More non-immigrant visa applicants now qualify for the interview waiver option in the United States, including some temporary employees and overseas students. The waivers were approved by a decision made by the Secretary of State with the Department of Homeland Security’s support. Applicants renewing a visa within 48 months after the expiration of the prior visa were previously entitled to waive in-person interviews till further notice.
The waiver will allow other visa applicants who need an interview to schedule in-person meetings. Nevertheless, depending on the circumstances at each particular location, embassies and consulates may still need a face-to-face interview.
Foreign people can temporarily work in agriculture or non-agriculture in the United States with an H-2 visa. For students who desire to pursue academic studies in the US, the F visa is a nonimmigrant visa. Students interested in non-academic or vocational education, such as language learning and exchange programs, should apply for an M visa. If they have been granted a non-immigrant temporary working visa in a specific category, J visa holders may qualify for interview waivers.