Department of State Implements Nonimmigrant Visa Interview Pilot Program

Jan Pederson posts on her site : "In a move to manage an increasing workload with less resources, the State Department has added a large number of nonimmigrant visa applicants to the list of those for whom interviews may be waived. The program became effective on January 19, 2012 and...

Mission Mexico Expands NIV Renewal Interview Waiver Program

Mexico City, June 29, 2012 – "Following President Obama’s efforts to promote travel and tourism as important contributions to job creation and economic growth, the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that beginning July 1, 2012, an expanded visa renewal program will allow many more Mexican...

Mission India Expands NIV Interview Waiver Program

" Following the success of the IWP, as part of continuing efforts to streamline the visa process, and to meet increased visa demand in India, the U.S. Mission is pleased to announce an expansion of the IWP. We expect this expansion to benefit thousands of visa applicants in India. Under the current...

Mission China to Streamline NIV Application Process

" As part of the U.S. Mission in China’s efforts to streamline the visa application process, the Embassy and all Consulates that issue visas are implementing a new visa appointment, fee payment and document delivery system starting on March 16, 2013. This system, already in use in several...

9 FAM 41.102 Notes Amended Regarding NIV Interview Waiver

"... Generally, all applicants must be interviewed in person. There are certain circumstances in which you, the chief of mission (COM), or the Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Visa Services may waive the personal interview for a visa applicant. ..." - 9 FAM 41.102 NOTES (CT:VISA-2061; 01...