Renew My Visa

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The following visa types, under some circumstances, may be renewed without personal appearance of the applicant at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate for an interview: B (Tourism/Business), F (Student), M (Vocational and non-academic students), I (Journalist), J (Exchange visitor), D and C1 (Transit/Crewmember), H (Temporary worker), L (Intercompany Transfer), O (Alien of Extraordinary Ability), P (Performer visa). Additionally, some governments allow their citizens to travel with a valid visa in an expired passport, provided the traveler also has a valid passport. If your government allows travel with a combination of a valid passport and an expired passport that has a valid visa, then the U.S. government will allow you to enter the United States with your old passport containing a valid visa and your new, valid passport.

Nonimmigrant visas issued for the following purposes of travel may not be renewed through this program:

  • C1 Transit Visa previously issued for purposes other than employment with an airline or cruise ship;
  • J1 Summer Work and Travel Program visas;
  • F1 visas previously issued for short term English language study;
  • Subsequent L1 visas based on a new I 129S form.


You may submit your visa application at VFS Global or by using premium drop off service as an interview waiver submission and proceed without a consular interview if you meet all of the following qualifications:

  • All ten fingerprints were captured at a prior consular interview
  • Your previous visa is currently valid, or has expired within the last 48 months.
  • Your new application is for the same type of visa as the current/previous visa
  • You are physically present in Kazakhstan and normally a resident of Kazakhstan
  • Your visa does not have Clearance Received written on it

If you don’t meet all of the conditions above, please schedule an interview appointment.

Note: Using the interview waiver service does not guarantee visa issuance. In some cases, you may be required to appear for a visa interview at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate, for example, if you submit an incomplete and/or inaccurate application. Average processing time for this service is two weeks.

How to Apply

Step 1

Pay the visa application fee.

Step 2

Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form. Print and save your confirmation page.

Step 3

Register an account on this page. Follow the steps to schedule an interview. Answer the questions in step 7 carefully. If you meet the requirements for interview waiver submission, you will receive an interview waiver submission letter. Print out your interview waiver letter and collect the following documents:

  • DS-160 confirmation page
  • Your current passport
  • Your current or most recent visa,if you still have it in your possession
  • Printed interview waiver letter
  • One photograph taken within the last six months (conforming to the guidelines on this webpage). Failure to submit a valid photograph will delay the processing of your case.
  • Two copies of the document checklist.
  • Other documentation required for your visa type

Step 4

Deliver your sealed visa application to a VFS Global office. Bring the second copy of your document checklist with you. A VFS Global employee will review your document checklist before accepting your application for delivery to the U.S. Embassy/Consulate.

If you would like to use premium drop off service and submit your documents via one of 20 DHL offices, you should contact You will be provided with instructions and an online payment link for the service. The price for the service is 7.50 USD (in Kazakhstan Tenge at the exchange rate applicable on the day of notification) per applicant. After the payment, you will receive an airway bill (AWB) for document submission which will be valid for 3 business days.

Please click here to find out the list of premium drop off service locations.

Note: Reciprocity fees may apply. These are fees another country charges a U.S. citizen for a similar type of visa. The Department of State's website has more information about reciprocity fees and can help you determine if this fee applies to your nationality.

More Information

Apply for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa