Non-immigrant visa applicants typically have 365 days from the date of payment to schedule an appointment before the payment expires. Certain extensions were granted during the COVID-19 pandemic, but these extensions expire September 30. Therefore, if you paid your fee prior to October 1, 2022, you must schedule an interview (or submit your interview waiver application, if you are eligible) before September 30, 2023. If you don’t, you may have to pay the application fee again.
Note that the interview itself does not need to take place before September 30, 2023, but an appointment must be scheduled in the system, even if it is for months in the future. Interviews can be scheduled at https://ustraveldocs.com/do/en/step-4/
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