Interview Waiver

In accordance with U.S. immigration law, certain non-immigrant visa applicants are eligible to renew their U.S. visa without having to attend an interview with a U.S. consular officer.  Below are the requirements for an Interview Waiver.

Qualified: 

  •  Residents of Uzbekistan who are over 79 years of age, regardless of citizenship or prior U.S. visa issuance.
  • Residents of Uzbekistan who are renewing a visa in the same visa classification as a previously issued full-validity visa that is either still valid or has been expired for less than 48 months. For example, a Russian citizen who is a long-term resident of Uzbekistan and is applying for a B1/B2 (business/tourism) visa to renew a previous B1/B2 visa that is less than 48 months expired may qualify for an Interview Waiver.

Not Qualified: 

  •  Any applicant whose previous visa was issued outside of Uzbekistan.
  •  Any applicant whose most recent visa application was refused.
  •  Applicants whose current or previous visa is annotated “clearance received”.
  •  Summer Work and Travel participants.
  •  F, M or J visa applicants whose SEVIS, program, or institution has changed.
  •  Applicants who have turned 14 years old since their previous issuance.

Please note that in accordance with U.S. immigration law, consular officers may require appearance for interview for any applicant at their discretion.

Next Steps for Qualified Applicants:

If you are qualified to apply under the Interview Waiver program, please follow the below steps:

  • Complete the online DS-160 form here.
  • Make an online appointment here and select an available slot on a Monday at 13:00. Please note that Mondays at 13:00 are the only designated slot for this program.  Appointments made on different days or times will be rejected.
  • Arrive at the U.S. Embassy on Monday at 13:00 and bring a printed copy of your DS-160 confirmation page, your valid passport, and a photograph taken within the past six months. Further information on required documents and passport photo standards can be found here.

For families traveling together, please note that if multiple members of your family qualify for the Interview Waiver, you can make only one appointment for the family.  Additionally, one person may submit the required documents at the U.S. Embassy for all family members. :