Interview waiver eligibility
Mozambicans and Mozambican permanent residents applying to renew a visa of the same category (e.g. B1/B2, C1/D, F, etc.) not more than 48 months after the date on which the prior visa expired may be eligible for the interview waiver. Interview waiver eligibility also extends to any applicant (first-time or renewal) who is under 14 years of age or over 79 years of age.
This program waives the in-person visa interview requirement for eligible applicants. All applicants must still complete a DS-160 Non-Immigrant Visa Application and pay any applicable visa fees.
To confirm eligibility, please email MaputoConsular@state.gov with your full name, date of birth, the category of visa for which you are applying, and expected date of departure. All emails must have the following text in the email subject line: IWP Request: Applicant Name.
If eligible, applicants will receive an appointment to visit the Embassy in order to pay visa fees and drop off the required passport and passport photo. Visa fees are only payable in cash and must be collected at the U.S. Embassy before an application can be processed.
Step 1. Check the Validity of Your Passport
Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States, unless exempt by country-specific agreements (PDF, 24 KB). If more than one person is included in your passport, each person who needs a visa must submit a separate application.
Step 2. Complete the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160
- Completed Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160
Please note that you must answer EVERY question on the application forms. If the answer to a question is “none,” please write “none”(Do not leave it blank). Incomplete/incorrect forms will be returned and will require you to schedule a new interview appointment.
Important! Many of our visa applicants are completing the DS-160 incorrectly, causing us to postpone their planned visa interview dates.
Step 3. Collect any Supporting Documentation
Only a passport, DS-160 confirmation page, a 2 x 2 inch color photo not older than 6 months – with a light or white background, and the forms listed in Step 2 are required for the visa interview. Additional documents may be requested to establish if you are qualified. For example, additional requested documents may include evidence of:
- The purpose of your trip;
- Your intent to depart the United States after your trip; and/or
- Your ability to pay all costs of the trip.
Note: Visa applicants must qualify on the basis of the applicant’s residence and ties abroad, rather than assurances from U.S. family and friends. A letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support is not needed to apply for a nonimmigrant tourist visa. If you do choose to bring a letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support to your interview, please remember that it is not one of the factors that we use in determining whether to issue or deny a nonimmigrant tourist visa.
Step 4. Schedule an Interview Appointment
To schedule an appointment for a non-immigrant visa (NIV) interview, please consult the Embassy’s online NIV Appointment System. Please have your DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form Confirmation Number handy. It is located on your DS-160 confirmation page, in bold print.
PLEASE NOTE: Mozambican passport holders are eligible for three month validity visas only. Travelers ineligible for visa waiver issuance are encouraged to begin looking for appointment availability 2-3 months prior to your date of travel.
Step 5. Pay the MRV Fee
On the day of your interview, please pay the following nonrefundable visa application fees: $ 160 for B-1 (Business) and B-2 (Tourism & Visit) nonimmigrant visas; $ 190 for H, L, O, P, Q, and R visas; and $ 270 for E visas.
Step 6. Interview for your visa with the Consular Officer
During your visa interview, a consular officer will determine whether you are qualified to receive a visa, and if so, which visa category is appropriate based on your purpose of travel. You will need to establish that you meet the requirements under U.S. law to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.
Ink-free, digital fingerprint scans will be taken as part of your application process. They are usually taken during your interview, but this varies based on location.
Step 7. Pay the Visa Issuance Fee
If your visa is approved, you may also pay a visa issuance fee, depending on the type of visa issued.
Step 8. Return to Collect Your Passport and Visa
Approved visas are generally available for pick up within three business days. To collect an approved visa, please present the visa receipt. Someone other than the applicant may collect approved visa with a valid visa receipt.
The pick-up hours are:
- Tuesday: promptly at 2:00 pm
- Thursday: promptly at 2:00 pm