Renew My Visa

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

This service is available to applicants renewing a B1/B2, C1/D, F, M, J, H, or L visa in the same visa classification as their prior nonimmigrant visa. All applicants must satisfy all the required qualifications to be eligible for interview waiver.  If applying as a group or family, each member must fulfill all qualifications to qualify for interview waiver.

Interview Waiver (IW) Qualifications

  • Applicant must possess a full-validity B1/B2, C1/D, F, M, J, H, or L visa that expired within the past 24 months from date of application or will expire in the next three months from date of application. (the date of application is the same date as the scheduled appointment date)
  • Applicant must be applying for a visa in the same visa classification as the expired/expiring visa.
  • Applicant must be a citizen or resident of Nigeria.
  • Applicant must not have been refused a visa since the issuance of the previous visa, or had a visa revoked, or have ever required a waiver.
  • Applicant must possess all issued passports covering the entire period since receiving the previous visa and the passport with the most recent visa.
  • Applicant has never been arrested or convicted of any crime or offense in the United States, even if the applicant has later received a waiver or pardon.
  • Applicant has never worked without authorization or remained beyond their permitted time in the United States.
  • Applicant (if under 18) must be able to submit a photocopy of parent(s) valid visa(s) unless parent(s) are also applying at the same time and the minor meets all the above qualifications.


Additional Qualification Requirements by Visa Classification

For C1/D visa holders:

  • the applicant must submit a letter from the employer outlining the scope, duration, and location of the anticipated work.

For F visa holders:

  • the applicant must submit a valid I-20.

For J visa holders:

  • the J visa must be for academic purposes.
  • the applicant must submit an original DS-2019, and the J-1 application must be for an academic program (not summer work travel, au pair, or camp counselor).

For H or L visa holders:

  • the applicant must submit a valid I-797.

Applicants Who Qualify for Interview Waiver (IW)

  • Use the Apply for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa link below to complete an application. During the scheduling process you will be asked questions confirming eligibility for interview waiver and provided instructions on how to submit the application.

 

ALL APPLICANTS

Applicants Who Do Not Qualify for Interview Waiver (IW)
Applicants who do not meet interview waiver criteria should schedule regular appointments to ensure they receive the earliest visa appointment available to them. If you apply for interview waiver but do not meet the criteria, your application will not be accepted, and you will be required to schedule a new appointment. This will result in a significant delay in your application.

Family/Group Applications
If someone in your family or group does not meet interview waiver criteria, please do not request an interview waiver. Each applicant must meet the qualifications individually. For instance, we cannot waive an interview for a child if the child does not individually meet the qualifications. In that case, the child would need to schedule an appointment and come to the Embassy or Consulate for an interview. The parent(s) could still apply for an interview waiver if they meet the qualifications.

To remove a child or other dependent that does not qualify for interview waiver from your profile, please follow these steps: 

  • Log in to the primary applicant's profile
  • Click New Scheduling Appointment
  • Follow the steps until you reach Step 6.
  • At step 6, check for the dependent's information and click "x" to remove the dependent's information from the primary applicants’ profile.

Applicants Who Qualify for Interview Waiver (IW) AND are Currently Scheduled for A Regular Appointment
Scheduled applicants who qualify for interview waiver based on the above criteria can cancel their appointments and re-apply for interview waiver on this link. During the rescheduling process you will be asked questions confirming eligibility for interview waiver and provided instructions on how to submit the application. Scheduling instructions can be found on this link. If you do not qualify for interview waiver, please do not cancel your appointment as there is no mechanism to reinstate your cancelled appointment.

Current DS-160 Requirement
All interview waiver applicants must submit a DS-160 that is no more than six months old and that is accurately reflected in the applicant’s online profile. We will not accept your visa application if you do not submit a current DS-160 with your application or if your online profile does not accurately reflect a current DS-160.

Processing Time
Applicants should allow up to 8 weeks for the interview waiver process to be completed.

Other Information

Apply for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa