Patti Hoffman Takes Over as the U.S. Consul General in Kolkata

Kolkata, August 6, 2018:  Ms. Patti Hoffman has assumed the post of Consul General of the United States of America for the Kolkata Consular District as of August 3, 2018, succeeding former Consul General Craig Hall.  The Kolkata Consular District includes West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Sikkim, and the seven northeastern states. “I am honored to ... Read More»

U.S. Consul General Craig Hall Visits Jamshedpur

U.S. Consul General Craig Hall visited Jamshedpur for the first time on January 14-15.  During his tour, he highlighted several key elements of the U.S. – India strategic relationship, with special emphasis on trade, commerce, and mutual business opportunities. Consul General Hall visited a number of industries including Tata Steel, Tata Timken, Tata Cummins and JUSCO.  ... Read More»

U.S. Consul General Craig Hall Visits Shillong, Meghalaya

U.S. Consul General Craig Hall visited Meghalaya for the first time September 12 – 14.  During his familiarization tour he highlighted several key elements of the U.S. – India strategic relationship, with special emphasis on regional economic integration and cross border trade. Mr. Hall visited the Dawki -Tamabil border where he met with government officials ... Read More»

SelectUSA to hold its First Road Show in Kolkata on October 16

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s SelectUSA program will hold its first-ever India Road Show October 13-16 in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.  The Kolkata Road Show stop on Friday, October 16 at the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry will feature a half-day seminar with sessions by American professionals on investment visas, legal and financial issues, ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Festival Season Security Alert

The U.S. Consulate wishes all U.S. citizens in Kolkata a safe and happy holiday season as we approach the many upcoming holidays and festivals.  We would also like to bring to your attention that the Indian government has issued an alert for possible terrorist strikes in congested areas during this festival season.  The Consulate would ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma’s Remarks

U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma’s Remarks at the “International Training Program on Leadership and Career Development for Women Scientists & Technologists” organized jointly by Indo-US Science and Technology Forum and COACH International at the IIE (As prepared for delivery) Thank you.  Hello and Namaste.  I’m delighted to be here with you this morning to welcome you ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma visits Guwahati, Assam September 1-2, 2015

The United States Ambassador to India, Richard Verma, visited Assam as part of his familiarization tour of India.  During his first visit to the state, the Ambassador drew attention to several key aspects of the now re-energized U.S. – India partnership. Ambassador Verma paid a courtesy call on Governor P.B Acharya and had positive discussions ... Read More»

Planned strike scheduled for September 2, 2015

Consulate General Kolkata will be closed for routine consular services on September 2, 2015 due to a planned trade union/transportation strike in Kolkata.  U.S. citizens in need of emergency services should contact the Consulate by calling +91-990-304-2956. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. ... Read More»

President Obama and Prime Minister Modi establish secure phone line to elevate U.S.-India strategic-plus Partnership

Reflecting the close ties between the U.S. and Indian democracies as outlined in the January 25, 2015, Delhi Declaration of Friendship, U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed to establish secure phone lines to further discuss their commitment to a long-term partnership for prosperity and peace for the global community.  The ... Read More»

Craig L. Hall Takes Over As New U.S. Consul General In Kolkata

Craig L. Hall took up his assignment as U.S. Consul General in Kolkata on August 19.  Immediately before coming to Kolkata, he served as the Deputy Political Counselor in U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia.  Craig has also served in Seoul, Korea; Mosul, Iraq; Canberra, Australia; and Surabaya, Indonesia. Soon after his arrival, Craig remarked, “I ... Read More»

Remarks by U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Stefan M. Selig at AmCham India

(As Prepared for Delivery) Good afternoon. First and foremost, I would like to thank the American Chamber of Commerce in India and the U.S.-India Business Council for the invitation and opportunity to speak with you today. As the head of the International Trade Administration in the Department of Commerce, an agency whose mandate is to ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma at the Empowering Women and Girls “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” Event

(As Prepared for Delivery) Chief Minister Lal, distinguished guests, thank you for the invitation to join you today.   I would like to congratulate the Chief Minister for initiating today’s call to action to save and educate the daughters of Haryana.  It is not a coincidence that Prime Minister Modi launched Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao earlier this year ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Celebrates American Independence Day with Baseball and Military Band

The United States Embassy celebrated America’s 239th Independence Day with a baseball-themed event at the Taj Palace Hotel today.  India’s Minister of State for External Affairs General V.K. Singh was the Chief Guest, with over 1200 dignitaries from government, business, the diplomatic corps, and civil society in attendance.  Each year, the United States celebrates its ... Read More»

India, United States Establish “PACEsetter Fund” to Accelerate Off-Grid Clean Energy Innovation

As part of President Obama and Prime Minister Modi’s commitment to strengthening and expanding the U.S.-India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy (PACE), U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Secretary Upendra Tripathy today signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing the “PACEsetter Fund,” a new joint 50 crore rupee ($7.9 million) fund ... Read More»

USAID to Assist IIFCL Raise $665M of Green Finance

In an effort to scale up India’s renewable energy capacity, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with IIFCL Asset Management Company Ltd. (IAMCL) to provide technical assistance for increasing investment in renewable energy in the country by $665 million. The MOU was signed by Manpreet Anand, Deputy ... Read More»

Pre-Departure Orientation For U.S. Bound Students At The American Center – Kolkata

EducationUSA Kolkata, a part of the worldwide program administered by the United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) hosted its annual Pre-Departure Orientation program for U.S. bound undergraduate and post graduate students in the American Center, Lincoln Room on Friday, June 26, 2015. The day-long program offered the students an opportunity to interact with U.S. Consul General ... Read More»

Worldwide Delay in Processing of U.S. Visas and Passports

The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our overseas passport and visa systems.  This issue is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category.  We apologize for the inconvenience and are working urgently to correct the problem and restore full operability.  This issue is affecting ... Read More»

Student Visa Day – Welcoming Students to the United States

The U.S. Embassy in Delhi, and Consulates General in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Mumbai, opened their doors on May 28 to over 4,000 Indian students who applied for visas to pursue education in the United States.  U.S. Ambassador Richard R. Verma in Delhi and Consuls General throughout India congratulated the day’s applicants as they joined ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma’s Remarks (As Prepared for Delivery) at the DAV College Commencement Ceremony

U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma’s Remarks at the DAV College Commencement Ceremony Mahatma Hans Raj Marg, Dayanand Nagar, Jalandhar,Punjab (As Prepared for Delivery) Thank you, Dr. Manuja.  Thanks also to Dr. Sharma and DAV for allowing me to participate in today’s ceremony.  Let me also ask the audience to join me in congratulating the graduates. Good afternoon ... Read More»

Ambassador Richard R. Verma’s Speech at Ananta Aspen Institute

(As prepared for delivery) Foundations of the U.S. – India Strategic-Plus Relationship Ananta Aspen Centre has long been on the cutting edge of developing and discussing ideas that turn into initiatives between our countries.  Your support through the years has been a vital part of strengthening the relationship. I appreciate the invitation to come and ... Read More»

U.S. Consul General Helen LaFave inaugurated the new building of the Sushila Birla Gils’ School

U.S. Consul General Helen LaFave inaugurated the new building of the Sushila Birla Gils’ School on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Her remarks on ‘Women’s Empowerment’ during the occasion, highlighted the importance of women’s education and the initiatives taken by the U.S. government to continue to educate and empower women. Read More»

Emergency Message: Earthquake Aftershock Possible in India in Areas Near Nepal

1. The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to some parts in the Indian states of Bihar, Sikkim, Assam, and the northern portion of West Bengal and recommends that U.S. citizens in these areas exercise caution following the 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal on April 25.  The possibility for aftershocks ... Read More»

International Symposium On Climate Change Spurs Kolkata, Guwahati And Patna To Emerge As Climate Smart Cities

The U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata in collaboration with Kennesaw State University, the South Asian Forum for Environment (SAFE) & National Council on Climate Change and Sustainable Development (NCCSD) organized an international symposium on combating the impacts of climate change in urban settings to present an opportunity for Indian cities to develop unified city-level goals ... Read More»

Remarks by Consul General Helen LaFave 4th Anti-Trafficking in Persons Conclave

(As Prepared for delivery) Honorable Minister for Women and Child Development, Welfare & Social Welfare Ms. Loius Marandi Honorable Minister for Human Resource Development Ms. Neera Yadav Dr. P.M. Nair Colleagues from the Anti-Trafficking Community Friends and champions of the cause Welcome to the Fourth Trafficking in Persons Conclave hosted by U.S. Consulate, Kolkata.  The ... Read More»

Working Together To Combat Human Trafficking

The U.S. Consulate General – Kolkata and NGO Shakti Vahini will host the Fourth Annual Anti-Trafficking in Persons Conclave in Ranchi from March 27-28, 2015.  The Conclave will be inaugurated on March 27th by U.S. Consul General Helen LaFave, Minister Louis Marandi, Department of Welfare (including Minority Welfare), Social Welfare, Women and Child Development, and Minister ... Read More»

Keynote Address at the “Building Pan-Asian Connectivity” Conference by Ambassador Richard Verma

(As prepared for delivery) Helen, thank you for the kind introduction.  Thank you also for you and your team at the consulate’s hard work on this conference.  Thanks also to Dr. Sumit Ganguly and his team at the Center on American and Global Security at Indiana University, as well as Mr. Ashok Dhar and Dr. ... Read More»

Neil Kromash, U.S. Department of State Keynote Address at the “Building Pan-Asian Connectivity” Conference

(As Prepared for Delivery) Thank you for that kind introduction. It’s great to be back in wonderful India, even if only for a brief visit. I’d also like to thank the organizers of this really timely and important conference on Pan-Asian connectivity – the Observer Research Foundation, Indiana University Bloomington, and my colleagues at the ... Read More»

Kolkata an Essential Place for Building Pan Asian Connectivity

The Building Pan-Asian Connectivity Conference is being hosted by the U.S. Consulate General-Kolkata, the Center on American and Global Security at Indiana University, and the Observer Research Foundation.  A two-day event in Kolkata on March 10th-11th, the conference brings together business, academic, government, and civilian experts from the United States, India, and Southeast Asia to ... Read More»

The U.S. Consulate Kolkata Celebrates Black History Month In February

Black History Month, celebrated in February each year, commemorates the heritage of African Americans and their contributions to U.S. society.  The theme for Black History Month this year is “A Century of Black Life, History and Culture” and chronicles the important contributions by African-Americans to art, literature, sports and pop culture. During the month long ... Read More»

Secretary of State John Kerry Leads U.S. Delegation at Vibrant Gujarat

Today, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his delegation completed a historic two-day visit to the biennial Vibrant Gujarat Summit.  While in Gujarat, the Secretary discussed the importance of the U.S.-India strategic partnership, and how U.S. technology and innovation can enhance sustainable economic growth throughout the Indo-Pacific region. The Secretary’s high-level delegation to Vibrant ... Read More»

U.S. Consul General Helen LaFave visits Nagaland to attend the Hornbill Festival

U.S. Consul General Helen LaFave visited Nagaland for the second time this year from November 30 – December 3, to attend and participate in the opening ceremony of the Hornbill Festival.  This is in keeping with her socio-economic familiarization trips throughout the Northeast underscoring key elements of the U.S. – India strategic relationship. At the ... Read More»

India and U.S. Expand Development Cooperation in Asia and Africa

India and the United States today signed the Statement of Guiding Principles on Triangular Cooperation for Global Development.  The Statement was signed by Kumar Tuhin, Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs of India and John A. Beed, Mission Director for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in India. Pursuant to the fifth U.S.-India ... Read More»

U.S. to Contribute $100,000 to Cyclone Hudhud Humanitarian Relief Efforts

Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Kathleen Stephens extended her deepest sympathies on behalf of the American people to the people of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha who have been affected by recent Cyclone Hudhud, especially the dozens of families who have lost their loved ones. Ambassador Stephens, in coordination with central and state authorities, announced that the United ... Read More»

Kolkata Organization Wins Grant From Ambassador’s Fund For Cultural Preservation

After seven years, a Kolkata organization, “Banglanatak dot com”, won a prestigious grant from the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2014 for their project “Documentation of Bengal Folk Music Genres Bhawaiya, Bhatiali, and Bangla Qawwali.”  This was announced at a press conference presided and moderated by Director Joanne Joria at the American Center Kolkata ... Read More»

U.S. Consul General Helen Lafave visits Shillong, Meghalaya

U.S. Consul General Helen LaFave visited Meghalaya for the first time September 15 – 18, highlighting several key elements of the U.S. – India strategic relationship, including educational exchanges and English language teaching collaboration, business opportunities, and developmental agenda. She met with a wide range of Meghalaya society members including government officials, civil society stalwarts, ... Read More»

U.S. Extends Humanitarian Relief to Flood Victims

On behalf of the American people, Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Kathleen Stephens today extended her deepest sympathies to the people of Jammu and Kashmir who have been affected by the recent flooding, especially the hundreds of families who have lost loved ones. In coordination with central and state authorities, Ambassador Stephens announced that the United States ... Read More»

Top U.S. Official To Visit Five Cities In India To Promote Indian Investment Into The United States

Ambassador Vinai Thummalapally, Executive Director of SelectUSA, will partake in a five-city tour of India from September 18-24, 2014, to encourage Indian investment into the United States and raise awareness of U.S. services available to Indian companies. Ambassador Thummalapally will visit New Delhi, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Mumbai, and Bangalore to meet with business leaders, prospective investors, ... Read More»

United States And India Celebrate Collaboration On Epidemiology And Outbreak Response Training

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) India Country Director Ken Earhart and senior officials from the Government of India Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoH&FW) convened today in New Delhi to celebrate the collaboration between the U.S. CDC and the Government of India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s India ... Read More»

The U.S. Consulate hosts Mandy Jenkins, American Digital Media Trainer & Social News Consultant

The U.S. Consulate Kolkata hosted American social news consultant and digital media trainer Mandy Jenkins in Kolkata from September 2-4. Mandy Jenkins started her first India tour in Kolkata where she conducted a number of social media workshops at the American Center.  Her first engagement was with high school, college and university students and teachers ... Read More»

American Center Director Joanne “JJ” Joria Visits Assam

During her first visit to Assam, August 28-29, American Center Director Joanne “JJ” Joria visited and toured the American Corner in Guwahati which is the American Library Kolkata’s northeast resource center.  This information center jointly set up by the U.S. Consulate, Kolkata and Darwin School of Business was inaugurated on February 25, 2012 by Ambassador ... Read More»

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, Ambassador Kathleen Stephens visits Kolkata

During her first visit to Kolkata on August 12 – 14, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Ambassador Kathleen Stephens highlighted several key elements of the U.S. – India strategic relationship, including our economic partnership, development agenda, and educational opportunities.  Commenting on the potential of our strategic partnership, she emphasized that, “Our partnership has never been so ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Kathleen Stephens, U.S. Embassy Chargé D’affaires, Independence Day Celebration

(As prepared for delivery) Namaste.  Salaam Alekum. Welcome to Roosevelt House. Thank you all for joining us to celebrate America’s National Day. Our Independence Day.  The 238th birthday of the United States of America. The Third of July. OK, we’re a day early. But even that is an American tradition. We like getting a jumpstart on a long weekend of ... Read More»

Security Alert – Anticipated Anti ISIL/ISIS Demonstration near American Center on June 20, 2014

The U.S. Consulate in Kolkata is aware that there may be a demonstration in the vicinity of the American Center on Friday, June 20, 2014. This demonstration may impede access to the area. U.S. citizens should always practice good personal security. Be aware of your surroundings and keep a low profile. Monitor local news reports, ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Michael Pelletier at Patna University

(As Prepared for Delivery) Good morning, namaste, a salaam aleikum. Vice Chancellor Simhadri, Principal Sinha, faculty and students, thank you for this opportunity to be with you today and talk about the U.S.-India relationship – something that I’m very excited and hopeful about.  I am also particularly excited and hopeful about the future during events ... Read More»

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Michael Pelletier visits Bihar

PATNA – During his first visit to Bihar on June 15 – 17th, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Michael Pelletier highlighted several key elements of the U.S.-India strategic relationship, including our economic partnership, development cooperation, and educational opportunities.  He was accompanied by the U.S. Consul General Kolkata, Helen LaFave. On his visit to one of the projects ... Read More»

The United States And India Help Bihar Farmers

Patna: U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, ad interim, Michael Pelletier, and Consul General in Kolkata, Ms. Helen LaFave, commended the important work our two countries are doing to help farmers in Bihar improve agriculture productivity and cope with climate stresses. On their visit today to one of the projects supported by the Cereal Systems Initiative for South ... Read More»

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to India Nancy J. Powell at American Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting

(As prepared for delivery) Mr. Kant, Mr. Singha, distinguished members of the Amcham Board, ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon.  It is so nice to see a lot of welcoming faces, colleagues, and friends of both the United States and India.  I want to thank you for your kind invitation and the opportunity to address Amcham, ... Read More»

The Revolutionary Optimists In Kolkata

To celebrate World Health Day, the American Center Kolkata, in collaboration with Prayasam, screened the India premiere of The Revolutionary Optimists.  Shot over a period of three and a half years, the internationally acclaimed documentary film, traces the inspiring journeys of four disadvantaged children from Kolkata’s Rishi Aurobindo Colony.  These young crusaders battled poverty to ... Read More»

Remarks of U.S. Consul General Helen LaFave at the Symposium on Corporate Social Responsibility

As prepared for delivery Namaskar, Good evening. I would like to welcome you all to this Symposium on Corporate Social Responsibility.  Thank you for your interest and for taking the time to be here this evening. Thank you Mr Kallol Datta, President Bengal Chamber of Commerce & Industry and your wonderful team for partnering with ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Reaches out to India’s Hindi Readers with New Website

New Delhi — The U.S. Embassy in India today inaugurated its Hindi website. Chairperson of Prasar Bharati Mrinal Pande was Chief Guest at the event, which featured remarks by U.S. Ambassador Nancy J. Powell and interactive displays highlighting the Embassy’s Hindi website and the Span Hindi Magazine web portal ( ). The launch of the U.S. Embassy’s website ... Read More»

The United States and India Enhance Joint Capabilities To Fight Terrorism, Remarks by Ambassador Powell

(As prepared for delivery) The relationship between the United States and India, which are the two oldest and the largest democracies in the world, is very strategic.  Our two nations are committed to fighting terrorism and working to make life safe for all.  I am delighted to give Explosive Incident Countermeasures equipment worth $300,000 to ... Read More»

United States And India Expand Partnership On Corporate Social Responsibility

The United States and India came together today to explore opportunities to collaborate on Corporate Social Responsibility to achieve a greater social impact.  The U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata, The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCC&I), and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) held a symposium on “Corporate Social Responsibility – Bringing the Stakeholders ... Read More»

Ambassador Powell Announcement

U.S. Ambassador to India Nancy J. Powell announced in a U.S. Mission Town Hall meeting March 31 that she has submitted her resignation to President Obama and, as planned for some time, will retire to her home in Delaware before the end of May.  She is ending a thirty-seven year career that has included postings ... Read More»

American Center Offers Free Course On Entrepreneurship

Beginning March 19, the American Center will host a free course on entrepreneurship with online lectures from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ( )  and edX ( ) and in-person discussions with American and local experts on business and entrepreneurship.  In order to participate, applicants need to simply sign up to audit the course at ... Read More»

U.S. And India Strengthen Children’s Reading Skills

The United States and India launched a reading initiative to improve the reading skills of millions of primary school-aged children in India.  The READ (Read-Engage-Achieve-Dream) Alliance is a $3.2 million partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Indian Center for Knowledge Societies (CKS). Announcing the first call for proposals under READ’s ... Read More»

U.S.-India Energy Dialogue 2014

The U.S.-India Energy Dialogue met in New Delhi on March 5-11. Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia hosted the government-to-government portion of the Dialogue meeting on March 11 with United States Department of Energy Secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz.  The U.S. delegation included the Department of Energy, U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), the U.S. ... Read More»

James Mclurkin And His Robots Come To Kolkata

The U.S. Consulate Kolkata hosted scientist James McLurkin with his 12 robots for two days March 6-7 in Kolkata.  McLurkin is Assistant Professor at Rice University’s Computer Science Department. In Kolkata, he conducted a special workshop cum presentation with a live robot demonstration for the city’s science enthusiasts, high school and college students at Birla ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary Biswal Travel to India

Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal will travel March 4-6 to Bangalore and New Delhi.  During her visit, Assistant Secretary Biswal will seek to further broaden and deepen the U.S.-India relationship, which President Obama has called “one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century.” On March 4, Assistant Secretary Biswal ... Read More»

Fulbright-Nehru Fellowships – Opportunities to Expand Academic Horizons in the U.S.

The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) announces the opening of its annual competition for Fulbright-Nehru and other Fulbright fellowships.  Such exchanges have, over the years, helped bring the people of India and the United States closer together.  The Fulbright program offers opportunities in the United States that will enrich one’s academic, research, teaching, and professional ... Read More»

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Nancy J. Powell at the Modern High School for Girls

(As prepared for delivery) Nomoskar, salamalekum, and good morning, everyone. Ms. Birla, Ms. Somany, Director Kar, Principal Dutt, faculty, staff, and students, thank you for welcoming me to Modern High School for Girls this morning. I understand my visit has delayed your examinations – I am not sure whether that is welcome or not! Many ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Nancy J. Powell meets with Chief Minister Narendra Modi in Gandhinagar

U.S. Ambassador Nancy J. Powell today met with Chief Minister Narendra Modi in Gandhinagar.  This meeting was part of the U.S. Mission’s outreach to senior leaders of India’s major political parties in advance of the upcoming national elections.  During her visit to Gujarat, Ambassador Powell will meet with representatives from non-governmental organizations and U.S. and ... Read More»
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