Visa wait times: Increasing economic and social ties between the United States and India is one of the highest priorities of the U.S. Mission. We are committed to providing the highest level of service we can in adjudicating visas for Indian citizens traveling to the United States for business, studies, and tourism. In the last five years the demand for visas to travel to the United States has increased 80 percent. In FY2015, we processed over one million visa applications in India, issuing more than 113,000 H-1B visas and 80,000 visas to student and exchange visitors, more than at any time in history. Accommodating visa demand on this scale requires adequate staffing. We are engaged in an active dialogue with the Government of India to obtain approval for additional consular positions to meet the needs of our growing, vibrant relationship. We anticipate wait times for visa appointments will increase throughout the busy summer season until the situation is resolved. We regret that increased appointment wait times may impact important travel plans. We will continue to work with the Indian government to resolve this situation. Due to our personnel constraints, Mission India consular sections are currently only approving expedite visa appointments for cases involving genuine emergencies, as outlined here http://www.ustraveldocs.com/in/in-niv-expeditedappointment.asp .
There is no need to contact the Call Center, simply log in to your profile and check for the first available appointment dates. Alternatively, follow link for Interview wait time and processing wait time.
Passport / Document Collection services: Effective 5 June 2016, passport / document collection services will be available at the 5 Visa application centers (New Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Kolkata) on Sunday from 01:00 pm to 05:00 pm. For more information please click here.
If you are a citizen of a Visa Waiver Program partner but unable to travel to the United States under that program, you should apply for a nonimmigrant visa at least three months in advance of your desired travel. If you do not have imminent travel plans, you should pay the nonimmigrant visa application fee, fill out the DS-160 nonimmigrant visa application form at ceac.state.gov/genniv/, and schedule a visa appointment. If your travel is imminent, you may request an expedited visa appointment. Please include in your request the date and purpose of your travel, as well as a copy of any U.S. Customs and Border Protection message you may have received regarding your ESTA status.
More information about restrictions to travel under the Visa Waiver Program, including the requirement for an electronic passport, is available at https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/visit/visa-waiver-program.html
Beginning in November 2016, Chinese citizens with 10-year B1, B2, or B1/B2 visas in a People's Republic of China passport will be required to enroll in the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS). More information is available at www.cbp.gov/evus.
Welcome to the U.S. Visa Information Service for India. On this website you can find information about U.S. immigrant and nonimmigrant visas and the requirements to apply for each. You can also learn how to pay the required visa application fee, and book an interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Delhi and the U.S. Consulates General in Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai and Hyderabad.
This is the official visa information website of the U.S. Mission in India.
Nonimmigrant Visa Information
- Visa Types
- Visa Fees
- Bank and Payment Options
- DS-160 Information
- Appointment Wait Times
- Visa Wait Times
- Photos and Fingerprints
- Visa Waiver Program
Nonimmigrant Visa Application
- Apply for a Visa
- Pay My Visa Fee
- Complete My DS-160
- Schedule My Appointment
- Offsite Collection Services
- Change Document Delivery Address
- Track My Passport
- Apply for an Expedited Appointment
- Renew My Visa
- Application Pending Further Action
Immigrant Visa Information
Special Visa Cases
- Travel Coordinator
- Group Appointments
- Diplomatic and Government Officials
- Visas for Applicants Under 14 and over 80
- U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulates in India
- Passport/Visa Collection Locations and Timings
- Document Drop-Off Locations
- Bank Locations
- Visa Application Center Locations
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Holidays and Closures
- Rights and Protections
- Helpful Links
- Security Regulations