Under the Visa Reissuance Program (also known as Visa Interview Waiver Program) certain travelers can apply for a U.S. visa even without a personal visa interview by simply submitting application documents. Certain specified conditions apply. Before the introduction of this scheme, all visa applicants between the ages of 14 and 79 years of age were required to appear in person at an U.S. consulate without exception.
Applicants may only submit documents by mail if they are able to meet all of the following conditions:
In order to apply for a U.S. visa, you must first create an online profile on the website of the visa information service CGI Stanley. If you fulfill the above requirements and thus qualify for the Visa Reissuance Program, then you as the applicant will receive a message in your online profile and an e-mail inviting you to submit your visa application documents. After the e-mail is sent, the applicant will receive an address label with the address of the applicant and the address of the corresponding U.S. consulate where the application forms must be submitted. This prepaid address label allows you to send the application documents via the German mail to the U.S. consulate.
If the applicant does not fulfill these requirements, the processing of the visa application by the U.S. consulate may be delayed.
Please note that there is no guarantee that either the visa or the waiver will be issued at the personal interview appointment. The U.S. consulate reserves the right to request a personal interview with the applicant at the U.S. consulate despite qualifying for the Visa Reissuance Program.