Important Update:

Document pickup/submission services

Effective August 17, 2021 the U.S. Embassy/ Consulates in India will offer free document pickup/submission services at the OFC where the Embassy/Consulate is located. Applicants collecting/submitting documents from any other locations will need to pay a nominal fee of Rs 650/- per document at the time of pickup/ submission.


Presidential Proclamation on Health Care

On May 14, 2021, President Biden revoked Presidential Proclamation 9945, Suspension of Entry to Immigrants Who Will Financially Burden the United States Healthcare System.


Service availability

On April 30, President Biden signed a presidential proclamation suspending most nonimmigrant travel from India. In light of the travel suspension, all routine visa and VAC appointments, both in-person and interview waiver, at U.S. Embassy New Delhi and the consulates in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Mumbai are cancelled until further notice. Emergency services for U.S. citizens will continue.

For more information on which travellers are subject to the Proclamation, please visit the US Embassy newsroom website.

If you believe you are subject to the Proclamation and wish to apply for a national interest exception, click here for more information.

If your visa appointment has been cancelled, you will be notified directly by email. Applicants not notified of an appointment cancellation should plan to attend their interview appointment on the scheduled date and time.

Due to limited appointment availability, we are currently unable to reschedule any cancelled appointments directly, and availability for rescheduling may be very limited, with appointments unavailable at some times. We are also unable to speculate on or respond to inquiries regarding potential future cancellations or appointment availability.

New appointments can be made through our website. We will add appointments as often as we have availability, but we expect appointment slots to be filled quickly. Please continue to monitor our appointment website for appointment availability. Detailed information on the current status of visa services and restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic can be found here.

For answers to applicants’ most frequently asked questions, please visit our Top FAQs page.

You can find updates on our operational status at this website and

For visa inquiries, please write to or call the call center during business hours to speak to a representative.

For detailed information about the current status of visa services worldwide and visa restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic, visit


How to Request an Expedited Appointment: Applicants can request an expedited appointment through our online appointment system. You must already have a confirmed interview appointment date in order to request an expedited appointment. If your emergency appointment request is approved, you will be notified with instructions via email. You should not cancel your existing appointment unless you receive a confirmation that your request for an emergency appointment has been approved. If you have not yet received an approval or denial, your request is still under consideration.


Immigrant Visa

In light of the rapid and severe rise in COVID-19 cases, the U.S. Consulate in Mumbai has cancelled most immigrant visa appointments from April 12, 2021 onward, and is providing only limited emergency services. Except for expedited emergencies, existing appointments scheduled for April and May 2021 have been cancelled.

If your visa appointment has been cancelled, you will be notified directly by email. Applicants notified of an appointment cancellation should not come to the Consulate.

Once the Consulate resumes regular consular operations, appointments will be made available and applicants will be able to reschedule. We will also resume 221(g) submission and the scheduling of routine cases through the National Visa Center, by visa category, as soon as public health conditions allow.


Interview Waiver Applications

Consular sections across India, except in New Delhi’s consular district, are now accepting interview waiver applications for renewal of all nonimmigrant visa categories up to 48 months after expiration of your visa at Visa Application Centers across India. This means any applicant whose visa expired within the 48 months prior to the date of application is eligible for an interview waiver for a visa application in the same classification. We strongly recommend that those who are eligible to utilize the interview waiver program do so. Please use this website to determine whether you are eligible for interview waiver processing and schedule an appointment for document drop-off. A list of drop-off locations is available on this website.


Rescission of Presidential Proclamation 10014

President Biden rescinded Presidential Proclamation (PP) 10014, entitled “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak,” on February 24, 2021. Immigrant visa applicants who had been affected by these proclamations should review the instructions here


Employment-based Visa Appointments

Presidential Proclamation 10052, which temporarily suspended the entry of certain H-1B, J (for certain categories within the Exchange Visitor Program), and L nonimmigrants, expired March 31, 2021. For more information on the Proclamation expiration, please visit this website.

Unless otherwise noted above, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in India are accommodating a limited number of employment-based visa appointments, including those previously affected by the suspension. Appointments can be made through this website. The processing time for nonimmigrant visas varies, but it generally takes at least one week. We do not have the capacity to expedite passport return.


Presidential Proclamations on Novel Coronavirus

Entry of foreign nationals who were physically present within the following list of countries within 14 days prior to their entry or attempted entry into the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 10143, and the Proclamation signed on April 30, 2021:

  • India (applicable to nonimmigrants only);
  • South Africa;
  • Brazil;
  • The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe;
  • The Republic of Ireland;
  • The 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland)
  • The Islamic Republic of Iran; and
  • The People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau.

There are certain exceptions to the suspension of entry, including exceptions for U.S. lawful permanent residents and certain family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, among other exceptions listed in the Proclamations. If you reside in, have traveled recently to, or intend to transit or travel to the above list of countries prior to your planned trip to the United States, we recommend you postpone your visa interview appointment until 14 days subsequent to your departure from the subject country(ries). Additionally, if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or believe you may have been exposed to the Novel Coronavirus, you are strongly encouraged to postpone your appointment by at least 14 days. Click here for additional information


Rescission of Presidential Proclamations 9645 and 9983

On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed a Presidential Proclamation titled “Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States.” This proclamation ends the travel restrictions under Presidential Proclamations 9645 and 9983 that had suspended entry into the United States of certain nationals, based on visa type, from Burma, Eritrea, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Nigeria, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Venezuela, and Yemen. Click here for additional information.


Negative COVID19 Test Required for Travel

Effective January 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers entering the United States to present a negative COVID-19 test (a viral detection test for SARS-CoV- 2 approved or authorized by the relevant national authority), taken within 72 hours of departure​. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers before boarding.​Airlines must deny boarding of passengers if they do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery. This requirement is separate from the visa application process. Many Presidential Proclamations restricting travel due to COVID-19 remain in place and continue to apply to subject potential travelers regardless of their test results or vaccination status. Travelers holding a National Interest Exception also remain subject to all applicable pre-departure testing requirements. For more information on waivers to the testing requirement, click here


Visa Fees Validity Extension

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in India understand that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment. We are working diligently to restore all routine visa operations as quickly and safely as possible. In the meantime, rest assured that the U.S. Mission will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2022, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee. Please continue to monitor this site for information on when we will return to routine visa operations.

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Welcome to the official United States visa information source. The visa section of this website includes information about U.S. visas for foreign citizens traveling to the U.S. Before traveling to the U.S., a citizen of a foreign country generally must obtain a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. The type of visa you will need is based on the purpose of your travel.

For more detailed information, visit the official visa information website of the U.S. Mission in India.


Nonimmigrant Visa Information

Nonimmigrant visas are for international travelers (citizens of other countries) going to the U.S. temporarily. The visa, placed in your passport when issued, allows you to travel to a U.S. port-of-entry (airport, for example) and request permission from the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Customs and Border Protection immigration officer to enter the U.S. A visa does not guarantee entry into the U.S.

International travelers go to the U.S. for a variety of reasons, including tourism, business, medical treatment and certain types of temporary work. The type of visa needed is defined by immigration law, and relates to the principal purpose of your travel. For an overview of the types of nonimmigrant visas available under immigration law, please see our webpage. The consular officer at the U.S. embassy or consulate will decide what kind of visa you need when you apply.

Advance planning can smooth the visa application process for you. Apply for your visa well in advance of your travel!

Important steps to remember:

  1. Review your visa status to find out if you need a U.S. visa or a renewal
  2. Plan on scheduling two appointments: one to take inkless fingerprint scans and another to be interviewed by a visa officer
  3. Contact call centers (8 am to 5 pm Monday thru Friday and 9am to 6pm Sunday) at +91 120 4844644 or +91 22 62011000 or e-mail to find out how to schedule biometric (fingerprinting) and consular interview appointments, pay fees and any other instructions or inquiries.
  4. Please ensure that you register on this website to check the status of your application, track delivery of your passport or receive communication from the embassy or the consulate.

Immigrant Visa Information

Immigrant visas are required to live in the U.S. permanently, so you will want to learn more about becoming a Lawful Permanent Resident.

Step 1 - In general, to be eligible to apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen relative(s), U.S. lawful permanent resident, or by a prospective employer, and be the beneficiary of an approved petition filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). For petition information visit the USCIS website. Learn about the different processes for the most common immigrant categories, including:

Diversity Visa Program – Citizens from countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S. are eligible for the Diversity Visa program. Unlike other immigrant visa categories, Diversity Visas (DV) do not require a U.S. sponsor, and therefore a petition is not needed. Indian nationals DO NOT qualify under Diversity Visa Program.

Step 2 - After the immigrant petition has been approved by USCIS, then the next step is preliminary processing for a visa with the Department of State, National Visa Center. Visit Immigrant Visa Processing – the National Visa Center for information related to:

  • Affidavit of Support
  • Required applicant documents (i.e. birth certificates, police reports, marriage/divorce certificates, etc.)
  • Medical Exam/Panel physician information
  • Interviews

Important steps to remember:

  1. A U.S. consulate or embassy can only process an immigrant visa application once a petition is approved by USCIS and the case is received from NVC.
  2. Contact our call centers (8 am to 5 pm Monday thru Friday and 9am to 6pm Sunday) at +91 120 4844644 or +91 22 62011000 or e-mail for additional information and inquiries.
  3. Please ensure that you register on this website to check the status of your application, track delivery of your passport or receive communication from the embassy or the consulate.

Payment Options
Bank Locations


You can pay your nonimmigrant visa application fee in cash at any Druk PNB Bank branch in Bhutan.

At the bank, you must write your fee payment amount and your telephone number in the U. S. visa fee collection slip available at the bank. After receiving your payment, the bank will give you a receipt


To view Druk PNB Bank locations, click here
Druk PNB Bank Locations
City Branch Address
THIMPHU THIMPHU, Bhutan 10, Norzin Lam, THIMPHU, Bhutan
WANGDUE WANGDUE, Bhutan 123, Bajo Town, WANGDUE, Bhutan
GELEPHU GELEPHU, Bhutan Jangchub Lam, GELEPHU, Bhutan
PARO PARO, Bhutan Paro Throm (Near Children Park), Bhutan
TRONGSA TRONGSA, Bhutan MHPA colony, Dangdung, Trongsa, Bhutan
SAMTSE SAMTSE, Bhutan Samtse Main Town, Bhutan