U.S. Embassy Rangoon Interview Waiver Guidelines

Who is eligible for interview waiver? 

Interview waiver for minors (age under 14) and elderly (over 79 years old) applicants CLICK HERE for detail and instructions

For students, exchange visitor, CLICK HERE for detail and instructions

Interview waiver for certain business, tourist, and crew applicants may qualify for an interview waiver if they meet ALL the following criteria:

  1. Your previous visa was issued at the U.S. Embassy Rangoon
  2. You are applying for the same type of visa
  3. Your previous visa is valid or has expired within the last 12 months
  4. Burma is your normal place of residence
  5. Your most recent visa application was not refused
  6. Your previous visa is not annotated “Clearance Received”

*All third national B1 applicants must apply here.

How do I apply?

If you qualify, please submit the documents listed below for your visa category in person or with your representative, and for Crew visa with agent. You do not need to make an interview appointment.   

When can I apply?

  • Student and Exchange Visitor visa applicants must submit their documents and fee payments in person Monday and Wednesday from 8:00 to 10:00 am. 
  • Crew visa applicants or their agent must submit their documents and fee payments Monday and Wednesday from 8:00 to 10:00 am
  • Business and Tourist visa applicants must submit their documents and fee payments in person Monday and Wednesday from 8:00 to 10:00 am. 

What do I bring? 

Student / Exchange Checklist

  • DS-160 Confirmation Page
  • Additional Form (PDF 118 KB)
  • Form I-20 and SEVIS Fee Receipt (students only)
  • Form DS-2019 (exchange only)
  • Form DS-7002 (J-1 Trainee and Intern only)
  • Passport photo (2″ by 2″ color photo on a white background, with no glasses take in the last 6 months)
  • Valid passport
  • Previous visa
  • Nonimmigrant Visa Application Fee

Business / Tourist Checklist

Crew Checklist

  • DS-160 Confirmation Page
  • Additional Form (PDF 118 KB)
  • Passport photo (2″ by 2″ inch color photo on a white background, taken in the last 6 months)
  • Valid passport
  • Previous Visa
  • Nonimmigrant Visa Application Fee
  • Letter of Employment or Letter from Local Agent containing:
    • Applicant Info:
      • Name
      • Job Title/Rank
      • Passport #
      • CDC #
    • Vessel Info:
      • Name
      • IMO#
      • Flag/Registry
      • Joining Date
      • Joining Port
        • For D visa (city and country name)
        • For C1 or C1/D visa (port and state name in the U.S.) 

When will my visa be ready? 

It takes at least five business days to process the interview wavier visa applications. In some cases, the consular officer may have questions about your application which takes additional time to process your case. Please plan to apply for your visa well in advance of your date of departure. If you need a visa sooner than five business days, you must schedule a visa appointment and undergo an interview with a consular officer.

You can monitor the status of your case online at https://ceac.state.gov/CEAC/. You will need your DS-160 confirmation ID to check your status. If your status states “issued”, you can pick up your visa every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3 to 3:30 pm (not including Embassy Holidays).

Am I guaranteed a visa?

No. Applying for an Interview Waiver does not guarantee visa issuance or that you will not have to appear for an interview.

If the officer has questions about the application, a representative from the Embassy will contact the applicant to schedule an interview at the Embassy. For quality assurance, a certain percentage of applicants will automatically be asked to come for in-person interviews.