Interview Waiver for Business and Tourism (B1/B2)


Some visa applicants may not need to appear for a visa interview if they qualify for the Interview Waiver. If qualified, applicants only need to drop the required documents at the RPX Document Drop-off Location any business day between 10am and 3pm. Applicants do not need to come in person to drop off their documents. This process will take 7-10 business days to complete.


To qualify for the Interview Waiver, you must be able to answer "YES" to ALL of the following:

  1. I am an Indonesian passport holder.
  2. I was previously issued a full-validity visa (*a B1/B2 valid for five years) in Jakarta or Surabaya in an Indonesian passport.
  3. My previous U.S. visa is still valid or recently expired within the last twelve months.
  4. I was 14 years of age or older at the time the previous visa was issued.
  5. I have all of my passports covering the entire period of time since I received the full-validity visa. (If your answer is yes, you are required to submit your current passport as well as the passport with the most recent U.S. visa. You may not use interview waiver if you lost your previous passport that had a valid or expired U.S. visa).
  6. I have not been refused a U.S. visa in the last twelve months. (NOTE: All previous visa refusals, even if later approved, must be disclosed on the DS-160 visa application.).
  7. I have never stayed in the U.S. longer than 6 months on a B1/B2 visa (even if the Department of Homeland Security approved the extension of stay).
  8. I have never been arrested or convicted for any offense or crime, even if subject of a pardon.

How to Apply

If you meet the above requirements, follow the steps below:

Step 1

Complete the non-immigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form; please see this link for the guidelines 

Step 2

Log in to our appointment system and create a profile. Once logged in, choose “Schedule Appointment”. As you go through the process you will answer the interview waiver questions which will evaluate your eligibility to renew your visa through interview waiver.

Step 3

After you answer the questions, you will be prompted to pay and enter the visa application (MRV) fee. Please see this link for more information on how to pay your MRV fee. If you are eligible to apply for a visa through interview waiver, you will be able to print out the “Drop Box Confirmation Letter”

Step 4

Gather following documents and drop them off at the nearest RPX Document Drop-off Location any weekdays between 10am – 3pm. You do not need to come in person to drop off your documents.

  1. DS-160 Confirmation Page
  2. Current and prior passport containing your previous visa
  3. One photo size 5x5 cm taken within the last 6 months, please see this link for photo requirements
  4. Interview waiver confirmation letter
  5. MRV or EFT Receipt

Additional documents for children under 14 years old

  1. Original Birth Certificate
  2. Original passport of one parent containing a valid U.S. visa

Step 5

RPX courier will deliver your documents to the US Embassy/Consulate.

Step 6

At the end of the adjudication process, RPX courier will return your passports and documents at your chosen delivery address. If eligible, your passport will contain your visa. If not eligible to renew your visa through interview waiver, you will receive a notification by e-mail.

Important Notes:

  1. The U.S Embassy in Jakarta and Consulate in Surabaya reserve the right to interview any applicant. If an interview is required, an Embassy or Consulate representative will contact the applicant.
  2. If you drop off your documents for renewal but are not eligible for the Interview Waiver, your application will be placed on hold and you will be asked to schedule a regular appointment. Please make sure you are eligible for the Interview Waiver based on the above criteria. You should submit your application well in advance of your travel plans,
  3. If additional information or document is needed, you will be informed by email or phone. Please make sure the e-mail address in your application is valid and please check your e-mail regularly after you drop your application.
  4. Children under 14 years of age whose parent(s) qualify for visa renewal through the interview waiver do not need to schedule a regular appointment (even if the child has never previously been issued a visa). The parent can simply pay the MRV fee and submit the completed application for each child under 14 at the same time they submit their own application. The parent must include the original birth certificate of each child, which will be returned along with the passport once the visa is issued. In addition, children under 14 years of age whose parent(s) have valid visa (s) do not need to schedule a regular appointment (even if the child has previously been issued a visa). The parent must pay the MRV fee and submit the application, include the child’s original birth certificate, and submit their own passport with valid U.S. visa.
  5. All applicants must qualify on their own. Spouses, parents, or any other family member unable to meet the interview waiver criteria will not be eligible for interview waiver. Those applicants must schedule a regular appointment.
  6. You must be physically present in Indonesia. An application cannot be sent by international mail to be processed.