Renew My Visa

Overview

Applicants who previously received a full validity visa and are now applying for a visa in the same visa category within one year of the expiration of their last visa may apply in a special "renewal" category which generally has shorter waiting times than other categories. However, the actual U.S. visa application process is the same whether you are applying for the first time or renewing your visa.

Guidelines for Qualifying for the Renewal Program

Non-immigrant visa applicants may renew business, tourist, crew, or temporary employment visas if the following conditions are met:

  • Your visa to be renewed is a full-validity (24-month) multiple-entry visa;
  • Your previous visa is still valid or expired less than 12 months ago (Please note your most recent full validity visa must have expired within one year of the actual date of your visa appointment, not the date you scheduled the appointment);
  • You can present the previous visa (replacement of lost or stolen visas CANNOT be done via the renewal program);
  • You are applying for an new visa in the same visa class as the previous visa;
  • You have not been refused a visa in the last 12 months or had your previous visa cancelled or revoked.
  • Spouses and dependent children under 18 years of age may qualify to apply with parents/spouses renewing their visas even if the spouse or children do not meet the above conditions. Please note, however, that children over 18 years old may not use the renewal program if they do not independently qualify. Children over 18 who have never had a visa or have been refused a visa must apply independently of their parents even if they are traveling together.

Applicants who do not meet these criteria should schedule regular appointments to ensure they receive the earliest visa appointment available to them. If you schedule a renewal appointment but do not meet the criteria for this category, you will be turned away on your appointment date and required to schedule a new appointment. This could result in a significant delay in your application.

Travelers with valid U.S. visas: It is important to know that your U.S. visa may still be valid even if the passport it is in expires. In most cases, if your existing valid visa has not been altered, you can still travel to the United States using both your old passport containing a valid visa and your new, valid passport.

Other Information

Read more about visa renewals
Apply for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa