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U.S. Visa Interview Waiver Program: Eligibility to Participate Expands in Russia
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The U.S. Mission in Russia has announced an expansion of the current interview waiver program, under which, starting immediately, certain applicants who have previously been issued a visa that expired in the past 47 months will be eligible to renew their visa without an interview. Under the expanded program, applicants who are renewing a B1/B2 or C1/D visas that has expired within the last 47 months are eligible to apply for a new visa without an interview. 

Currently, all applicants who are in possession of a visa that has expired in the last 11 months are eligible to apply for a renewal of their visa without an interview, and applicants who wish to renew any type of visas other than B1/B2 or C1/D as above, that has expired in the past 11 months, are still eligible to do so without an interview. 

The Mission has however also clarified that the program does not entitle any applicant to a waiver of personal appearance, and consular officers retain the authority to interview any applicant who they determine requires a personal appearance.

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