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#508319 - 10/17/15 11:14 AM US Embassy Visa Waiver
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Everyone who's been to the US Embassy for a visa knows about the headache and hassle of having to go in for a visa interview. Well, if you're under 13, over 80, or just seeking a renewal, those hassling days may be behind you. The US Embassy sent out a notice today advising of an Interview Waiver Program, which has been made available to certain applicants as of October 12, 2015.

So, here's how it works. If you're renewing a visa, under the age of 13, or over the age of 80, you may be eligible to drop your documents at the U.S. Embassy and bypass the usual in-person interview with a consular officer.

For those seeking renewals, you qualify if you a renewing a tourist visa that was given for 5 years or more, that expired less than four years ago. You also have to still be in possession of your most recent visa.

Those 13 and younger who wish to qualify must have been born in Belize and have parents who have Belizean passports, and one parent or guardian who holds a valid visa and is renewing at the same time.

And for those 80 and older who are applying, they must hold a Belizean passport, never been arrested or convicted of a crime, and never been deported form the US or had any problems with US customs or immigration.

There are other requirements and you can see them at the following website:belize.usembassy.gov.

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#508322 - 10/17/15 11:27 AM Re: US Embassy Visa Waiver [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline
U.S. EMBASSY Belmopan, Belize
Office of Public Affairs

Visa Interview Waiver Program

The Embassy of the United States in Belmopan, Belize would like to notify all potential visa applicants of the Interview Waiver Program (IWP), which will be available to certain applicants beginning October 12, 2015.

Applicants who are either…

- renewing visas
- 13 years old or younger OR
- 80 years old or older

…may be eligible to drop off their documents at the U.S. Embassy and forego the usual requirement of an in-person interview with a consular officer.

Here are some additional requirements:

Renewals

To be eligible for the IWP, visa applicants who wish to renew a visa must:

- Be renewing a full validity (five years or greater) visa that expired less than 48 months ago for tourist (B1/B2) visas (or 12 months ago for certain other categories).
- Hold Belizean Passport
- Be applying in the same visa category as their previous visa
- (For students and petition-based visa applications) Be returning to the same institution or workplace as was indicated in previous application.
- Still be in possession of the most recent visa (applicants whose visas have been lost or stolen will not be eligible).
- Never have been arrested or convicted of a crime.
- Never have been deported from the U.S.; denied entry to the U.S.; or had any other problem or difficulty with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol when attempting to enter the U.S.
- Have completely and accurately filled out all sections of the DS-160 online application.

Children 13 years old or younger

To be eligible for the IWP, children who are 13 years old or younger must:

- Have been born in Belize and hold a Belizean passport
- Have parents/legal guardians who both hold Belizean Passports
- Have at least one parent/legal guardian who holds a valid visa or is renewing his/her visa at the same time as the child
- Submit a copy of their Birth Certificate and a Copy of the Parents’ valid visa(s)
- Have completely and accurately filled out all sections of the DS-160 online application.

Applicants 80 or over

To be eligible for the IWP, applicants who are 80 years old or older must:

- Be Belizean passport holders
- Never have been arrested or convicted of a crime.
- Never have been deported from the U.S.; denied entry to the U.S.; or had any other problem or difficulty with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol when attempting to enter the U.S.

- Have completely and accurately filled out all sections of the DS-160 online application.

To begin the process, applicants should visit belize.usembassy.gov.

If the consular officer has no additional questions, the passport and visa will be available the following Tuesday or Thursday (a week after it was submitted). If the officer has questions about the application, a representative from the Embassy will contact the applicant to schedule an interview at the Embassy. To assure quality and prevent fraud, a certain percentage of applicants who qualify for the IWP will automatically be asked to come in for in-person interviews.

Answers to many questions regarding the IWP can be found on these two websites:

- https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-BZ/niv
- http://belize.usembassy.gov/

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