The US Embassy has temporarily expanded the time-frame for which non-immigrant visa renewals may qualify for interview waivers.
Previously, only those applicants whose non-immigrant visas had expired within the previous 12 months were eligible for an interview waiver.
The time-frame will now be 24 months for persons applying to renew their visa in the same classification.
This policy is in effect until Dec 31st 2020.
According to the Embassy, this change will allow it to continue processing certain non-immigrant visa applications while limiting the number of applicants who must appear for a visa interview.
In this way, they can reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission to other applicants and consular staff.