U.S. Embassy Expands Nonimmigrant Visa Interview Waiver Program

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NAIROBI, Kenya, September 16 – The United States Embassy in Nairobi announced on Friday that it has expanded the interview waiver program for non-immigrant visas in an effort to reduce the backlog of appointments. you for visas.

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 which 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 quickly as possible. Strong people-to-people bonds are the foundation of our relationship,” he said. said Whitman on his official Twitter account on August 7.

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