Some great news for professionals and students in India, who plan to go for US visa stamping… on November 18th the U.S. Ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer announced flexible option to pick your choice of consulate for visa stamping. He believes that this change would position them better to serve the Indian visa applicants, US citizens and Businesses in India.
Summary of News : Pick your Choice of Consulate for US visa Stamping
Usually, when you schedule for any US visa stamping, during the application process you were restricted to choose your consulate based on your residence. i.e., if you live in Andhra Pradesh, you had to schedule your visa stamping only at Hyderabad (with few exceptions). From now, there is no such restriction. You can schedule your visa stamping at any consulate…your choice ! well, if you are have sentiment or notion that you will get visa only at Chennai, you can do so 🙂 irrespective of your residence…
Also, the new consular districts are re-organized now with few states shuffled. This does not change anything from a visa applicant perspective because your residence does not bind you to any consulate.
When is this effective ?
The consulate press release says “Now”…which means, it is effective from the day they did the press release i.e. Nov 18th, 2010.
Read the original press release by US Embassy: More Convenient US visa application Process
What do you think of the flex option now ? Second time visa stamping folks, will you go to the first consulate again ?
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