Renew My Visa

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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 remains valid even when your passport expires. Therefore, you must remember to travel to the United States with both your old and new passport.


You may submit your visa renewal application by registered mail to the address listed below and proceed without a consular interview if you meet all of the following qualifications:

  • All ten fingerprints were scanned at a prior consular interview (Stockholm started with Ten-fingerprinting on June 15th 2007).
  • You are applying for the exact same type of visa as your current/previous visa.
  • Applicants applying for E, H, L, P, or R visas must possess a visa that is currently valid or that has expired within 48 months of the date of your application provided that you do not have any information regarding immigration violation
  • Applicants applying for any category of visa other than E, H, L, P, or R must possess a visa that is currently valid or has expired within 48 months of the date of your application
  • Your visa does not have 'Clearance Received' or 'Waiver Granted' annotated on it
  • You are not from a country whose citizens are required to pay a reciprocity fee. These are fees another country charges a U.S. citizen for a similar type of visa. The Department of State's website has more information about reciprocity fees and can help you determine if this fee applies to you.
  • You have never been arrested for any reason anywhere in the world
  • You are not applying to replace a visa that has been lost or stolen
  • You are physically present in Sweden
  • If you do not have a Swedish passport, you must have legal residence in Sweden and provide proof of residence with your application
  • Your current passport will be valid for at least 6 more months
  • You will not need your current passport for one week following the date we receive your application
  • Please note that Blanket-L visas cannot use the Visa Reissuance Program

If one or more of the conditions do not apply, then you must schedule an interview in order to apply for your visa.

How to Apply

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. Upon qualifying you will receive detailed instructions of how to deliver your documents. You will need three pieces of information in order to register online:

  • Your passport number
  • The CGI reference number from your payment receipt. (Click here if you need help finding this number.)
  • The ten (10) digit barcode number from your DS-160 confirmation page
Step 4

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

Please send the application documents listed below by Registered mail (REK) to:
Non Immigrant Visa Unit
Embassy of the United States
Dag Hammarskjölds väg 31
115 89 Stockholm