Interview Waiver (IW)

If you are renewing a visitor (B1/B2) visa that has expired within the last 48 months, you may qualify to forego your visa interview.

Conditions for Eligibility

  • Be a Resident or National of Suriname or French Guiana
  • Your previous visa was issued in Paramaribo
  • Have a valid U.S. visa or one that expired within the last 48 months
  • Your previous visa was not lost, stolen, cancelled, or revoked, does not have the words “clearance,” “waiver,” or “blanket” printed on it .
  • You were not refused on your last U.S. visa application
  • You have never been arrested or convicted of a crime; deported from or denied entry to the United States.

Applicants who meet these requirements may schedule an appointment for the purposes of submitting their required visa documentation and having their updated biometric information collected.

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 schedule an “Interview Waived” appointment, start the application process here: After logging in, you will be asked to answer some validating questions to determine if you qualify to have your interview waived.

NOTE: you will obtain access to the appointment scheduling calendar after completing payment either via credit card or cash. (Step 4 How to Apply)

Please bring the following documents to the Consular Section at the appointed date and time:

  • current valid passport (previous passport with last issued visa if applicable)
  • Printed DS-160 confirmation sheet (with barcode on it),
  • current 2 x 2 inch (5x5cm) photo not older than six months – with a light or white background and without eyewear. View the  Photo Composition Template for more size requirement
  • proof of your economic, social, family and other ties to Suriname
  • Familybook (in case of a couple or family)


All applicants must qualify in their own merit. Spouses, parents, or any family members who do not meet all the criteria will not be eligible for Interview waiver and must schedule a regular appointment when they are available.
If you drop off your documents for renewal but are not actually qualified for Interview Waiver, you will be asked to schedule a regular appointment. Please make sure you are eligible before applying for Interview Waiver.

The U.S. Embassy reserves the right to interview any applicant. If an interview is required, you will be requested to come in for one at the U.S. Embassy Consular Section.