Mexico City, June 29, 2012 – Following President Obama’s efforts to
promote travel and tourism as important contributions to job creation and
economic growth, the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that beginning July 1,
2012, an expanded visa renewal program will allow many more Mexican citizens
and residents to renew their nonimmigrant visas without a follow-on interview
at the Embassy or a U.S. Consulate. 

Currently, most visas that have been expired for 12 months or less may be
renewed after the applicant’s appointment at the Applicant Service Center
(ASC), in other words, without a second appointment/interview at the U.S.
Embassy or Consulate. Under our new program, you can apply for a renewal of
your visa if your current visa has expired within 48 months or less of your
renewal application.

This expanded interview waiver program will make the visa process even
more convenient and improve visa processing times, strengthening ties through
travel and trade between the United States and Mexico. Tens of thousands of
Mexican travelers should benefit from this expanded program, saving time and
money, and allowing more convenient travel to the United States for business
and tourism.

Additional details and qualification requirements for the new interview
waiver program can be found on the websites of the U.S. Embassy and each U.S
consulate in Mexico.