Can my E-1 visa renewal Interview be waived?

By September 9, 2020October 21st, 2020E-1 Visa, Immigration

An E-1 visa can be issued for up to 5 years, and after that it must be renewed.  The renewal process usually involves showing that substantial trade still exists between the U.S. and the Treaty country.     You can find some E-1 visa renewal considerations by clicking here.

Click here to see the some common E-1 question and answers.

Click here to see the differences between an E-1 and E-2 visa.

Some clients ask:  Do I have to attend an interview at a Consulate for my E-1 visa renewal? 

In some limited cases, a Consulate may waive your visa interview, but an interview will normally be required for an E-1 visa renewal.

If a Consulate were to decide to exercise discretion and waive an interview, a waiver would likely only be granted if the E-1 renewal case were to be very strong (evidence of sustained trade over several years).  Moreover, the file submitted would have to provide the Consulate with enough information to enable them to make their decision without an interview.

In some cases (not many), Consulates post visa interview waiver procedures on their website.  For example, some Consulates may require that you be physically present in the same country that the visa will be issued in at the time of issuance.  Visa interview waiver rules are Consulate specific, and any waiver will always be at the discretion of the Consulate.

We hope that with the Covid-19 backlogs that more interviews will be waived, but we will have to wait and see.

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