Expansion of Interview Waiver Eligibility

March 12, 2021

March 11, 2021 National Association for Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA): U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has temporarily expanded the ability of consular officers to waive the in-person interview requirement for certain nonimmigrant visa applicants until December 31, 2021. Previously the waiver was only available to individuals applying in the same nonimmigrant classification if their visa expired within the past 24 months. Now the expiration period is extended to 48 months. We hope this is a sign of more visa processing policy changes to come!