Interview Waiver for Exchange Programs (J)


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 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 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 J visa.
  3. My previous U.S. visa is still valid or recently expired within the last forty-eight months.
  4. I am renewing an existing J1 visa to continue participation in the SAME PROGRAM or to attend the SAME INSTITUTION as the previous visa.
  5. I have all of my passports covering the entire period of time since I received that 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.
  6. My SEVIS status is active (I previously paid the SEVIS fee and have remained an active student).
  7. I have not been refused any 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.)
  8. 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).
  9. 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 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Applicants do not need to come in person to drop off their documents.

  1. Interview waiver confirmation letter
  2. DS-160 Confirmation Page
  3. Copy of KITAS / KITAP for legal residence in Indonesia
  4. Current and all passport covering the entire period of time since you received your last full validity visa
  5. One photo size 5x5 taken within the last 6 months, please see this link for photo requirements
  6. MRV Fee (Cash or EFT) Payment  Receipt
  7. Original DS-2019
  8. SEVIS receipt

Additional documents for children under 14 years old

  1. Original Birth Certificate.
  2. Original passport of one parent containing a valid U.S. visa.

Step 5

RPX courier will deliver your documents to the US Embassy Jakarta and 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 advance of your travel plans.
  3. If additional information or document is needed, you will be informed by email or phone. Please make sure the e-mail address in your application is valid and please check your e-mail regularly after you drop your application.
  4. Children under 14 years of age whose parent(s) qualify for visa renewal through the interview waiver do not need to schedule a regular appointment (even if the child has never previously been issued a visa). The parent can simply pay the MRV fee and submit the completed application for each child under 14 at the same time they submit their own application. The parent must include the original birth certificate of each child, which will be returned along with the passport once the visa is issued. In addition, children under 14 years of age whose parent(s) have valid visa (s) do not need to schedule a regular appointment (even if the child has previously been issued a visa). The parent must pay the MRV fee and submit the application, include the child’s original birth certificate, and submit their own passport with valid U.S. visa.
  5. All applicants must qualify on their own. Spouse, parents, or any other family member unable to meet the interview waiver criteria will not be eligible for interview waiver. Those applicants must schedule a regular appointment.
  6. You must be physically present in Indonesia. An application cannot be sent by international mail to be processed.