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U.S. Visa Interview Waiver Program Available in Russia

The U.S. Visa Interview Waiver Program has been extended to Russia. Earlier this year, President Obama issued an executive order establishing more efficient visitor visa processing goals to promote travel and tourism to the U.S. The establishment of the Visa Interview Waiver Program allows certain applicants with a previously issued visa that expired in the past 47 months to be eligible to renew their visa without an interview. Under the current provisions, individuals with visas that have expired in the last 11 months are allowed to apply for a renewal without being subject to an interview. Under the expanded program, applicants seeking to renew a B1/B2 (tourist) or C1/D (crew or transit) visa that has expired within the last 47 months can now apply for a renewal without an interview. Please note however that consular officers continue to reserve the right to interview any applicant as they see fit. The expanded interview waiver provisions are effective immediately at all U.S. consular posts in Russia.