On Emergency Visa Appointments, US Embassy Clarification Amid Massive Backlog | world news

Appointments in each visa classification will be issued, the US embassy said. Any delays or cancellations that occur in 2021 will not affect the visa at this time, a US embassy official told the Hindustan Times business website. Living mint. Scheduled visa appointments may be rescheduled if applicants find appointments earlier but will not be canceled by the embassy, ​​the representative added.

Explaining the process, the representative said anyone wishing to apply for an emergency appointment for a nonimmigrant visa must make a walk-in appointment. After that, the candidate can submit an emergency appointment request. However, certain criteria will apply in order to qualify for emergency appointments.

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“We cannot expedite interview waiver appointments in any visa classification. Visa applicants with an existing interview waiver appointment and wish to request an emergency appointment, you must first cancel your existing interview waiver appointment and then make a first appointment (walk-in) and then ask for the emergency appointment,” the rep said.

There has been a high volume of visa applications with the US Embassy in India facing a large backlog. Citing a downsizing and pandemic-related disruption to operations since March 2020, the embassy said demand for visas in all categories is high. Waiting times were therefore longer for most non-immigrant visa appointments at the New Delhi Embassy and Consulates in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai.


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