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. For H, L, and J categories subject to Presidential Proclamation 10052, applicants must also qualify for an exception to the proclamation. 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.
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 MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. If you have an urgent need to travel, please follow the guidance to request an emergency appointment.
Under the June 22 Presidential Proclamation, the Department of State temporarily ceased issuance of H-1B, H-2B, L, and certain J nonimmigrant visas, and their derivative visa categories for family members, apart from exceptions as described in the Proclamation. However, these applicants may qualify for one of the national interest exceptions announced on August 12. The Department of State may also issue H-4, L-2, and J-2 visas to otherwise qualified derivative applicants who qualify for a national interest exception, such as those seeking to join a principal applicant currently in the United States. 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 are eligible for an exception to the Proclamations, please request an expedited appointment through our website and provide specific details as to why the applicant may qualify for an exception. 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.
The United States Embassy in New Delhi and Consulate in Mumbai remain closed for routine immigrant visa services at this time and are providing only emergency and mission-critical visa services to spouses (IR-1/CR-1) and children (IR-2/CR-2) of U.S. citizens, as well as other certain emergency cases for employment-based healthcare professionals and those with aging out applicants, 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 at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/proclamation-suspending-entry-of-immigrants-and-nonimmigrants-who-present-risk-to-the-US-labor-market-during-the-economic-recovery-following-the-COVID-19-outbreak.html.
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.