Renewals and Interview Waivers

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Overview

Although the Consulate has resumed routine interviews for nonimmigrant visas, demand for visas is high and it may be difficult for applicants to obtain an interview as soon as they would like.  Fortunately, in some cases, it may be possible for qualified applicants to obtain a visa without an in-person interview. 

Interviews may be waived for visa applicants under the age 14 (if a parent has a valid visa) and for adults over 80 years of age.  In addition, until December 31, 2021, Consular Officers may waive interviews for qualified applicants renewing a visa in the same classification that expired less than 48 months ago and for applicants seeking academic (F, M, or J) visas.

It is also important to know that your visa may still be valid if the passport it is in expires. In such cases, you can travel to the United States with your old passport containing a valid visa and your new, unexpired passport.

Applicants Under Age 14 or Over Age 80

Applicants under age 14 and over age 80 may qualify for an interview waiver even if they have not had a prior visa.  To qualify for an interview waiver, a child must have at least one parent with a valid visa.

Visa Renewals

 To facilitate the renewal process for nonimmigrant visas, the Consular Section accepts renewal applications for some visa applicants without requiring an in-person interview. In many cases, applicants do not need to appear at the Embassy at all. 

However, to be able to qualify for the renewal process, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You are a Moroccan national or you are a legal resident of Morocco;
  • You are physically present in Morocco;
  • Your visa is either unexpired or expired less than 48 months ago;
  • You are applying for another visa of the same type as your previous visa;
  • You were not refused a visa at your last interview;
  • Your prior visa was not lost, stolen or revoked and you can submit your passport with your prior visa;
  • You have complied with the terms of your previous visa;
  • You did not answer “YES” to any question in Security and Background of the DS-160 application form;

If during the evaluation of your application the consular officer needs more information to decide if you are eligible for the visa, an interview may be required. In such cases, your passport will be returned to you and your application will remain pending until you have had an opportunity to appear for an interview.

It may take up to one month before your request for an interview waiver is processed.  Please do not contact the Consulate General to inquire about the status of your request unless it has been more than four weeks since you submitted your passport to Aramex.

Academic Visas (F, M or J visas)

Applicants seeking F, M, or J academic visas may be eligible for an interview waiver if the following requirements are met:

  • You are a Moroccan national or you are a legal resident of Morocco.
  • You are physically present in Morocco.
  • You were previously issued a U.S. visa and have not been denied a U.S. visa since or you are a citizen of a country that participates in the Visa Waiver Program and will be applying with a passport from that country.
  • If you previously had a U.S. visa, that visa was not lost, stolen, or revoked.
  • You have never submitted an ESTA application that was denied.
  • You did not answer “YES” to any question in Security and Background of the DS-160 application form.

How to Apply for Visa Renewal Service

If you meet the requirements listed above, you may be eligible for visa  processing without an interview.  To apply for this service complete the following steps:

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 be notified of the approval to have the interview waived and next steps.  

Step 4

Assemble your application for submission.  You must provide the following items:  

  • Passport: Your passport must have at least two blank pages for the visa and at least six months validity
  • Old passport with most recent U.S. visa (if not in currently valid passport)
  • A printout of your DS-160 confirmation page
  • A copy of your MRV fee receipt
  • A recent color photo (see photo requirements) Please do not reuse a photo that you used for a prior visa application.

The following items may also be required:

  • Citizens of countries other than Morocco must provide proof of residence in Morocco (i.e., a copy of your residence card)
  • Children under age 14 must provide copies of at least one parent’s valid visa and passport bio page.
  • C1/D visa applicants must provide a joining document from the company requesting the crew member visa that is on official letterhead and that indicates the occupation, seniority, and duration of the contract.
  • B1 visa applicants must provide a signed employment contract in the applicant’s native language with an English translation.
  • F and M visa applicants must provide: a) Form I-20; b) Receipt for payment of SEVIS I-901 fee; and c) a copy of the applicant’s most recent academic transcript.

  • J visa applicants must provide: a) Form DS-2019; and, b) Receipt for payment of SEVIS I-901 fee.
  • H, L, O, P, Q, and R visa applicants must provide the I-129 petition receipt number and a copy of your Form I-797.
  • I visa applicants must provide a letter on letterhead from the company requesting the journalist visa, indicating your occupation, seniority, purpose and duration of the trip.

For interview waiver please only submit the documents requested above. Do not submit bank statements, salary certificates, travel reservations, or other unrequested documents.  The U.S. Embassy will contact you by telephone or email if additional information is required.

Step 5

Go to one of the Aramex locations specified here. Take your Application Drop-Off Letter and all documents required with a mailing envelope to enclose your documents. A receipt with the tracking number will be given to you. There is no charge for this transaction.

Step 6

Aramex will deliver your documents to the U.S. Consulate.

Step 7

At the end of the visa adjudication process, the U.S. Consulate will return your documents and your passport to you at the chosen document delivery address in your profile. When the documents are dispatched you will receive an email with the tracking number. You can change the delivery address by accessing your profile. If issued, your passport will contain your visa.

Important Note: The use of the mail-in service does not guarantee visa issuance. In some cases, applicants may still be required to appear for fingerprints or a visa interview.

Applicants from certain countries may be required to pay an additional reciprocity fee.  The U.S. Consulate will contact you if a reciprocity fee is required.

Provide All Your Passports

If you are renewing your visa, please remember to provide all your current and expired passports.  Applicants with dual nationalities should present passports for both countries.

General Information

For general information about applying for a visa, please click here.