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Update: Student Visa Processing
July 29, 2020

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Due to ongoing precautions against COVID-19, the Consular Section remains closed for non-immigrant visa interviews, and it is not clear when we will return to normal operations.

Accordingly, if you are renewing a visa in the F1 and F2 categories, and the visa is valid or expired within the last 12 months, we encourage you to follow the steps below to see if you qualify to renew your visa without an in-person interview.

*Please NOTE that if you have never had an F1 or F2 you are not permitted to apply for this type of visa without an in-person interview and should not take the steps below, but should prepare to attend the interview appointment you have already scheduled.

STEP 1: Log into your account here.

STEP 2: Click on the “Continue” button, select the “Cancel Appointment” option, and confirm the cancellation request.

STEP 3: Click on the gear icon, select the “Edit” option, update any fields in your application profile and save the changes.

STEP 4: Select the conditions statements that apply to you and press the “Confirm” button.

The system will determine your eligibility for an interview waiver based on your revised information. If you do not qualify for an interview waiver after revising your information, you will be instructed to schedule a new appointment for a consular interview. If you have any questions, please contact us here or call +27 87 550 2160.