Indians renewing visas to the US will be exempted from a personal interview. The new rules would apply to visa categories B1, B2, C and D. This new programme will permit consular officers to waive interviews for some qualified applicants who are renewing their visa either within 48 months of the USA visa validity or four years, of expiration of their previous visa and within the same classification as the previous visa.
However, this may not apply to everyone, who satisfies the norms. Consulate would have the liberty to call any applicant to appear for an interview in view of security concerns.
Note that eligibility for interview waiver does not guarantee a visa issuance nor does it guarantee that an interview will be waived. Although the visa interview maybe waived, pax may still be required to appear for fingerprinting. Any necessary notifications will be made by the email address listed in DS 160 online application
To determine whether you may be eligible to renew your nonimmigrant visa without appearing for an interview, criteria are as mentioned below Select Yes/No
1) Do I have a previous U.S. visa in the same class as the visa class for which I wish to renew.
2) My previous visa was issued in India.
3) I am applying in the consular district where I want my passport delivered.
4) I confirm I have no refusals for a visa in any category after my most recent visa issuance.
5) If I am applying for a B1/B2, my prior B1/B2 visa expired within the last 48 months or is still valid
6) If I am applying for a C1/D, J2, L2, or H4 visa my prior visa in the same category expired within the last 12 months or is still valid
7) I understand that if my visa was issued before January 1, 2008, I may be required to submit fingerprints at a consular section.
If you have selected â€˜â€™Yesâ€™â€™ to all the questions above, you may be eligible for Visa renewal/re-issuance without a Visa interview.
Please note that children under 7 and applicants above 80 years are not required to appear for an interview under any circumstance.
THERE IS A NEW VISA PROCESS TO BE FOLLOWED FROM 26 SEP 2012. PLEASE VISIT THE LINK http://www.ustraveldocs.com/in