Retrogression of June Cut-off Dates
The cut-off date for the Family F2A category was advanced at a very rapid pace during fiscal year 2013 in an effort to generate demand to use all numbers available under the annual limit. Those movements have resulted in a dramatic increase in the level of applicant demand being received during the past seven months. This has required the retrogression of the Family F2A cut-off date for June in an effort to hold number use within the annual numerical limit. Further retrogression cannot be ruled out should demand by applicants with very early priority dates continue to increase.
We understand that applicants wish to have visas issued as soon as possible. However, U.S. immigration law requires that visa numbers be made available in order of priority date and within the annual numerical limit. If this retrogression affects you, the National Visa Center or the Embassy will contact you as soon as your priority date becomes current to continue processing your visa application and update any documents that have expired. Please check the Visa Bulletin once a month to see the current priority dates for your visa category. You can find the Visa Bulletin at http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/law-and-policy/bulletin/2014/visa-bulletin-for-june-2014.html.
Notice to Immigrant Visa Applicants
All immigrant visa applicants now must complete the DS-260 online immigrant visa application at https://ceac.state.gov/ceac and login to http://www.ustraveldocs.com/in to schedule an appointment at Visa Application Center(VAC) for biometric fingerprint and photograph collection prior to their Embassy or Consulate appointment. Failure to follow these new procedures will significantly delay visa processing.
All immigrant applicants must bring sealed medical reports and police clearance certificates from a Regional Passport Office on the day of the interview. Applicants without these documents are asked to reschedule their consulate interview at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/in.
For a quick view on the Immigrant visa application process changes click here
For information on how to prepare for your interview please visit the link http://mumbai.usconsulate.gov/ivinterview_preparation.html.
From India: +91-120-4844644 or 91-40-4625-8222
From US: 1-703-520-2239
(8:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Friday and 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on Sunday)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Review the DS-260 FAQs if you must complete the online DS-260 form.
Individuals who wish to obtain lawful permanent resident status in the U.S. generally must obtain immigrant visas at the U.S. consulate or U.S. embassy where they live. Most immigrant visa applications begin when a family member who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident submits a petition on behalf of the intending immigrant to the U. S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS, formerly INS) in the United States or at an embassy abroad. It is also possible for a U.S. employer to file a petition for a foreign national that the employer wishes to hire. Click here to learn more about Employment Based Visas. Nationals from some countries may be able to obtain an immigrant visa through the Diversity Visa Lottery Program.
Once your petition has been approved by USCIS, it is forwarded to the Department of State's National Visa Center (NVC) if the petition was filed in the United States. After the National Visa Center finishes initial processing of your petition, it is forwarded to the embassy or consulate of jurisdiction, (where the beneficiary resides). Immediate Relative petitions can be filed at an overseas USCIS office, if the petitioner has resided in that country for a minimum of six months.
When the NVC forwards your petition to our office, you will receive a letter informing you of the transfer. NVC will also schedule your visa interview at the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai. As soon as your interview is scheduled, you will receive an appointment letter and additional instructions (the minimum amount of time is normally six to eight weeks but may be longer if your priority date is not current). If your petition was filed overseas, you will receive an instruction letter as soon as we receive your petition. You will be eligible for a visa interview after you follow the guidance in the letter.
Applicants are requested to not attempt to pre-pone any appointments through the on-line scheduling calendar at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/in. Kindly adhere to your appointment time and date prescribed by the National Visa Center or Kentucky Consular Center. The on-line system is reserved for scheduling of missed appointments, follow-up appointments and special appointments (as instructed by U.S. Embassy New Delhi or U.S. Consulate General Mumbai).
New USCIS Immigrant fee
Effective February 1, 2013, all individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a $165.00 USCIS Immigrant Fee before traveling to the United States. For more information, please click http://www.USCIS.gov/immigrantfee
U.S. Visas for same sex spouses
The Supreme Court has found section 3 of the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. Effective immediately, U.S. Embassies and Consulates will adjudicate visa applications that are based on a same- sex marriage in the same way that we adjudicate applications for opposite gender spouses. For more information, please click http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/immigrate/types/family.html.
Important information for applicants in K-1, K-3, IR-1/CR-1, and F2A visa categories
Before your visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or a Consulate abroad, it is important that you carefully read the phamplet on the State Department's website at http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/pamphlet/pamphlet_5725.html for visa applicants in the K-1, K-3, IR-1/CR-1, and F2A categories to know your rights and protection as well as resources available to you, if help is needed when you come to the United States.
DV Scam Alert
Diversity Visa Program Scammers sending Fraudulent Emails and Letters
The Department of State, Office of Visa Services, advises the public of a notable increase in fraudulent emails and letters to Diversity Visa(DV) program(Visa Lottery) applicants. The scammers behind these fraudulent emails and letters are posing as the U.S. government in an attempt to extract payment from DV applicants. All applicants should be familiar with information about DV scams provided by the Federal Trade Commission. Applicants are encouraged to review the rules and procedures for the DV program so that you know what to expect, when to expect it and from whom. For more information, please click here.