US embassy starts renewing certain non-immigration visas

The USA Embassy in Dhaka has begun allowing applications to renew certain classifications of nonimmigrant visas.

The Embassy will process applications that are adequate for interview-waiver renewal of F, J, M, O, Q, and, C1/D visas, a public announcement issued by the US embassy declared.

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The US Embassy is ‘not’ yet processing applications for B1/B2 visas, (applicable for mainly general visitor), but will make an announcement soon, the release added.

The USA Embassy will process applications that are qualified for interview-waiver renewal of F (continuing students/spouse/children), J (exchange visitor), M (vocational student), O (Foreign nationals with extraordinary ability), Q (Exchange visitors – international cultural), and C1/D (Transit/Ship Crew) visas.

Adequate applicants need to log in and/or update their profile online at and submit the application packet, after paying associated visa fees, at the designated offsite service provider at

In order to qualify for an interview-waiver renewal, the application must be for the same classification of visa and be made within 24 months of the expiration date of the old visa, it stated, providing the link of the interview waiver checklist at –

After the US Embassy accepts an application, the reviewing Consular Officer may determine that the applicant will require an in-person interview.

These candidates will have to schedule an interview when normal visa services resume, declared the notice.

Applicants for H1B, L1, and certain J categories and their dependents covered by Presidential Proclamation 10052 can request an appointment only if they have reason to believe they qualify for one of the exceptions listed in the Proclamation.

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