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Applying for Status as Returning Resident (SB-1) at U.S. Embassy or Consulate in India – Part 1 of 2

Posted April 4, 2017

Background Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) of the United States are expected to live in the United States. If an LPR intends to spend more than a year outside of the United States, s/he should first obtain a “Re-entry Permit” before departing. If an LPR stays outside of t ...Read More


Change in Criteria for Interview Waiver Program (IWP)

Posted April 4, 2017

Certain non-immigrant U.S. visa applicants who previously held a visa of the same class may qualify to renew their visa under the interview waiver program. One of the criteria for eligible visa categories was that the previous visa should either be still valid or should have expi ...Read More


Relocation of the U.S. Visa Application Centre at Pune, India

Posted March 6, 2017

The U.S. Visa Application Centre for document and/or passport pick-up or drop-off located at Pune has been relocated to 4th Floor, E&F Core, Marvel Edge, Viman Nagar, Pune - 411014. This new facility commenced regular operations on February 27, 2017. Applicants who have selec ...Read More


Jurisdiction and Filing Fees with respect to the USCIS Field Office, New Delhi

Posted March 6, 2017

Jurisdiction of the USCIS Field Office, New Delhi The USCIS Field Office, New Delhi accepts certain petitions/applications from eligible U.S. citizens, immigrants, and nonimmigrants residing within the geographical limits of India. The services provided by the USCIS office can ...Read More


Update on Form DS 117 – Application to Determine Returning Resident Status

Posted March 6, 2017

On February 6, 2017, we provided an update on the Form DS 117. Following this, one of our Attorneys at Murthy Immigration Services recently sought clarification from the U.S. Consulate, Mumbai regarding the application form to be used by eligible SB-1 returning resident visa appl ...Read More


Application to Determine Returning Resident Status (Form DS-117) Temporarily Unavailable

Posted February 6, 2017

Regular visitors to MurthyIndiaDotCom and subscribers to our bulletin may be aware that any lawful permanent resident (LPR) who stayed outside the United States for a year or more will have to qualify as a returning resident (SB1) in the absence of a valid "re-entry permit."  Th ...Read More


New Form I-134 (Affidavit of Support) from February 27, 2017

Posted February 6, 2017

An affidavit of support (form I-134) is used to show that visa applicants have sponsorship and will not become public charges while in the United States. This form is provided in support of U.S. non-immigrant visa applicant(s) or a lawful permanent resident(s) who qualifies as a ...Read More


Increased Wait time for Immigrant Visa Interviews in India

Posted February 6, 2017

Any beneficiary of a family- (I-130) or employment- (I-140) based immigrant application will have to visit the consulate for a personal interview if s/he has opted for consular process. Apart from this, certain U.S. citizens temporarily domiciled in India may be eligible to file ...Read More


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Importance of Submission of Proper Photographs in “Dropbox” Interview Waiver Program in India

August 7, 2017

Eligible nonimmigrant visa applicants for the "Dropbox" Interview Waiver Program in India must submi ...
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Students or exchange visitors are eligible for Expedited Appointments

August 7, 2017

In general, the nonimmigrant visa interview dates are available within a week in most of the consula ...
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Update: Rescheduling of Nonimmigrant Visa Appointments

August 7, 2017

In November 2016, we had reported that the U.S. consular posts in India relaxed the number of times ...
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