Effective immediately, the Department of State will require visa interviews for all visa applicants except:
- Diplomatic and official visa applicants from foreign governments and international organizations (categories: A-1, A-2, G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, NATO-1 through -6, C-2 and C-3);
- Applicants under the age of 14, or over the age of 79;
- Applicants who previously held a visa in the same category that expired less than 12 months prior to the new application.
Previously, applicants renewing their visas in the same category within 48 months of expiration were eligible for their interview to be waived, as were first-time Brazilian and Argentine applicants ages 14-15 and 66-79.
As always, a consular officer must require that any applicant appear for an in-person interview in any situation where information provided on the application or during the screening process indicates any reason for further questioning.
All visa applications, including those cases above, for which the visa interview is waived, are subject to the same rigorous security screening.
The Department of State is committed to facilitating legitimate travel while ensuring the security of U.S. borders and the American people. Additional information on the visa process can be found at travel.state.gov.