US Mission Russia has expanded its visa interview waiver program as a part of President Obama’s Executive Order to increase travel and tourism to the United States. Starting immediately, certain US visa applicants who have been previously issued a US visa that has expired in the past 47 months will be eligible to renew their US visa without a visa interview.
Currently, all applicants with a US visa that has expired in the last 11 months are eligible to apply for a renewal of their US visa without an interview. Under the expanded visa interview waiver program, applicants who are renewing a B-1 visa or B-2 visa (visitor visas) or C-1 or D visa (crew or transit visa) has has expired within the last 47 months are eligible to apply for a new visa without an interview. Applicants who wish to renew any other type of US visa that has expired in the last 11 months are eligible to do so without an interview. The Visa Interview Waiver Program does not entitle any US visa applicant to a waiver of personal appearance, and US consular officers still have the authority to interview any visa applicant they determine requires a personal appearance.