Visa Appointments for the US are open for all categories. However, the wait time is more due to high demand.
The US Embassy and Consulates in India stated that they cannot accommodate all the travellers due to the surge in visa applications. Due to the decreased staffing and extensive Covid-19 disruptions, the appointment demand is high in all the categories. This has resulted in longer waiting times for non-immigrant visa appointments.
Exemption from In-person Interview
The embassy has declared that certain types of visa applicants are exempt from attending in-person interviews. This is valid only for those who have been granted any sort of visa or applying for F, H-1, H-3, H-4, non-blanket L, M, O, P, Q, requesting a visa from their country of residence and academic J visas.
This authorization is not eligible for those who received a refusal previously. The applicant may be called for a face-to-face interview if additional details are required. Candidates are qualified for an interview waiver if they renew their visa within 48 months of its expiration.
Candidates are requested to check with their respective embassies and consulates to see if their case qualifies for an in-person interview waiver. Many applicants are still awaiting visa appointments in spite of paying the visa application processing fee.
The normal visa process will be resumed as soon as possible. The US Mission will prolong the validity of their payment up till September 30, 2023. Applicants will be given a chance to book and attend visa appointments with their previously paid money.
Only a handful of requests for renewal are being accepted by consular offices throughout India. If an applicant gets an appointment, candidates must visit the official website where they can drop off their documents. However, the time required to obtain a non-immigrant visa varies depending on the type of visa and the Indian city.
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