Key Updates to U.S. Visa Interview Waivers: Expanded Eligibility and New Guidelines for 2024

The U.S. Secretary of State, in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security, has announced new guidelines for interview waivers for certain nonimmigrant visa categories, effective January 1, 2024. These waivers, aimed at serving the national interest, apply to first-time H-2 visa applicants (temporary agricultural and non-agricultural workers) and other nonimmigrant visa applicants who have previously held any nonimmigrant visa (except a B visa) and are applying within 48 months of their last visa’s expiration. Eligibility for a waiver requires applicants to meet specific legal criteria, apply in their country of nationality or residence, have no previous visa refusals (unless overturned or waived), and show no signs of ineligibility. However, consular officers retain the discretion to require in-person interviews based on individual circumstances or local conditions. The policy will be reviewed annually and remains in effect until further notice. Applicants are advised to consult embassy and consulate websites for detailed information on visa application processes and updates on embassy services.

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