Visa Reissuance Program

U.S. visa application without a visa interview appointment


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.


Requirements for the Visa Reissuance Program in Germany

Applicants may only submit documents by mail if they are able to meet all of the following conditions:

  • The Visa Reissuance Program applies only to select U.S. non-immigrant visas: B, C, D, F, H, I, J, L, M, O, P, Q, R
  • The applicant must be a German citizen or a citizen of another EU member state.
  • At the time the documents are submitted by mail, the applicant must physically reside in Germany, and the applicant must be available to make an in-person appointment at the consulate if there are further questions.
  • Applicants may only use this method if they are applying for precisely the same visa category for which they have already been approved during an interview at one of the U.S. consulates in Berlin, Frankfurt am Main or Munich. Applicants who have been refused a visa in the past do not qualify for the program itself.
  • The applicant’s current visa must still be valid or have expired within the last 12 months.
  • The visa must have been issued in January 2008 or later.
  • The applicant must submit their passport and U.S. visa.
  • The Annotation or the Notes field of the last visa may not include any of the following notes: clearance, “waiver and/or “blanket.
    The L Blanket visa is therefore excluded from the Visa Reissuance Program.


Submission of Visa Application Documents

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.

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