In response to the continuing COVID-19-related circumstances which have considerably hampered visa processing, the State Department has introduced that it’s going to develop and prolong the nonimmigrant visa interview waiver program by means of Dec. 31, 2022.
Accordingly, U.S. consular officers are actually licensed to waive in-person interviews for sure particular person petition-based nonimmigrant work visas and their qualifying derivatives within the following classes by means of Dec. 31, 2022: H-1B Individuals in Specialty Occupations, H-3 Trainee/Particular Training Guests, L Intracompany Transferees, O Extraordinary Potential/Achievement, P Athletes/Artists/Entertainers, and Q Members in Worldwide Cultural Trade Applications. Moreover, consular officers additionally could waive in-person interviews for the next different classes of nonimmigrant visas: H-2 Momentary Agricultural and Non-Agricultural Staff, F and M College students, and J Scholar Trade Guests.
The authorization to waive the in-person interview for candidates renewing a visa in the identical visa class inside 48 months of the prior visa’s expiration has additionally been prolonged indefinitely.
Nevertheless, embassies and consulates nonetheless could require an in-person interview on a case-by-case foundation and primarily based on native circumstances. Subsequently, candidates ought to verify embassy and consulate web sites for extra detailed details about present working standing and providers.