Interview Waiver (Visa Renewal)

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Applicants who are renewing their visas to the United States may, under some circumstances, renew their visas without appearing at the U.S. Embassy in Mongolia for an interview. Applicants must schedule an appointment to drop off visa renewal applications at the U.S. Embassy in Mongolia.

Please note: Some governments (including Mongolia) 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 valid visa and a combination of an expired and valid passport , then the U.S. government will allow you to travel to 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:

  • J1 Summer Work and Travel Program visas;
  • F1 visas previously issued for short term English language study;
  • F2, H4, R2, K, all L and E visa classes.

Visa classes that require reciprocity payment. 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 and visa class.


  • 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 previous visa is in your possession and was not lost or stolen
  • Your new application is for the same type of visa as the current/previous visa, unless you are applying for an F, M, or J type visa. If applying for an F, M, or J type visa, your prior visa can be in any category.
  • You are physically present in Mongolia and normally a resident of Mongolia
  • Your visa does not have Clearance Received or Waiver written on it

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

Note: Requesting visa renewal without an interview does not guarantee visa issuance. Moreover, even if you request interview waiver, you may be called to appear for an interview at the U.S. Embassy if, for example, you submit an incomplete and/or inaccurate application. Average processing time for this service is two weeks.

If an applicant is under the age of 14 and applying for a visa for the FIRST TIME:

The parent(s) or guardian(s) of all first-time applicants under the age of 14 are required to appear in person for an interview when applying for the child’s nonimmigrant visa. Please follow the application instructions located here.

If an applicant is under the age of 14 and has a PRIOR/VALID visa:

Applicants under the age of 14 applying to renew a recently expired visa (expired within the last 48 months) may submit their visa applications through the Interview Waiver program.

If an applicant is aged 80 or older:

Applicants aged 80 and older may submit their visa applicants through the Interview Waiver program.

How to Apply

Step 1

Pay the visa application fee. This webpage lists all of the visa fees associated with the most common nonimmigrant visa types. Instructions for how to pay your fees are available on this webpage.

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. On Step 3 select Interview Waiver Application. Follow the steps to schedule an appointment. Answer the questions in step 7 carefully. If you meet the requirements for interview waiver submission, you will need to choose a day on which you can submit your visa application to the U.S. Embassy in Mongolia, and then you will receive an appointment confirmation letter. Print out your appointment confirmation letter and collect the following documents:

  • Your current passport
  • Your current or most recent visa (if your most recent visa is still valid, you must submit the original visa with your application. A copy will not be sufficient).
  • Printed appointment confirmation letter
  • One photograph taken within the last six months (conforming to the guidelines on webpage). In the vast majority of cases, YOU MAY NOT SUBMIT THE SAME PHOTOGRAPH THAT APPEARED ON YOUR LAST VISA. Failure to submit a valid photograph will delay the processing of your case.
  • Supporting documentation required for your visa type

Step 4

Submit your complete application package in a sealed envelope at the U.S. Embassy - Mongolia on the date and time of your visa appointment. Be sure to provide all of supporting documents listed under Step 3. If you fail to present your appointment confirmation letter for the date and time of your submission, your application will not be accepted.

Applications lacking any of these items will not be accepted and will cause significant processing delays.

Step 5

If additional information is needed to complete processing of your case, you will be informed by email. If, when reviewing your case, the consular officer requires you to appear in person for any reason, your follow-up appointment must take place at the U.S. Embassy in Mongolia. The Embassy will contact you directly to schedule your appointment.

More Information

Apply for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa