The United States Department of State (“DOS”) has temporarily expanded the ability of DOS consular officers to waive in-person interview requirements for individuals applying for an expired nonimmigrant visa within the same category. Previously, in-person interview requirements were eligible for a waiver if the nonimmigrant visa applicant, such as a B-1/ B-2 visitor visa, applied for a new visa within 12 months of the expiration of the visa. This has now been extended to 24 months until March 31, 2021. The extension will allow consular officers to process nonimmigrant visas while limiting the number of applicants inside U.S. consular sections thereby reducing the threat of COVID-19 transmission.

Nonimmigrant visa applicant interviews are handled on a case-by-case basis dependent on the directives and requirements of each visa processing post.

Nonimmigrant visa applicants in Asia who may be eligible for a visa interview waiver are encouraged to contact us at and speak with a U.S. immigration attorney in Ho Chi Minh City, Manila and Taipei.


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