Sections and Offices

The mission of the consular section is to facilitate travel between the United States and India. We educate foreign nationals about visiting and working in the U.S. and issue thousands of immigrant and non-immigrant visas every week. When U.S. citizens travel abroad, the consular section is their lifeline to U.S. Government services ranging from emergencies to voter registration.

American Citizen Services is open from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM Monday through Friday.

For more information on American Citizen Services, click here.

For more information about Nonimmigrant Visas, click here.

For more information about Immigrant Visas, click here.

The Management Section is responsible for providing management, administrative, and logistical support to all the sections and the 300-plus employees of the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai. The Management Section includes the Information Management Office, the Human Resources Office, the General Service Office, the Budget and Fiscal Unit, Community Liaison Office, and the Health Unit.

Chennai’s Political/Economic section provides timely, accurate, first-hand reporting and analysis of political and economic developments in South India, which encompasses a population of almost 250 million people living and working in India’s most economically vibrant cities. We advise Washington and New Delhi on the impact of a wide range of U.S. policies, including trade and investment, science and technology, intellectual property, human rights, counterterrorism, and bilateral military cooperation. We also support a large number of high-level USG visits to South India.

The Public Affairs Section manages the public activities of the U.S. Consulate General  Chennai, to promote understanding of U.S. political, economic and social issues, explain the current Administration’s foreign policy agenda and the complexities of U.S. society and culture. This section develops and manages an array of public events including seminars, round table discussions, interviews, educational and cultural exchange activities, and media-related programs. Public Affairs consist of two major elements.

The Information Office handles all press and media inquiries made to the American Consulate General Chennai. This includes preparing and distributing press releases, backgrounders, and summaries of U.S. views on policy issues to media outlets on a regular basis. On the occasion of visits by high-level U.S. officials or delegations, the Information Officer organizes news conferences and interviews for Southern India media.

The Cultural Affairs Office organizes conferences, seminars, lectures, readings and roundtable discussions on issues important to the Indo-American relationship. Many of these events are co-sponsored by American and Indian Institutions. Current topics include economic reform, environmental protection, intellectual property, AIDS prevention, democracy and human rights. Program events provide a regular forum for expert-level dialogue among American and Indian government agencies, journalists, associations, universities, non-governmental organizations, and political parties. In addition, the Cultural Affairs Officer coordinates and supports official exchange programs. The Cultural Affairs Officer also manages the American Center Chennai.

All inquiries should be directed to the Public Affairs Section.

The Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) is the security and law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State. Diplomatic Security is represented overseas by the Regional Security Office (RSO) located in every U.S. Embassy and most U.S. Consulates throughout the world.

The RSO provides a range of services to U.S. citizens, the U.S. private sector, and foreign law enforcement organizations. Each office is managed by a DS Special Agent (Regional Security Officer), who serves as the U.S. Ambassador’s senior U.S. law enforcement and security advisor.

The Regional Security Office:

  • Protects the U.S. embassy or consulate, its personnel, and information.
  • Serves as the U.S. embassy’s law enforcement liaison to the host nation.
  • Arranges training for foreign police and security officers to combat terrorism.
  • Advises Americans about safety and security abroad and assists U.S.-related schools and organizations in obtaining security grants.
  • Shares security information with the U.S. private sector through the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC).

The U.S. Commercial Service offers valuable assistance to help U.S. businesses export goods and services to India. We assist U.S. companies to identify trade opportunities, find local trading partners, representatives and distributors, resolve trade complaints, land government tenders, and obtain market research. We also help Indian companies to find U.S. sources of supply. In South India we also have offices in Bangalore and Hyderabad.

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