Visa without an Interview

Applying for a Visa without an Interview

The United States Embassy in Burma remains unable to resume routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services, including temporary business and tourism visas, at this time. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date.

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.

How to qualify for a visa without an interview based on age:

  • You must be under 14 or over 79 years of age.
  • You must not have not been previously refused a U.S. visa or denied entry into the United States.
  • You must be a citizen or resident of Burma.
  • You must be physically present in Burma.

How to qualify for a visa without an interview based on a prior U.S. visa:

  • Your prior visa must have been issued when you were age 14 or older, and your fingerprints must have been collected.
  • You must be applying for the exact same type of visa.
  • You must be a citizen or resident of Burma.
  • You must be physically present in Burma.
  • Your previous visa must be valid or have expired within the last 12 months. (For student visas, the expiration period has been extended to 48 months until December 31, 2021)
  • Your most recent visa application must not have been refused.
  • Your most recent visa must not be marked “clearance received”.
  • Your previous visa must be issued at the U.S. Embassy Rangoon.
  • Your previous visa must be submitted as part of your application package.

 How do I apply?

If you qualify, please submit the documents listed below for your visa category in person at the U.S. Embassy any Wednesday between 8:00am and 10:00am (except on Embassy Holidays).

What do I bring?

Business / Tourist Checklist

Children traveling with other Relatives/Chaperones must also submit:

  • A copy of the child’s birth certificate. If applicant’s biography information (such as name, date of birth) in passport is different from birth certificate, application must include proof of name or date of birth change issued by a government agency.
  • Copies of parents’ national ID cards and/or passport biographic pages.
  • Copies of the parents’ current and/or previous U.S. visas, if available.
  • A detailed description of the applicant’s intended purpose of travel in English that includes contact information for the U.S. inviter and a description of his/her relationship to the child.
  • The planned U.S. travel itinerary in English.
  • A certificate or description of the relationship between the relative/chaperone and the child.
  • A copy of the relative or chaperone’s U.S visa if available, or their interview appointment information.

Student / Exchange Visitor Checklist

Student visa applicants are eligible to apply for a U.S. visa without an interview if he/she is renewing the same visa classification not more than 48 months after the date on which the prior visa expired. This policy is in effect until December 31, 2021.

  • DS-160Confirmation Page
  • Additional Form
  • Form I-20 (F-1 students only)
  • Form DS-2019 (J-1 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, taken in the last 6 months)
  • Valid passport
  • Previous U.S. visa
  • Nonimmigrant Visa Application Fee
  • F-1 visa applicants must
    • (a) continue participation in the same major course of study even if at a different institution; or
    • (b) attend the same institution even if in a different major course of study
  • J-1 visa applicants must plan to continue an exchange program in which you are already participating.

Crew Checklist

  • DS-160Confirmation Page
  • Additional Form
  • Passport photo(2″ by 2″ inch color photo on a white background, taken in the last 6 months)
  • Valid passport
  • Previous U.S. 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 approximately two weeks to process visa applications that do not require an interview.  Some cases may require additional administrative processing and will take longer. Please apply for your visa well in advance of your date of departure. Please 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 visa status is “Issued” you can pick up your visa on any Thursday at 3:00 p.m. (except on Embassy Holidays).

Am I guaranteed a visa?

No.  Applying for a visa without an interview does not guarantee a visa.  If the officer has questions about your application, a representative will contact you to schedule an interview at the Embassy.  (Please note for quality assurance, a certain percentage of applicants will be asked to come to the Embassy for an interview.)