Interview waiver requirements for renewing a nonimmigrant visa

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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.

If there are several applicants making a single appointment (for example, a family), all members in your group must meet every one of the following requirements in order to schedule an Interview Waiver appointment; otherwise, you must all make regular appointments.

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.



Required documents:

  • Your current passport with at least 6 months of validity.
  • Your previous passport if your last visa is not in your current passport.
  • 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. Applicants should not wear glasses in the photo and both ears should be visible.
  • A bank receipt showing proof of payment for your visa application.
  • Interview Waiver Confirmation Letter.
  • Copy of your Nicaraguan ID card* (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)

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

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. 

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.

If any of the following apply to you, you must schedule a regular or expedited appointment:

  • The applicant’s U.S. visa expired over 24 months ago.
  • The visa you are requesting is not the same category as your previous visa.
  • Your last visa was canceled or revoked, or your last visa interview was a refusal.
  • Your previous passport containing a United States visa (or that you used to enter the U.S.) was lost/stolen, whether the visas and/or passport was valid or expired.
  • Your last visa was not issued in Nicaragua.
  • If you were under 14 at the time your previous visa was issued.
  • Your previous visa was not full-validity (10 years for B1/B2) or was not for multiple entries.
  • There have been any changes on your biodata since the previous application (change in name, spelling corrections, etc.).
  • You have been arrested or detained in the United States for any reason (regardless of the final outcome).