What types of applicant will be exempt from the interview?

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With the objective of facilitate travel and further reduce waiting timesthe Government of the United States, through the Department of State, will exempt from the interview for certain categories of visas of non-immigrants until December 31, 2023.

According to the State Department, it was recognized the positive impact they have on the US economy travel by temporary work visa holders and foreign students to the United States.

What types of US visas will be exempt from the interview?

In this sense, consular officers are authorized, until December 31, 2023, to continue exempting these categories of persons from the in-person interview. visa who request it for the first time or seek to renew it:

  • Temporary Workers Agricultural and Non-Agricultural (H-2 visas)
  • Students (F and M visas)
  • Exchange Visitors Academic (Academic J visas)

As well as certain beneficiaries of approved individual applications for temporary nonimmigrant worker visas in the following categories:

  • professionals with Specialized Works (H-1B visas)
  • apprentices or Special Visitors in Educational Exchange (H-3 visas)
  • Transfer of Executives o Managers within the same company (L visas)
  • People with Skills or Extraordinary Achievements (O visas)
  • athletes
  • Artists
  • Presenters (P visas)
  • Participants in International Cultural Exchange Programs (Q visas) and qualified derivatives.

It should be noted that the continuation of the validity, until further notice, of the authorization to exempt applicants who renew a visa in the same category within the following 48 months upon expiration of the previous visa.

The Department of State explained that these authorizations of interview waiver have reduced waiting times of the appointment of the visa at many embassies and consulates by freeing up in-person interview appointments for other applicants who require an interview.

“Embassies and consulates may still require an in-person interview, depending on the case and local conditions. We encourage applicants to check the websites of the embassies and consulates for more detailed information on this new procedure, as well as the current operational status and services. For more information, visit the Consular Affairs Bureau’s travel website.

Department of State.

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