USDOS Expands of In-Person Visa Interview Waiver Eligibility for F, M, and J academic visa types
On September 14, 2021, the U.S. Department of State announced an expansion of the ability for consular officers to waive in-person interviews, under certain criteria, for F, M, or J academic visas through December 31, 2021. There is no guarantee, however, that an in-person interview will be waived.
To view the USDOS guidance, please view their announcement on their website (https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/important-announcement-on-F-M-and-academic-J-Visas.html).
Students and Scholars are advised to review the U.S. Embassy/Consulate website (https://usembassy.gov) where you will submit your entry visa application to get direct guidance on visa interview requirements.