Interview waiver requirements for renewing a nonimmigrant visa

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Overview

 

The basic requirements and interview for a visa to the United States are the same whether you are applying for the first time, or renewing your visa. However, if you meet certain requirements, You can apply to the Visa Renewal Program or Interview Waiver.

Who can apply for the Interview Waiver?

Nicaraguan citizen or legal residents who:

  1. Possess a valid nonimmigrant visa (or one that has expired within the past 24 months) and is applying for the same visa category
  2. H2A and H2B visa first-time applicants or renewals.
  3. First time Applicants or Renewals under the age of 14, who meet all requirements below.
  4. First time Applicants or Renewals over the age of 80, who meet all requirements below.

Requirements

 Please make sure you comply with all the requirements according to your age group:

Children who are under 14 years old can apply for the first time or renew their visas if:

  • They are Nicaraguan citizens or legal residents
  • Parents (as shown on Birth Certificate) have valid visas
  • You are not eligible for the interview waiver if your latest visa application was denied or your latest visa was cancelled/revoked.

If you are between 14 and 79 years of age you must:

  • Your previous visa must have been issued when you were over 14 years of age.
  • Your previous visa expired no more than 24 months ago or is still valid.
  • The visa you are requesting is the same category as your previous visa.
  • Your last visa was issued in Nicaragua.
  • Your previous visa had full-validity (10 years for B1/B2) and multiple entries.
  • Your passport containing previous U.S. visa is in your possession and has not been lost/stolen.
  • There have not been any changes on your biodata since the previous application.
  • Your previous visa doesn’t have a special annotation: waiver/clearance.
  • Your last visa was not canceled or revoked, or your last visa interview was not a refusal.
  • You have not resided in the US illegally and you have not been arrested or detained in the United States for any reason (regardless of the outcome).

Adults 80 years of age and above can apply for the first time or renew their visas if:

  • Be Nicaraguan citizens or legal residents
  • You have not resided in the US illegally and you have not been arrested or detained in the United States for any reason (regardless of the outcome).
  • You are not eligible for the interview waiver if your latest visa application was denied or your latest visa was cancelled/revoked.

IMPORTANT: You must comply with all the requirements according to your age group; otherwise, you do not qualify for interview waiver and must schedule a regular or expedited appointment.

I meet all the requirements.  How do I apply for this program?

Step 1: Complete the application form, also known as the DS-160.  The questions are in English, but you can access a Spanish translation by selecting “Spanish” in the ToolTip drop-down menu in the upper right corner of the page. Then place your cursor over a phrase to see an instant translation.  Once you have finished, please remember to print your confirmation page.

Step 2: Create your profile in www.ustraveldocs.com

Step 3: Pay the nonrefundable application fee and print your proof of payment. 

Step 4: Log into your profile, go to “schedule your appointment” and follow the instructions.

Step 5: Print the confirmation and drop your required documents at Cargotrans agency nearest to your residence. 

Send only the following required documents:

  • Your current passport with at least 6 months of validity.
  • Passport with your previous (latest) visa.
  • DS-160 confirmation page of your visa application.
  • One (1) color photograph, size 2x2" with a white background taken in the last six (6) months.                Note: Applicants should not wear glasses in the photo and both ears should be visible.
  • Receipt or Proof of payment.
  • Interview Waiver Confirmation Letter.
  • Copy of Birth Certificate and copy of parents’ valid visas (for applicants under 14 years of age)
  • Copy of your Nicaraguan ID card (Only for Nicaraguan residents)
  • Copy of your approved petition (For H2 visas or other petition-based categories)
  • Copy of letter of employment (For B1 or C1/D applicants)

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Only the above requested documents should be sent through Cargotrans. All documents will be destroyed once the process is finalized. It is each applicant’s responsibility to prepare your application package.

In all cases, consular officers reserve the right to require an interview of any visa applicant.