US Visa Renewal in Bangladesh: Dropbox Requirements

Renew Your US Visa with Dropbox

Obtaining a US visa is not a piece of cake, but once you get the US visa, the validity is up to 5 years with multiple entries. When the visa expires, you don’t need to go through the complex procedures all again. You can just renew it before/after your visa expiration, without the hassle of going through an interview and waiting in a long queue for the appointment date.

Did your visa just expire? Or is it going to expire in 2-3 months? If you are in such a situation, you may ask how to renew your visa? What’s the procedure? Have you heard about US Visa Dropbox? What are the requirements? Well, don’t get puzzled. We are here to answer these questions for you.

What is US Visa Dropbox and What Are The Requirements?

  • The US visa dropbox service is provided by the USCIS, which allows some visa applicants to apply/renew a visa without facing the interview at a US embassy or consulate.However, the applicant needs to be eligible to skip the nerve wrecking interview process. Instead, they can submit required documents to a specific dropbox location. The embassy will then issue a new visa and deliver the passport to the same location, or deliver to your home address. So what are the requirements?

    • You have a 5 years of B1/B-2 visa, which is going to expire in 2-3 monthsYou have a valid  B1/B-2 visa which expired within the last 48 monthsYou do not have any overstay in the US or previous record of visa terms violationYou don’t have a prior visa refusal since your last visa was issuedNo criminal records in the US.

    US Visa Dropbox Requirements For Kids

    Kids under 14 are also eligible for the dropbox. They must meet the following requirements:

    • They are applying for the visa before their 14th birthday.The most recent visa was not refused. At least one parent holds a valid US visa and the kid has to apply for the same visa class.

Dropbox for Visa Renewal – Steps

Visa renewal through dropbox is straightforward. You just need to follow these steps:

  • Fill out the DS-160 form.

  • Create an online profile with USTravelDocsMake a payment of $185/equivalent BDT to any Eastern Bank Limited Branch. You can even choose to pay the visa fees online via BEFTN of your bank.

  • Once the visa fee is updated online, answer some questions related to your visa application, and you will receive a “Interview Waiver Confirmation Letter”

  • Print the copy of the letter and bring all the related documents to your dropbox location.

  • Once the visa is issued, you can collect your passport from the same dropbox location, or even get it delivered to your home with premium delivery fees.

A qualified candidate don’t need to attend the interview but they need to submit required documents. The list of documents might be different case to case basis, but here is a generic checklist.

    1. The interview waiver confirmation letter.
    1. Your passport that has a validity of 6 months beyond your US Travel
    1. Your passport with a recently issued US visa.
    1. Your completed DS-160 confirmation page.
    1. Proof that you paid your visa fee.
    1. A photograph which was taken within the last 6 months.

After receiving your documents, the visa officer will review and make a decision. If the visa is approved, your passport will be returned to you with the visa stickers. If not, you will receive your passport back with the details of why your visa has been refused. Most refusals are under INA 214B, which means, you failed to demonstrate that you have sufficient reasons to return to Bangladesh after your trip to the US.In some cases, the visa applications are refused under INA 221(G). Refusal under this section means the visa officer doesn’t have all the information readily available to give a final decision. So, they might need an additional interview with the candidate. Though the online status shows that the visa was refused, the decision might be changed when the applicant appears for an interview and answers the questions of the visa officer.

Dropbox for Kids Under 14 – Steps

As we discussed already, children under 14 are eligible for dropbox if their parents or one of them have a valid US visa. They do not need a physical interview. All they need to submit the following documents:

  • Valid passport which has at least 6 months validation beyond the departure.
  • Completed DS-160 confirmation page. 
  • A proof of visa fee payment receipt/ Eastern Bank Limtied Payment receipt. If you have paid the visa fees online, then a screenshot of your visa fee payment confirmation.
  • A copy of US Visa copy of parent 
  • 2 copies of the interview waiver confirmation letter.
  • A photograph which was taken within the last 6 months.

How Much Does It Cost For US Visa Renewal?

The US visa fee for US non-immigrant B1-B2 185 USD. In Bangladeshi Taka it’s around 20,100 but The BDT amount depends on the USD conversion rate. This fee is unskippable, you must pay it.

If you are hiring an agency or consultants for your US visa processing then they might charge you around 25,000-50,000 BDT. Mainly it varies from one agency to another. It also depends on how much service they will provide.

Why You Should Be Very Careful Regarding Dropbox Submission?

One of the biggest requirements of dropbox visa renewal is – the applicant can’t have a previous visa refusal. So if your visa is refused after careless dropbox submission, you need to go through the interview process again! You are no longer eligible for a dropbox visa renewal.

No one wants to go through this. It’s always recommended to apply with professional help. You can either apply with any experienced legal firms or agency who regularly deals with US visas and dropbox issues.

How Can Visa Processing Center Help You?

We, Visa Processing Center, are here to guide you, as we have an expert team who are specialized in US visas. We are aware of all the necessary information regarding the dropbox procedure. Hence we can do the work for you, meanwhile you can relax and be stress free.

Our professional consultant and case officers are dedicated to do the application process without any mistakes. Our customer service team is also available 24/7 to help you if you have any queries.

Contact us today, we will complete your visa process with utmost care.

Frequently Asked Questions- FAQ

What is the address of the US embassy in Bangladesh?

The address is 12 Madani AVE, Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh.

If a US visa dropbox is refused, can I apply again?

No you can’t apply through dropbox if you have prior visa refusal. You have to face the interview and go through the regular procedure.

How long does the US dropbox process take?

It can take around 2 weeks. However, depending on the case complexity, your application might take longer.

How much is the US visa dropbox fee?

There is no dropbox fee, you just have to pay the regular visa fee which is 185 USD. The BDT amount depends on the USD conversion rate of Eastern Bank Limited at the time of visa fee deposit.