Top Visa Questions of the Week

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in India interviewed a record number of students in 2021 and we are anticipating another record-breaking student season this year. We recently opened a large tranche of student visa appointments for June and the first half of July.  If you didn’t secure one, don’t worry. We will be opening a second tranche separately. Check our website for appointment availability. Please plan to schedule your appointment after you have received your I-20.



We are pleased to report that in the next few weeks we will be opening appointments for first-time B1/B2 tourist and business visa applicants. These in-person appointments will take place starting in September. Check our website for appointment availability.

As noted on our appointment website, previously scheduled in-person B1/B2 appointment slots for October 2022 or later were opened as placeholders only, to facilitate emergency appointment requests. If your request for an emergency appointment is not approved, the placeholder appointment will be canceled. To schedule a new appointment please continue to monitor our website for appointment availability.

Due to high demand, H and L appointments are full for the next several months, however we will be opening more H and L appointments starting in September as conditions allow.  We appreciate your patience as we work hard to accommodate all of our prospective travelers.  Check our website for appointment availability.

H1B applicants and their family members with H4 visas can use the dropbox system to renew their visas as long as they are applying in their country of nationality or residence.  Please note, however, that dropbox availability is limited and appointments are full for the next several months. We urge travelers not to depart the United States until they have scheduled a renewal appointment.  Travelers arriving in India without valid visas to return should be prepared for an extended stay.

We have resumed the scheduling of routine IR-5 appointments through the National Visa Center, and have been accepting rescheduled visa appointments through  We will add appointments for these visa categories as often as we have availability, but we expect a​ppointment slots to fill quickly. Please continue to monitor our website for appointment availability. Detailed information on the current status of visa services and restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic can be found at

You can reschedule your appointment via our appointment scheduling website at: when you are contacted with instructions for doing so by the Consulate.  Availability for rescheduling may be very limited, with appointments unavailable at some times.

As you may be aware, we are facing a long queue of applicants across all immigrant visa categories.  We will continue to contact those whose appointments were cancelled in April-May 2021 and Spring 2020, in chronological order, by visa category, with instructions to continue processing their cases.  We are also resuming 221(g) submission and the reissuance of expired visas in all categories, and the scheduling of routine cases through the National Visa Center, by visa category, as public health conditions allow.  We cannot predict when you might be contacted for an appointment.  We will post updates on our operational status at our website: 

Starting on November 8, foreign national air travelers to the United States are required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to fly to the United States, with only limited exceptions. See the CDC’s website for more details.