Immigrant Visas

As of June 7, 2021, the U.S. Consulate in Mumbai is reopening Immigrant Visa Unit appointments of all types:

  • Rescheduling of cancelled appointments
  • SB-1 status and visa applications
  • LPR services (boarding foil)
  • Reissuance of expired visas
  • K applications

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 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.

Due to limited appointment availability, we are currently unable to reschedule any cancelled appointments directly, and availability for rescheduling may be very limited, with appointments unavailable at some times. We are also unable to speculate on or respond to inquiries regarding potential future cancellations or appointment availability.

New appointments can be made through our website. We will add appointments as often as we have availability, but we expect appointment slots 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 here.

Please note that travel restrictions remain in effect in many states in India and the availability of appointments does not mean that you will be able to travel to the Consulate or a Visa Application Center (VAC).  Please ensure you will be able to travel before making an appointment.

As appropriate, visa applicants should follow the instructions given to them for registering for appointments, and monitor their email address for confirmation and further information. Multiple separate attempts to contact the Embassy or Consulate will slow communication.

For answers to applicants’ most frequently asked questions, please visit our Top FAQs page. You can find updates on our operational status on this website.

For visa inquiries, the best and fastest way to communicate is to email to or call the call center during business hours to speak to a representative.

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

Information on immigrant visas and the immigrant visa application process are available at the website. Below is information specific to India on preparing for and scheduling your visa interview.

To apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen seeking to immigrate generally must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident immediate relative(s), or prospective U.S. employer, and have an approved petition before applying for an immigrant visa. The sponsor begins the process by filing a petition on the foreign citizen’s behalf with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  You may wish to review our Directory of Visa Categories on to learn about the different types of immigrant visas to the United States, including our Diversity Visa Program.  Then, follow the steps on the Immigrant Visa Process, or on the Diversity Visa Process, on to begin applying for an immigrant visa.

Once USCIS has approved your petition and you have completed pre-processing with the National Visa Center (NVC), or if you have been selected in the Diversity Visa Lottery and completed processing with the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), review the instructions given to you by the NVC or the KCC, along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.

Immigrant Visas