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Interview Waiver Program (Drop Box)
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The U.S. Government allows certain nonimmigrant visa applicants to renew their visas without an interview. This program is not for first-time applicants. Effective January 01, 2024, it is applicable for nonimmigrant visa applicants applying for any nonimmigrant visa classification who: 

  • Were previously issued a nonimmigrant visa in any classification, unless the only prior issued visa was a B visa; and 
  • Are applying within 48 months of their most recent nonimmigrant visa’s expiration date. 

For more information, please visit: Department of State travel website.

If you choose to renew your nonimmigrant visa through the visa interview waiver program, it can take up to twenty-one (21) days to process your application. Case that may require additional administrative processing may also take much longer. Once you submit your passport and visa application for adjudication, be prepared to be without your passport until your case is finalized. 

Urgent or emergency passport withdraw requests will be evaluated on a case by case basis, and it may take up to one week for passports to be returned. If you withdraw your passport before processing is complete, this will disrupt your visa adjudication and additional time will be necessary to complete your dropbox application.  Please email support-bangladesh@ustraveldocs.com to request to withdraw your passport. 

  The visa interview waiver application package must include: 

  • confirmation page of online DS-160 form, 
  • drop-box confirmation letter, 
  • CGI cash deposit slip (MRV fee receipt), 
  • a passport valid for six months beyond the period of intended stay in the United States, 
  • a photo should be uploaded to the online DS-160 form. Please see the photo requirements here, and 
  • any documents relevant to the visa categories as listed here. 

Depending on the type of visa being applied for, other materials may be required. 

Please review the requirements by visa category. 

Direct questions to support-bangladesh@ustraveldocs.com.  

Note:  crew members who only possess a C1/D visa and have never held a B1/B2 visa must schedule an in-person interview if they wish to receive a B1/B2 visa. 

For more information, including eligibility criteria for children under 14 years of age, visit the visa renewal page on our website.