U.S. Consulate General Chennai

Important Update on Student Visas

We are pleased to announce that consular sections at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi and our Consulates in Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata will begin processing of student and academic exchange visitor visa applications on a limited basis on August 17.  Through consultation with our health and security professionals, we will open in a limited manner that puts the safety of our customers and staff first.  We will first process emergency student and exchange visitor appointment requests received prior to August 12 and then offer public appointments.  We will refresh appointments as we have availability, generally two weeks in advance.  Prospective students and exchange visitors should schedule an appointment no more than three weeks prior to their class start date.  We expect appointment slots to be filled quickly.  Please continue to monitor our website for availability.

Student visas are a high priority, and we will make every effort to assist student visa applicants in a timely fashion, while keeping our customers and staff safe.  However, due to our very limited appointment availability we will not be able to accommodate all requests in time for the start of the fall semester.  We will try to handle requests based on when we receive them and when classes will start.  We ask for your patience during this time.

This being said, we continue to remain closed for routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services.  We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date.  The MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment.  If you have an urgent need to travel, please follow the guidance provided at http://cdn.ustraveldocs.com/in/in-niv-expeditedappointment.asp to request an emergency appointment.

Applicants for H1B, H2B, H4, L and certain J categories covered by Presidential Proclamation 10052 should request an appointment only if you have reason to believe you may qualify for one of the exceptions listed here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news.htm.

Click here for more information: https://in.usembassy.gov/visas/

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COVID-19 Information (August 11, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Mission to India (July 1, 2020)

The United States Provides Ventilators to India to Battle COVID-19 (June 16 , 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Mission to India (May 29, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Mission to India (May 27, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Mission to India (May 20, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Mission to India (May 14, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Mission to India (May 7, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Mission to India (May 5, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Mission to India (April 29, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Mission to India (April 22, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Mission to India (April 15, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Mission to India (April 10, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Mission to India (April 7, 2020)

Repatriation Flight FAQs – Mumbai

COVID-19 Health Alert – U.S. Consulate General Chennai (April 2, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy New Delhi (1 April, 2020)  

COVID-19 Health Alert (March 25, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy New Delhi (March 20, 2020)

Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel (March 19, 2020)

Information for Visa Applicants Regarding Novel Coronavirus

As of March 16, 2020, the United States Embassy and Consulates in India are cancelling routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments, and will not process 221gs. As of March 20, interview waiver (‘dropbox’) and biometrics appointments are cancelled. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. The MRV fee is valid and may be used for a visa application in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at www.ustraveldocs.com/in to request an emergency appointment.

American Center Chennai, Closure Notice (March 14, 2020)

Dear Friends of the American Center Chennai,
In accordance with public health recommendations, the American Center Chennai will temporarily pause in-person programming and close public access to the Center as of Monday, March 16, until further notice. We hope to bring virtual programs to you in the coming days, so please keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/chennai.usconsulate/. Please stay safe and healthy, and we look forward to welcoming you back to the American Center Chennai as soon as conditions allow.

பொது சுகாதாரப் பரிந்துரைகளுக்கு ஏற்ப, இந்தியாவிலுள்ள புதுதில்லி, சென்னை, கோல்கத்தா மற்றும் மும்பை ஆகிய நகரங்களிலுள்ள அமெரிக்கத் தூதரகம் சார்ந்த அமெரிக்கன் சென்டர்ஸ் (அமெரிக்க நூலகம்) மார்ச் 16-ம் தேதி முதல் மேற்கொண்டு அறிவிப்பு வரும் வரை, பொதுமக்கள் வருகைக்கு மூடப்படுகிறது. உள்ளரங்க நிகழ்ச்சிகளும் நடைபெறாது. மேலும் விவரங்கள் அறிய, தூதரக இணையத்தைப் பார்க்கவும்: https://www.facebook.com/chennai.usconsulate/ உங்கள் உடல்நலத்தை கவனமாகப் பார்த்துக் கொள்ளுங்கள். விரைவில் நிலவரம் சரியாகும் பட்சத்தில், மீண்டும் உங்கள் வருகையை எதிர்நோக்கியிருக்கிறோம்.

ಅಮೆರಿಕನ್ ಸೆಂಟರ್ ಚೆನ್ನೈನ ಆತ್ಮೀಯರೇ,
ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ಆರೋಗ್ಯ ಶಿಫಾರಸುಗಳಿಗೆ ಅನುಸಾರವಾಗಿ, ತಾತ್ಕಾಲಿಕವಾಗಿ ಅಮೆರಿಕನ್ ಸೆಂಟರ್ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮ ಗಳಿಗೆ ತುಸು ಬಿಡುವು ನೀಡಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಮಾರ್ಚ್ 16, ಸೋಮವಾರದಿಂದ ಮುಂದಿನ ಸೂಚನೆವರೆಗೆ ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕರಿಗೆ ಪ್ರವೇಶವಿಲ್ಲ.
ಮುಂದಿನ ದಿನಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ವರ್ಚುವಲ್ ಪ್ರೋಗ್ರಾಂಗಳನ್ನು ನಿಮ್ಮ ಬಳಿಗೆ ತರಲು ನಾವು ಆಶಿಸುತ್ತೇವೆ, ಆದ್ದರಿಂದ ಅಪ್ ಡೇಟ್ಸ್ ಗಳಿಗಾಗಿ ದಯವಿಟ್ಟು ನಮ್ಮ ಫೇಸ್‌ಬುಕ್ ಪುಟದ https://www.facebook.com/chennai.usconsulate/ ಮೇಲೆ ಕಣ್ಣಿಡಿ.
ದಯವಿಟ್ಟು ಸುರಕ್ಷಿತವಾಗಿರಿ, ಆರೋಗ್ಯವಾಗಿರಿ, ಮತ್ತು ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿಗಳು ಅನುಮತಿಸಿದ ಕೂಡಲೇ ನಿಮ್ಮನ್ನು ನಮ್ಮ ಅಮೇರಿಕನ್ ಸೆಂಟರ್ ಗಳಿಗೆ ಸ್ವಾಗತಿಸಲು ಎದುರು ನೋಡುತ್ತೇವೆ.

പ്രിയപ്പെട്ട അമേരിക്കൻ സെന്റർ കൂട്ടുകാരേ,
പൊതു ആരോഗ്യ ശുപാർശകൾ മാനിച്ച് അമേരിക്കൻ സെന്ററിലെ (ലൈബ്രറി) കാര്യപരിപാടികളും പൊതുജന പ്രവേശനവും മാർച്ച് 16 തിങ്കളാഴ്ച മുതൽ ഇനിയൊരറിയിപ്പ് ഉണ്ടാകുന്നത് വരെ നിർത്തിവെക്കുന്നു. വരുംദിവസങ്ങളിൽ ഓൺലൈൻ പ്രോഗ്രാമുകൾ നിങ്ങളിലേക്കെത്തിക്കാമെന്ന് ഞങ്ങൾ പ്രതീക്ഷിക്കുന്നു. കൂടുതൽ വിവരങ്ങൾക്ക് ഞങ്ങളുടെ ഫേസ്ബുക്ക് പേജ് https://www.facebook.com/chennai.usconsulate/ പിന്തുടരൂ.
എല്ലാവരും ആരോഗ്യം പരിപാലിച്ച് സുരക്ഷിതരായിരിക്കുക. സാഹചര്യങ്ങൾ അനുവദിക്കുമ്പോൾ അമേരിക്കൻ സെന്ററിലേക്ക് വീണ്ടും നിങ്ങളെ ക്ഷണിക്കുന്നതിലേക്ക് ഞങ്ങൾ ഉറ്റുനോക്കുന്നു.

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy New Delhi (March 14, 2020)

Alert: Cancelling of immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments (March 13, 2020)

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy, New Delhi (26 February, 2020)

Health Alert – Ongoing Outbreak of Novel (New) Noronavirus First Identified in Wuhan, China (Feb 18, 2020)

Message for U.S. Citizens: Bengaluru Passport Outreach

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

Protect Yourself from Scams Targeting Car Buyers, December 12, 2018

Alert: The U.S. Consulate General Chennai does not put out online advertisements for sale of motor vehicles belonging to U.S. diplomats. Please contact the Consulate if you come across such advertisements and read this link to protect yourself from car scams. Press Release in English (PDF: 271 KB) | Press Release in Tamil (PDF: 513 KB)

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

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

Weather Alert for U.S. Citizens: Kerala State August 16, 2018

Weather Alert for U.S. Citizens:  Kerala State August 9, 2018

Limited Operations (August 7, 2018)

Statement by Acting U.S. Consul General Lauren Lovelace on the Death of the Honorable Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Muthuvel Karunanidhi (August 7, 2018)

Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Tamil Nadu (May 23, 2018)

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

Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu (April 3, 2018)

Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens:  Demonstrations and Strike in Karnataka (January 25, 2018)

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens:  Protests in Chennai, December 21, 2017

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Flooding in Chennai November 3, 2017

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Flooding in Bengaluru (Bangalore), September 27, 2017

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations and Strike in Kerala, April 5, 2017

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests in Tamil Nadu January 23, 2017

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests in Tamil Nadu January 19, 2017

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Cyclone Vardah, December 11, 2016

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Consulate General Operations, December 6, 2016

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Death of Chief Minister Jayaraman Jayalalithaa

Statement by Ambassador Richard R. Verma on the Death of the Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J. Jayalalithaa

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: United States Consulate General Chennai, December 5, 2016

Important Message for Chennai Nonimmigrant Visas appointments, December 5, 2016

Due to scheduling changes, the Nonimmigrant Unit of the Chennai Consulate will not be able to honor your appointment today, Dec 5, 2016. As you have already completed your biometric appointment at the Visa Application Center you can just reschedule your interview appointment with the Consulate. There is NO NEED to contact the call center or customer support—simply login to your profile and reschedule both of your appointments.

We regret the inconvenience caused.

About the Region

The Chennai consular district includes the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, and the Union Territories of Lakshadweep Islands, Pondicherry, and the Union Territories of Andaman & Nicobar Islands.