I’ve been scanning the internet for the last two days for anything that would answer my question. The appointment confirmation email we got from USTravelDocs says the highlighted documents (in screenshot below) are what is required for a B2 visa renewal with an interview waiver. I am unable to find anything conclusive that indicates visa will not be renewed without an I-134.
I totally understand that first time B2 visa applicants who meet a consular officer for face-to-face interview might need to show proof of sponsorship in the form of I-134. However, in case of dropbox, there is no consular officer or interview and none of the instructions mention this form is required.
I am fine with the umbrella insurance approach of being over-prepared (“take whatever you can because you don’t know if they will ask for it”) but getting an I-134 and supporting documents at this point for me is going to be logistically impossible before the appointment date.
Not challenging what you wrote (I infact respect your time to help people here), but could you please point me to where on the USCIS or USTravelDocs or State department’s website does it mention that interview waiver applicants need to submit I-134 for B2 renewal? Based on that, i might have to reschedule my appointment if not having an I-134 is indeed a blocker
PS: For reference, here is the list of documents required at the VAC.