Top Visa Questions of the Week

If your fee was paid before October 1, 2022 it will be valid until September 30, 2023.

If your fee was paid on or after October 1, 2022 it will be valid for 365 days.

Applicants must schedule an in-person or interview waiver appointment during this 365-day period.  Please note applicants are only required to schedule their in-person or interview waiver appointment within the 365-day period.  There is no requirement the interview  or VAC appointment must occur during the 365-day period

From January 1 to August 31 the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in India issued over 82,000 student visas. This is more student visas than ever before.  In fact, there are more Indian students going to study in the United States than from any other country in the world.  While our focus will shift to H&L visas and other travel categories for a short time, we will resume student interviews in the coming months as Spring program start dates approach.  In the meantime, students should focus on preparing their application materials and check back for appointments once they have received the I-20 from their schools.

We are pleased to report that we have opened appointments for first-time routine B1/B2 tourist and business visa applicants. Check our website for appointment availability.

Due to high demand, H and L appointments are full for the next several months. We will continue to open more H and L appointments 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.

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 have resumed the rescheduling of routine cases through the National Visa Center in all categories, as well as all other services including fiancé K-visas, 221(g) submission, and the reissuance of expired visas.  However, we cannot predict when you might be contacted for an appointment.  We will post updates on our operational status at our website: 

Yes, foreign national air travelers to the United States who are 18 years old or older 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.