21st November 2012 09:29 AM
As part of continuing efforts to streamline the visa process and to meet increased visa demand in India, the US Mission is announcing an expansion of the Interview Waiver Program (IWP) that allows qualified individuals to apply for additional classes of visas without being interviewed by a US consular officer.
Under the expanded scheme, children applying before their 14th birthday travelling on any visa class, students returning to attend the same school and same programme, temporary workers on H1-B visas and temporary workers on Individual L1-A or Individual L1-B visas can also apply for streamlined processing, including waiver of a personal interview.
Under the current Interview Waiver Program, Indian visa applicants who are renewing visas that are still valid or expired within the past 48 months need to submit their applications under the categories of Business/Tourism (B1 and/or B2), Dependent (J2, H4, L2), Transit (C) and/or Crew Member (D) — including C1/D, children applying before their 7th birthday travelling on any visa class and applicants applying on or after their 80th birthday travelling on any visa class. The renewal application must be within the same classification as the previous visa. If the previous visa is annotated with the words “clearance received”, that applicant is not eligible for a waiver of a personal interview, said a press release from the US Consulate. “Applicants who are renewing their visas may still need to make an appointment for biometrics collection, and all applicants must submit all required fees and the DS-160 application form,” the release said.
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