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Consular Exchange Rate Adjusted

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On July 26, 2022, the U.S. Embassy in India announced that the Consular Exchange Rate will be revised from 80 Indian rupees to 82 Indian rupees against one U.S. dollar. The current rate will be valid through July 31, 2022. As per the U.S Embassy, this change corresponds to recent shifts in the market exchange…

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Transmission of U.S Citizenship to a Child Born Abroad in Wedlock

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A non-U.S. citizen may acquire U.S. citizenship by birth in the U.S., or at birth if the child is born abroad to U.S. citizen parent(s), if certain conditions are met or by naturalisation. In this article, we discuss acquisition of U.S. citizenship at birth (transmission) for a child born abroad to U.S. citizen parent(s) who…

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Change in Method of 221 (G) Follow-up Appointment Scheduling

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When a person applies for a U.S. visa (non-immigrant or immigrant), the general rule is that the visa will either be issued, denied or subject to a request for additional information. There are several reasons for a visa denial. Two of the most common denials are (1) Under Section 214(b) of the Immigration and Nationality…

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Suspension of COVID Testing Requirement for International Travelers to the U.S.

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The Biden Administration has suspended COVID testing requirements for international travelers, effective Sunday, June 12, 2022, at 12:01 am ET. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) determined that an international airline passenger will no longer be required to show a negative COVID-19 test result before boarding an international flight to the U.S. The net…

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Murthy India Success: H4 Visa Applicant Joins Wife after Potential 10 Year Ban

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We at Murthy India are delighted to share this success story that resulted in the reversal of an inadmissibility finding made by a U.S. Consular post in India. We thank our client for allowing us to share this story for the benefit of other applicants in similar circumstances. Information about clients is kept strictly confidential…

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US-India Consular Exchange Rate Adjusted

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The U.S. Embassy in India announced that with effect from May 20, 2022, the Consular Exchange Rate will change from 78 Indian rupees to 1 U.S. dollar to 80 Indian rupees to 1 U.S. dollar. The current rate will be valid through June 7, 2022. As per the U.S Embassy, this change corresponds to recent…

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Consular Posts in India Resume Appointments for In-Person B1/B2 Visas

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We are pleased to report that the consular posts in India have resumed processing of routine B1/B2 visa applications requiring an in-person interview. Though the consular website indicates that the interview dates are available from September 2022; we noticed that since only limited slots are available, the interview dates have been taken and dates are…

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Consular Posts in India Resume Processing of Routine in-person B1/B2 Visas

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We are happy to report that the consular posts in India have resume processing of routine B1/B2 visa applications requiring an in-person interview. Though the consular website indicates that the interview dates are available from September 2022; we noticed that since only limited slots are available, the interview dates have been taken and dates are…

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Visa Processing Update with Focus on U.S. Consular Post in Chennai, India 

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On April 18, 2022, the Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs, Mr. Don Heflin hosted a Facebook Live session to share important updates on how consular posts across India will prioritize interview appointments for nonimmigrant visa applicants in the coming months.Updates for Work Visa Applicants (H/L/O): U.S. Consulates will collectively process approximately 800,000 visas in the…

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Fewer Local Language Appointments at U.S. Consular Posts in India 

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Visa applicants in India may require or prefer to converse in their local language during their U.S. visa interview. However, as most U.S. Consulates are yet to resume regular consular operations, there is likely to be low availability of language interview appointments in India.If the applicant is unable to book a visa interview appointment in…

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