Visas

Please be advised that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in India have not yet resumed regular processing of all visa categories but continue to expand services as local conditions and resources allow. 

President Biden rescinded Presidential Proclamation (PP) 10014, entitled “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak,” on February 24, 2021.  Immigrant visa applicants who had been affected by these proclamations should review the instructions found here.

The U.S. Mission in India has resumed processing immigrant visas in all categories, though we are not yet scheduling appointments for new cases in every category. The Consulate in Mumbai is reaching out to previously suspended cases by category and is scheduling new CR-1/2 and IR-1/2 (spouse and children of U.S. Citizens), K (fiancé/fiancées of U.S. Citizens), SB-1 (Returning Residents) and certain other mission-critical and emergency cases; U.S. Embassy Delhi is processing IH-3 adoptions and SB-1 cases, as well as IR-1/2 cases in 221g status.  We strive to maintain COVID-19 mitigation efforts to protect our staff and customers.  Due to significant backlogs we cannot predict when you may be contacted for an appointment.

 The U.S. Embassy New Delhi has resumed limited processing of all visa categories, including student visas, H1-B, H4, L-1, L-2, C1/D, and B1/B2 visas. Our capacity is limited, however, to maintain the safety of our customers and staff. 

You can find updates on our operational status at our websites https://ustraveldocs.com/in/ and https://in.usembassy.gov.

For visa inquiries, please write to support-india@ustraveldocs.com or call the Visa Application Center during business hours to speak to a representative
(+91 120 4844644 or +91 22 62011000).

For detailed information about the current status of visa services worldwide and visa restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic, visit travel.state.gov.

Employment-based Visa Appointments: The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in India are now accommodating employment-based visa appointments, including H, L, and O visas. Appointments can be made through our website https://www.ustraveldocs.com/in. On December 31, 2020, the President signed a proclamation extending Presidential Proclamation (P.P.) 10052 through March 31, 2021.  P.P. 10052 suspends the entry to the United States of certain nonimmigrant visa applicants who present a risk to the U.S. labor market during the economic recovery following the novel coronavirus outbreak.  Specifically, the suspension in P.P. 10052 applies to applicants for H-1B, H-2B, and L-1 visas; J-1 visa applicants participating in the intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel programs; and any spouses or children of covered applicants applying for H-4, L-2, or J-2 visas.  We continue to adjudicate in accordance with the court order enjoining the government from enforcing section 2 of P.P. 10052 against named plaintiffs and members of the plaintiff associations and with full consideration for National Interest Exceptions.  For further information, see travel.state.gov.

How to Request an Expedited Appointment: Applicants can request an expedited appointment through our online appointment system at https://www.ustraveldocs.com/in/expedited-appointment.html. You must already have a confirmed interview appointment date in order to request an expedited appointment. If your emergency appointment request is approved, you will be notified with instructions via email. You should not cancel your existing appointment unless you receive a confirmation that your request for an emergency appointment has been approved. If you have not yet received an approval or denial, your request is still under consideration. Please note that all approved expedite requests require an in-person interview; we are unable to expedite dropbox appointments.

Drop Box Applications: Consular sections across India are now accepting drop box applications for renewals of all nonimmigrant visa categories at Visa Application Centers across India. We strongly recommend that those who are eligible to utilize the drop box program do so. Please visit our website to determine whether you are eligible for drop box processing and to schedule an appointment for document drop-off. A list of drop-off locations is available on our website.

Visa Fee Validity Extended: The U.S. Mission to India understands that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment. Rest assured that the U.S. Mission will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2022, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee. You do not need to take any action to extend your fee validity.

The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.

See our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.

Entry of aliens who were present in China, excluding the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, Iran, and certain countries in the European Union within 14 days prior to their arrival at the port of entry in the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation. 

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.

(Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit.).

To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:

  • E-mail: support-india@ustraveldocs.com
    This is the fastest and best way to reach us. We read every email and strive to reply within 3 working days. Occasionally, complicated requests can take longer.
  • Telephone: (91-120) 4844644, (91-22) 62011000 and 1-703-520-2239 (for all calls from the United States)

The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States.  We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known.  Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.

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 the 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 non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on http://travel.state.gov.
  • We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.

Furthermore, 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.
  • Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.
  • 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.