The ready interval for visa interviews for Kenyans wishing to go to America has been lower by 5 months after the US Embassy allowed for renewal of some classes with out going for bodily appointments.
Kenyans making use of for US visas can now safe an interview appointment as early as January subsequent yr, in comparison with a date of June 2024 beforehand earlier than the evaluation.
The Embassy has been grappling with a backlog of non-immigrant visa interviews on the Nairobi workplace after the method was halted in 2020 as a part of security measures following the outbreak of Covid-19 menace.
Final yr, the US Embassy in Nairobi retooled the interview necessities for various visa classes as a measure of addressing the Covid associated backlogs for non-immigrant candidates.
The embassy expanded the interview waiver programme for non-immigrant visas for these making use of for vacationer/enterprise (B1/B2), scholar (F,J,M), or crew visas (C1/D) classes who’re eligible for renewals with out an in-person appointment.
To qualify for this programme, one should apply for a similar visa class, and the prevailing allow should not have expired greater than a yr beforehand.
Ideally, one is required to decide on the following obtainable date on the embassy web site to allow them attend a bodily interview to know whether or not their utility will likely be authorised or rejected.
The ready, time, nevertheless, is taken into account to be lengthy provided that earlier than Covid, one would get an interview appointment inside a fortnight of making use of for the visa.
Longer ready occasions have impacted negatively on Kenyans who would need to go to the US for enterprise or pleasure below the class B1/B2 visa, particularly those that do not need a earlier allow that they may renew.
The embassy offers exceptions to candidates requiring to journey to the US on emergency foundation, as an example because of lack of an instantaneous relative or for pressing medical consideration.