Interview Waiver

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Overview

The Interview Waiver is designed for applicants who do not need to appear at the Embassy to be fingerprinted and interviewed. They can submit their completed visa applications and relevant supporting documents at the Consular Section, Str. Alexei Mateevici 103, any Tuesday and/or Thursday between 14:30 and 15:30, except for U.S. and Moldovan holidays.

Qualifications

There are several main groups of applicants who may use the Interview Waiver. These are:

B1/B2 visa applicants

  • First-time and renewal applicants under the age of 14, who are Moldovan nationals or long-term residents in Moldova, and who are traveling with both parents, already in possession of valid U.S. visas.

In all other cases children under 14 will apply though the standard application process.

  • First-time and renewal applicants 80 years of age and older, who meet the following requirements:

1. The applicant is a Moldovan national or long-term resident in Moldova;

2. Applicant is applying for the same visa class and category as the previous visa, with the same passport type and nationality;

3. Applicant has never been arrested and has no criminal record in any country;

4. Since your last visa was issued, you have NOT applied to extend or adjust your immigration status while in the United States.

5. Since your last visa was issued, you have NOT been arrested, deported, or violated U.S. immigration laws or regulations, or your visa has NOT been cancelled or revoked.

6. The applicant has never been refused a U.S. visa, in any visa category, at any U.S. Embassy or Consulate, unless such refusal was overcome or waived, and the visa was subsequently issued.

 

F and M visa applicants:

  • The student is a Moldovan national or long-term resident in Moldova;
  • Has a previously issued F or M visa and is applying to renew the same visa classification not more than 48 months after the date the prior visa expired;
  • Is returning to the same university in the U.S. or is returning to OPT;
  • Is an active, full-time student or on OPT;
  • Has an Active status in the SEVIS database;
  • Provides their most recent transcript. (An unofficial transcript is sufficient.)

 

H-1, H-3, H-4, non-blanket L, O, P, and Q visa applicants:

  • The applicant is a Moldovan national or long-term resident in Moldova;
  • Applicant is applying for the same visa class and category as the previous visa, with the same passport type and nationality;
  • The applicant has never been refused a visa: in any visa category at any U.S. Embassy or Consulate, unless such refusal was overcome or waived and the visa was subsequently issued.
  • Applicant has never been arrested and has no criminal record in any country;

 

Applicants for G-4 visas:

  • Issued to personnel of any rank who are proceeding to the United States to take up an appointment at a designated international organization (including the United Nations).
  • Members of their immediate families may also be issued G-4 visas, except their domestic employees, who are issued G-5 visas.
  • Officers and employees of designated international organizations, who are not assigned in the United States, may be accorded G-4 classification if they intend to transit the United States.
  • G-4 visas may also be issued to personnel of any rank on the payroll of a designated international organization proceeding to the United States on behalf of that organization.
  • Applicants for G4 visas do not have to pay the visa fee and cannot use the appointment system on this website. Such applicants may bring their application documents directly to the U.S. Embassy in Chisinau, Str. Alexei Mateevici 103 any Tuesday and/or Thursday between 14:30 and 15:30, except for U.S. and Moldovan holidays. The application should also include a letter from the international organization.

Passports are returned directly to the applicants when they are ready.

How to apply

Step 1

Pay the non-refundable visa application fee (excluding G-4 applicants).

Step 2

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

Step 3

Register for your renewal. You must answer the interview waiver questions online or contact the call center in order to qualify. If you qualify you will receive the Interview Waiver confirmation page from your profile with detailed instructions of how to deliver your documents.

To register online, you will need:

  • Your valid Moldovan passport;
  • The receipt number from your payment; (Access this page if you need help finding this number.)
  • The ten (10) digit barcode number from your DS-160 confirmation page.

Step 4

Print out the Interview Waiver confirmation letter and bring all of your documents to the Consular Section, Str. Alexei Mateevici 103 any Tuesday and/or Thursday between 14:30 and 15:30, except for U.S. and Moldovan holidays.

Each applicant must provide the following documentation:

  • Interview Waiver Confirmation Page.
  • DS-160 confirmation page.
  • Application fee receipt (except for G-4 applicants).
  • Include a valid passport and previous passports containing U.S. visas.
  • For applicants under the age of 14, applications should include original birth certificate, and photocopies of parents’ valid U.S. visas.
  • Attach one recent photograph 5cm x 5cm, taken within the last 6 months on white background, no glasses. Photo Requirements can be found here.
  • Any supporting documents (form I-20, SEVIS fee confirmation for students; copy of I-797 for petition-based applicants, etc.).

 

Supporting Documents

Visa applications may contain only copies of original supporting documents like property deeds, birth certificates, marriage certificates, etc. Visa applications will be processed as quickly as possible, and applicants will be notified by e-mail when they can collect their documents and passport from the Consular Section. If your file is incomplete, you will receive a call from the U.S. Embassy requesting additional documentation, or your documents will be returned to you.

Interview Waiver applications do NOT guarantee visa issuance. If the consular officer requires an in-person interview, an employee of the Consular section will contact the applicant to schedule an appointment.