Some Interviews Waived at U.S. Embassy, India

Interview Waived May Facilitate Meeting with Foreign Fiances

Under a new initiative, in select circumstances, qualified foreign visitors who were interviewed and thoroughly screened in conjunction with a prior visa application may be eligible to renew their visas without undergoing another interview. This pilot program applies to the B1/B2 visa category, that is, business and tourist visas. It permits consular officers to waive interviews for these nonimmigrant applicants worldwide. This review must be within 48 months of the expiration of their previously held visa, and within the same classification as the previous visa.

U.S. embassies and consulates have been instructed to begin implementing this pilot program immediately. Caveat: this pilot does not entitle any applicant to a waiver of personal appearance. Consular officers will retain the authority to interview any applicant who they determine requires a personal appearance.

In view of the K-1 fiance visa requirement that U.S. and foreign fianc├ęs visit each one at least one time prior to the submission of the K1 application, perhaps this new development will facilitate satisfying this element of the K1 regulations.

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