Interview Waiver

Overview

The Embassy will NOT be processing interview waivers after June 8 until July 11.

As of December 23rd, 2021, special provisions are in effect for F, H-1, H-3, H-4, non-blanket L, M, O, P, Q, and academic J (students, professors, research scholars, short-term scholars, or specialists) who were previously issued any class of visa, subject to certain conditions, until December 31st, 2022.

Criteria

B1/B2 and C1/D visas: To qualify for interview-waiver for renewal, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant must be a legal resident and physically present in Mauritius, Seychelles, or Reunion (Fr).
  • Applicant must be renewing a nonimmigrant C1/D or B1/B2 U.S. visa in their possession in the same category.
  • Applicant’s previous U.S. visa must not have been issued with a limited validity timeframe and must not contain the annotations, “CLEARANCE RECEIVED” or “ESTA RECORD REVIEWED”
  • Applicant’s previous U.S. visa must be valid or not be more than 48-months expired.
  • Applicant must be renewing their U.S. visa in the same name and nationality as their previous U.S. visa
  • Applicants 14 years-old and over must have provided digital fingerprints at the previous visa interview (for example, a child who was under 14 at the previous interview and did not provide fingerprints cannot renew by mail and must make an appointment in person).

F, H-1, H-3, H-4, non-blanket L, M, O, P, Q, and academic J (students, professors, research scholars, short-term scholars, or specialists): To qualify for interview-waiver, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant must be a legal resident and physically present in Mauritius, Seychelles, or Reunion (Fr).
  • Applicant must:
    • have previously been issued any type of visa, and who have never been refused a visa unless such refusal was overcome or waived, and who have no apparent ineligibility or potential ineligibility
    • Applicants 14 years-old and over must have provided digital fingerprints at the previous visa interview (for example, a child who was under 14 at the previous interview and did not provide fingerprints does not qualify for interview waiver and must make an appointment in person).

OR

    • Citizens or nationals of a country that participates in the Visa Waiver Program (WVP): first-time applicants provided they have no apparent ineligibility or potential ineligibility and have previously traveled to the United States using an authorization obtained via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)
  • Applicant’s previous U.S. visa must not have been issued with a limited validity timeframe and must not contain the annotations, “CLEARANCE RECEIVED” or “ESTA RECORD REVIEWED”

Procedures

For applicants who meet all of the above criteria, please prepare the application package with the following:

  • Current passport with at least six months validity remaining
  • Previous passport that holds the valid or expired U.S. visa
  • Confirmation page of application form DS-160
  • One U.S. visa-sized photo (2 in x 2 in) (5 cm X 5 cm) on a white background taken within the last six months (read more for photo requirements)
  • Method of payment:
    • Drop off: Applications may be submitted in-person in a sealed envelope on Tuesdays between 10:30 & 11:15. Note that drop off applications may pay directly at the U.S. Embassy in cash (U.S. dollars or Mauritian rupees).
    • Mail-in: Bank draft or cashier’s check in U.S. dollars made payable to “U.S. Embassy Port Louis” in the amount of $160 USD [Note: This is the only method of payment when renewing by mail.  We do not accept cash, credit card, or personal checks by mail.  Please note the check must be made out exactly using these instructions and amounts.]
  • Applicant’s proof of legal permanent residency in Mauritius, Seychelles, or Reunion (Fr) (copy of front and back of local identification or copy of civil registry certification if not a citizen of Mauritius, Seychelles, or France)
  • Applicant’s original I-20 or DS-2019 forms for applicable F, M, and J visa applicants or I-797 for petition-based visa applicants.
  • If applicant is under 14 years of age, a copy of the applicant’s birth certificate, a copy of the parent’(s’) passport(s) bio details page, and a copy of parent’(s’) valid visa(s).
  • Mail return service: A self-addressed, pre-paid courier (such as FEDEX or DHL) envelope to return the new U.S. visa (please note the tracking number of the return envelope to track once shipped).  Please submit the above documents in a sealed envelope to the U.S. Embassy in Port Louis by using commercial courier service to:

Consular Section
U.S. Embassy
Rogers House, 4th Floor
John Kennedy Street, Port Louis
Mauritius

  • Pick-up at embassy: Generally the following week on Wednesday, absent the need for additional administrative processing.

Important Notes

Processing time currently varies due to international shipping delays. Do not make firm plans or purchase airline tickets until you have your passport with a valid U.S. visa.

The U.S. Embassy in Port Louis reserves the right to require any applicant who applies for interview-waiver or renewal to physically present themselves for an in-person interview if requested.