Domestic Visa Renewals to Resume in Department of State’s Limited Pilot Program

January 22, 2024
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After nearly two decades, the Department of State announced that they will accept and process domestic visa renewals for certain H-1B visa applicants from January 29 until April 1, 2024, or until all application slots are filled, whichever comes first. A Federal Register notice was also published on December 21, 2023.

The Department of State has issued additional information and FAQs on the pilot program. You can click the “Am I Eligible for Domestic Renewal” portal at the link above and use the online navigator tool to assess your eligibility to participate in the domestic renewal pilot program.

Participation in the pilot program will be limited to applicants who(se):

  • Seek to renew an H-1B nonimmigrant visa only (no other visa classifications, including H-4 visas for dependent spouses and children, will be processed through this pilot program).
  • Prior H-1B visa that is being renewed was issued by:
    • U.S. Mission Canada with an issuance date of January 1, 2020, through April 1, 2023; or by
    • U.S. Mission India, with an issuance date of February 1, 2021, through September 30, 2021. 
  • Are not subject to a nonimmigrant visa issuance fee (commonly referred to as a “reciprocity fee”).
  • Are eligible for a waiver of the in-person interview requirement.
  • Have submitted ten fingerprints to the Department in connection with a previous visa application.
  • Prior visa does not include a “clearance received” annotation.
  • Do not have a visa ineligibility that would require a waiver prior to visa issuance.
  • Were most recently admitted to the United States in H-1B status.
  • Are currently maintaining H-1B status in the United States.
  • Have an approved and unexpired H-1B petition.
  • Period of authorized admission in H-1B status has not expired.
  • Intend to reenter the United States in H-1B status after a temporary period abroad.