The U.S. Embassy in India has announced that certain Indian nationals can now use the interview waiver process when applying for a new visa.

Key Points:

  • Indian nationals with “clearance received” or “department authorization” on their previous visas can now use the interview waiver process to apply for a new visa.
  • Foreign nationals should visit this website to determine if they qualify to apply for a visa interview waiver in India.
  • Individuals applying through the interview waiver process should allow at least three weeks from the time a passport has been accepted at the Visa Application Center until the passport is delivered or they are notified that the passport is ready for pickup.

Additional Information: The State Department previously authorized consular officers to waive the in-person interview requirement for travelers applying for F, H-1, H-3, H-4, non-blanket L, M, O, P, Q and academic J visas who were previously issued any type of visa if they are applying for a visa in their country of nationality or residence. Foreign nationals renewing any nonimmigrant visa in the same category within 48 months of expiration are also eligible for interview waivers. Applicants should keep in mind that a consular officer may request an interview even if eligible under the interview waiver criteria. Visa processing may take longer than three weeks, including during the summer months when visa demand is high. More information regarding the interview waiver process is available here.

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