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U.S. Embassy in India to resume Limited Processing of All Categories of Visas from Feb 1, 2021

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The U.S. Embassy in India has tweeted that they will resume limited processing of all categories of U.S. visas from Feb 1, 2021. Following this we noticed that interview dates were available both in New Delhi and Mumbai.  It is important to remember that applicants who are subject to the Presidential Proclamation P.P. 10052 should…

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Effective January 26, 2021 Negative COVID19 Test Mandatory to Enter U.S.

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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a notification requiring all Air Passengers entering the United States to carry a Negative COVID19 test. This test needs to be taken at a center approved or authorized by the relevant national authority and should have been taken with in the last 72 hours of…

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Feb / Mar 2021 Visa Appointments Cancelled except for Emergencies

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We reported that the visa appointments we see in India for February and March 2021 are only placeholder appointments. These were created to facilitate an applicant to request an emergency appointment. We reported that unless the consular services resume regular operations, one should expect these appointments to be cancelled. We have noticed that this has already started…

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Interview Waiver Eligibility Extended Until March 31, 2021

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The U.S. Department of State has on December 29, 2020 temporarily extended the eligibility for Interview Waivers to protect people during the Covid-19 pandemic. Originally, certain nonimmigrant visa applicants were eligible for interview waiver if the previous visa in the same category held by the applicant expired within the last 12 months. This was temporarily…

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Presidential Proclamations Extended Until March 31, 2021

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President Trump has extended the visa restrictions imposed by his Administration’s April 22, 2020 and the June 22, 2020, proclamation that prohibits the admission of certain nonimmigrants on H1B, L1 and certain non-immigration status. The restrictions have been extended until March 31, 2021. This means that H-1B or L1 visa applicants who were scheduled for…

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Validity of MRV Fee Extended Until Sept. 22, 2022

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The U.S. Department of State (DOS), in a recent notification has indicated that the validity of the Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee has been extended until September 22, 2022. It may be noted that usually the MRV fee is valid for a duration of one year from the date of payment. Earlier, validity of the…

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Emergency Rarely Recognized for F1 Student Visas in India

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U.S. consular posts in India started accepting applications for F1 students visas, as soon as they resumed limited operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The consular website continues to indicate that they are focussing their resources on student visa applications. Though the consular website clearly indicates that students with (i) a valid I-20 and start date of…

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Visa Updates from U.S. Consulate in Chennai, India

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Attorneys at MISPL participated in a webinar organized by the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce on November 18, 2020 with Ms. Kathryn Flachsbart, Chief of Consular Services & Mr. Carlton Benson, Non-Immigrant Visa Chief, both from the American Consulate General, Chennai. We are providing some important take-aways from this webinar. Emergency Appointment Different from NIE Exception…

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Success Story: F-1 Approval after Port-of-Entry Denial

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The Murthy Immigration Services is proud to report that we have recently successfully helped a student with F-1 visa application, after the foreign national’s prior F-1 visa was revoked and he was sent back from the U.S. port of entry. We appreciate the client for allowing us to share his story to help others. Information…

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Non-Immigrant Visa Interviews Scheduled at Consular Posts in India for Feb / Mar 2021 to be Automatically Cancelled

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A tweet by the U.S. Embassy India on October 22 has notified that the appointments available for February and March 2021 will be used to accommodate expedited appointments. The U.S. consular posts in India will cancel all existing appointments scheduled for February and March 2021 and the applicant will have to schedule a new appointment once…

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