US expands interview waiver for visa renewals, names categories

The United States Mission has expanded the eligibility period for nonimmigrant visa renewals from 24 to 48 months.

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Mission announced the extension on Wednesday.

The information was issued 48 hours after the Mission commenced no-interview student visa renewals for Nigerian students.

A statement on Friday said applicants whose visa expired in the last 48 months or will expire in the next three months qualify for non-appearance at the embassy.

Thousands of visa renewal appointments will be opened to assist applicants who wish to renew their visas, it hinted.

Those eligible must have applied for a B1/B2, F, M, J (academic only), H, L or C1/D (combined only) visa.

The criteria: previous visa issued in Nigeria; previous visa in the same classification as current application; previous visa a full validity, multiple entry visas.

Others: previous visas expired within the last 48 months or will expire three months from the application date; applicants have passports covering the entire period since receiving the previous and most recent visa.

Also, applicants must have never been arrested or convicted in America; such persons have never worked without authorization or remained beyond permitted time in the U.S.

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