Q & A: Interview Waiving

CIC News
Published: May 1, 1999

Q. If an individual applies for immigration through a quicker visa office (i.e., Buffalo) and requests an interview waiver, what if visa waiver is not granted; can he move his interview to a local visa office in that situation because he may not get US visa to come and take the interview in Buffalo.

Answer: Visa offices grant interview waivers on the basis of their own discretion, and not requests for such. In this case, a selection
interview is virtually guaranteed. If he could not attend the interview in the USA, the application would have to be transferred to a location at which he could attend.

[Comment: Current policy worldwide makes the likelihood of interview waivers for offshore applications very low, with the exception of only very few candidates. An offshore application is any case which does not fall within the jurisdiction of the visa office to which the application is submitted.]

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