Beginning September 1, 2020 submission of interview waiver applications by appointment and additional documents (once resumed) can be done via U.S. Visa document delivery locations operated by VFS Global or in selected Russia post location. If you have an interview waiver appointment scheduled in August, you would need to submit your documents to the Pony Express location. Please click here to view the list of all available document drop-off locations.

Renew My Visa

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Overview

Repeat travelers to the United States may, under some circumstances, renew their visas without appearing at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate for an interview. Additionally, some governments (including the Russian Federation) allow their citizens to travel with a valid visa in an expired passport, provided the traveler also has a valid passport. If your government allows travel with a valid visa and a combination of an expired and valid visa, then the U.S. government will allow you to travel to the United States with your old passport containing a valid visa and your new, valid passport.

Applicants must schedule an appointment to drop off visa renewal applications in Moscow, Yekaterinburg or Vladivostok, though there may not be appointment availability for all visa categories in all locations. Applicants who reside in Russia may also apply at any U.S. Embassy/Consulate outside of Russia, and must pay the visa application fee (“MRV fee”) in the country where the visa interview takes place. To submit a routine nonimmigrant visa application and schedule an interview at a consular section outside of Russia, please visit www.ustraveldocs.com or ais.usvisa-info.com.

Qualifications

You may submit your visa application at U.S. Visa document delivery locations operated by VFS Global or in selected Russia post location as an interview waiver submission and proceed without a consular interview if you meet all of the following qualifications:

  • All ten fingerprints were captured at a prior consular interview
  • For holders of B1/B2 (tourist), I (journalist), or C1/D (crew) visas: Your most recent visa was issued after November 6, 2007 and is currently valid or you are applying within 11 months of the expiration of that visa.
    OR
    For holders of all other types of visas: Your previous visa is currently valid or you are reapplying within 11 months of the expiration of your previous visa.
  • You are applying for the exact same type of visa as your current/previous visa
  • Your visa does not have Clearance Received annotated on it
  • You must be present in the Russian Federation

 If any of the above conditions are not met then you must schedule an interview.

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.

How to Apply

Step 1

Pay the visa application fee. This webpage lists all of the visa fees associated with the most common nonimmigrant visa types. Instructions for how to pay your fees are available on this webpage.

Step 2

Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form. (Choose ‘Russian’ in the dropdown menu at the top right of the screen to view the application with Russian translations.) After completing the form, print and save your confirmation page.

Step 3

Register an account on this webpage. On Step 3 select Submission of application without interview to U.S. Visa document delivery locations operated by VFS Global or in selected Russia post location. Follow the steps to schedule an interview. Answer the questions in step 7 carefully. If you meet the requirements for interview waiver submission, you will need to choose a day on which you can submit you visa application to a U.S. Visa document delivery locations operated by VFS Global or in selected Russia post location, and then you will receive an appointment confirmation letter. Print out your appointment confirmation letter and collect the following documents:

  • Your current passport
  • Your current or most recent visa (if your most recent visa is still valid, you must submit the original visa with your application. A copy will not be sufficient).
  • Printed appointment confirmation letter
  • One photograph taken within the last six months (conforming to the guidelines on this webpage). In the vast majority of cases, YOU MAY NOT SUBMIT THE SAME PHOTOGRAPH THAT APPEARED ON YOUR LAST VISA. Failure to submit a valid photograph will delay the processing of your case.
  • The checklist of all documents submitted as part of the interview waiver application.
  • Consent to the processing of personal data
  • Supporting documentation required for your visa type

Step 4

If you plan to submit your documents at one of the selected Russia post locations, you need to obtain an AWB prior to visiting the Russia post location for submission of your documents. Please contact our helpline via email at least 3 business days prior to the day you intend to visit Russia post location. In your email you need to indicate the following:

  1. Your full name
  2. UID of your personal account
  3. Mobile phone number
  4. Type of shipment (Interview waiver)
  5. Address of Russia post office where you plan to submit documents

After that, within two working days, you will receive an email containing PDF file with AWB which would allow you to submit the documents through the Russia Post to the e-mail specified in your profile. Please print this AWB and bring it with you on the date indicated in your appointment confirmation letter.

If the application is submitted for more than one applicant, it is necessary to obtain an AWB for each applicant separately.

If you plan to submit your documents at one of the U.S. Visa document delivery locations operated by VFS Global, please skip this step.

Step 5

Bring your documents to a U.S. Visa document delivery locations operated by VFS Global or in selected Russia post location office only on the date printed on your appointment confirmation letter and only during the working hours of the branch you have chosen. Please note, you should bring your documents to U.S. Visa document delivery locations operated by VFS Global or in selected Russia post location only on that day, as they will not be accepted before or after that date. Please don’t schedule a pick-up with any courier services to pick up documents from your residence/office, since such shipments are considered regular mail and might be returned to you to re-submit them through the required drop-off process. If you haven’t filled out the checklist in advance, you will need to complete it in a U.S. Visa document delivery locations operated by VFS Global or in selected Russia post location. A U.S. Visa document delivery locations operated by VFS Global or in selected Russia post location employee will review your document checklist before accepting your application for delivery to the U.S. Embassy/Consulate. Both copies of the checklist will have to be signed by applicant/representative and U.S. Visa document delivery locations operated by VFS Global or in selected Russia post location officer. Extra copies of the checklist for applicant’s reference aren’t provided.

Step 6

If additional information is needed to complete processing of your case, you will be informed by email. If, when reviewing your case, the consular officer requires you to appear in person for any reason, your follow-up appointment must take place at the Embassy or Consulate to which you submitted your interview waiver application, as of April 16, 2018. If your application is approved, your passport and visa will be delivered to you by U.S. Visa document delivery locations operated by VFS Global or in selected Russia post location and held for you to pick up at the address you specified when you scheduled your interview. Please note that starting from September 1, 2020 document delivery services to home or office address will be discontinued. Details on passport delivery are available on this webpage.