student-f1-visaHere’s a F1 visa renewal through interview waiver program in India.

Interview Waiver Program in India allows visa applicants renewing their US visas that are still valid or expired within the past 48 months may submit their applications for consideration for streamlined processing, including waiver of a personal interview.

Earlier this year, USA Visa interview waiver program in India option was announced.  If you met the eligibility requirements for Interview waiver or dropbox, then you can apply for USA visa renewal without attending the visa interview.

Following post was shared by Roma who recently got F1 Visa renewed via interview waiver by submitting visa application and documents via dropbox at Team Stanley.

F1 Visa Renewal  Interview waiver in India

I have been an avid reader of this blog and it has some really good tips. I would like to share a unique experience. I renewed my F1 visa for masters successfully through the Visa Dropbox service.

Visa Interview Detail

Submitted DS 160, and since I qualified for the dropbox renewal, I decided to opt for that.

I prepared all the documents needed and took them in a folder and headed to the Stanley office/dropbox location in Mumbai

There were people waiting in a line to get the 10 fingerprints and since I was there with the dropbox confirmation letter, I was let right in.

I waited for about 5 minutes and the rep only took

  • DS160 confirmation
  • Passport
  • One photo
  • I-20

He said I would hear back from them in about a week.

Lessons Learned from your interview

I prepared all the documents as the website suggested, but to my surprise they only took the documents mentioned above, nothing else.

I was tensed since I thought this was weird as they didn’t ask for any bank documents as such.

The consulate website states that this facility is only for those who are “returning to the same school and same program”, but mine was approved even though it was a change from BS to MS ( KEEP IN MIND THAT UNIVERSITY HAS TO BE SAME).

Process

  • Documents dropped off on the 22nd of November 2013.
  • 25 th  November- Online status tracker showed “Ready” and later that afternoon “administrative processing”
  • 27 th November- status updated to ‘Issued”

In short, if you qualify for dropbox, go for it. It is a hassle-free process and in most cases gets approved. All the best.

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That was simple dropbox experience isn’t? Check eligibility criteria and if you qualify, then opt for USA visa renewal via dropbox.

  • Dev

    @favkinson,

    If I were you I will take a printout of the email stating that you got the extension, print out of the person’s position on university website (person who sent you that email)(this is to show the officer that you got the extension from university n person authorized to do so sent you the email.

    Good luck.

  • Vanrajsinh Chavda

    This can be a great opportunity for those who are eligible. Great post, very helpful to students on F-1 visa.

  • favkinson

    somebody help me plz…i scheduled my interview to be 8th of january 2014 but got my i-20 today and on it,it states dat student should arrive school not later than 6th of january 2014 so i was prompted to inform d school official who sent it to me abt d development,she told me i have been given a 4days grace after d initial date written on my i-20.pls someone tell me what do i tell d vo if am asked y i came 4 my interview late…

  • favkinson

    somebody help me plz…i scheduled my interview to be 8th of january 2014 but got my i-20 today and on it,it states dat student should arrive school not later than 6th of january 2014 so i was prompted to inform d school official who sent it to me abt d development,she told me i have been given a 4days grace after d initial date written on my i-20.pls someone tell me what do i tell d vo if am asked y i came 4 my interview later…

  • vish

    I agree it’s a good idea to use dropbox when you can. I agree because it’s convenient.

    If you meet the criteria, it’s pretty obvious that you will (most probably) get a visa even in person. If you look at it, visa renewal in the same category at same university (F1) or same job (H1) is rarely rejected.

    • dodiya

      Can I do same for J1 visa ?

      • Raghuram Sukumar

        Read the eligibility criteria.

        • vasim dodiya

          Yes Raghu sir,I am eligible,will do it in couple of days,though do you know if I would able to get visa stamp from canada,I’m on work permit.

  • vasim dodiya

    what about J1. I had j1 for 2 years from 2011- 2013 april,does it apply to me as well?