Apply for a Visa Without an Interview

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You may be eligible to apply for a visa without appearing in person for an interview. Please read carefully the following instructions.

Some applicants are eligible for a waiver of interview. Please read the qualifications carefully below and follow the instructions below.

  • Travelers age 80 or older who have not been refused a visa within the last two years
  • Children under the age of 14 (see Visas for Children page for more information)
  • First time applicants for F, M, or academic J programs (au pairs and Summer Work & Travel do not qualify) who have previously traveled to the United States on ESTA
  • First time H, non-blanket L, O, P, Q, and R visa applicants who have previously traveled to the United States on any kind of visa or ESTA
  • Applicants renewing a visa, whose personal data has not changed and who meet all of the following conditions:
  1. The previous visa was issued after August 30, 2007 and they had 10 fingerprints taken for the visa application.
  2. The visa is in the same category as the previous visa, unless:
    • the most recent B1/B2 visa was issued for less than ten years,
    • the application is for A-3, G-5 or NATO-7 visa (Every time they apply for a visa they must have an interview with a consular officer.)
  3. The application is within 48 months of the expiration date of the old visa, or the old visa is still valid.
  4. The application is made at the consular post of their usual residence or the post designated for their nationality.

Renew My Visa

Step 1

Complete the non-immigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form.

Step 2

Log-in to our online applicant system or create a profile . Once logged in, choose “New Application / Schedule appointment”, follow the instructions carefully and fill out the necessary fields.

As you go through the process you will answer the interview waiver questions which will evaluate your eligibility to apply for a visa without an interview.

Step 3

After you answer the questions, you will be prompted to pay the MRV fee. If you are eligible to apply for a visa without an interview, you will receive and print out the “Interview waiver Confirmation Letter” which you will attach to your visa application.

Step 4

Print your Interview waiver Confirmation Letter and gather your DS-160 confirmation page, MRV fee receipt, current and previous passports, photo, and a letter explaining your travel purpose and itinerary. Depending on the visa category, you may require additional documentation and a reciprocity fee. Please refer to your specific visa category page for additional required documents.

Step 5

When you are ready to submit the application documents, please follow the instructions received on the Interview Waiver Confirmation letter and register your document delivery address. After the registration is done a Messenger courier will contact you (within 1-2 business days) to agree on a date and time for the document collection.

You will need to put your documents in an envelope addressed to the Us Embassy (U.S. Embassy in Prague, Tržište 15, Prague 1) along with your name and address as Sender.

The cost of the document delivery to the Embassy is 329 CZK, paid with credit or debit card, directly to the courier upon picking up your documents.

Step 6

Messenger courier will deliver your documents to the Embassy.

Step 7

At the end of the visa adjudication process, Messenger will return your documents and your passport to you at the chosen document delivery location with the chosen delivery option selected in your profile.

The cost of the document delivery to your home/office address is 387 CZK, paid with credit or debit card, directly to the courier upon delivering your documents. If issued, your passport will contain your visa.

Processing of your application may take up to 10 business days.

Please note that we reserve the right to request a personal interview of any applicant.

Apply for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa.