Visas

Please be advised that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in India are able to process only a limited number of in-person F, M, and J visa appointments and select other categories that meet strict emergency criteria. We have not yet resumed regular processing of most visa categories, including employment-based visas. Individuals planning to travel to India to renew their U.S. visa this fall or winter should plan for longer stays in India, as we anticipate significant appointment wait times — even for emergency appointment requests. Furthermore, emergency appointment requests cannot be scheduled more than 2 weeks in advance of the appointment date given our current capacity. We will expand in-person services once local conditions allow us to do so while ensuring the safety of the public and our staff.

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. Please visit our website to determine whether you are eligible for drop box processing. A list of drop-off locations is available on our website.

Student visa appointments are now available through our website. Please continue to monitor our website for availability. These visa categories are a high priority, and we will make every effort to assist visa applicants in a timely fashion, while keeping our customers and staff safe. However, due to our very limited operations, we will not be able to accommodate all requests. We ask for your patience during this time. 

Visa Fee Validity Extended: Consular sections remain closed for routine nonimmigrant visa services. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date. 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 we will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until December 31, 2021, 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. Please continue to monitor this site for information on when we will return to routine visa operations. If you have an urgent need to travel, please follow the guidance to request an emergency appointment. 

H, J, and L Visa Processing: We are aware of the court order enjoining the government from enforcing section 2 of Presidential Proclamation (PP) 10052 against named plaintiffs and members of the plaintiff associations. However, to protect the health of our staff and customers, we are only able to accommodate appointments for a very limited number of mission critical visa cases at this time. If you believe that you or your constituent have a Mission Critical need to travel, please request an expedited appointment through our website and provide specific details. As our ability to offer services is limited, we may not be able to accommodate your request. In such cases, we will re-review the request when we are able to safely expand our visa processing.

Immigrant Visas

The United States Embassy in New Delhi and Consulate in Mumbai remain closed for most routine immigrant visa services at this time.  We have resumed processing of spouses (IR-1/CR-1) and children (IR-2/CR-2) of U.S. citizens in chronological order of how they were received. In addition, we are providing emergency visa services to spouses and children who request expedited interviews through the NVC,  as well as other certain mission-critical cases, such as employment-based healthcare professionals and those at risk of aging out, as resources and local conditions allow.  U.S. Embassy New Delhi continues to process IH-3 adoption visas.

In addition to our pandemic-related suspension of services, on June 22, the President signed a Proclamation extending Proclamation 10014 which suspends issuance of most categories of immigrant visas to foreign nationals through December 31, 2020. This includes cases that are currently in administrative processing.  For more information on which categories are affected by the suspension, please visit our website.

Returning Resident Visas:  There is no change to the requirement that legal permanent residents maintain their status in the United States. If you have been outside the United States for more than a year, please visit our Returning Resident page for more information.

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.