Renew My Visa

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The U.S. visa application process is in many ways the same whether you are applying for the first time or renewing your visa. It is important to know that your visa may still be valid even if the passport it is in expires. You can travel to the United States with your old passport containing a valid visa and your new, valid passport.

However, you may qualify for waiver of the interview requirement, eliminating the need to come to the Consular Section. Use of the mail-in service does not guarantee visa issuance. Further, we may, in some cases, after reviewing an application submitted by mail, require a person to appear for an in-person interview.


You may be eligible to apply for a U.S. visa without an interview based on your age, or if you are renewing a prior U.S. visa that expired less than 48 months ago.


  • You are a resident of Denmark.
  • You are physically present in Denmark at the time of the visa application
  • You are applying for the same visa category. (B, C, D, E, F, H, I, J, L, M, O, P, Q, R)
    You can find this information directly above your nationality on the far right side of the visa.
  • Your U.S. visa is still valid or expired less than 48 months ago.
  • Your last visa was issued after December 31, 2007.
  • Your passport with the previous visa is still in your possession.
  • In the annotation field, your previous visa does NOT show ANY of the following: “Waiver”, “Clearance”, or “Blanket”.
  • Your nationality, name, date of birth and gender are the same in your old and new passports.

 The Consular Section reserves the right to request that an applicant appear in person for an interview after reviewing his or her application.

Supporting Documentation

All Applicants:

  • Passport: Passports must be valid for at least six months beyond their intended period of stay in the United States.
  • The DS-160 application form confirmation page.
  • One Photograph: Two inches square (51mm x 51mm) color photograph, less than 6 months old, against a white background, full frontal view of face.
  • Application fee receipt number (or other document which shows that application fee has already been paid).

Specific Applicants:

Children under 14 years old:

  • A copy of the child's birth certificate.
  • A written description of the child’s intended purpose of U.S. travel that includes contact information for the U.S. inviter and a description of his or her relationship to the child.
  • Copies of the parents’ passport biographic information pages.
  • Copies of the parents' current and/or previous U.S. visas, if available.
  • Please note, if a parent or parents are applying in-person for a visa at the U.S Embassy or Consulate General, not through the interview waiver procedure, the parent(s) may also book an appointment in the child’s name and submit the child's application at the time of their own interview.

Derivative applicants, spouses and children of primary applicants: If you are applying for a visa based on your family member’s eligibility to receive a student - , exchange visitor - or work visa, then please submit your marriage certificate and a birth certificate for each child.

B-Visa applicants: Business travelers are encouraged to submit a letter from their employer, describing their purpose of visit. Tourist travelers are encouraged to submit evidence of their ties to Denmark, which could be a letter from their employer stating their employment status.

C1/D-visa applicants and B1 OCS visas: Letter from employer stating the purpose of visit. If a TWIC annotation or OCS annotation is needed, the appropriate TWIC-letter or U.S. Coastguard letter of exemption.

F, M and J-Visa applicants:

PROOF OF FINANCE: Proof that you can support yourself during your entire stay in the U.S.

DS2019 FOR J-VISAS: If you are on a J exchange program, you must have a completed original Form DS-2019 that matches the name in your passport.

I-20 FOR F and M-VISAS: F-visa applicants must submit a form I-20A-B. M-visa must submit form I-20M-N. The forms must be properly completed and signed by both the Designated School Official (DSO) and the applicant

SEVIS RECEIPT: Most J, F, and M applicants must pay a SEVIS fee. Please refer to Student Visas or Exchange Visitor Visas for details and instructions on payment. Please bring a receipt to your interview.

I-Visa applicants: Letter from your employer on company letterhead stating the purpose of your visit and if your employment with the media is permanent or temporary. If you are a freelance/temporary media worker please submit a copy of your job contract.

H, L, O, P and R-visa applicants: Please submit a copy of your petition approval notice from USCIS (I-797).

How to Apply

Step 1

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

Step 2

Go to our online applicant system and create a profile to pay the visa application (MRV) fee. If you already created a profile in the past just access this link to login with your credentials. Once logged in, choose “New Application/Schedule appointment”. 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

You will be prompted to pay the visa application fee. If you qualify to solicit a visa without interview with a consular officer, the Interview Waiver letter will provide detailed instructions on how to deliver your application documents to the US Embassy. 

Step 4

Gather your DS-160 confirmation page, MRV fee receipt, valid passport (and any previous passports with still valid visas), 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

Mail your documents to the US Embassy per the instructions in the Interview Waiver confirmation.

Once your application package is received by the Consular Section, a consular officer will make the final determination whether you qualify for visa issuance without a personal interview. In such a case, the Consulate will issue your visa and the passport will be returned to you by UPS to the address registered on the courier vendor's platform or, if you chose the personal pick-up option, you will be able to collect the passport at the Mail Boxes Etc. location in Copenhagen.