Note: I don't think this is a duplicate of the similar existing questions; read the question till the end before marking it as a duplicate.
According to USTravelDocs, one can renew their US visa with no interview if the visa expired within 11 months of its expiration, provided certain additional conditions are met. Is it acceptable to register for document drop off (in a consulate in my home country where I originally obtained the visa) when I'm still present in the US? I'd like to travel to my home country only for a short period of time and I would like to make sure I have an available drop off appointment reserved. I'm confused because many sources, including the official USTravelDocs portal in Egypt say that it's an okay thing to do:
You do not have to wait until you return to your home country to schedule your visa interview.
However, the official USTravelDocs portal in Russia says:
You must be present in the Russian Federation
My home country is Russia, and the lines for interviews and document drop off are gigantic in view of the recent events on deportation of the US officials from Russia and in view of the fact that many consulates were closed. So if I only fill out the application when I'm in Russia, I'm afraid I may have to wait several months to schedule document drop off (even if I choose an expedited process).
Before booking an appointment, I'm asked to verify that all of the following is true from a certain list of conditions they provide, and one of the items in the list says "I'm currently not in the US". Should I ignore that?