Typically, applying for a visa for the USA is not that easy and, above all, time-consuming. But with the so-called Interview Waiver Program or Visa Reissuance Program, certain applicants have the opportunity to renew their visa conveniently by mail instead of in a personal interview at the consulate.
Under the Interview Waiver Program, certain applicants may, subject to specified requirements
This means that exceptionally the visa can be issued without an interview and you do not have to present yourself at the US Consular Section.
Until the introduction of this rule, all visa applicants between the ages of 14 and 79 had to appear in person at the US consulate without exception.
The Interview Waiver Program is also known as the Visa Reissuance Program or Visa Renewal Program.
The postal submission of documents or the visa submission service can only be used by applicants who meet all of the following requirements:
Attention: Anyone who has had a visa denial cannot qualify for the Visa Reissuance Program.
Those who wish to take advantage of the Interview Waiver Program must follow these steps to submit their visa application materials.
To apply for a US visa, you must first obtain an online profile on the website of the visa information service CGI Federal Inc. In the profile, among other things, some yes/no queries are made regarding the interview waiver access requirements.
If applicants meet the above requirements and thus qualify for the Interview Waiver Program, they will be notified of this by a message in their online profile and can then choose whether to submit the application by mail. Alternatively, they still have the option of scheduling a regular appointment. If applicants choose to submit by mail, they will receive an "Interview Waiver Confirmation Letter" in their profile and will be prompted to send an email regarding the completion of their visa application materials.
On the "Interview Waiver Confirmation Letter" you will find all the information about the submission procedure, which please follow exactly. In addition, you will also find payment information for shipping costs and address details. If applicants do not follow these requirements, the visa application process may be delayed by the US Consulate. The submission process varies from U.S. consulate to U.S. consulate worldwide. Please inform yourself in time about the exact requirements and process steps at the respective U.S. consulate. In Germany you will find here current information.
In the German US consulates, the processing times for the postal submission procedure are around 2-4 weeks (from the time the application documents are sent to the U.S. consulate until the passport including the visa is returned to the applicant).
We advise you on the choice of the appropriate visa category and take over the complete processing for you or your company.
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