The United States Consulates in South Africa are resuming certain nonimmigrant visa services
As of October 19, 2020, U.S. Consulates in South Africa are resuming Age Interview Waivers and Renewal Interview Waivers for the following non-immigrant visa categories: B, C, D, F, H, I, J, L, M, O, P, Q, R.
The U.S. Secretary of State, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, has temporarily expanded Renewal Interview Waivers, allowing consular officers to waive the in-person interview requirement for individuals applying for a nonimmigrant visa in the same classification. Previously, only those applicants whose nonimmigrant visa expired within 12 months were eligible for an interview waiver. The Secretary has temporarily extended the expiration period to 24 months. This policy is in effect until December 31, 2020. You must be a citizen and passport holder of South Africa to qualify. First-time applicants or those whose visas expired more than 2 years ago are still required to schedule an interview. Age Interview Waivers are offered to applicants under the age of 14 with at least one parent in possession of a valid U.S. visa of the same classification, or those over the age of 79.
The online visa application should automatically advise applicants if they qualify for an Interview Waiver. While the Consulates aim to process cases as soon as practicable, there will be increased wait times for completing such services due to substantial backlogs.
Applicants seeking an interview waiver for H1B, H2B, H4, L and certain J visa categories addressed in Presidential Proclamation 10052 should review the following links if they have reason to believe that they are not subject to the Proclamation, or that they may qualify for one of the exceptions detailed in the original Proclamation, or at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/exceptions-to-p-p-10014-10052-suspending-entry-of-immigrants-non-immigrants-presenting-risk-to-us-labor-market-during-economic-recovery.html, or at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/presidential-proclamation-10052-frequently-asked-questions-on-j-visa-processing.html.
Presidential proclamations restricting travel to the United States of foreign nationals who were physically present (including in transit) in any of the 26 countries that make up the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom and Ireland within the 14 days preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States remain in effect. Foreign nationals intending to transit these areas in route to the United States should confer with their airline prior to departure.
The United States Department of State suspended routine visa services worldwide in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Routine immigrant and nonimmigrant in-person visa services at the U.S. Consulates in South Africa remain suspended at this time.
If you purchased your visa fee (MRV fee) on or after March 20, 2019, it may be valid used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased until December 31, 2021. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-za/niv/information/faqs#need_earlier_appt, or by calling the number listed on “contact us” to request an emergency appointment.
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