The US Department of State (DOS) recently announced that F, M, and J-1 Visa applicants may get their interview requirements waived by their consulate. Foreign nationals from all over the world apply for the F-1 Visa, the M-1 Visa, and J-1 Visa as students, research scholars, short-term scholars, or specialists.
The DOS authorized consular officers to process visa applications without conducting an in-person interview for certain candidates.
Who Is Eligible for an Interview Waiver?
Candidates in the above-mentioned student visa categories will be eligible for an interview waiver if:
- They have been previously issued a US Visa, including a tourist visa and have never been denied a visa, and have no ineligibility or potential of ineligibility
- They are from a country that is part of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and have no ineligibility or potential for ineligibility