Interview Waiver for Crew (C1/D)


Some visa applicants may not need to appear for a visa interview if they qualify for the Interview Waiver. If qualified, applicants only need to drop the required documents at the RPX Document Drop-off Location any business day between 10am - 3pm. Applicants do not need to come in person to drop off their documents. This process will take 14 business days to complete.


To qualify for the Interview Waiver, you must be able to answer "YES" to ALL of the following:

  1. I am an Indonesian passport holder or have legal residence in Indonesia (KITAS / KITAP).
  2. I was previously issued a full-validity C1/D visa.
  3. My previous U.S. visa is still valid or recently expired within the last forty-eight months.
  4. I have all of my passports covering the entire period of time since I received the full-validity visa. (If your answer is yes, you are required to submit your current passport as well as the passport with the most recent U.S. visa). You may not use interview waiver if you lost your previous passport that had a valid or expired U.S. visa
  5. I have not been refused a U.S. visa in the last twelve months.
    (NOTE: All previous visa refusals, even if later approved, must be disclosed on the DS-160 visa application.)
  6. I have never violated the terms of a previous U.S. visa or stayed in the U.S. longer than permitted on a previous U.S. visa (even if the Department of Homeland Security approved the extension of stay).
  7. I have never been arrested or convicted for any offense or crime, even if subject of a pardon.

How to Apply

If you meet the above requirements, follow the steps below:

Step 1

Complete the non-immigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form; please see this link for the guidelines

Step 2

Log in to our appointment system and create a profile. Once logged in, choose “Schedule Appointment”. As you go through the process you will answer the interview waiver questions which will evaluate your eligibility to renew your visa through interview waiver.

Step 3

After you answer the questions, you will be prompted to enter your receipt number -- this is the 16-digit Virtual Account Number, from the deposit slip, which you used if and when you made your MRV fee payment.  Otherwise, please see this link for more information on how to pay your MRV fee. If you are eligible to apply for a visa through interview waiver, you will be able to print out the “Interview Waiver Confirmation Letter”

Step 4

Gather following documents and drop them off at the nearest RPX Drop-off Locations any weekdays between 10am – 3pm. Applicants do not need to come in person to drop off their documents.

  1. DS-160 Confirmation Page
  2. Current and all passports covering the entire period of time since you received your last full validity visa
  3. Copy of KITAS / KITAP for legal residence in Indonesia
  4. One photo size 5x5 taken within the last 6 months, please see this link for photo requirements
  5. Interview waiver confirmation letter
  6. MRV Fee (Cash or EFT) Payment  Receipt
  7. For members of Crew Visa Program ONLY: Guarantee letter from the crewing agency
  8. Letter of Employment from or Working Contract from vessel/principal

Step 5

RPX courier will deliver your documents to the US Embassy Jakarta and to the US Consulate Surabaya.

Step 6

At the end of the adjudication process, RPX courier will return your passports and documents at your chosen delivery address. If eligible, your passport will contain your visa. If not eligible to renew your visa through interview waiver, you will receive a notification by e-mail.

Important Reminders:

  1. The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta and Consulate in Surabaya reserve the right to interview any applicant. If an interview is required, an Embassy or Consulate representative will contact the applicant.
  2. If you drop off your documents for renewal but are not actually eligible for the Interview Waiver, your application will be placed on hold and you will be asked to schedule a regular appointment. Please make sure you are eligible for Interview Waiver based on the above criteria. You should submit your application well in advanced of your travel plans.
  3. If additional information or document is needed, you will be informed by email through your agent.
  4. You must be physically present in Indonesia. An application cannot be sent by international mail to be processed.