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Applying for a Visa Without an Interview

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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.

Applying for a Visa Without an Interview

You may be eligible to apply for a visa without appearing in person for an interview. Please note that, at this time, only the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw is processing interview waiver applications. Please read carefully the following instructions.

Category 1:

If you are eligible to apply in one of the categories listed above, you may drop off your application documents at the diplomatic/official visa window of the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw Wednesday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Holidays and Closures

A-3, G-5, or NATO-7 applicants are not eligible for a visa without interview.  (Every time you apply for these visas you must have an interview with a consular officer).

Category 2:

Travelers who are renewing full validity C1/D visas whose personal data have not changed, who have not lost a passport containing a previous U.S. visa or have not had one stolen, and who meet all of the following conditions:

  • They are applying for a visa in the same category as the previous visa
  • They are Polish citizens residing in Poland.
  • They have not been refused a visa or ESTA.
  • Previous visa was issued for full validity. 
  • They are applying for the new visa within 24 months of the expiration date of the old visa. 

Requirements

Step 1
Pay the visa application fee

If you are applying for an A, G, or NATO visa for official travel, you do not need to pay the MRV fee.

Step 2
Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form.

Step 3
Register on this web page, except A, G, NATO visas. See how to apply for A, G, NATO visas here.

You must answer the waiver of interview questions online or contact the call center in order to qualify. 

You will need three pieces of information in order to register online:

  • Passport details
  • Receipt number. (Click here if you need help finding this number.)
  • The ten (10) digit barcode number from your DS-160 confirmation page.

Step 4

You must collect all of the documents listed below and proceed to a Mail Boxes Etc. office. Drop off your documents (including passport, if instructed) at the MBE document collection office. MBE will give you a copy of your airway bill as a receipt for your documents.

  • Interview Waiver Confirmation letter (generated during on-line registration); 
  • A valid passport and all previous passports containing a valid U.S. visa;
  • DS-160 confirmation page (one page with barcode and photo);
  • Any other documents specific for the visa type such as I-20 for F and M visas or, a seaman’s book and a letter from the employer for C1/D visa.

You may also submit your documents directly to a UPS courier, or drop them off at a UPS Access Point:

  • Send an email to mbe2861@mbe.pl (Warsaw) or mbe005@mbe.pl (Krakow). Upon receipt of your email, MBE will provide instructions on making the 36.90 PLN payment for this service.
  • Once your payment is confirmed, MBE will issue you a prepaid airway bill via email. You can print out and attach the airway bill to your shipment.

Processing of your application may take up to 10 business days. Please note that we reserve the right to request a personal interview of any applicant.

Apply for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa.