Visa Renewal By Mail Program

Overview

Many Malaysians who wish to renew their visas may qualify for the interview waiver program which allows for visa renewal without an interview. If qualified, applicants only need to pay the visa application feefill out the visa application formprint out a Drop-Box Confirmation Letter, and drop off documents at the RPX Document Drop-off Location any weekday between 10am and 3pm. Qualified applicants do not need to appear at the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur for an interview.

It is important to know that your visa may still be valid if the passport is expired. You can travel to the United States with your old passport containing a valid visa and your new, valid passport.

Requirements

To qualify for the Interview Waiver Program, applicants must be able to answer “yes” to ALL of the following statements. Click here for a printable pdf checklist of Interview Waiver Program requirements (PDF 193 KB).

If you drop off your documents for renewal but are not actually eligible for the Interview Waiver Program, your application will be placed on hold and you will be asked to schedule a regular appointment. Please make sure you are eligible for Interview Waiver Program based on the above criteria.

You are not eligible for a visa renewal appointment if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • You have never had a U.S. visa.
  • Your last valid visa was canceled or revoked.
  • You wish to apply for a visa in a different visa class than your previous visa.
    Example: you had an F-1 student visa, but now you wish to apply for an H-1 work visa.
  • You lost your previous passport that had a valid or expired U.S. visa.
  • You do not hold an Malaysian passport.
  • You are applying for more than one visa at the same time.
    Example: you are applying for both F and B1/B2 visas.

Important Notes

  1. All applicants must qualify on their own. Spouses, parents, or any family members who do not meet all of the criteria will not be eligible for the interview waiver program and must schedule a regular appointment.
  2. The U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur reserve the right to interview any applicant. If an interview is required, an Embassy representative will contact the applicant.

Children Under 14 Years of Age

Children under the age of 14 can qualify to receive their visas through the Interview Waiver Program as long as at least one parent meets the following requirements:

  • One or both parents are renewing their visas through the Interview Waiver Program:
  • Pay the visa fee for each applicant (including all children).
  • Submit a completed DS-160 application for each child under 14 along with the parents’ applications.
  • Submit each child’s original birth certificate, which will be returned along with the passport once the visa is issued. 

OR

  • One or both parents already have a valid B1/B2 visa:
  • Pay the visa fee for each child.
  • Submit a completed DS-160 application for each child under 14.
  • Submit each child’s original birth certificate, which will be returned along with the passport once the visa is issued.
  • Submit the valid passports with valid U.S. visas for one or both parents.  Please note that if the U.S. visa is not in the current passport, then both the current passport and the passport with the valid U.S. visa must be submitted.