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Kenya: US Expands Interview Waiver Program for Non-immigrant Visas

To qualify for this program, you must be applying for the same visa category, and your visa cannot have expired more than four years ago. Formerly, the limit was one year.

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U.S. Ambassador Meg Whitman. PHOTO Aug 7, 2022

The United States Embassy in Nairobi has expanded its Interview Waiver Program for non-immigrant visas.

In a statement on Friday, US ambassador Meg Whitman said this is effective immediately.

“Effective immediately, those applying for tourist/business, student, or crew visas categories may be eligible for a visa renewal without an interview,” she said.

For one to qualify for the program, he/she must be applying for the same visa category.

“… And your visa cannot have expired more than four years ago.  Formerly, the limit was one year,” she added.

The program aims to reduce the non-immigrant visa interview appointment backlog.

The program enables most citizens or nationals of participating countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. 

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveller’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveller’s country of citizenship or nationality.

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