Interview Waiver (IW)

Overview

You may be eligible to apply for a U.S. visa without an interview based on your age, or if you are renewing a prior U.S. visa that expired less than 12 months ago. If qualified, you only need to pay the visa application fee, fill out the DS-160 visa application form online, and provide an updated photo. You or a third party may drop off the completed documents and payment at the Embassy on Wednesdays between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Renewal

Some applicants applying for visa renewal are eligible to apply through Interview Waiver (IW). This special exemption applies only to applicants who meet ALL of the following qualifications:

  • Applicant’s prior visa was issued at the U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo AND
  • Applicant is applying for the same visa class and category as the previous visa, with the same passport type and nationality AND
  • Applicant was age 14 or older when the previous visa was issued, AND
  • Applicant’s visa does not have the words “clearance,” “waiver,” or “blanket” printed on it AND
  • The applicant’s current visa is still valid, or it expired less than 12 months ago. The prior visa must be submitted with the new application.

To apply using Interview Waiver on Wednesdays between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. at the U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo, you must:

  • Complete the DS-160 application online prior to coming to the Embassy
  • Pay the visa fee (USD $160 for tourist or student visas), payable in USD or SRD equivalent cash only, for each applicant at the Embassy
  • Submit the DS-160 application confirmation sheet for each applicant.
  • Submit prior visa
  • Submit current 2 x 2 inch photo not older than six months – with a light or white background and without eyewear. View the Photo Composition Template for more size requirement details
  • Submit current passport

Important Notes

All applicants must qualify on their own merit. Spouses, parents, or any family members who do not meet all of the criteria will not be eligible for Interview Waiver and must schedule a regular appointment.

The U.S. Embassy reserves the right to interview any applicant. If an interview is required, an Embassy representative will contact the applicant to schedule an interview.

If you drop off your documents for renewal but are not actually eligible for Interview Waiver, your application will be placed on hold and you will be asked to schedule a regular appointment. Please make sure you are eligible before coming to the Embassy.

APPLICANTS UNDER AGE 14 AND AGE 80 OR OVER

Children under the age of 14 can qualify to receive their visas without an interview as long as at least one parent already has a valid B1/B2 visa or qualifies to renew their visa through Interview Waiver (IW) and is applying at the same time. To apply for a child’s visa using Interview Waiver on Wednesdays between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. at the U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo, you must:

  • Complete the DS-160 application online for each applicant prior to coming to the Embassy
  • Pay the visa fee (USD $160 for tourist or student visas), payable in USD or SRD equivalent cash only, for each applicant at the Embassy
  • Submit the DS-160 application confirmation sheet for each applicant.
  • Submit prior visa, if applicable
  • Submit current 2 x 2 inch photo not older than six months. View the Photo Composition Template for more size requirement details
  • Submit current passport
  • Submit proof of parental relationship, such as an original Surinamese Familieboek or birth certificate, which will be returned along with the passport once the visa is issued.
  • If parents are not applying for a visa at the same time as the child, submit the valid passports with valid U.S. visas for one or both parents. Please note that if the U.S. visa is not in the current passport, then both the current passport and the passport with the valid U.S. visa must be submitted.

Applicants age 80 or older are not required to schedule an interview at the Embassy, regardless of whether they are first time applicants or renewals. To apply using Interview Waiver on Wednesdays between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. at the U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo, you must:

  • Complete the DS-160 application online prior to coming to the Embassy
  • Pay the visa fee (USD $160 for tourist or student visas), payable in USD or SRD equivalent cash only, for each applicant at the Embassy
  • Submit the DS-160 application confirmation sheet for each applicant.
  • Submit prior visa, if applicable
  • Submit current 2 x 2 inch photo not older than six months. View the Photo Composition Template for more size requirement details
  • Submit current passport