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U.S. Consulate General in Chennai will no longer process Immigrant Visa

General Information

Important Announcement: The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai will no longer process Immigrant Visa petitions as of January 1, 2012.  

The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai will no longer process Immigrant Visa petitions as of January 1, 2012.  The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi and U.S. Consulate in Mumbai will become the only acceptance centers in India for Immigrant Visas.  The Immigrant Visa allows an individual to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis, as well as provides the immigrant the opportunity to work towards U.S. citizenship.

Green Card: 

New E Visa Processing For Mission ITALY

Effective December 1, 2011, all E visas applications will be processed in Rome.  Therefore, all new E visa applications submitted after December 1, 2011 should be sent to the E Visa Section in Rome following the directions on the web. ( All cases will be processed in the order received.  All pending cases sent to Milan prior to December 1, 2011, will be processed to conclusion in Milan, in the order they were received. 

Nonimmigrant Visas: 

State Dept. Announces Blanket L Visa Processing Moves To The US Consulate General In Chennai

Blanket L Visa processing to move to the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai on December 1, 2011.

The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai will become the sole acceptance center in India for all applications for intra-company transfers under the blanket L category as of December 1, 2011.  The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi and U.S. Consulates in Mumbai, Kolkata and Hyderabad will no longer accept or process applications for this visa category.  The blanket L category includes specialized knowledge professionals, executives and managers.

Nonimmigrant Visas: 

US Consulate Mumbai resumes H & L visa interviews

U.S. Consulate General, Mumbai resumes H and L visa processing

The U.S. Consulate General, Mumbai is pleased to announce the resumption of interviews in Mumbai for H and L visas.  The H and L visa categories are petition-based and enable a beneficiary to work legally in the United States.  In 2010, Indians applicants received 65 percent of all H1B visas issued worldwide. 

Nonimmigrant Visas: 

USCIS to Close its Office in Vietnam on March 31

WASHINGTON - U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced it will permanently close its field office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on March 31, 2011. 

As of March 25, applications and petitions previously accepted by the USCIS Ho Chi Minh City Field Office may be filed with the U.S. Department of State Consular Section there. Where authorized, the Consular Section will assume responsibility for processing certain cases.

US Consulates in India Will Accept Application Without Regard to Your Residence

November 18, 2010
New Delhi - In an effort to make the visa application process more convenient for all Indians, the U.S. Embassy in
New Delhi and Consulates General in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad now accept visa applications from
across India at all visa facilities, regardless of the applicant’s home address or city of residence. This is part of
Mission India’s ongoing effort to facilitate legitimate travel to the United States.

Immigration Law : 

Questions and Answers for Form DS-160, the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application


All U.S. consulates and embassies will soon require nonimmigrant visa applicants to use Form DS-160, the Department of State’s fully electronic nonimmigrant visa application, instead of Form DS-156, the paper-based application. Form DS-160 has been in use at selected U.S. diplomatic posts for some time, but the State Department announced late last year that all U.S. posts will require the online form by April 30, 2010 at the latest. Many posts have already adopted the form, and more will begin to require it as April 30 approaches.

Immigration Law : 


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