Renew My Visa

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Overview

The U.S. visa application process is 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 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.

Applicants meeting the following criteria may be eligible for renewal by mail:

Business/Tourism:

  • All applicants are Kuwaiti citizens or residents of Kuwait.
  • The applicant has never been arrested or convicted of a crime, deported from the United States, or denied entry to the United States.

For first time B1/B2 applicants:

  • All applicants are over age 79 OR all applicants are under age 14.

  • For applicants under age 14, at least one of the applicant’s parents have a valid visa issued by the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait.

For renewing B1/B2 applicants:

  • Applicants are renewing a full validity B1/B2 visa that has not been expired more than 24 months, and was issued at U.S. Embassy Kuwait.

  • Applicants were at least 14 years old at the time of prior visa issuance.  

Student/Exchange Visitors:

  • The applicant is re-applying to renew a F1/M1/J1 (student or exchange) visa that has not been expired for more than 24 months.
  • The prior F/M/J visa was issued at the U.S. Embassy Kuwait.
  • The applicant’s SEVIS status is “active” or “initial”. Applicants should contact their Designated School Official (DSO) at their institution if they are unsure.
  • IF F/M: The applicant is EITHER continuing at the same institution listed on the prior visa OR studying the same major as during the initial interview.
  • IF J: The applicant has the same SEVIS number as on the initial visa.
  • The applicant has never been arrested or convicted of a crime, deported from the United States, or denied entry to the United States.

How to Apply

Step 1

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

Step 2

Log-in to our online applicant system and create a profile to pay the visa application (MRV) fee. 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 apply for a visa without an interview.

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

Go to one of the Aramex locations specified here. Take your Application Drop-Off Letter and all documents required with a mailing envelope to enclose your documents. A receipt with the tracking number will be given to you. There is no charge for this transaction.

Step 6

Aramex will deliver your documents to the U.S. Embassy.

Step 7

At the end of the visa adjudication process, the U.S. Embassy will return your documents and your passport to you at the chosen document delivery address in your profile. When the documents are dispatched you will receive an email with the tracking number. You can change the delivery address by accessing your profile. If issued, your passport will contain your visa.

Important Note: The use of the mail-in service does not guarantee visa issuance. In some cases, applicants may still be required to appear for a visa interview. Examples of this include incomplete and/or inaccurate applications.

Apply for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa