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Visa Update
Extension of the Interview Waiver Program for Petition-Based Nonimmigrant Visas to December 31, 2023
January 12, 2023

The U.S. Department of State extended until December 31, 2023, previously approved authorities allowing consular officers to waive the in-person interview for certain H-2 (temporary agricultural and non-agricultural workers) applicants; certain students, professors, research scholars, short-term scholars, or specialists (F, M, and academic J visa applicants); and for certain temporary workers who have an individual petition approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (H-1, H-3, H-4, L, O, P, and Q visa applicants) who meet certain conditions, including that they are applying for a visa in their country of nationality or residence. 

The full text of this announcement is located on our website at travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/important-announcement-on-waivers-of-the-interview-requirement-for-certain-nonimmigrant-visas.html

For more information on the interview waiver application process, please visit our website at www.ustraveldocs.com/ph/ph-niv-visarenew.asp. 

For all other visa concerns and inquiries, please send these via our online inquiry form at ph.usembassy.gov/contact-us-visas/