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Timeline, Official Links to Updates from US Consulates in India as of July 11th, 2023 – Below is the timeline of updates from the US Consulates and Embassy that are tracked regularly. You can check the official updates reference links in the below timelines.

  • They are usually tweets or website updates from the US Consulate/ US Embassy.
  • July 11th, 2023: Below are the latest updates since July 5th, 2023.
  • Update on Jul 11th, 2023 : USTravelDocs India updated today saying they are moving the outage dates.
  • The updated outage dates are between July 18th and July 21st.

The system will be available on July 22nd, 2023. See the below screenshot from their website. Change in USTravelDocs Outage Date for India Update

US Embassy updated their official website confirming the changes to the US Visa Appointment booking website that are upcoming on Jul 18th. ( 12th.) US Visa Appointment booking website at ustraveldocs.com will not be available from July 18th to July 21st ( Jul 12th to Jul 14th ). You cannot do any of the below during this time

You cannot book appointments.You cannot pay fee. Payment services will be unavailable from July 17th, 2023.You cannot call customer service

The services will resume on July 22nd ( Jul 15th, 2023,)The new support email from July 22nd ( Jul 15th, 2023,) is [email protected] If you have anything that is pending in your profile, complete it as soon as possible.If you have paid the fee, but have not associated the profile with your fee receipt, get it done before the outage.See the below screenshot of the news update from US Embassy India website and USTravelDocs India website

US Appointment Booking Site Disruption News by US Embassy India USTravelDocs Update – Service Disruption US Embassy had Visa Fridays on July 6th. Below are the updates from the same. F1 Visa Slots in India, Refused applicants:

US Embassy said they released thousands of F1 Visa Appointments and they were available as of Friday to book.They plan to open appointments for previously refused students soon. They did not mention any specific date though.

B1/B2 Appointments Slots India: They say that they are releasing appointments as per their capacity and suggest checking the appointment booking website regularly to book B1/B2 Slots. H1B Visa Renewal within USA : They said they do not have start date for the pilot yet.

It has been a quiet week since the last update due to the July 4th long weekend holiday in the US and across all US Consulates.There is no new update from the US Embassy in India or consulates. Everything continues to be like in before weeks.There is no news from the community on the release of bulk slots over last weekend.You can check the below update from June to get a full idea on the current status of the US Consulates, Embassy in India.

Pending Interview Waiver/ Dropbox Cases, 221g Administrative Processing Cases

US Embassy in Delhi and Consulates have quietly updated their Visa Navigator Questions, saying that, if you submitted your documents for Dropbox/ Interview waiver stamping, then you need to give them 21 days (3 weeks) before contacting their office for an update.The 21 days should be counted from the day you submitted your documents.They will not respond to your questions if you contact them before 21 days.For 221(g) Administrative Processing, they suggest waiting 60 days before reaching out to the US Embassy or Consulate. If you reach out early, you will not get a response from them.See the below screenshot from their Visa Navigator pages

US Embassy Delhi and US Consulates guidance on when to contact for Dropbox, 221g pending Cases June 26th, 2023: Below are the most recent updates from the last week until today. US Visa Stamping within USA: The White House made an official announcement that they will run pilot for H1B Renewals within the US later part of this year and much more next year.

F1 Visa Stamping for Fall 2023, Refused Applicants, Stamping :

F1 Visa Slots for previously rejected applicants would open during the mid-August timeframe. Their focus is first-time applicants and first-time rejected applicants have to wait until mid-August.F1 first-time stamping(fresher) slots are now available across all the consulates in India. They suggest checking the USTravelDocs Portal as they continue to open slots.

Previously refused Tourist Visa Impact on F1 Stamping : If the applicant has previously refused tourist visa to the US, it would not have any impact on the F1 Visa stamping.No specific update on B1/B2 or H1B Visas during the update by them.Check the Visa Fridays Q&A

June 19th, 2023: Below are the latest updates from last week until now and wait times for US Visa appointments in India. F1 Visa Appointments/ Slots for Fall 2023 :

US Embassy in India updated on June 18th, 2023 that they have opened F1 Visa interview appointments for Fall 2023 applicants for mid-July to mid-August 2023 across all the consulates in India. Below is the link for the lastest official update.They suggest checking USTravelDocs.com to book the visa stamping appointment for Fall 2023. They plan to open slots for F1 visa applicants who were refused first time in the last two weeks of August 2023.

US Consulates continue to process B1/B2, H1B, H4, L1, L2 and other visa appointments as usual. The demand now is for the student season and their focus is on the same visa types.

Below are the current US Visa Appointments Wait times in India Across all the US Consulates and Embassy. You can also check the trend of US Visa Appointment wait times in India acros all consulates. US Visa Appointments wait times in Hyderabad as on June 19th, 2023 US Visa Appointment Wait times in India – New Delhi US Visa Appointment Wait times in India – Kolkata US Visa Appointment Wait times in India – Chennai US Visa Appointment Wait times in India – Mumbai

US Embassy processed over 600,000 US Visa applications from Indians this year as of June 12th, 2023. They plan to process over a million by the end of 2023. Check this link and below screenshot.

US Visa Applications Processed reach 600,000 for Indians New Online System for US Visa Services in India :

USTraveldocs System is getting an upgrade and they are moving to a new system from July 1th, 2023They suggest having everything up to date by July 10th, 2023 as system would not be available from July 11th, to July 14th, 2023.Below is the official update from their website.

USTravelDocs – US Visa Services System Changing in India from July 15th, 2023 Updates from mid-February 2023 until mid-June 2023 Unfortunately, in the last 4 months, due to unforeseen circumstances, we did not update the status of US Visa appointments in India.

US Consulates continue to be operating in full swing to clear the wait times with the recent measures announced in January 2023. You can check previous weeks updates below for more on the same. CGI Federal URL Changed : Over the weekend, the CGI Federal URL changed from domain that ends with for with force.com to salesforce-sites.com

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US Embassy in India had Visa Fridays Q & A last Friday on Feb 9th, 2023. Below is summary of the key answers from them

F1 Visa Appointment Slots – Summer 2023 :

They said that they are ‘preparing for a small student season in April’, who are planning for Summer intake.They said the slots would open up in batches in weeks leading to each student season. They suggest checking the website for the availability of the slots.No mention of any date when they will open slots.There will not be any slots open for March 2023. If your program starts in March or April, they suggest talking to the school and deferring the admission.

Regarding slots for first-time refused F1 applicants, they said it will vary by availability and have not confirmed and suggested checking the website.Below is screenshot of the info from their FAQs

F1 Student Season for Summer – April Slots Info FAQ

B1/B2 Appointment Slots : They say that they continue to open B1/B2 slots periodically as availability permits on their end and suggest checking the website continuously. H1B Slots for December 2023: They did not mention any specifics other than saying, it depends on many factors. They suggest booking an appointment before leaving the US for stamping as it is unsure.You can check the full Visa Fridays FAQs or click below

https://www.facebook.com/India.usembassy/posts/pfbid033ZjTZ8p3SDJ1iUegaNasmWzD29Y34DogYMUWvtnzFPFUny34UMSxYJxLmECpwrsbl February 7th, 2023: Below are the updates from starting of February 2023.

US Consulates and Embassy in India have picked up the pace of processing of US Visa applications based on the measures they indicated in January.In January 2023, US Consulates and Embassy processed over 1 lakh(100,000) visa applicants. This is one of the highest monthly totals ever since July 2019 as per them. B1/B2 Stamping outside India – Bangkok: US Embassy has said that, if you have plans to travel to Thailand, you can get B1/B2 stamping done in Bangkok, Thailand. All you need to id book an appointment for B1/B2 in Thailand. They say that the Bangkok US consulate has capacity to handle India applicants seeking B1/B2 visa. Check below the facebook post. Tip : If you are looking for a US Visa Slot, register at VisaJar.com to see community-contributed data and avoid lockouts. It is built to keep out agents and is fully community driven. It is free and anonymous.

This January, the U.S. Mission to India processed over 1 Lakh visa applications. That’s more than in any month since July 2019 and one of our highest monthly totals ever! And we aren’t done yet. Our capacity will continue to increase as our team grows this spring.

F1 Students – Spring 2023, Summer 2023 : They said, interview slots are all done for Spring 2023 and. if you have not got a slot, defer admission. If you are looking for Summer 2023, they will release slots before the summer visa season, so stay tuned. Similar to before, even for summer intake, they will release slots for first-time applicants and then only for those refused applicants. B1/B2 Visa Slots : They confirmed that they released over 200K visa slots and they will release more as they have capacity.No specific questions or updates were there for H1B, H4 or L VisasYou can read full Visa Fridays FAQ Comments on Facebook.com

On January 22nd, US Embassy announced some big initiatives to reduce the visa appointment wait times in India. Below are the key steps from the announcement

They are increasing permanent staff assigned to Consulates and Embassy in IndiaThey will be processing interview waiver cases remotely to clear up backlogThey will do interviews on Saturdays across all consulates and Embassy to reduce the wait timesThey have also extended the hours in Mumbai during weekdays to address more cases.They are also getting more visa officers from Washington DC to temporarily from January to March 2023 to address the backlog of cases.Recently they issued more than 250,000 B1/B2 appointmentsBelow is the screenshot of the press release. You can read the full press release on US Embassy India Website

US Embassy India Press Release to reduce Backlog in India US Embassy had ‘ Visa Fridays Q&A ‘ session on Jan 13th, 2022. Below is the summary of the key updates from them

F1 Students Slots – Spring 2023 : US Embassy said that they have no more slots available for F1 students who plan to travel to the US for Spring 2023. They said that the visa appointment slots for first-time applicants, as well as previously refused students are completely full for January and they will not release more slots. They suggest talking to the school and deferring the admission.

Summer 2023 Slots: They say that slots for F1 applicants for summer may open periodically and suggest to keep checking the website.

B1/B2 Visa Slots: They said that they recently released more than 200,000 visa appointments slots for B1/B2 visas and they plan to release more as their load permits. They suggest keeping checking the USTravelDocs website for appointments Reschedule appointment – How many times : They confirmed that you can reschedule your appointment 3 times. You will need to pay for new MRV fee if you want to reschedule after 3rd time. see below screenshot for the same. H/L visa appointments : There is no new update related to availablity of the slots for H1B/ L visa applicants from the US Embassy.

Reschedule appointment – 3 times December 26th, 2022 : Below are updates until today since last week.

No new changes in the US Consulates situation in India. Check the previous week’s update.On December 23rd, 2022, the US Dept of State extended the Interview Waiver Options until Dec 31st, 2023. Read the latest official news summary at: US Dept of State extends interview waiver for certain nonimmigrant visa holders

December 19th, 2022 : US Embassy had Visa Fridays Question and Answer session on December 15th, below are the. key updates

F1 Visa Slots for Spring 2023(Refused, First time) : US Embassy said that they have opened slots for first-time refused applicants and also regular first-time applicants in December, and they are pretty much full for December, and January. They say that their capacity is full for F1 visa appointments. They suggest delaying your start date or deferring admission if you cannot get a slot. B1/B2 Visa Slots : They did not offer any exact dates on when they plan to open slots for B1/B2, but said to keep checking as they open large batches when time permits. Reschedule Appointment : They confirmed that you can reschedule your appointment four times. Missed Appointments: They said that if you miss your appointment, you can reschedule, but you would not be able to book any appointment during the next 90 days window.Check full Q & A on Facebook page of US Embassy

Reschedule US Visa Appointment – 4 times December 15th, 2022 : Below are the updates from the start of December until today No changes in the US Consulates’ status in terms of their operations; everything is still operating at limited capacity. US Embassy had Visa Fridays Q&A on December 2nd, below are the updates from the same session.

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H1B, H4, L1/L2 Slots Visa Appointments: US Embassy continues to say the previous update stating that the appointments are full for the next several months, and they plan to open slots as conditions allow. They said that they would soon open H/L visa appointment slots and suggested keeping checking. They did not specify any date or number of slots they plan to open. B1/B2 Visa Appointments: Similar to before, they say that you should continue to check their website regularly for slots. They say that they release large batches of slots, and it usually takes a day or two to fill, so regular checking will help book a slot. They did not give any details on how many they plan to open or when. F1 Visa Applicants – Refused Slots for Spring 2023 : US Embassy said there will be a short window in January 2023, where they will interview F1 applicants with a previous refusal. The slots for this window will be opened soon, they did not mention any date.You can check full updates at the below Facebook Post

November 30th, 2022 : US Embassy had Visa Fridays Q&A on Nov 17th, below are the updates from the same session.

US Consulates continue to be operating in a limited fashion, with no changes in the overall situation.US Embassy updated on Nov 28th saying that they have opened quite a few B1/B2 dropbox slots across Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. Check below tweet from them.

Looking for a B1/B2 interview waiver (dropbox) visa appointment? Good news! We’ve opened a number of B1/B2 interview waiver appointments for the coming month in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. Book now in time for holiday travel. — U.S. Embassy India (@USAndIndia) November 28, 2022

F1 Students Appointments for Spring 2023, Refusals : They said the visa appointment slots for fresh F1 students applying (without refusals) will be opened in the last week of November. They will also open lots for first-time refused applicants towards the end of the F1 Spring 2023 season. No specific date was mentioned by them, they suggest to keep checking the online system. Also, they suggest re-applying for F1 after refusal if there are changes in the info that you want to present to the consular officer or if the circumstances have significantly changed. H and L Visa appointments(H1B, L1, H4, L2): They said slots are pretty much full for the next few months and they said that they have been opening slots for H and L categories as space allows. They say slots are still available for late 2023 and suggest booking. B1/B2 Visa Slots : They said that they opened a large batch of slots in Spring 2022 for B1/B2, but they got filled quickly and continue to open slots as conditions allow them. They say, they will open new slots as capacity allows. They suggest checking online. IR1/CR1 Visas Processing : No change from the previous week, they say that they will follow a proper sequence and process applications in chronological order.Check below for the actual Q&A

November 8th, 2022 : US Embassy had Visa Fridays Q&A last week, below are the key updates from the same, including regular updates.

H1B, H4, L1, L2 Visa Slots : They said that due to high demand H and L visa appointments have long wait times and they fill quickly when released. The appointments are full for the coming months for H and L visa types. But, they will open more H and L slots as conditions allow. They may release slots on short notice as well, so they suggest checking the website regularly for availability. F1 Spring 2023 Slots, Refused: Most of the discussion and questions were around refused slots for first-time refused applicants.

For first-time refused F1 applicants, they said that they will open visa appointment slots toward the end of the season. No specific date or week was stated by them.As far as regular Spring 2023 slots go, they released a large batch and most of those slots are booked. The next big batch of slots will come later part of November. This is also in their FAQs

Fewer Slots in Delh i: They said that slots released are based on staff availability. Also, that’s the reason for long wait times at some consulate locations than others.

B1/B2 Visa Appointments, Renewals, Reschedules: They said that the demand for first-time B1/B2 was high and the current wait time is long. They are trying to add resources so that they can offer more appointments. No timelines were given for this.

They said that it is unlikely to have another batch of B1/B2 visa slots released in 2022 and say you might get lucky, if someone cancels.They suggest keeping checking the website for any rescheduling of the appointment. They say some people cancel appointments and you may get lucky in rescheduling.They said it can take anywhere from 10 to 30 days to get a passport with a US visa after the submission of documents for B1/B2 renewal.

IR1/CR1 Visas Processing : They clarified again regarding the confusion on some later submitted CR1 and IR1 applicants getting processed than the ones that were submitted before. They again confirmed that, except few exceptions, who got expedited approvals, they are processing in order as they were submitted. They say to be patient and it will be processed in the right sequence.Check below for full details and actual Q&A responses.

November 2nd, 2022 : Below are the key updates from last week until now.

No changes in the US Consulates’ situation or the way they are operating in the last week or so. Everything is as in the previous week. Check the previous week updates.

F1 Visa Slots for Spring 2023 : The first batch of F1 slots for Spring 2023 were open around October 30th and many F1 applicants were able to book. There seem to be lesser slots for Delhi based on feedback from users due to more demand. US Visa Appointment Wait Times for Dropbox : The US Department of State website now shows the wait times for interview waiver/ dropbox as well by the consulate location. You can see the below screenshot on how it looks for New Delhi. You can enter any city and see the latest wait times at US Dept of State Website

US Dept of State Website with Interview Waiver Wait times info We have removed all the timeline of updates before November 2022 to keep the thread clean and up to date. You can watch YouTube Video on where & how to check for US Consulates openings, wait times.

When did the visa slots will open for spring 2023 for USA?

Updated on: 22 Jun 2023 Latest Update: The fee for US student visas will increase from $160 to $185 effective May 30, 2023, according to a recent announcement by the US Department of State. The United States Department of State has announced a much-needed update for international students looking to study in the US.

Starting from March 1st, 2023, prospective F-1 student visa applicants can now apply up to 365 days before their academic term begins. Previously, F1 visa applicants were required to schedule their visa interview within 120 days of receiving their I-20 form, which is a document issued by the university or college that the applicant intends to attend in the United States.

This change means that universities can now accept and issue I-20 forms 12-14 months before term time, giving students more time to complete the visa application process. However, students will still only be allowed to travel to the US on the visa 30 days before the start of their program.

Is US F1 visa slots open for fall 2023?

NEW DELHI: Much to the relief of students in India who are planning to join universities in the US in the Fall of 2023; interview slots for visas are now available. In an update on social media on Sunday evening, the US Embassy has announced that student visa interviews appointments are now open for mid-July to mid-August across India.

The students have been advised to visit UStraveldocs.com to book their appointments immediately. In an interview to the Times of India last week, an US Embassy official had said that: “We have already released tens of thousands of appointments and we have tens of thousands of additional appointments for July and August that will be released soon.

Applicants should aim to check our website once or twice per day for this upcoming appointment release.” The US diplomatic mission in India expects to interview more students than ever before this year, according to a recent press release. Adarsh Khandelwal, co-founder and director of education consultancy Collegify, feels that now since bulk student visa interview slots are open for July and August, students in India who are waiting for their F-1 visas should book any date that is available themselves, instead of using the services of agents or touts.

What is the best time to apply for F1 visa?

What is the Most Appropriate Time to Apply for F-1 Student Visa? – One of the most common and highly thought upon questions among study abroad students is-“When can I apply for F-1 visa?”. Once you decide on the college you will attend, and after you get a favourable decision from universities you have applied to, take a final call on which college you want to attend,

120 days before your program start date: As part of U.S. visa guidelines, visas cannot be issued more than 120 days earlier than the program start date indicated on your form I-20, After thorough preparation of your financial documents : Part 7 of I-20 indicates the amount required to cover the first year’s expenses. It includes not only tuition fees and living expenses, but also incidental expenses. Solvency certificate issued by your bank to get your I-20 may not be sufficient to show to the visa officer.

Suggested: How to Plan Financially for Your Visa? Visa officers may want to look at annual family income plus the liquid assets of the sponsors to ensure that the student will be able to support his study and in the US till his program ends. If there is still a shortfall, you can apply for an education loan from a trustworthy bank.

How can I check U.S. visa availability slots?

Check US Visa Slots This checkvisaslots.com’s extension will provide access to check & share the US visa slots availability. Summary: checkvisaslots.com is a collaborative screenshot sharing platform to check the US visa slots availability at US Consulates/Embassy in India.

The screenshot sharing platform helps to check the availability of US visa appointments. The platform supports many US visa types like Student Visa (F-1), Employment Visa (H-1B), Tourism & Business Visa (B1, B2, B1/B2). Detailed Story: Checking US visa slot availability has been a hurdle to at least 5.5 million Indians every year for multiple reasons 1.

Lack of slots availability 2. Locking out for 72 hours if the portal *thinks* the user is a bot 3. Do not show the availability of the slots for 24 hours after 3-5 checks or refreshes To overcome all these hurdles and prevent being locked out by the visa portal just when needed the most, we, checkvisaslots.com with the help of fellow community members, who check for the visa availability slots, created this tool to share the availability of the slots when they log on to the CGI portal.

Why is there no slot for visa appointment?

What is the process to apply for a visa? Answer: Depending on the country you wish to visit, you can find visa process related information by clicking here and selecting the country you are applying from and the country you wish to visit using the dropdown.

This will lead you to our country-specific website, which will have all the details. How do I contact VFS Global for assistance? Answer: To help applicants, we have dedicated helpline teams to assist on processes related to respective countries. To contact these teams, please click here and select the country you are travelling from and travelling to using the dropdown.

This will lead you to our country-specific website page, which will have details about our dedicated helpline teams (applicable where this service is offered by VFS Global) to assist applicants under the “Contact us” section at the bottom of the page.

  1. There are no slots available to book an appointment.
  2. What should I do? Answer: Appointments are allocated as per directives from the client governments we serve on a first come-first-serve basis.
  3. You can schedule a new appointment or reschedule an existing one as per the process stipulated on the country-specific website.

We have experienced an unprecedented demand for international travel post lifting of Covid-led travel restrictions, causing delay in visa processing as well as availability of application slots. While Embassies are trying to accommodate as many applicants as possible, we request you to keep checking for available slots at regular intervals.

  1. I am receiving an error message while booking an appointment.
  2. What should I do? Answer: During the appointment booking process, our website shares adequate prompts to assist you with most error messages you may encounter.
  3. You are requested to have good internet connectivity and should you have to retry, please attempt on a single device after closing all your browser windows, disconnecting from VPN, and clearing your cache memory.

At certain times due to very high demand, you may need to wait a while and retry. In case the error persists, you can reach out to our dedicated helpline teams (applicable where this service is offered by VFS Global), details of which are available under the “Contact us” section of our country-specific website pages.

When will I get my passport back? Answer: We understand that applicants need an update on their passports submitted at our Visa Application Centre. Our local teams will reach out to you with an update on the status of your visa application and return of passport after receiving the instructions from the respective Embassy/Consulate.

You will receive an intimation on your passport basis the option selected for Self-pick or Courier. VFS Global is guided by the respective client governments to retain the document for a specified number of days post which it is returned to the respective Embassy/Consulates.

  1. For more details, you can refer to the country-specific website pages.
  2. How can I withdraw my application? Answer: Applicants who wish to withdraw their application/passport, can visit the country-specific website by clicking here and selecting the country you are applying from and the country you wish to visit using the dropdown.

Alternatively, they can refer to the helpline section under the “Contact us” page after visiting thecountry-specific website, Please note that this option maybe available for select countries only. How can I track the status of my application? Answer : If this service is available for a specific client government, applicants can get the information on the “Track your application” page by visiting the country-specific website by selecting select the country you are travelling from and travelling to using the dropdown here,

Very often though, you may see a message saying “Under process” since these decisions are taken by the respective Embassies/Consulates, and not VFS Global. I am travelling to the UK. Can VFS Global advice on the visa process, status of application, and refund of visa fees? Answer: VFS Global does not provide updates on the progress of application, visa fee refund status, nor can we give advice to the public about the UK visa applications in general.

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All enquiries for UK visa are managed by a centralized UKVI contact centre team. Please visit www.gov.uk/contact-ukvi-inside-outside-uk, The details are also available on www.gov.uk website, on the main page, select “Contact” option and then select UK Visas and Immigration.

  1. How do I apply for a refund? Answer: All refunds must be applied online.
  2. Merely applying for a refund does not guarantee one.
  3. The “Refund Policy” section is available on select country-specific websites, which can be accessed by selecting the applying country and visiting country by clicking here,
  4. Applicants can refer to the eligibility criteria detailed in the “Refund policy” and apply for a refund by clicking the “Refund Request Form” link.

Please note that this option maybe available for select countries only. Can we avail VFS Global’s services in my location? Answer : This website will guide you on the various services we extend in respective countries and for specific client governments.

What happens if U.S. visa slots are not available?

Reschedule My Immigrant Visa Appointment – Please follow the Step-by-Step instructions below: Step 1 – Create an account at: http://bit.ly/visa-account, If you already have your own account, please move to Step 2, Step 2 – Log in to your account at: http://bit.ly/us-login,

Choose “Immigrant Visa”, then click “Continue”, Choose “Reschedule Immigrant Visa Appointment”, then click “Continue”, Select your visa class, then click “Continue”, Fill in all the required fields, then click “Continue”. Please make sure the First Name field includes both your first name and given name. For example, if your full name is Nguyen Thi Thu Trang, please enter “Thi Thu Trang” in the First Name field and “Nguyen” in the Last Name field. Please also make sure you enter your most updated Passport Number and please do not forget to provide your phone numbers. These fields are very important. If there other Traveling Applicants listed in the old Packet 4 Appointment Letter you received from the U.S. Consulate, you will be able to add them as dependents, then click “Continue”, Select your preferred delivery option, then click “Continue”, Choose your preferred date and time from the calendar, then click “Schedule Appointment”, If there are currently no appointments available, please go back to the scheduling system at a later time. Our office typically schedules additional appointment slots on a rolling basis depending on the demand for appointments. Therefore, we recommend you check the appointment system periodically for availability. Click on “Printable Version” and print out the Appointment Confirmation Page.


When you reschedule your interview, you will need the original Appointment Letter (Packet 4) which includes your case number and the names of all eligible applicants. If you do not have the original Appointment Letter, you may request a copy by submitting an inquiry to: https://vn.usembassy.gov/ivcontact,

If the original Appointment Letter does not include the name(s) of the derivative applicant(s) you wish to add to the case, please submit an inquiry to: https://vn.usembassy.gov/ivcontact, To add children to the case, you should attach a scanned copy of their birth certificates. To add a spouse to the case, you should attach a scanned copy of your marriage certificate and your spouse’s birth certificate.

Please note that married children and children aged 21 or older may not derive immigration status from the principal applicant. In case you are the principal applicant and you wish to check if a child who is going to turn 21 or are over 21 but may be eligible for the Child Status Protection Act ( CSPA ), please submit your request before rescheduling the interview. Children over 21 years old who have not received a confirmation from our office regarding their visa eligibility should not attempt to reschedule an interview or undertake the visa medical examination.

Different cases which have the same petitioner (for example IR-5 cases, IR-1/IR-2 cases, or CR1-CR2 cases) should not reschedule separate appointments. They should only reschedule one appointment and add all other applicants as dependents when rescheduling the appointment.

If you have never had an interview appointment on http://www.ustraveldocs.com/, you will need to choose the option “New Application/Schedule Appointment” on the left column of the screen in order to reschedule, after logging in to your account. If you already had an interview appointment on http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ and want to reschedule your appointment again, you just need to log into your account, then choose “Reschedule Immigrant Visa Appointment”.

Did U.S. F1 visa slots open for rejected students?

HYDERABAD: It’s a long wait for those whose F1 visa application was rejected. Many have now been waiting for over a year to get a visa slot to once again try their luck at fulfilling their dream of studying in the United States. Several candidates said they have deferred their admissions multiple times in the hope that slots will be opened for them.

Some of them even gave their interviews at US consulates outside the country but got rejected there as well. The F1 visa allows you to enter the US as a full-time student at an accredited college or university. “My husband got his F1 last May and went to the US for studies. I appeared for my interview in August 2022 but got rejected.

Ever since I have been waiting for slots to open so that I can join him in the US,” said Pavithra N, who resigned from her job to go for masters. Pavithra said that she went to Vietnam this March, but even there her visa was rejected. “As many are going to other countries for visa interviews, the rejection rate seems to have increased.

I just hope slots are open for refused candidates,” she added. Another candidate, Younus Ubaid, who completed his BTech in 2021, said “I wanted to leave for the US after graduation. I gave my interview in July but got rejected. Now, there are no slots available.” Though the US consulate has recently released slots for student visas, no slots are said to be available for candidates who got their visas rejected post July 2022.

Some slots, however, are said to be made available for those whose visa was rejected before July 2022. “I have deferred my admission five times till now. I gave my interview in June last year, but my visa was not approved. Fortunately, I have now got a slot for next week,” said Manideep, who is working at a startup in the city.

How many days before F-1 students can enter USA?

Additional Information –

There is no guarantee you will be issued a visa. Do not make final travel plans or buy tickets until you have a visa. For information about working in the United States during your study, review Students and Employment and Form I-765 Work Authorization Instructions on the USCIS website. If you have a temporary break in your study, view the information on the SEVP website under Do Students Returning from Temporary Absences Need New Visas? If your student visa is still valid, but you are outside the United States, you should consult with your Designated School Officials. Spouse and children

Your spouse and unmarried, minor children who intend to reside with you during your study may apply for F-2 or M-2 visas. Although SEVIS fee payment is not required, your school must issue them an individual Form I-20, which is required to apply for their visas. You must provide a copy of your F-1 or M-1 visa and provide proof of relationship. Your minor children are permitted to attend school in the United States while accompanying you.U.S. Embassies and Consulates will adjudicate visa applications that are based on a same-sex marriage in the same way that we adjudicate applications for opposite gender spouses.

A valid U.S. visa in an expired passport is still valid. Unless canceled or revoked, a visa is valid until its expiration date. If you have a valid visa in your expired passport, do not remove it from your expired passport. You may use your valid visa in your expired passport along with a new valid passport for travel and admission to the United States.

ALL / ALL / Students on F or M visas are not permitted to enter the United States earlier than 30 days before the start date of their program. If you wish to enter earlier than 30 days before your start date, you must separately apply and qualify for a visitor (B) visa.

After you are admitted to the United States by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials in visitor (B) visa status, you must separately apply to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for a change of status to student (For M) status prior to the start of your program. You may not begin your course of study until the change of status is approved, and you may encounter lengthy processing times.

You may also depart the United States and re-enter on your student (F or M) visa. ALL / ALL / Students who are authorized Optional Practical Training (OPT) must have a Form I-20 endorsed for OPT, and apply to USCIS for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD).

When authorized, OPT is temporary employment that is directly related to the eligible F-1 student’s area of study. To learn more about OPT, please visit the USCIS Website and the ICE International Students webpage. ALL / ALL / Whether you are applying for the first time or renewing your visa, you will use the same application process (please review How to Apply, above).

ALL / ALL / You may reapply if you believe you have additional evidence of your qualifications for a student (F or M) visa, or you believe your circumstances have changed. Review Visa Denials to learn more. ALL / ALL / Attempting to obtain a visa by the willful misrepresentation of a material fact, or fraud, may result in the permanent refusal of a visa or denial of entry into the United States.

Case-Specific Questions – Contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate handling your visa application for status information. Select U.S. Embassy or Consulate for contact information. General Questions – review Contact Us,

How early can you apply for U.S. F1 visa?

Schedule and Prepare for your Interview – Have you been denied your visa? If so, put your best foot forward in your second attempt! Read practice questions, know what to expect, and consider contacting an immigration attorney for extra help on the F1 visa approval process.

You can schedule your F1 visa interview with the U.S. embassy or consulate. Wait times for interview appointments vary by location, season, and visa category, so you should apply for your visa early. An F1 student visa for the USA can be issued up to 120 days in advance of your course of study start date.

You will only be able to enter the US with an F1 visa 30 days before your start date. The following documents are required for your F1 visa interview:

A valid passport The Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 The application fee payment receipt A passport photo A Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F1) Student Status (Form 1-20)

Additional documents may be requested to prove your eligibility for the F1 student visa, including academic transcripts, diplomas, degrees, or certificates. Test scores such as the TOEFL, SAT, GRE, or GMAT may also be requested, as well as proof of your intent to depart the U.S. after your program is complete and proof of your financial stability.

What is the highest F1 visa acceptance rate?

This includes all programs which lead up to a degree, diploma, or certificate. Getting an F1 visa is not easy, despite the fact that it is a student visa. The F1 student visa approval rate was around 80% in 2022. You can apply for it only after confirmation of admission from any accredited US colleges.

How can I speed up my F1 visa?

File an Expedite Request In certain extreme circumstances, an applicant may be able to speed up their visa processing by filing an ‘expedite request’ with USCIS. An expedite request is a formal request made to USCIS to accelerate the processing of an immigration application or petition.

What is the average waiting time for F1 visa?

US Visa Processing Times for Different Visa Types – Here are the processing times for the US visas:

Visa Type Processing Time Description
E-1 visa 2 to 4 weeks The E-1 visa processing time depends on the caseload of the US Embassy or USCIS if you applied from within the US. After the processing period is over, you will be notified about whether you have been given the visa or you were denied.
E-2 visa 4 to 6 weeks If you are an employee, it takes around 2 weeks. The processing time varies, however, with the workload of the US Embassy, so if you do not receive an answer within those time frames, it does not mean that your visa application was denied.
E-3 visa 2 months The processing time might take longer as the Embassy might have a bigger workload.
F-1 visa immediately after the interview The F-1 visa processing time is much shorter than other visas. The processing of this type of visa actually happens before your interview. The interview is the last step for the US Embassy to assess whether they should give you an F-1 visa or not. In most cases, you will get the response on this visa immediately after the interview. At the end of the visa interview, the interviewer might congratulate you for getting the visa, or will provide you with a document letting you know the reason for denial. There are, however, cases where the response and processing of the F-1 visa takes a few days, so you should be patient if that happens.
F-2 visa Few days to 2 weeks After your F-2 interview, you might get a response immediately from your interviewer on whether you got the visa or you were denied. However, it is more common that the wait will be a few days or weeks. This is because the US Embassy will take their time to look over your documents and responses. They will particularly focus on you and the F-1 visa holder’s financial situation to determine whether you can cover your expenses while in the US.
J-1 visa 1 to 4 months The Waiver Review Division will go through your case and make a recommendation. They will send the recommendation to USCIS, which will then make the final decision on whether you will be allowed to stay or not.
Q-1 visa 15 days to 3 months After the processing time, they will contact you to inform you whether you have been approved the visa or not.
M-1 visa At least 4 weeks The processing time for the M-1 visa is quite short. The processing happens before your visa interview. There are cases when you get a response immediately after your visa interview ends, with the interviewer either congratulating you or stating the reasons for the rejection of your visa application.
B-1 visa A couple of weeks to 2 months The processing times for the B-1 visas are not exact. This depends on the workload of the US Embassy and other factors that they take into consideration.
B-2 visa A couple of weeks to 2 months Processing times for B-2 tourist visas and US visitor visas differ from country to country.
H-1B visa 3 to 6 months However, US Embassies in different countries/cities have various processing times, so it is best to contact them for any details, or visit the US State Department or USCIS for approximate processing times.
H-1B1 visa 4 to 6 months The time also depends on seasonal fluctuations, so for more accurate information, you should contact the US Embassy where you applied.
H-2A visa Varies Processing times vary for H-2A visas since it is seasonal and sometimes it might take longer. However, it is recommended for US employers to file USCIS petitions at least 60 days, but no more than 120 days before they need the foreign workers. The US government takes priority in H-2A visas so they expedite the process due to the fact that agricultural work is seasonal.
H-3 visa 4 to 6 weeks You will have to make sure that the institution petitions on your behalf at least 6 months before the training program starts. After that, you will have to gather your documents and proceed with the application. Depending on the demand at your local US Embassy, it might take one to three months for them to get back to you with a final decision on whether you will get the H-3 visa or not.
H-4 visa Varies Since your H-4 status is dependent on the status of the H type visa holder so your spouse or parent, it might take as long as it takes to process their visa. If, for example, your spouse is applying for an H-2A visa and you apply together, your visa will take the same time to process as your spouse’s. If you are applying separately though, the time it takes to process the H-4 visa will be up to the US Embassy and the workload that they have.
L-1 visa 3 to 4 months Blanket petitions are processed faster than individual ones. In addition, employers have the option of obtaining premium processing for the additional fees, which will speed up the L-1A processing time and you’ll get a response within 1 to 3 weeks.
L-2 visa 15 days to 1 month Depending on the Embassy’s workload and other factors, it might take longer.
K-1 visa A few months
R-1 visa 8 to 9 months It takes some time to get the R-1 visa approved. After the employer sends in the petition, it takes around 6 months for USCIS to respond, due to the fact that they might have to visit the premises of the organization. If USCIS has visited the organization before and approved them, then premium processing is available for an extra $1,225 fee. With premium processing, you will get a response on your visa in about 2 weeks. If you do not have premium processing, after USCIS approves the petition, it might take another 2 to 3 months for the visa to process.
P-1 visa 3 to 6 months It is a long wait, but the US institutions offer the opportunity to pay for premium processing. If you choose to have premium processing of your visa, you must pay an additional $1,225 and you will get the response for your visa within 15 days. If the US institutions do not notify you of your visa status within 15 days, your money is reimbursed.
I visa 10 days
O visa 2 to 3 months If you do not want to wait this long to get your response, then there is a way to speed up the process. For an additional $1,225, premium processing is available for the O visas. Premium processing means that your visa will be processed within 15 days and you will know the answer much sooner.
C visa 5 working days Since the transit visa is for a short duration of time, its processing time is generally faster than for other visas.
T visa Varies The processing time for the T visa varies. USCIS does not give an estimate or a time that applicants will have to wait for their visa to be processed after applying. This means that the processing time varies from person to person and is made based on the evidence that they give.
U visa 12 to 18 months The U visa takes quite some time to process. The processing times may vary widely though, since, for example, if you are required to send in additional evidence to USCIS, processing times may become longer.
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Is it okay to book visa slots through agents?

Can we book a U.S. visa appointment through agents? If the agent is authorized then yes you can go through the agent.

Which is the best time to book visa appointment?

What Is The US Visa Appointment Wait Time In India? – The US Embassies or Consulates get hundreds of thousands of visa applications each year from India. The current US visa appointment wait time is as follows:

New Delhi: 379 daysChennai: 337 daysMumbai: 507 daysKolkata: 490 days

The US Embassy or Consulate provide the estimated wait times on their official websites, The estimated times do not guarantee the availability of an appointment in the time frame. It is advised that Indians book an appointment for their US visa appointment as soon as possible.

Can I book visa slot without I-20?

The information on this page is meant to help take some of the mystery out of the visa interview process. You can schedule your visa interview at any time. However, you must have the I-20 or DS-2019 before the visa appointment. Plan for enough time for the document to arrive.

Also, the actual visa cannot be issued more than 120 days before your program start date. To apply for your visa, you will need to submit Form DS-160 and then schedule your visa interview. Information and instructions are provided in the link. We recommend you visit the “Helpful Links” below. The first one will take you to a website that lists U.S.

Embassies and Consulates. You will want to find the one that has jurisdiction over your area of residence, as that is where you will go for your visa interview. Check the embassy or consulate website, as embassies and consulates can vary in their processes and requirements.

  1. The second link will direct you to wait times for your requested visa status at the nearest U.S.
  2. Embassy or consulate.
  3. The third link provides an overview of student visas.
  4. Please note that UAF issues the form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for students admitted into an academic degree program entering the U.S.

in F-1 Student immigration status. The form DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility for an Exchange Visitor is issued for exchange and study abroad students who will be attending for a semester or a year. These students enter in the J-1 Student immigration status.

You may schedule your visa appointment as soon as your I-20 is issued, You are required to pay the SEVIS fee NO LATER than three days before your visa appointment.

Please refer to the website of the embassy or consulate where you will apply for your visa for the application process and current visa application fees as these may vary from office to office.

Currently, all visa applicants are required to have a personal appointment and interview. Depending on the embassy or consulate where you apply, you may be able to schedule this appointment in advance. You will need to complete and submit Form DS-160, which should be available from the embassy or consulate and online, During the application process, you may be digitally photographed and fingerprinted. Disregard all references to Form DS-7002 (Training/Internship Placement Plan) as it does not apply to you.

Do U.S. visa slots open on weekends?

‘Saturday interviews’, ‘extended hours’: Amid ‘1.5 years’ wait time, here’s how you can get US visa faster In a bid to cut the US visa wait time from India, the US embassy and its consulates in the country have initiated several measures, including special Saturday interview days, remote processing of interview waiver cases and more.

For Indians applying for work visas, the wait time currently ranges from 60-280 days while the wait time for visitors is approximately 1.5 years. In comparison, it is just about 20 days from European cities, and 30-35 days from Beijing and Colombo. Informing about the new measures, the embassy in a recent release said it has launched ‘special Saturday interview days’.

“The United States Embassy in New Delhi and Consulates in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad all opened consular operations on Saturday to accommodate applicants who require in-person visa interviews.” “In the coming months, the Mission will continue to open additional slots for appointments to take place on select Saturdays,” it also adds.

The Department of State has implemented remote processing of interview waiver cases for applicants with previous U.S. visas.Between January and March 2023, dozens of temporary consular officers from Washington and other embassies will arrive in India to increase processing capacity.The Department of State is also increasing the number of consular officers permanently assigned to the Embassy and Consulates.The U.S. Mission in India released more than 250,000 additional B1/B2 appointments.Consulate General Mumbai also extended its weekday operating hours to make space for additional appointments.

The US mission said its services in India had been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, creating a large backlog. It affected several Indian businesses and thousands of Indians who rely on the visa to live and work in the US. Consulate General Mumbai currently adjudicates the most visa applications in India and is one of the largest visa operations in the world.

  • Our consular teams across India are putting in the extra hours to meet the needs of international travelers and bring down wait times,” said Mumbai Consular Chief John Ballard.
  • This is part of a Mission wide effort to find innovative solutions to facilitate travel to the United States.” Catch all the,, Events and Updates on Live Mint.

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What is the wait time for U.S. visa appointment?

Current US Visa Appointment Wait times in New Delhi

Non-immigrant US Visa Type Appointment Wait Time
Dropbox/ Interview Waiver Students/Exchange Visitors (F, M, J) 4 Days
Dropbox/ Interview Waiver Petition-Based Temporary Workers (H, L, O, P, Q) 24 Days
Dropbox/ Interview Waiver Crew and Transit (C, D, C1/D) 63 Days

How far in advance can you book U.S. visa appointment?

Q.18 How long in advance of my intended date of travel should I apply for a US visa? – We recommend highly that applicants start the application process about 3 months in advance of their intended date of travel since appointments are usually full 2-3 months in advance.

Also, visa applications are now subject to a greater degree of scrutiny than in the past. Many applicants are informed of the need for additional screening at the time they submit their applications and are being advised to expect delays. The time needed for adjudication of individual cases will continue to be difficult to predict.

We recommend that individuals build in ample time before their planned travel date when seeking to obtain a visa. back to top

What is the 2023 visa update?

Visa application charges – With effect from 1 July 2023, visa application charges will rise from between 6 and 40 per cent across various visa categories. Examples of some of the new fees are:

Partner visa $8 850 Skilled Independent visa $4 640 Employer Nomination visa $4 640 Temporary Skills Shortage visa $1 445 (stsol) or $3 305 (mltssl) Skilled Graduate visa $1 895

Is US visa processing time likely to fall by mid 2023?

NEW DELHI: The waiting period for issuance of American visas is expected to see a significant fall by summer of 2023 and the number of visa applications is projected to reach around 1.2 million, a senior official of the US embassy said on Thursday. “India is number one priority for Washington (for issuance of visas).

  • Our aim is to bring the situation to the pre-Covid-19 level by the middle of next year,” the official said.
  • India has been one of the very few countries where applications for US visas saw a major upswing after coronavirus-related travel restrictions were lifted.
  • Considering the long wait time for grant of visas, the US is also rolling out a series of initiatives including hiring of more personnel and increasing the “drop box” facilities, the official said.

The plan is to issue around one lakh visas every month. The official said the US has already identified H (H-1B) and L category visas for Indians as its priority and nearly 1,00,000 slots were released recently for those wanting to renew the visas. The wait time for certain categories has already been brought down to around nine months from earlier 450 days.

The official said the wait time for B1, B2 (business and tourism) visas is also being brought down from around 9 months. The official also said that India is expected to move to the number two place from current number three in terms of the number of visas being issued by the US. Currently, Mexico and China are ahead of India.

The US will initially focus on applicants using the “drop box” facility. The official said priority is also being accorded to cut the waiting time for the students’ visas, especially for those looking for renewal of their visas. The process used to apply for renewal of a US visa without the visa interview is known as the drop box facility.

What are the dates for H1B visa 2023?

H1B registration deadline 2023 – For the financial year 2024, H1B cap registration window opens on March 1, 2023 and closes March 17, 2023. The number of registrations received during this H1B registration period has reached the H1B cap limit and registrants that have been selected are being notified by March 31, 2023.

A lottery selection process is used to select registrations at random. Note that there is no advantage conferred in submitting on the early in the registration; the lottery is random. Further notifications may be issued after this date should visas become available. From April 1, H1B petitions should then be filed within 90 days of the selection notification being received.

This means that typically, the H1B application deadline will be June 30.

What is the new visa for UK 2023?

New minimum salary thresholds for work visas – There are new minimum salary thresholds for work visas coming into force in April 2023:

Skilled worker visa – the minimum salary threshold will rise from £25,600 gross per year to £26,200. The minimum salary for shortage occupation list jobs and new entrants will increase from £20,480 gross per year to £20,960 Senior or specialist worker visa – the visa salary threshold will rise to £45,800 gross per year from the current £42,400. For graduate trainees, the wage threshold increases from £23,100 to £24,220 gross per year Scale-up worker visa – the minimum salary threshold increases by £1,600 from £33,000 gross per year to £34,600 Seasonal worker visas – the hourly rate is increased to at least £10.42 per hour

For more information on the skilled worker visa minimum salary threshold changes take a look here,

Arjun Patel