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Recent Visa Fraud Related Arrest at U.S. Consulate, Chennai

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Recently, three persons from Gujarat were arrested based on a complaint from the U.S. Consulate, Chennai. Two applicants posing as couple with fraudulent marriage certificate, bank statements and degree certificates were caught by the U.S. Consulate authorities on June 23, 2009. It is understood that they were assisted by an agent who was also arrested. …

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OVERVIEW: Applying for a U.S. Nonimmigrant Visa in India (Part 2 of 2)

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This is the second of our two-part article on the subject of applying for a U.S. Nonimmigrant Visa in India. Here we provide information on completing appropriate visa application forms online, scheduling the visa interview, preparation for the visa interview and on procedure post visa interview. Now that we have purchased the HDFC receipt and…

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Recent change in Timing for counter collection of passport at VFS New Delhi

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An announcement on the VFS website dated June 30, 2009 indicates that there is a change in timing for counter collection of passport for non-immigrant visa applicant(s) in New Delhi, if the visa is issued and they chose this option. The new timings with immediate effect is between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Indian Standard…

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OVERVIEW: Applying for a U.S. Nonimmigrant Visa in India (Part 1 of 2)

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Till recently the U.S. Consulate in Chennai used to receive close to 1,300 U.S. visa applications every day. With the opening of U.S. Consulate in Hyderabad, which currently processes around 300 to 400 applications every day with a target of processing 500 applications every day, we understand the numbers in Chennai have reduced considerably. While…

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US Embassy adjusts exchange rate with effect from February 20, 2009

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The US Embassy and Consulates in India have adjusted to Consular Exchange Rate to Rs. 52 to a US$ with effect from February 20, 2009. This is the first revision for 2009. Effectively, the nonimmigrant visa application fee will be Rs. 6,812. The VFS service fee of Rs. 381 per passport remains the unchanged. This…

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US Embassy adjusts exchange rate with effect from December 23, 2008

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The US Embassy and Consulates in India have adjusted to Consular Exchange Rate to Rs. 50 to a US$ with effect from December 23, 2008. This is the first time in recent months that the exchange rate has been reduced. The Dollar exchange rate has been increasing steadily until recently. Effectively, the nonimmigrant visa application…

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US Embassy adjusts exchange rate with effect from October 24, 2008

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The US Embassy and Consulates in India have adjusted to Consular Exchange Rate to Rs. 54 to a US$ with effect from October 24, 2008. It may be recalled that on October 10, 2008; the exchange rate was revised to Rs. 50 to a US$ from Rs. 48 to a US$. Effectively, the nonimmigrant visa…

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