Kenya: U.S. Embassy Announces Expanded Nonimmigrant Visa Waiver Program

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Nairobi – The United States Embassy in Nairobi announced on Friday that it has expanded the Nonimmigrant Visa Interview Waiver Program in a bid to reduce the backlog of visa appointments.

The US Embassy said that for a person to be eligible for the program, they must apply for the same visa category and their visa must not have expired more than four years ago.

Previously, the limit was one year.

“As of today, persons applying for a tourist/business (B1/B2), student (F, J, M) or crew (C1/D) visa may be eligible for a renewal of interview-free visa,” the U.S. Embassy said. Friday.

The embassy said the move was part of US Ambassador to Kenya Meg Whitman’s recent pledge to resolve the visa crisis.

In recent months, visa applicants have faced delays in most visa processing cases that have been attributed to closures due to COVID-19.

Last month, on August 7, Whitman said one of his top priorities would be to address visa application delays in the country.

“The visa backlog situation has caused unnecessary hardship and is unacceptable. One of my main goals is to resolve this issue as soon as possible. Strong people-to-people ties are the foundation of our relationship,” he said. said Whitman on his official Twitter account. August 7.

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