Renew My Visa

Interview Waiver

Certain visa applicants who have previously been issued U.S. visas may apply to renew their visas without attending an interview.

Qualifications for the Interview Waiver 

To qualify for interview waiver, visa applicants must be applying to renew a visa in the same classification as their prior nonimmigrant visa. Right now, this service is only available to applicants renewing a B1/B2.  Applicants must satisfy all of the following criteria for their visa class.  If applying as a group or family, all members must fulfill all criteria to qualify for interview waiver.

For B1/B2 visa holders:
• The applicant is a Ghana passport holder; and their last visa was issued in Ghana;
• The applicant’s last visa interview resulted in an issuance, and that visa has not been cancelled or revoked (note: a “cancelled without prejudice” or “CWOP” notation on an old visa is NOT a visa cancellation);
• The applicant was issued a five-year B1/B2 United States visa;
• The prior B1/B2 visa expired no more than 24 months prior to the application for reissuance;
• The applicant was at least 14 years old at the time of the last visa issuance; and
• The applicant has never been arrested anywhere in the world, nor had an encounter with law enforcement, customs, or immigration officials in the United States.

 Applicants who do not meet these criteria should schedule regular appointments to ensure they receive the earliest visa appointment available to them. If you schedule a renewal appointment but do not meet the criteria for this category, you will be turned away on your appointment date and required to schedule a new appointment. This could result in a significant delay in your application.

If someone in your family or group does not meet the qualifications above, please do not request that their interview be waived. Each applicant must meet the qualifications individually. For instance, we cannot waive an interview for a child because the parent qualifies under these guidelines. In that case, the child would need to come to the Embassy for an interview.

 Applicants should allow for about 10 to 15 business days for the Interview Waiver process to be completed.

Other Information
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