The links between Kolkata and the United States are over 200 years old. In 1787, only four years after the end of the American Revolutionary War, the first American ship to visit India reached Kolkata. Recognizing the importance of contact with India, President George Washington, on November 19, 1792, nominated Benjamin Joy to be the first U.S. Consul in Kolkata. One American ship, the “GEORGE”, actually made twenty-one round trip voyages between 1815 and 1837.
Over the years the bonds between Kolkata and the U.S.A. have grown stronger. Those who built these bridges of understanding were individual men and women who were zealous in their desire to understand each other and who were dedicated to the vision of a world of peace and fellowship based on mutual interest and trust.
The Consular Section over the years has issued thousands of visas to facilitate travel to U.S. for various reasons. The Kolkata Consular district covers the vast areas of Eastern and Northeastern Region. The Consular District can be traced from the regional map given above.
A Customer Service Statement to Visa Applicants
We manage the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States. At the same time, we are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known. We welcome and encourage travel to the United States. We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:
- We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa;
- We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique;
- We will remember that to you a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous;
- We will use the limited time available for interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions;
- We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study and other important obligations;
- We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website,
- We will provide information on appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate at http://travel.state.gov/ and,
- We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.
If you are a student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
If you are a medical or humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life-threatening emergencies.
If you are a business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.
At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:
- Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible;
- Complete your application fully and accurately;
- Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans;
- Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.
Public Diplomacy complements and reinforces traditional diplomacy by communicating U.S. interests directly to the Indian public and by fostering mutual understanding and building trust between the United States and India.
The Public Affairs Section is responsible for press relations, cultural, and educational affairs, and exchange and information activities that articulate U.S. foreign policy and promote greater mutual understanding between India and the United States.
The Public Affairs Section in Kolkata also supports the American Library, located in the American Center. Information about the United States is readily available here.
As part of its overall program of bilateral cooperation, the Public Affairs Section also has a wide range of academic and professional development exchange programs with India.
As public interest in, and access to, communications technology continues to grow worldwide, the public dimension of diplomacy is becoming more important than ever. For further information about the United States, its institutions, values, and people, please see the “Information USA” section.
Press & Media
The Press Section in the Public Affairs Office (PA) of the U.S.Consulate General, Kolkata is headed by the Public Affairs Officer (PAO),who also serves as the Director of the American Center.
The PAO is the official spokesperson of the U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata. The Press Section’s principal jobs are to provide authoritative information on U.S. Government policies to individuals and organizations in the media and government offices in Eastern and Northeastern India and to track — and report to Embassy New Delhi — media opinion on a range of issues important to the United States and India. It coordinates the Consulate’s contact with the media in West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Tripura, Assam, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.
In addition to issuing press releases five days a week from the Washington File on U.S. Government domestic and foreign policies, it programs visits and press contacts by senior U.S. Government officials, organizes events and prepares and distributes press materials on them, which are of interest to the media and general public. Besides materials in English, it sends out edited and translated press information in vernacular Bengali and Assamese languages.
The Press Section also distributes a host of informative and resourceful publications and electronic journals, prepared by the U.S. Department of State on a varied topics of global importance. All press releases issued by Kolkata PA are posted on the Consulate’s website
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Student Advising Fulbright
United States – India Educational Foundation (USIEF)
Fulbright Regional Office in Eastern India,
American Center, Kolkata
The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) administers educational exchange activities between the United States and India. It has five regional offices of which the Kolkata office, housed along with the Public Affairs Office in the American Center, serves the States of Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, the North Eastern Hill States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim the Union territories of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and West Bengal. The activities of the office include :
- Administering Fulbright Fellowships to Indian and American scholars (Fulbright Exchanges)
- Offering educational counselling to Indian students who wish to pursue higher education in the United States (Educational Advising Services).
Announcements for grants to American and Indian scholars are made more than one year in advance. Grants for Indian scholars are advertised in India during the month of February while those for the American scholars are similarly advertised in the USA. The selection of the scholars in both the countries is carried out through a nation-wide open competititon with the help of academic experts in the country concerned. In India the administrative agency is USIEF and in the USA it is the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) in Washington DC for the senior scholars andthe Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York for the students. IIE/CIES helps in the placement of the Indian scholars at the American campuses and USIEF assists with the placement of the American scholars in the Indian universities. Seminars,workshops and special lectures are also organised by USIEF with the Fulbright American scholars as resource persons.
Please check out our website www.usief.org.in for information on grants or fellowships.
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Consulate Contracting Office
The General Services Office of the US Consulate, Kolkata is organizing a Vendors Day on January 11, 2017 at the American Center, Kolkata. We invite contractors/suppliers/firms, who are qualified, responsible, reliable, and have sufficient resources, financing, and experience for delivering and performing a variety of services and /or commodities for our offices and residential apartments in Kolkata. We do value the importance of business ethics and understand the significance of the relationships we develop with our suppliers/contractors. Our goal is to develop mutually beneficial relationships that will allow us and our service providers to attain the highest level of excellence.
The visitors’ registration will commence at 10:30 am. The event will start at 11:00 am with a welcome address, followed by a PowerPoint presentation and Q&A. Interested vendors can contact at Tele: 3984-2534 / 35 during business hours and provide their names and contact details for prior access permission.
Several posts have reported that some vendors in their area have reported receiving tenders/requests for quotation purporting to be from the U.S. Embassy, in which they are asked to provide a price quote for 10 solar generators, and to deliver the generators to the Embassy as samples, which will qualify them to be a regular supplier of 150 generators. The tenders are sent …
The Consulate will hold a public auction on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Suman’s Exchange on Russell Street. The used items to be auctioned are Washers, Dryers, AC’s, Canon image plotter, laptop, monitor, CPU, Distiller, UPS, Mattress, water heater, Refrigerator, Coffee Maker, Toaster, dehumidifiers, Solar heaters, lights and various other used articles. The goods shall be on display for public view from 10:00 am on the day of the auction and the bidding will start at 12:00 noon. For more details please contact the Auctioneer at Tele: 033-22267572; M-98311-42848.
Items are sold “AS IS” to the highest bidder.
SIN30017Q00013 – Renovation of Gym room of Annex building at 5/1 Ho Chi Minh Sarani.
The U.S. Consulate General, Kolkata is looking for a responsible and financially capable company/contractor who can carry out the work as mentioned below.
Requirement: Complete renovation of Consulate Gym involving civil, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, painting, installing split air-conditioners etc. The estimated value of the contract: Between $25,000 and $100,000 USD. Note: The gym equipment are not part of this project.
Site visit: Monday, March 20, 2017 at 11:00 am. The visitors must send their names at least 24 hrs. in advance for necessary access permission.
We will evaluate firms based on:
- Relevant, professional qualifications of the firm for the type of work required;
- Specialized experience and technical competence in the type of work required;
- Demonstrated success on similar projects in terms of quality of work and compliance with schedules;
- Financial and administrative capacity to accomplish work;
- Knowledge of locality of project; and,
- Evidence that the firm has all licenses and permits required by local law.
Any responsible company / contractor interested to participate in the competition process may contact the following for complete solicitation package and for a site visit (see date above). The deadline for submission of quotation is 4:00 pm on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.