Requirements for Visa renewal or Interview Waiver (Only for Honduran citizens and residents)

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Visa Processing Time

Visa Applications are processed as efficiently as possible and the U.S. Embassy strives to keep the wait time for appointments as short as possible. Approved Interview Waived applications may take up to twelve (12) weeks to process from the date of submission. Nonimmigrant visa applicants are encouraged to apply at least three months in advance of their intended date of travel. We recommend that you don’t purchase airline tickets until your visa has been approved and your passport returned. 


Let us first remind you that the basic requirements and interview for a visa to the United States are the same whether you are applying for the first time, or renewing your visa. However, if you meet certain requirements, You can apply to the Visa Renewal Process or Interview Waiver.

If there are several applicants making a single appointment (for example, a family), all members in your group must meet every one of the following requirements in order to schedule an Interview Waiver appointment; otherwise, you must all make regular appointments.

Remember that in addition to the following, it is always necessary to present the regular documentation necessary for a visa.

Requirements for a Renewal Appointment 

If you can answer “yes” to all the following questions, you qualify for our Interview Waiver/Dropbox process. You will need to drop off your application at a Cargo Expreso location.   

Eligibility criteria for B1, B2, B1/B2, C1, and C1/D applicants, except children below 14 years of age and applicants 80 years of age or older:    

    • I have a valid B1, B2, B1/B2, C1, or C1/D visa, or one that expired within the last 48 months. 
    • My prior visa is not annotated “Clearance Received” or “Department Authorization”. 
    • My most recent visa (in the same class for which I am applying) was issued on or after my 14th birthday. 
    • My most recent visa (in the same class for which I am applying) was not lost/stolen or cancelled. 
    • I have no refusals for a visa in any class after my most recent visa issuance. 
    • I am not employed as a domestic employee.  

Eligibility Criteria for Child below 14 years of age:   

    • I am applying at least two weeks before my 14th birthday. 


    • Child below 14 years of age must submit a photocopy of each parent’s valid U.S. visa (note that if parents do not hold U.S. visas, children are not eligible for the interview waiver).  
    • If a minor applicant has a parent that has died since their last issuance, please provide an original death certificate.
    • If a parent has an in-person interview, he or she can bring documents for the child under the age of 14 during the visa interview and the child does not need to join. 

Eligibility criteria for applicants 80 years of age or older:   

    • I am applying on or after my 80th birthday. 
    • My most recent visa application was not refused. 

Eligibility criteria for H2A and H2B applicants:   

    • My employer has an approved petition (I-797).   

Eligibility criteria for H-3, H-4, M, O, P, Q, and J visa applicants:

The Department of State has waived, through December 31, 2023, the in-person interview requirement for  H-3, H-4, M, O, P, and Q visa applicants and their derivatives and J visa applicants qualifying as professors, research scholars, short-term scholars, or specialists (“academic J visa applicants”) and their J2 derivatives a) who were previously issued any class of visa; b) first-time applicants who are citizens or nationals of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) participating countries; or c) returning student applicants who are citizens or nationals of VWP participating countries and who have no prior ESTA denials, subject to certain conditions:

    • My most recent visa was not lost, stolen, or cancelled.
    • I have no refusals for a visa in any class after my most recent visa issuance. 


  1. Your current passport with at least 6 months of validity. 
  2. Your previous passport if your last visa is not in your current passport. 
  3. DS-160 confirmation page of your visa application. 
  4. One (1) color photograph, size 2x2" with a white background taken in the last six (6) months. Applicants should not wear glasses in the photo and both ears should be visible.  
  5. A bank receipt showing proof of payment for your visa application. 
  6. If applying for a C1/D visa, a copy of your letter of employment.   
  7. If applying for a H2A or H2B, H-3, O, P, or Q visa, a copy of the approved petition (I-797).  
  8. If applying for an H4 visa, a copy of your spouse’s valid visa and approved petition. 
  9. If applying for an M visa, form I-20, including one form per derivative and evidence of financial support such as bank statements and scholarships. Derivative must present documentation for qualifying relationship (birth certificate or marriage certificate).
  10. If applying for a J visa, form DS-2019 including, one form per derivative. Derivative must present documentation for qualifying relationship (birth certificate or marriage certificate).


I meet all the requirements.  How do I apply for this process?  

Step 1: Complete the application form, also known as the DS-160.  The questions are in English, but you can access a Spanish translation by selecting “Spanish” in the ToolTip drop-down menu in the upper right corner of the page. Once selected, place your cursor over a phrase to see an instant translation. Once you have finished your application, please remember to print your confirmation page.  

Step 2: Create your profile in  

Step 3: Pay the nonrefundable application fee and print your proof of payment.  

Step 4: Log into your profile, respond to the questions, and schedule your appointment.   

Note: Using the interview waiver 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.  

Reciprocity Fee:

Hondurans who are approved for visas that require a reciprocity fee must pay in person at the consular section. We will contact the applicant to schedule a time to come in. To learn more about the cost of reciprocity fee go to: