documents. Depending on the visa category, you may require additional documentation and a reciprocity fee. Please refer to your specific visa category page for additional required documents.

Step 4

INTERVIEW WAIVER applicants are required to attach a self-addressed postage paid return envelope to their mail-in application.
Families may provide one return envelope for the return of passports of all family members.

Embassy’s mailing address:
Consular Section – Visa Unit
Itäinen Puistotie 14 B
00140 Helsinki
We recommend the following options by Posti: registered envelope or an express envelope. You can find more information on both options below.
Registered letter:
Express letter:
A pickup option is not available for interview waiver applicants.