The United States Department of State (“DOS”) has announced a third extension authorizing consular officers to waive in-person interview requirements for individuals applying for a non-immigrant visa within the same category. The first extension, which expired on December 31, 2020, was further extended to March 31, 2021 and allowed for DOS to waive in-person interviews for applicants whose visa expired within 24 months. This has now been increased to 48 months until December 31, 2021.

The policy change will allow DOS to continue processing certain non-immigrant visa applications while maintaining health and safety protocols reducing the spread of COVID-19 transmission.

For more information, contact us at and speak with a U.S. immigration attorney in Ho Chi Minh City, Manila and Taipei.

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