Visa Waiver Program and ESTA

Applicants who qualify for the Interview Waiver Program do not need to make appointments or conduct interviews at the U.S. Embassy when applying for visas.

Three ways to qualify:

1) Applicants who have previously been issued visas by the U.S. Embassy in Algiers and whose visas are either still current or have expired within the last 12 months.  Applicants must have traveled to the U.S. on this visa and must be applying for the same type of visa

2) Applicants under 14 years of age whose parent(s) have valid U.S. visa(s) or qualify for the interview waiver program and who will be traveling with their parent(s)

3) Applicants over 79 years of age with prior travel to the U.S.

How it works:

Applicants must visit to fill out an online application (DS-160) and will need to follow the steps for scheduling a new appointment. They will then answer a series of questions that verify their eligibility for the Interview Waiver Program and will receive a confirmation page.  The documents listed below may then be submitted any Monday or Wednesday (except Algerian or American holidays, which can be found at  from 7:00-10:00 am at the U.S. Embassy in Algiers.  Visa payment will also be made at this time.  Drop-off and payment may be done by a third-party.  Once visas are ready, applicants will be contacted to pick up their passports at the pick-up location selected during the registration process.  The average processing time for visas is one week.

Required Documents For Interview Waiver Applicants:

  • Current biometric passport and a photocopy of your old passport, if available
  • The DS-160 application confirmation page for each applicant
  • Interview Waiver for Renewals confirmation page
  • One color photograph (51mm x 51mm) taken within the last 6 months against a white background. The image must contain the full face of the applicant in frontal view with a neutral expression.  Headscarves may be worn, but your full face must be visible, and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your face
  • For child applicants under 14 years old, a copy of one or both parents’ valid U.S. visas and a copy of the Livret de Famille

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Can someone else drop off my application and pay the fees? Yes, a family member or business associate may drop off your application, documents, and payment.  They must bring a government-issued photo ID (passport or biometric national ID) to enter the Embassy.
  2. Should I bring any other supporting documents (for example bank statements, business registrations, or work documents)?  Only the documents listed in the online instructions are required.  If the Embassy needs further documentation you will be contacted.
  3. I went to the United States on a tourist visa last year, and now I want to apply for a student visa.  Can I use the interview waiver program?  No, you must be applying for the same class of visa that you previously received.
  4. Does this mean I’m guaranteed a visa?  No, the majority of travelers will be able to renew their visas without any problems, but some applicants may be called in for an interview.
  5. Do I qualify if …
    I had/have a U.S. visa but never traveled to the U.S.?
    I was refused a visa after my most recent visa was issued?
    I was arrested or convicted of a crime, deported from the United States, or denied entry to the United States?
      No, unfortunately in all these cases you will have to follow the regular visa application process through