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Starting September 1, 2019, the U.S. Mission in India will begin mandatory interview waiver scheduling. This procedure aims to reduce turnaround times for visa renewals and improve customer service for visa applicants across Mission India. Starting September 1, eligible applicants must schedule an appointment date in order to drop off their passport and visa application materials at one of our eleven locations. A visa application center employee will review the document checklist before accepting the application for delivery to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Applicants will receive a decision on their case within seven to ten business days of submission.
Please note that, although applying for an interview waiver, there are cases in which an applicant must appear for an interview. If the applicant is required to come in for an interview, he or she must travel to the post selected for interview waiver processing. Once documents are submitted, it is not possible to transfer cases between posts. Applicants who must appear for an interview will be notified on how to proceed.
Frequently Asked Questions
You may qualify for an interview waiver if you are under age 14 or over age 79. In addition, individuals renewing their visa may be eligible to renew without an interview (subject to certain conditions).
We require a valid passport, your current or most recent U.S. visa, one copy of the submission letter, one photograph taken within the last six months (conforming to Department of State guidelines), and any additional documentation required for your visa type. In addition, applicants under age 14 must submit photocopies of their parents’ valid visas and passport bio pages.
Applicants may use any of our eleven drop-off locations. Those applying at the New Delhi Embassy should drop off at the New Delhi, Chandigarh, or Jalandhar processing centers. Applicants for Mumbai may drop off at Mumbai, Pune, or Ahmedabad processing centers. Applicants for Chennai may drop off at Chennai, Bangalore, or Kochi. Applicants in Hyderabad and Kolkata should drop off at their respective visa application centers.
A visa application center employee will review your application package to make sure you have submitted all required documents for your visa class. If any documents are missing, you will be asked to provide them that same day. If you do not provide all the required documentation, you might not qualify for interview waiver.
If you miss your drop-off date, you can reschedule. In 24 hours, your receipt will be marked as “unused.” At that time, you will be able to select a new drop-off date and print a new drop-off letter.
Applicants who are required to appear for an interview will be notified by phone or email, or via the visa application center. At that time, they will receive instructions about how to appear for their appointment.
You may wish to consider scheduling an interview. Interview waiver appointments, while convenient, are not an expedited processing option.
You can reschedule your drop-off at another post. Please go to the website to reschedule your drop-off appointment.
If your application is approved, your passport and visa will be delivered for pickup to the selected Document Collection center that you specified when you scheduled your interview. Details on passport delivery are available on this webpage.