Instructions on Filing an I-130 at U.S. Consulate Mumbai or U.S. Embassy New Delhi

Terminology: Petitioner = U.S. Citizen Alien Relative = Beneficiary/Visa Applicant NOTES: U.S. citizen petitioners must come in person to submit all forms and supporting documents in the order listed below. All Supporting Documents must be originals (bearing an original seal, stamp or signature of the office of record), plus one photocopy of each. English translations …

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EducationUSA Presents U.S. University Virtual Fair 2020

Chennai, Sept 24: EducationUSA’s Virtual U.S. University Fair in October 2020 is a unique opportunity for students to interact directly with U.S. university representatives and chat with EducationUSA advisers to understand the wide spectrum of educational opportunities available in the United States, all from the safety and comfort of their home.  The virtual fair will bring …

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Notice of Funding Opportunities

The North India Office’s Public Affairs Section routinely provides grant funding to projects and programs that strengthen ties between the United States and India through cultural and exchange programming in North India that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation. Groups and individuals interested in partnering with the North India Office are encouraged to review …

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Sections & Offices

Public Affairs Section Public diplomacy promotes mutual understanding between countries, and communicates U.S. foreign policy priorities.  It supports people-to-people ties, and strengthening relationships that advance our shared interests and values. The Public Affairs Section of the North India Office is responsible for engaging with the people, press, organizations, and institutions of the North India region.  …

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North India Office Director

Michael Rosenthal Michael Rosenthal became Director of the North India Office in June 2020.  The Office is responsible for U.S. engagement with Chandigarh, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand.  He previously served in the Political Section of U.S. Embassy New Delhi.  Prior to that, he served on the India Desk and …

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Health Alert – U.S. Mission to India

Location:  India Event:  Air India has announced a new series of commercial evacuation flights departing from India to international destinations, including the United States, starting July 3.  The Air India evacuation flight schedule can be found  here .  Air France, KLM, and Lufthansa continue to offer unscheduled flights to European cities where there are connecting flights to the …

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Update on Visa Information

In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State has temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. Embassies and consulates have canceled all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as of March 20, 2020 but will continue to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services as …

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Health Alert – U.S. Mission to India

Location:  India Event:  We advise U.S. persons interested in returning to the United States that Air India has announced additional commercially operated evacuation flights departing from India to international destinations, including the United States, to evacuate stranded Indian citizens.  U.S. persons are eligible to travel on these flights.  We understand from an update Air India posted recently …

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Health Alert – U.S. Mission to India

Health Alert – U.S. Mission to India Location:  India Event:  Airlines resumed limited domestic commercial flights in India on May 25. International commercial flights remain suspended, and there are no further U.S. government charter flights scheduled or planned to evacuate U.S. persons from India at this time. While the Embassy and Consulates remain closed to the …

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Health Alert – U.S. Mission to India

Health Alert – U.S. Mission to India Location:  India Event:   We advise U.S. persons interested in returning to the United States that Air India has announced a new series of commercially operated evacuation flights departing from India to international destinations, including the United States, to evacuate stranded Indian citizens.  U.S. persons are eligible to travel on these …

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Health Alert – U.S. Mission to India

Health Alert – U.S. Mission to India Location:  India  Event:   We advise U.S. persons interested in returning to the United States that Air India has announced a series of commercially operated evacuation flights departing from India to international destinations, including the United States, to evacuate stranded Indian citizens.  We understand that U.S. persons are eligible to travel …

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Health Alert – U.S. Mission to India

Location:  India Event:  The Embassy and Consulates have successfully repatriated approximately 5,500 travelers from across India to the United States.  We are working to arrange additional special chartered flights for U.S. persons departing India in the coming weeks.  We anticipate the earliest flights will commence next week and will again depart from Mumbai and New Delhi to …

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Health Alert – U.S. Mission to India

Health Alert – U.S. Mission to India Location:  India Event:  The Embassy and Consulates have successfully repatriated more than 5,100 travelers from across India to the United States.  We are currently pausing repatriation flights in order to assess ongoing demand and determine what degree of assistance may be needed as the authorities lift lock-down restrictions.  We will …

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Health Alert – U.S. Mission to India

Health Alert – U.S. Mission to India Location:  India Event:  The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Mission to India have repatriated nearly 4,000 U.S. citizens from India to the United States in recent weeks.  We are working to arrange additional special chartered flights for U.S. citizens and their families departing India over the next week. …

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Health Alert – U.S. Mission to India

Health Alert – U.S. Mission to India Location:  India Event:  The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Mission to India have repatriated over 3,100 U.S. citizens from India to the United States in recent weeks.  We are working to arrange additional special chartered flights for U.S. citizens and their families departing India. If you are still interested …

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Health Alert – U.S. Mission to India

Location:  India Event:  The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Mission to India have repatriated over 2,300 U.S. citizens from India to the United States in recent weeks.  We are working to arrange a potential final set of special chartered flights for U.S. citizens and their families departing India and we need to re-assess …

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Health Alert – U.S. Mission to India

This is an update to our message of April 6, 2020, reminding U.S. citizens that now is the time to act if you want to return to the United States.  The U.S. Mission India is facilitating a series of flights to the United States this week. We do not know if U.S. government-organized flights returning to …

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COVID-19 Health Alert – U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad  

Health Alert – U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad     Location:  India     This is an update to our message from April 1, 2020.  We continue to coordinate closely across a variety of U.S. Government agencies, the Government of India, and commercial air carriers to facilitate flights to the United States.  We anticipate we will have several flights departing Mumbai …

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COVID-19 Health Alert – U.S. Consulate General Chennai

Location:  India April 2, 2020  Event:  This is an update to our message from April 1, 2020.  We continue to coordinate closely across a variety of U.S. Government agencies, the Government of India, and commercial air carriers to facilitate flights to the United States.  We anticipate we will have several flights departing Mumbai and arriving in …

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COVID-19 Health Alert – U.S. Consulate General Mumbai

Location:  IndiaApril 2, 2020 Event:  This is an update to our message from April 1, 2020.  We continue to coordinate closely across a variety of U.S. Government agencies, the Government of India, and commercial air carriers to facilitate flights to the United States.  We anticipate we will have several flights departing Mumbai and arriving in Atlanta, Georgia, …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy New Delhi

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy New Delhi Location:  Bhutan Event:  U.S. citizens in Bhutan are urged to comply with preventative social distancing measures announced in the March 27 press release from the Prime Minister’s Office. We understand that international commercial flights from Bhutan are still operating on Drukair – Royal Bhutan Airlines, including a flight from Paro …

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COVID-19 Health Alert

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy New Delhi Location:  India Event:  On March 24, Indian Prime Minister Modi announced a nationwide curfew through April 15, 2020 in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.While the exact parameters of the curfew are still unclear, U.S. citizens should cooperate by sheltering in place.  U.S. Citizens are required to …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy New Delhi

Location:  India Event:  Effective March 22, the Government of India will suspend all international flights arriving and departing from India for at least one week.  U.S. citizens currently in India who wish to depart should contact their airline for flight availability at the earliest.  We are reviewing all options and will continue to provide information to U.S. …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy, New Delhi

Location:  India Event:  U.S. citizens in India should exercise caution in light of violent demonstrations in Northeast Delhi and avoid all areas with demonstrations.  It is important that you monitor local media outlets for updates on demonstrations, road and Metro closures, and possible curfews. The Government of India-imposed law that prohibits political gatherings of four or more …

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Health Alert – Ongoing Outbreak of Novel (New) Noronavirus First Identified in Wuhan, China

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy New Delhi, India (February 14, 2020)   Location:  India   Event:  Ongoing outbreak of novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China   On February 7, 2020, the Government of India announced three confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in Kerala, India.  These are currently the only confirmed cases of coronavirus reported in India.   …

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DS-3053

A scanned copy of DS-3053 will not be accepted unless there is an emergency need to travel – If one parent/guardian cannot go with the child to apply for the passport, they can give permission by completing  Form DS-3053 ^Statement of Consent.”  You must submit the original completed consent form with the child’s passport application. The parent that cannot go with the child, also …

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Urgent Information for Visa Applicants Regarding Novel Coronavirus

Any individuals with pending consular appointments who (1) were physically present within the People’s Republic of China, excluding the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, within the last 14 days, (2) are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or (3) believe they have may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, are strongly encouraged to postpone …

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Security Alert: Road Closures and Heavy Traffic during visit of Chinese President Xi

Location: Chennai and Mahabalipuram Event: On Friday, October 11, Prime Minister Modi and Chinese President Xi will arrive for an informal summit in Mahabalipuram. Chennai International Airport expects delays around the scheduled arrival (12:00 to 15:00 hours on October 11) and departure (12:00 to 15:00 hours on October 12) of the Prime Minister and President. Expect …

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Security Alert for U.S. Citizens:  Ganesh Festival Celebrations in Mumbai

Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India Event:  Mumbai’s annual Ganesh Chaturthi (Ganesh Immersion) festival takes place from September 2–12, and features large crowds and street parades that can cause serious traffic disruptions throughout the city. Actions to Take:  U.S. citizens are encouraged to exercise caution and make informed personal security choices during the festival season.  The U.S. Consulate …

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Security Alert for U.S. Citizens: 
Security in Hyderabad Over Holiday Weekend

Location: Hyderabad Event: Local media in Hyderabad have reported a significant increase in police presence throughout the city.  This weekend will coincide with the Varalakshmi Vratam and Bakrid holidays.  Given the likelihood of large crowds, U.S. government personnel are being advised to avoid the Old City section of Hyderabad throughout the holiday weekend.  Expect heightened …

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Security Alert for U.S. Citizens, August 5, 2019

Location: Jammu and Kashmir, India Event: U.S. citizens currently in Jammu and Kashmir are strongly advised to leave as soon as possible and to exercise great caution until they depart. The Government of India has advised tourists and Amarnath Yatra pilgrims to leave Kashmir immediately due to security threats.  Communications to the region, including by phone, text, …

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Telephone Outage at U.S. Consulate General Mumbai, July 23, 2019

Location:  Mumbai, India  Routine Message: Due to a fire at the MTNL Telephone Exchange Building in Bandra – Mumbai, the regular telephone line for the U.S. Consulate General Mumbai is not functional.  Until it can be restored, please use the following numbers to reach the U.S. Consulate General in case of emergency: U.S. number: +1 301-985-8652 …

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Maintenance of U.S. Embassy’s Phones on July 12, 2019

Due to scheduled maintenance, the U.S. Embassy’s primary phone number will be unavailable on Friday July 12, 2019 between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.  If you have an emergency and need to reach the after-hours Duty Officer, please contact +91 011-4183-0018.  Again this phone number is only  for emergencies.  After 10:00 p.m. on …

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Weather Alert for U.S. Citizens: Mumbai

Location: Mumbai, India  Event: Heavy rains have caused severe flooding throughout Mumbai.  Many major roads are flooded and impassable.  Rain is expected to continue until July 5, 2019.  Indian authorities have advised people to avoid leaving their homes.  The Maharashtra State government has declared a precautionary public holiday for Mumbai, Mumbai Suburban, and Thane.  Local emergency services …

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Security Alert for U.S. Citizens:  Security in India (May 3, 2019)

Location:  India Event:  Following recent terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, Americans in India are reminded that terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets, shopping malls, local government facilities, places of worship, and other public areas. Actions to Take: Keep a low profile. Be aware of your surroundings. Monitor …

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Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens:  Demonstrations in Kolkata February 4, 2019

Security Notice Political demonstrations may occur throughout Kolkata on short notice in the coming days, particularly in the areas of Dharmatala/Esplanade, Central Kolkata near Loudon Street, and Camac Street/AJC Bose Road.  These demonstrations may result in public transportation disruptions and delays.  Please take reasonable precautions regarding personal security and avoid any large crowds. Actions to …

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Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Kolkata January 19, 2018

Security Notice Location:  Brigade Parade Grounds, Kolkata (January 19, 2019), near Victoria Memorial. Event:  A large political rally is scheduled to take place from 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 19 in Kolkata, at Brigade Parade Grounds near the Victoria Memorial.  As many as five million people may participate in this rally.  The rally may result in significant …

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Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations across Kerala, January 3, 2019

United States Consulate General Chennai, India Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations across Kerala January 3, 2019 Location:  Kerala, India Event:  Protests and demonstrations concerning the Sabarimala Temple Media report widespread protests and a call for a general strike throughout the state of Kerala related to the opening of Sabarimala Temple to women of childbearing …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy and Consulates Closures, Monday, December 24, and Tuesday, December 25, 2018

President Trump has signed an Executive Order to close federal offices and excuse all federal employees from duty for the scheduled workday on Monday, December 24, 2018.  Tuesday, December 25, 2018 is a scheduled federal holiday.  The Department of State and all annexes, both domestically and overseas, will be closed for normal business on December …

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Weather Alert for U.S. Citizens: Pre-Cyclone Watch for Coastal Andhra Pradesh, December 14, 2018

United States Consulate General Hyderabad, India Weather Alert for U.S. Citizens: Pre-Cyclone Watch for Coastal Andhra Pradesh (December 14, 2018) Location:  Coastal Andhra Pradesh, between Ongole and Kakinada Event:  A deep depression over the Bay of Bengal is predicted to develop into a cyclone and expected to cross the Andhra Pradesh coast between Ongole and …

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Weather Alert for U.S. Citizens: Cyclone Gaja in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, November 14, 2018

United States Consulate General Chennai, India Weather Alert for U.S. Citizens: Cyclone Gaja in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry (November 14, 2018) Location:  Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, India Event:  Cyclone Gaja is predicted to cross the Tamil Nadu coast between Pamban and Cuddalore November 15.  High winds are expected along and off the coasts of Tamil Nadu …

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Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, October 17, 2018)

United States Consulate General Chennai, India Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Chennai, Tamil Nadu (October 17, 2018) Location:  Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India Event:  Protest by former employees of a private company Please be advised of a protest near Chennai’s Directorate of Medical Services (DMS) office in the Teynampet area of Chennai today by …

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AFCP 2019 Small Grants Competition Funding Opportunity

(Deadline: November 28, 2018) Embassy New Delhi and it Consulates in Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata are accepting project applications for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2019 Small Grants Competition. The deadline for submitting applications is November 28, 2018. Full implementation of the AFCP 2019 program is pending the availability of FY …

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Student Visa Day, June 6, 2018

The special Student Visa Day is on June 6th. It’s an interview day set aside exclusively for students applying for student visas. After your interview on #StudentVisaDay at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate, make sure to speak to an EducationUSA advisor about U.S. education and pre-departure information. Visit our website www.ustraveldocs.com/  to know more about student …

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Town Hall Meeting in Thimphu, Bhutan May 24, 2018 – Cancelled

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the meeting with the Consul General in Thimpu, Bhutan previously scheduled for May 24, 2018 has been cancelled. However, we appreciate your interest in meeting with us and we look forward to future opportunities to engage with you. Also, if you know of any other U.S. citizens residing or visiting …

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#WhatEmpowersMe: Blog by Minakshi

In simple words “empowerment” means – The process of becoming stronger, more confident, poised and inspired. Empowerment is therefore a learning process. As we go through the maze of life, we learn – often by trial and error to come to things that we discover works the best for us. As a women especially with …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Road Closures in New Delhi, Sunday, March 11, 2018

The Founders Summit of the International Solar Alliance in New Delhi on Sunday March 11, 2018, will draw a number of world leaders.  There will be multiple VIP motorcades moving around the city causing road closures and traffic congestion.  Please anticipate delays when traveling within New Delhi. Sections of Nyaya Marg, Andre Malraux Marg, and …

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#WhatEmpowersMe: Blog by Ubah

My Mother and my daughter empower me. Growing up in America, as the daughter of first generation immigrants from India, I witnessed the struggle of living in an unfamiliar culture but also the ability to persevere and rise above. As a little Indian looking girl in an all-white American community in the south, I was …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Prohibition on Import or Possession of Satellite Phones and Ammunition

The U.S. Embassy reminds all U.S. citizens traveling and residing in India of Indian customs restrictions that prohibit the import and possession of satellite phones and ammunition.  Some foreign travelers have been arrested and prosecuted for possession of these prohibited items on arrival to or departure from India. For further information on Indian customs regulations, …

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Chai and Chat with ACS

American Citizen Services (ACS) invites U.S. citizens to join us for “Chai and Chat” on Thursday, December 14th from 3:45p.m. – 5:30p.m.  In this informational session, guests will be able to meet with ACS staff, ask questions, receive information about our services, and register with the Embassy. Our guest speaker, one of the Embassy’s own …

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Frequently Asked Questions on Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States

Q1. Who is subject to the suspension of entry under the Executive Order? Per the Executive Order and the June 14 Presidential Memorandum, the temporary suspension of entry applies, with limited exceptions, only to foreign nationals from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen, who are outside the United States as of June 26, 2017, …

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Pelosi Leads Bipartisan Congressional Delegation to India, Nepal, Germany and Belgium

Contact: Ashley Etienne/Caroline Behringer, 202-226-7616 Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is leading a bipartisan Congressional delegation visit to India, Nepal, Germany and Belgium focusing on national security, the global economy, bilateral and multilateral relations, and human rights. “Our bipartisan delegation travels at a vital time in the U.S. relationship with India, Nepal …

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Ambassador Nikki Haley Meets with Indian Ambassador to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS Office of Press and Public Diplomacy Ambassador Nikki Haley met with Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. They discussed peacekeeping reform and India’s economic and anticorruption reforms that have helped businesses and spurred growth. They also discussed the close ties between the two countries …

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Joint Statement by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats

Past efforts have failed to halt North Korea’s unlawful weapons programs and nuclear and ballistic missile tests. With each provocation, North Korea jeopardizes stability in Northeast Asia and poses a growing threat to our Allies and the U.S. homeland. North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons is an urgent national security threat and top foreign policy priority.  Upon assuming office, President Trump ordered a thorough …

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United States Helps Lead Fight for Greater Transparency at the United Nations

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS Office of Press and Public Diplomacy Today the United States was proud to co-sponsor a resolution that was adopted requiring public meetings of the United Nations Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Committee to be webcast. This change will bring to light those countries that seek to block United Nations access …

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Women Alumni Entrepreneurs Meet in Kathmandu

Exchange Alumni across South and Central Asia gathered in Kathmandu for the first Alumni Thematic International Exchange Seminar (AlumniTIES) during December 5-9, 2016.  11 Indian and three Bhutanese alumni participated to discuss how the business climate for women’s entrepreneurship can be strengthened in the region.  #ExchangesAre building bridges to empower women!  Read more here .

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America First Foreign Policy

The Trump Administration is committed to a foreign policy focused on American interests and American national security. Peace through strength will be at the center of that foreign policy. This principle will make possible a stable, more peaceful world with less conflict and more common ground. Defeating ISIS and other radical Islamic terror groups will …

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IVLP alumnus helps draft National Hospital Safety Guidelines

Congratulations to International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) alumnus Dr. Tamorish Kole, Senior Consultant and Head, Department of Emergency Medicine, Max Healthcare, and all at the National Disaster Management Authority of India who worked for over two years on the National Hospital Safety Guidelines for India released earlier this year.  During his visit to the U.S. on a professional exchange …

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First Secretary visits Dehradun Exchange Alumni

First Secretary for Exchanges and Education, Mr. Matthew Asada, visited Dehradun to meet with exchange alumni and visit education institutions on December 6, 2016. After visiting Welham Girls’ School and The Doon School , he met with a group of Dehradun Exchange Alumni. These alumni and their partner organization, SPECS, are leading a #AEIF2016 project Lighting Up Lives that will train …

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The United States, India, and Global Connect: Partners in Making Affordable Internet a Reality

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers hosted a workshop in New Delhi today with leaders from government, development banks, the IT sector, civil society and private industry to discuss digital connectivity and broadband access as part of the Global Connect Initiative.  In September 2015, the Department of State launched the Global Connect Initiative which …

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Remarks by Ambassador Verma at U.S.-India Expert Workshop on Countering Terrorist Use of the Internet

(As Prepared for Delivery) Thank you for that kind introduction.  It’s a great pleasure to be here at this workshop with such an impressive group of law enforcement officials and experts.  I understand we have participants from a number of countries, including India, Bangladesh, the United Kingdom, and the United States.  I’d like to especially …

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