On December 23, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security, in agreement with the Secretary of State, announced an extension of the waiver for face-to-face interviews for various visa applicants. This extension applies to:
- H-2 applicants
- Students and Teachers
- Research scholars, short-term scholars, or specialists (F, M, and academic J visa applicants)
- Certain temporary workers with an approved individual petition by the U.S.
This waiver is currently allowed by some consular officers and will continue until December 31, 2023.
Additionally, applicants for citizenship and other immigration services who meet the necessary requirements and are applying for a visa in their own country of nationality or residence are also eligible to waive the in-person interview. However, the decision to require an in-person interview will ultimately depend on the discretion of the consular officers.
To determine if you are eligible for the waiver, it is recommended that you check the embassy or consulate website before scheduling an interview.
Applicants of the L1 Visa, which is a nonimmigrant visa allowing foreign workers to enter the US to work in a managerial or executive capacity, or in a specialized knowledge position, are fortunate enough to be eligible for the waiver. This waiver allows them to forego the face-to-face interview when applying for the visa. To learn more about the L1 Visa and how to apply for it, we have a dedicated page on our website. Check it out and be informed about the eligibility requirements, application process, and other relevant information.
If you are considering applying for an L1 Visa, it’s important to note that this type of visa is specifically designed for workers who will be employed by a company that has a parent, affiliate, or subsidiary company in the United States. By obtaining this visa, foreign workers can work in the US for a specified period of time and gain valuable experience in their field. To learn more about the L1 Visa and its benefits, visit our website and browse through our resources. We provide comprehensive information on the eligibility criteria, required documents, and application process to help you prepare for a successful visa application.
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