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State Dept. Changes Personal Appearance Requirements for Interviews

The Department of State issued a final rule amending guidance to consular officers for the waiver of personal appearances of applicants for nonimmigrant visas. The most significant change is that a consular officer must now interview persons in the same age ranges as persons covered by biometric collection requirements. In addition to the existing list of situations in which an interview may not be waived, the personal interview requirement may not be waived for nonimmigrant visa applicants from third countries and applicants who have been refused visas previously or found ineligible for visas, where that ineligibility was not overcome.

The final rule is available at www.a257.g.akamaitech.net.

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