Renewals and Interview Waivers

Applicants of certain age groups and applicants who are renewing a previous U.S. visa may be eligible to apply for a visa without attending an interview. Eligibility for an interview waiver will be determined as the applicant completes the process of scheduling an appointment through the scheduling website.

Applicants who may be eligible for an interview waiver include:

  • Applicants under 14 years of age – Both parents must have valid, full-validity visas issued in Ecuador, be citizens of Visa Waiver Program countries with authorization to travel under ESTA, be American citizens, or be renewing at the same time.
  • Applicants 80 years of age or older.
  • Renewing applicants – Applicants whose previous visa expired within the last 12 months. The applicant must be renewing a full-validity visa in the same category as the previous visa.

If you were refused when renewing previously, if your visa was cancelled, or if your last visa was lost or stolen, you will need to appear for an interview.

If you have ever been arrested or convicted of a crime, deported from the United States, denied entry to the United States, or had any other problems or difficulties with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol when attempting to enter the United States, you will need to appear for an interview.

The Consular Section reserves the right to interview any applicant.