U.S. Embassy Dhaka is Accepting Interview Waiver Applications for Tourism, Business, and Medical Visas

Individuals with B1/B2 visas that have expired within the last 24 months may apply to renew their visas beginning this week, starting Sunday, October 4th.

DHAKA, October 5, 2020 – The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce beginning this week, on Sunday, October 4, we will accept interview-waiver applications for B1/B2 (tourism, business, and medical) visas along with the following nonimmigrant visa categories:  C, C1/D, F, I, J, M, O, and Q.  Please keep in mind that due to COVID-19, processing times could be as long as six weeks.  It is recommended you submit your application well ahead of your proposed travel dates.

We can NOT YET accept new visa applications for any nonimmigrant visa categories, including F1 (students) and F2 (spouses/children of students).  We continue to offer emergency visa services for applicants with life or death emergencies.  Visit our website for more information:  https://www.ustraveldocs.com/bd/bd-niv-expeditedappointment.asp

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, eligibility for interview-waiver renewal of nonimmigrant visas was extended to 24 months.  This change will be in effect through December 31, 2020.  To  see if you qualify to submit an interview-waiver renewal for a non-immigrant visa category, please visit https://bd.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-visas/

Qualified applicants need to log in and/or update their profile online at www.ustraveldocs.com/bd, and submit the application packet, after paying associated visa fees, at the designated offsite service provider:


After the Embassy receives an application, the reviewing Consular Officer may determine that the applicant will require an in-person interview.  These applicants will have to schedule an interview when regular in-person, visa services resume.

Until Embassy Dhaka’s regular visa services resume, the application fee (MRV) will remain valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment there until December 31, 2021.

Reminder to student visa applicants:  We are only accepting interview-waiver applications for continuing students who want to renew their student visas for the same field of study at the same institution.  We are also accepting applications for continuing F2 spouses and their children under the age of 21.

For the latest updates on visa processing, visit our Bengali (https://bd.usembassy.gov/bn/) and English (https://bd.usembassy.gov/) language websites and our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/bangladesh.usembassy) and Twitter https://twitter.com/usembassydhaka) pages.