Apply for a Visa Without an Interview

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You may be eligible to apply for a visa without appearing in person for an interview. Please read carefully the following instructions.

Some applicants are eligible for a waiver of interview. Please read the qualifications carefully below and follow the instructions below.

  • Travelers age 80 or over with no prior refusals within the last two years
  • Children under the age of 14 (see Visas for Children page for more information)
  • Applicants whose personal data has not changed, who can provide the passport with a previous U.S. visa and who meet all of the following conditions:
  1. Received a visa after August 30, 2007 and had their fingers scanned.
  2. Are applying for a visa in the same category as the previous visa, unless:
    • their most recent B1/B2 visa was issued for less than ten years,
    • are applying for J or H visas and previously did not receive William Wilberforce pamphlet (about workers rights and trafficking in persons) in person from a consular employee,
    • are applying for J-1 Summer Work and Travel visa,
    • are applying for A-3, G-5 or NATO-7 visa (Every time they apply for a visa they must have an interview with a consular officer.)
  3. Are applying for the new visa within 12 months of the expiration date of the old visa.
  4. Are applying at the consular post of their usual residence or the post designated for their nationality.

Renew My Visa

Step 1

Complete the non-immigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form.

Step 2

Log-in to our online applicant system and create a profile to pay the visa application (MRV) fee. Once logged in, choose “Schedule appointment”. As you go through the process you will answer the interview waiver questions which will evaluate your eligibility to apply for a visa without an interview.

Step 3

After you answer the questions, you will be prompted to pay the visa fee. If you are eligible to apply for a visa without an interview, you will print out the “Application Interview waiver Letter” which you will include with your visa application.

Step 4

Print your Application Interview waiver Letter and gather your DS-160 confirmation page, MRV fee receipt, current and previous passports, photo, and a letter explaining your travel purpose and itinerary. Depending on the visa category, you may require additional documentation and a reciprocity fee. Please refer to your specific visa category page for additional required documents.

Step 5

When you are ready to submit the application documents, please send us an e-mail to and we will arrange a pickup of your documents by a Messenger courier from your home or office address. You will need to put your documents in an envelope addressed to the Us Embassy (U.S. Embassy in Prague, Tržište 15, Prague 1) along with your name and address as Sender. Before the pickup the courier will contact you to agree on the pickup time.

Step 6

Messenger will deliver your documents to the Embassy.

Step 7

At the end of the visa adjudication process, Messenger will return your documents and your passport to you at the chosen document delivery address in your profile. You can change the delivery address by accessing your profile. If issued, your passport will contain your visa.

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.

Note:  If you plan to travel urgently, please schedule an appointment for a personal interview instead of sending your documentation to the Embassy.

Apply for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa.