Ask the Consul – June 2019

Question:

What documents should I send in with my passports if I qualify for Age Interview Waiver or Renewal Interview Waiver?

Answer:

We have received many inquiries on this topic since the program was announced in March and welcome the opportunity to clarify the process.

Renewal Interview Waiver (RIW) and Age Interview Waiver (AIW) applications start the same way as any other visa application. You must submit your DS-160 application online and pay the application fee at a Scotia Bank branch. If the online system notifies you that you qualify for RIW or AIW, you do not need to register for an interview appointment. Instead, you will submit your application packet by courier to the U.S. Embassy.

The application packet should include only the information requested by the U.S. Embassy. That is:

  • (1) the DS-160 consular application confirmation page with bar code,
  • (2) the copy of the application fee receipt from Scotia Bank,
  • (3) your current passport with at least six months validity remaining,
  • (4) the passport with the old U.S. visa in it,
  • (5) a recent (less than six months old) passport-size photo on white background (without spectacles), and
  • (6) the courier confirmation sheet.

For RIW, please do not send any extra original or photocopied documents, such as marriage or birth certificates, property, or vehicle ownership documents. Submitting these extra documents will slow down the processing of your application and, beginning June 1, we will not return these documents.

As a reminder, the Age Interview Waiver allows persons who are under 14 and over 79 to submit their visa applications by courier. For children under the age of 14, please also include a photocopy of their birth certificate along with photocopies of one, or both, parents’ valid U.S. visa. If one parent does not have a valid U.S. visa, he or she should send a signed letter, along with a photocopy of a form of identification, giving consent for the child to travel. Again, these documents will not be returned.

If we need additional information or an interview, you will be contacted accordingly.  If you are asked to come in for an interview, bring the required documents as advised above along with supporting documents such as civil documents, employment, and bank letters.

Please note RIW and AIW are not expedited visa programs. Successful applicants will typically have their passports and U.S. visas returned to them in about three to four weeks. It is a good idea to begin the process as early as possible, in case there are unforeseen processing delays.

As always, we strongly recommend that you wait until your visas are delivered before purchasing airline tickets and making other travel arrangements. For complete instructions on this and other U.S. visa programs, please visit www.usvisa-info.com or call (868) 235-4500 Monday to Friday, during the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

If you have a question about the process or need an update on the status of an application being processed, email consularpos@state.gov.  Please include the full name of the applicant and passport number with your inquiry.