New Delhi: The consular sections at the US Embassy here and Consulates in Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata will begin processing of student and academic exchange visitor visa applications on a limited basis on August 17.
“Through consultation with our health and security professionals, we will open in a limited manner that puts the safety of our customers and staff first. We will first process emergency student and exchange visitor appointment requests received prior to August 12 and then offer public appointments,” the US Embassy said in a statement.
“We will refresh appointments as we have availability, generally two weeks in advance,” it added.
Our consular sections are opening to process student and academic exchange visitor visa applications on a limited basis. Student visas are a high priority, and we will make every effort to assist applicants in a timely fashion, while keeping our customers and staff safe. (1/2)
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The statement advised prospective students and exchange visitors to schedule an appointment no more than three weeks prior to their class start date. “We expect appointment slots to be filled quickly. Please continue to monitor our website for availability,” the statement said.
The Embassy, however, added that due to very limited appointment availability, the consular sections will not be able to accommodate all requests in time for the start of the fall semester. “We will try to handle requests based on when we receive them and when classes will start. We ask for your patience during this time,” it said.