Current Visa Appointment Wait Times At US Consulates In India

Posted on April 21, 2021
Visa Appointment Wait times

India is suffering under a second wave of the Covid-19 virus. As a result of increasing infection rates and Covid deaths, the U.S. Consulates and Embassy in India have temporarily closed all operations. Regular visa appointments are not being issued either. A few, limited visa slots for are being released for non-immigrant work visas like H1-B, F1 student visa and L1. 

However, anyone having to travel to the U.S. should plan in advance and apply for the essential non-immigrant visa meant for temporary visitors. While the wait times are lengthy and unpredictable due to the pandemic, we have listed the most updated wait times for visa appointments at U.S. consulates in India.

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The capacity is limited with very few available visa appointment or interview slots. Until regular operations resume, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates provide weekly updates about their hours of operation.

The current wait times below are as of April 2021. Please check the U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for confirmed information about the latest wait times.

U.S. Embassy – New Delhi 

  • Visitor Visa – 70 Days
  • Student Visas – 26 Days
  • All Other Non-Immigrant Visas – 29 Days

U.S. Consulate Mumbai

  • Visitor Visa – Emergency Appointments Only
  • Student Visas – Emergency Appointments Only
  • All Other Non-Immigrant Visas – Emergency Appointments Only

U.S. Consulate Chennai – Temporarily Closed

U.S. Consulate Hyderabad – Temporarily Closed

U.S. Consulate Kolkata – Temporarily Closed

Wait Time for Interview

Due to the lockdown, the U.S. embassy and most consulates in India are closed. The approximate wait time for a visa interview appointment at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate will depend upon available personnel and total number of visa applications. This can alter on a weekly basis. All applicants are requested to keep checking the website for available slots.

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Are You Eligible For An Expedited Interview Appointment?

Every non-immigrant visa applicant has to first submit the online visa application Form DS-160, pay the application fee, and schedule the interview appointment by seeking the first available appointment. With most U.S. consulates in India temporarily closed, the wait times are pretty lengthy.

Can you expedite your chances of getting a visa interview appointment? Under certain circumstances, U.S. consulates may expedite your interview date if there is an urgent, unforeseen situation like a death of an immediate family member, personal medical emergency, or that of an immediate family member or in the case of international students, school start date. 

Please visit the individual websites of these consulates to request for and schedule an expedited non-immigrant visa interview. You will need to provide proof showing the special circumstances under which you need an expedited visa interview.

What Does Not Qualify As A Reason To Expedite U.S Visa Appointments & Interviews

Traveling to the U.S. for the following reasons does not qualify for expedited appointments. For such travel, you have to schedule a regular visa appointment well in advance.

  • Attending weddings and graduation ceremonies, 
  • Assisting pregnant relatives, 
  • Participating in an annual business/academic/professional conference, or 
  • Tourism purposes.

Special Cases Requiring Administrative Processing 

If the visa applicant has not established that he or she is eligible for a visa, the consular officer will refuse issuing a U.S non-immigrant visa. In certain cases, the consular officer may give another chance to evaluate the visa application. This is called Administrative Processing. This can delay the total time of visa processing. The above wait times does not include time required for administrative processing. Visa applicants should apply early enough to cater to such potential processing delays.

If the Consular officer notifies that the visa application has gone for administrative processing, applicants should wait at least 180 days from the date of interview or submission of supplemental documents, before making enquires at the consulate.

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