In December 2020 the U.S. Embassy suspended its regular consular services and decided to only offer emergency services for American citizens and limited emergency visa services. Consular Officer Melissa Sandoval told the media today that the Embassy’s Interview Waiver Program has been expanded. Sandoval explains that if your US visa expired in the last four years, you can apply in the same visa category.
Melisa Sandoval, Consular Officer, US Embassy in Belize: “For our interview waiver program instead of applicants being eligible if their visa expired within the last twelve months now we have expanded the time frame to forty eight months. So essentially if your visa has expired within the last four years and you’re applying within the same visa category for example if you’re applying for a tourist visa and you previously had a tourist visa or if you’re applying for a transit visa and you’re reapplying for that hen you qualify as long as you are applying within the same visa category. So that is the good news that we wanted to deliver to applicants as a way to address our backlog and reduce the number of applicants who appear at the embassy to maintain safety and health measures for both the applicants and our staff alike. The main thing we wanted to emphasize is the change in the date range for the interview waiver process but as it pertains to fees we don’t have any information at the time for any increase in an visa fees in the near future; that’s reviewed periodically and at this moment we don’t have any changes to announce.”
Sandoval advises applicants to visit the US embassy website for the full details.