Interview Waived (IW)

What does “Interview Waived” mean?

Certain applicants are eligible to apply for a visa or renew their visa of the same classification without having to attend an interview with a U.S. consular officer.

Who is Eligible?

Aged-Based Applicants:

Applicants younger than 14 years or older than 79 years.

Renewing Applicants:

Applicants renewing the same classification of visa and the previous visa is still valid or expired within the last 48 months.


  • Your personal data has not changed (e.g. new last name);
  • You are normally a resident in Croatia and physically present at the time the application is made;
  • You have not been refused a U.S. visa, or if refused, have since been issued a visa;
  • You can answer “NO” to all the Security and Background questions on the DS-160 visa application form;
  • Your visa has not been lost, stolen, or revoked; and 
  • Your last visa was not annotated with “Clearance Received”
  • J visa applicants only.In order to apply for a visa through the Interview Waiver Program, you must have the same SEVIS number as when the visa was originally issued.
  • F and M visa applicants only. In order to apply through the Interview Waiver program, you must continue participation in the same program even if at a different institution, or attend the same institution even if in a different program.

How Can I Apply?

  1. Complete the online DS-160 and print the confirmation page for each person applying for a visa, regardless of age.  Answer the questions to the best of your ability; we cannot assist you in completing the form. 
  2. Go to and click on “Apply” if you are a first time user or “Continue” if you already have an account.  You will be asked to provide your DS-160 number, determine your visa type, and select the courier return location where you will pick up your passport and U.S. visa**.
  3. Pay the U.S. visa fee.
  4. Arrange to courier-in your visa application to the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb. **Courier services are free of charge to all nonimmigrant visa applicants if they choose to have their documents returned to one of the 7 hubs around Croatia operated by DHL courier service.

Which Documents am I Required to Send?

Please send the following documents to the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb via courier:

  1. Confirmation page of the application form DS-160;
  2. Valid Passport:  Your passport must be valid and contain at least one blank page.  The six-month requirement does not apply to Croatian passports. If your passport is damaged, we recommend that you obtain a new passport before applying for a visa to avoid any delay in the processing of your application;
  3. One 5 cm x 5 cm (2” x 2”) color photograph taken within the last six months: You must furnish a photograph even if you have successfully uploaded it to the DS-160. See photo requirements here.
  4. Evidence of previously issued U.S. visas: Your current or previous passport with a U.S. visa you are renewing; and 
  5. Evidence of your status in Croatia: If you are not a Croatian passport holder, submit a copy of your residence permit.

Additional Requirements:  

  • C1/D Visa:
    • Letter from company verifying current employment.
  • F Visa:
    • I-20 – Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status
    • SEVIS fee receipt (Form I-901) with same SEVIS number from original visa
  • J Visa:
    • DS-2019 – Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status
    • SEVIS fee receipt (Form I-901) with same SEVIS number from original visa
  • H, O, P and R Visas:
    • Receipt number of the approved petition – we suggest you furnish a copy of the Notice of Action Form I- 797A, B or C.

How Long Does it Take to Receive my Visa?

Visa processing and return of your passport will take up to 10 workdays from the date on which it is received by the Embassy.

Reminder: A Consular Officer reserves the right to request that an applicant appear in person for an interview after reviewing his or her application.