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Good News for Drop box Eligible Applicants

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A recent notification on the on the Department of State’s website indicates that the scope of drop-box eligibility has been expanded worldwide. Earlier, certain non-immigrants were eligible to apply through the drop-box facility if their most recent visa on the same category expired within the last 12 months. Now, eligible applicants may use the drop-box…

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Official U.S. Department of State Website for Visa Appointments – Revamped

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U.S. visa applicants, both immigrant and non-immigrant, are aware that one needs to visit the country specific website of www.ustraveldocs.com to pay the visa application fee and schedule the visa interview. For U.S. visa applicants in India, the web URL is www.ustraveldocs.com/in. We noticed that this website has been revamped and a new look website…

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U.S. Consular Posts in India to Commence Limited Operations Starting August 17

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An update on the U.S. Consular website in India has notified that, beginning August 17, 2020 U.S. Embassy in New Delhi and the consular posts in Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata will begin processing student and academic exchange visitor applications on a limited basis.  The notification also indicates that operations will be open in a…

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U.S. Visa Application Centers (VACs) in India Open for Passport Collection

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A notification on www.ustraveldocs.com/in, the official visa information website for consular posts in India shows that the U.S. Visa Application centers in India are open from August 10, 2020. The VACs are located at New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad & Kolkata and six documents delivery centers are located at Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and…

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Urgent Appointments for F and M Student Visa Applicants

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An informal guidance from the Bureau of Consular Office was released to guide U.S. visa applicants worldwide. This guidance clarifies that students applying for F or M visas may do so and need not qualify for the national interest exception. In India, if a student is within 60 days of the start date of the program,…

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Options if Priority Dates for I-140 Based cases become Current While Outside U.S.

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Beneficiaries of employment-based immigrant petition (Form I-140) may adjust their status to that of a legal permanent resident if they are in the U.S. when the priority date becomes current. If the beneficiary has moved back to the home country, and plans to live there in the foreseeable future, and the priority dates are current…

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Update on U.S. Missions in India

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A recent notification on the website of U.S. Mission in India indicates that they will resume routine visa services as soon as possible, however, the notification clarifies that they are unable to provide any specific date. All Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fees are valid for one year from the date of payment. Though the consular services…

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Update on U.S. Visas at the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh

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An attorney from Murthy Immigration Services recently reached out to the Consul General at the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Consul General was kind to share important updates, which we disseminate for the benefit of our readers.  The document collection / delivery centers are operational. However, no new visa applications are accepted at this…

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Presidential Proclamation Impacts H-1B, L-1 and Certain NIV Categories

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The U.S. President, Donald J. Trump, issued a Presidential Proclamation on June 22, 2020 to impact certain non-immigrant visas (NIVs) specifically those on H-1B, H-2B, L-1 and certain categories of J visas, as well as their family members on dependent status. The Proclamation became effective on June 24, 2020.Extends Prior Ban Against Immigrants Entering the…

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Visa Appointments at US Consulates in India Available from Oct. 2020 Onwards

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Updated on July 7, 2020 One may recall that due to COVID-19, the risk of transmission and infections, the U.S. mission in India stopped accepting visa applications since March 16, 2020. Following the announcement, all the existing visa appointments were automatically cancelled. As of this writing, the bio-metric and visa appointments at the various U.S.…

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