The State Department as from January 19, 2012 through January 19, 2014 is starting a new Pilot Visa Waiver Program waiving the interview at the US consulate in certain types of visas such as F (Student visas), J visas and M visas.  Eventually other visas might be included.  However the applicant will have to meet certain requirements:

1. Must be renewing a visa which expired more than 12 months ago but less than 48 months of the expiration of the previous visa.

2. The visa must be in the same classification as the expired visa.

Those who might not not eligible for this visa are those:

1.      Was previously refused a visa

2.      Is listed in the Consular Lookout and Support System (“CLASS”)

3.      Otherwise requires a Security Advisory Opinion

4.      May have failed to comply with U.S. immigration laws in the past

5.      Is a national of a country designated as a state sponsor of terrorism.




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Shah Peerally is an attorney licensed in California practicing immigration law and debt settlement. He has featured as an expert legal analyst for many TV networks such as NDTV, Times Now and Sitarree TV. Articles about Shah Peerally and his work have appeared on newspapers such as San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, US Fiji Times, Mauritius Le Quotidien, Movers & Shakers and other prominent international newspapers. His work has been commended by Congress women Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Lee. He has a weekly radio show on KLOK 1170AM and frequently participates in legal clinics in churches, temples and mosques. His law group, Shah Peerally Law Group, has represented clients all over the United States constantly dealing with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Custom Enforcement(ICE) and CBP (Customs Border Patrol (CBP) under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This department was formerly known as the Immigration and Nationality Services (INS).