Following content is from US Consulate Website at Hyderabad – Interview Waiver Program.

Interview Waiver Program

  • This pilot program permits consular officers to waive interviews for qualified nonimmigrant applicants worldwide who are renewing their visa within 48 months of the expiration of their previously held visa, and within the same classification as the previous visa.
  • Our embassies and consulates have been instructed to begin implementing this pilot program immediately.
  • This pilot does not entitle any applicant to a waiver of personal appearance.  Consular officers will retain the authority to interview any applicant who they determine requires a personal appearance.

In order to qualify, All of the following must be true:

  • You have a previous U.S. visa in the same class as the visa class for which you wish to renew.
  • Your previous visa was issued in India.
  • You are applying in the consular district where you want your passport delivered.
  • You confirm you have no refusals for a visa in any category after your most recent visa issuance.
  • You confirm your old visa is NOT annotated with the words “CLEARANCE RECEIVED”.
  • If you are applying for a B1/B2 or C1D visa, your prior visa in the same category expired within the last 48 months or is still valid.
  • If you are applying for a J2, L2, or H4 visa, your prior visa in the same category expired within the last 12 months or is still valid.
  • You understand that if your visa was issued before January 1, 2008, you may be required to submit fingerprints at a consular section.

If ALL OF THE ABOVE ARE TRUE, and you are applying in Hyderabad, please complete an Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application (DS-160) and then e-mail your current passport details along with your old passport number as shown on your old visa(see example below), telephone number, e-mail address, HDFC receipt number and Application Id(barcode) from form DS-160 to [email protected].


  1. Chrish on June 15, 2016 at 2:31 AM

    What is “Clearance received”? How does it look on the visa? Could you show an example of it?

  2. SR on November 20, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    SR says:
    can you also comment if this applies for students working on OPT (extended 17 months) , and need to go to India to renew F1 visa (expired on July 2012)???

  3. Kashyap on October 15, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Hi I am applying for a renewal of my F1 visa and when I went ahead and scheduled as per the instructions I was asked to book a date at the OFC and then another for the interview both at CHennai. Now the instructions say that I’ll will get a letter for the drop box submission eligibility plus instructions.

    I am not sure how the interview date would work? If I do get the dropbox letter would the interview date be automatically cancelled ? Or does this mean that i am not eligible for the Interview Waiver program.

    I called to ask and they told me that F1 visa is not under the waiver program. But snooping around the internet tells me otherwise. Can you advise as to what it is ?

    • Anusha on November 22, 2012 at 9:22 AM

      Hi Kashyap,

      Can you let me know more about your situation? And what steps are involved in this?

  4. Sundar on June 6, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    ds160 asks : are you applying in same catagory in which you received your previous visas.
    is this related to auto renewal world wide if vo deems so?

  5. Mustafa on June 6, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Does it count for h1 b class visa too?

    • HSB on June 6, 2012 at 11:59 AM


  6. B on June 5, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    I have my answer 🙂

  7. B on June 5, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Is this for all categories or only the one’s mentioned above?

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