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Sep 17, 2021

DOS Announces Visa Interviews may be Waived for Certain F, M and J Visa Applicants

Emily M. Cohen

Understanding the important contributions foreign nationals make to college and university campuses,  The Department of State (DOS) announced on  September 14th, 2021 that Consular officers are authorized to expand the categories of F, M, and “academic J visa applicants” eligible to be waived from the in-person interview with certain exceptions. Consular  officers may now waive the visa interview requirements for F, M and academic J applicants who were previously issued any type of visa and who had never been refused a visa. If the applicant was initially refused but the visa refusal was overcome and the applicant  has no potential ineligibility for the visa, the interview can be waived.  Interviews can also be waived for F, M and academic J visa applicants who are citizens or nationals of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries provided there is no potential ineligibility. It is advisable  that visa applicants check the website for the related consulate for further guidance on applying for a visa without an interview. The attorneys at Green and Spiegel are here to assist if needed.


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