Applying for a Visa Without an Interview

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Overview

Some applicants may be eligible to receive a visa without an interview provided they meet certain qualifications. Please note that this option applies only to Lithuanian citizens or residents of Lithuania physically present in Lithuania. If you are a resident, please submit a copy of your residency card together with your documents.

Children under 14 and travelers over 79, also certain first-time students, academic exchange visitors and temporary workers who have prior travel to the United States are encouraged to use the Interview Waiver Program and use the mail-in service if they live in Lithuania and have no prior visa or ESTA denials.

Qualifications

Qualification for 1st time applicants:

  • You are over 79 or under 14 years of age.
  • You are F, M or academic J visa applicant or a qualifying derivative, citizen of a Visa Waiver Program country; you have traveled to the United States on the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) and have no indication of potential travel ineligibility, and your ESTA has never been denied.
  • You are H, L (Individual), O, P, Q applicant or a qualifying derivative, citizen of a Visa Waiver Program country; you have traveled to the United States on the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) and have no indication of potential travel ineligibility, and your ESTA has never been denied.

Qualifications for applicants renewing their visas:

  • You are applying for the same visa category (applies to B1/B2, C1/D, F, M, academic J, individual petition-based H, L (Individual), O, P, Q visa applicants), and your visa expired less than 48 months ago.
  • You have been previously issued any kind of visa and you are applying for F, H-1, H-2, H3, H-4, L (Individual), M, O, P, Q, or academic J; you have not been previously refused a visa and have no indication of potential visa ineligibility.
  • Your passport with the previous visa is still in your possession.
  • In the annotation field, your previous visa does NOT show ANY of the following: “Waiver”, “Clearance”, or “Blanket”.

How to apply

Step 1

Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form.

Step 2

Create a profile on this web page. After logging in to our online applicant system, select “Schedule Appointment”. Please proceed to answer the questions, which will evaluate your eligibility to apply for a visa without an interview. If qualified for an interview waiver, you will receive detailed instructions on how to submit your documents. As part of this multi-step process, you will be presented with options for paying the visa application fee. You will need three pieces of information in order to register online:

  • Passport details
  • CGI receipt number
  • Ten (10) digit barcode number from your DS-160 confirmation page (one page with a barcode)
Step 3

You should send the documents ONLY by registered mail to the U.S. Embassy Vilnius, Consular Section, Akmenų 6, Vilnius LT-03106. You need to provide the Interview Waiver Confirmation Letter (generated during online registration), together with your passport, DS-160 confirmation page, self-addressed and pre-paid envelope, and other required documents, which will depend on the specific visa type for which you are applying. You will receive the Interview Waiver Confirmation Letter if, based on your answers to the interview waiver eligibility questions at Step 7 of the online applicant system, it is determined that you are eligible for an interview waiver.

Step 4

Once we receive your application package, a consular official will make the final determination as to whether you qualify for visa issuance without a personal interview. Information regarding passport retrieval, at the conclusion of the visa adjudication process, can be found at: https://lt.usembassy.gov/lt/visas-lt/nonimmigrant-visas-lt/.

More Information

Apply for a U.S. Nonimmigrant Visa