Top Visa Questions of the Week

We regret that at this time we cannot anticipate when B1/B2 first-timer appointments will be opened.  Please continue to monitor our website for appointment availability.

We hope to resume B1/B2 dropbox appointments soon – please continue to monitor our scheduling website for available appointments. Please note that due to high demand and limited resources, we expect these appointments to fill quickly.

January and February 2022 appointments booked prior to November 2021 were opened as placeholders only, to facilitate emergency appointment requests. To schedule a new appointment please continue to monitor our website for appointment availability.

We are currently processing H1B visa appointments and open new appointments as conditions allow.  We appreciate your patience as we work hard to accommodate all of our prospective travelers.  Keep checking our website for appointment availability.

At this time, we strongly encourage valid visa holders already in the U.S. to reconsider discretionary travel to India. Any applicant currently residing in the United States who seeks to extend their legal stay should contact U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services here. Nonimmigrant visa appointments remain extremely limited and those with an emergency need to travel to the United States will be prioritized for processing. Individuals who must travel should note that visa processing delays are likely, and we cannot guarantee a visa within a specific time frame. If you still plan to travel back to India please 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.

Over the coming weeks, consulates will reach out to applicants refused 221G under the Proclamation via email with further instructions. Please wait until you receive these instructions, as procedures and timelines will vary from consulate to consulate depending on capacity.