The following guidance is for students who are planning or considering travel after the Winter Term ends. Since you may also be deciding whether to obtain COVID-19 vaccination before you leave, or in your home country, please also review Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine for information about special vaccination opportunities for students and for some important reminders.
Consular officers can now waive the in-person interview requirement for people renewing a visa that has expired within the last 48 months. Previously, only those applicants whose nonimmigrant visa expired within 24 months were eligible for an interview waiver. This new policy will be in effect through December 31, 2021. VIsa applicants must still meet certain criteria to be eligible for the interview waiver, and waivers are only granted at the discretion of the consular officer.