This article is intended to provide general guidance for F-2 visa applicants: dependents of nonimmigrant students who hold or seek F-1 status. Readers of the MurthyIndiaBulletin and MurthyIndiaDotCom may be aware that spouses and unmarried minor children — under 21 years of age — who are accompanying or following to join the F-1 student, are […]
Regular visitors to MurthyIndiaDotCom and subscribers to the MurthyIndiaBulletin are aware that the Visa Interview Waiver Program (IWP) was introduced in March 2012 by the U.S. Embassy and Consulate(s) in India. Eligibility for IWP Under the IWP program, U.S. non-immigrant visa applicants who previously held a B-1/B-2, C-1/D, J-2, L-2, or H-4 visa were eligible […]
GUIDANCE: Creating A Visa Applicant’s Profile on http://www.ustraveldocs.com/in/index.html – Care Must be Taken
Regular visitors to MurthyIndiaDotCom and subscribers to the MurthyIndiaBulletin will be aware of the new visa application procedure introduced in India, with effect from September 26, 2012. Because any new process will face challenges, in this article, we take a look at some potential pitfalls of the new system that could cause delay in the […]
In a press release on September 5, 2012, the current Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs, Julia Stanley, announced that with effect from Wednesday, September 26, 2012, a new visa processing system will be introduced throughout India. This new system will standardize procedures, simplify fee payment and appointment scheduling for visa applicants. At the time of […]
Recent Changes in Non-Immigrant Visa Application Process in India for Applicants Older Than 80 Years of Age
In recent months, U.S. immigration authorities have made several changes to non-immigrant visa application procedures at the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in India, including changes in the Interview Waiver Program (IWP) in March 2012, and recent changes to the visa application process for minors. Murthy Immigration Services, Pvt. Ltd. reported these as soon as they […]
This is the peak time for student visa applicants aspiring to begin their studies in fall 2012. We at Murthy Immigration Services Pvt. Ltd. have received inquiries from several prospective students who have already paid the SEVIS I-901 fee to attend one school but, for some reason, have to choose a different school. In this […]
A recent update on the VFS website (official administrative partners for US Consulates / Embassy in India) indicates that non-immigrant visa interview is waived for children aged below 7 years at all U.S. Consular offices in India. Subscribers of MurthyIndiaBulletin are aware that a non-immigrant visa interview waiver program (IWP) was recently re-introduced on a […]
Reminder for Non-Immigrant Visa Applicants in India who paid the visa application fee prior to fee-change
We had reported in April 2012 that visa application fees for U.S. non-immigrant and immigrant visas were revised, effective April 13, 2012. A detailed report can be found here. Our update in May 2012 clarified that applicants who had paid the non-immigrant visa application fees prior to April 13, 2012 could continue to use their fee […]
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