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Difference Between U.S. Visa Application Centers and Document Pick-up / Drop-off locations in India

Posted July 4, 2016

We at Murthy Immigration Services are often contacted by U.S. visa applicants inquiring about the difference between U.S. visa application centers and document pick-up / drop-off locations in India. In this article, we are providing clarity on the same. In India there are only ...Read More


Update on Delivery of Passport and Visa – Immigrant Visa Applicants in India

Posted July 4, 2016

Immigrant Visa applicants in India now have the option to request both their passport and visa to be mailed to their home address, as long as both documents are serviced by Blue Dart. Previously, immigrant visa applicants had to choose from one of the 11 pickup locations to colle ...Read More


Change in the Number of Times One Can Reschedule a Nonimmigrant Visa Interview in India

Posted July 4, 2016

In light of the increased demand for nonimmigrant visa appointments in India, U.S. nonimmigrant visa applicants are permitted to reschedule their visa interview only twice after scheduling an appointment. After the second reschedule, the system will not permit any further changes ...Read More


Revision in Consular Exchange Rate in India, with effect from June 30, 2016

Posted July 4, 2016

With effect from Thursday, June 30, 2016, the consular exchange rate has been revised to ₹70 to one US$. This revision in exchange rate will affect the Indian rupee equivalent for all application fees paid on or after June 30, 2016. The revision is applicable across all non- ...Read More


Increased Wait Times for Nonimmigrant Visa Interview and Stricter Review of Requests for Urgent Appointments

Posted June 6, 2016

The wait time for a nonimmigrant visa interview at the U.S. embassy / consulates in India was negligible until a few months ago. Applicants were able to obtain an interview date within 2 to 5 business days for most categories of visas at almost any post in India. However, recentl ...Read More


New Timings for Collection of Passports from the 5 Visa Application Centers in India

Posted June 6, 2016

Effective June 5, 2016, applicants and/or authorized representatives can collect their passports from the 5 Visa Application Centers located in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, and Hyderabad on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. This is in addition to the regular schedule. The pas ...Read More


Increase in INA 221(g) Queries for H1B and Longer Processing Times for Administrative Cases

Posted June 6, 2016

Many first time H1B beneficiaries will be gearing up for their consular H1B visa application process as the start date for H1B employment (October 1) approaches. It may be recalled that one can apply 90 days prior to the start date mentioned on the I-797 and can travel up to 10 c ...Read More


U.S. Consulate, Chennai’s support desk for unresolved cases has been discontinued

Posted May 2, 2016

When the new visa processing system was introduced in September 2012, U.S. Visa Application Center (formerly Offsite Facilitation Centre) – VAC was appointed as sole call center for all U.S. Consular posts in India to handle / resolve any visa related queries.  The only excep ...Read More


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Procedure to Apply for Travel Document/Form I-131A

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A lawful permanent resident (LPR) typically requires a valid green card (I-551) or a reentry permit ...
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“Student Visa Day” to be celebrated on June 08, 2017

June 5, 2017

Periodically, consular posts in India celebrate “Student Visa Day”. This year, consular posts in ...
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Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) Will be Temporarily Unavailable

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