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Guide to Create US Visa Appointment Account Online – India

The US Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs changed India’s visa appointment booking system on July 29th, 2023, from the ustraveldocs.com portal to a new website, usvisascheduling.com. If you want to apply for a US Visa appointment in India or already have an account in the old system, you must now use the new website at usvisascheduling.com going forward. You cannot use the old USTravelDocs portal anymore.

There is a lot of confusion among many on how the new system works and how to create an account. In this article, we give you a step-by-step guide with screenshots on how to sign up for an account and what to expect, what questions they ask during the sign-up process, how to migrate your account from the old to the new system, common issues, and FAQs around the same. We continue to update this page as we have updates with the system or process.

Background: Change in Appointment Booking System for India

On July 29th, 2023, the US Embassy updated that they are changing the appointment booking system from www.portal.ustraveldocs.com to www.usvisascheduling.com. This is a big change as the old system will not work anymore.

All users who have booked appointments using the old system have to use the new appointment booking system and migrate their accounts to the new system. If you are a new user planning to apply for a US visa appointment, you must register for a new account at the new website.

We will look at two scenarios in the below sections:

  1. New Users without any account in the old USTravelDocs System: Signup process for a first-time user who never had an account in the old system and is directly using the new system at usvisascheduling.com to book a US Visa appointment.
  2. Existing Users in USTravelDocs System, moving to USVisaScheduling.com : Signup process for existing users who are migrating their accounts from portal.ustraveldocs.com to usvisascheduling.com and want to book an appointment or use their existing appointment.

Depending on your situation, you may go to the relevant section below.

Guide to New Users without any account in USTravelDocs System

The process to create an account in the new US Visa Appointment booking system is very straight forward. Below is the step-by-step guide for the same.

Step 1 – Navigate to the new website USVisaScheduling.com

You need to navigate to the new website at https://www.usvisascheduling.com/en-US/

When you go to the URL www.usvisascheduling.com in the browser you will be taken to a URL that looks like “https://atlasauth.b2clogin.com/xxxx...” This is normal, and nothing to worry that it is spam redirect. This new redirection and login at atlasauth.b2clogin.com is the new authentication system that they are using, which is from Microsoft. The b2clogin.com is from Microsoft, and not to worry. It looks like in the below screenshot.

Redirection from USVisaScheduling.com to b2clogin.com
Redirection from USVisaScheduling.com to b2clogin.com

Step 2 – Sign up for a New Account

As the old system at www.Portal.USTravelDocs.com is not available anymore, you must sign up for a new account at the new system available at www.USVisaScheduling.com. For that, you must click on the Sign up now link in blue color on the right hand side of the page. See below screenshot on how it looks.

Click on the Sign up now link to register a new account
Click on the Sign up now link to register a new account

Step 3 – Enter a User name, Verify Email

You need to choose a username, set a password, and validate the email.

  • Username: The new system requires you to enter a user name for future logins. You can choose a user name of your choice or simply remove the domain name details from your email. For example, let’s say you are using email “abc.xyz@gmail.com”, you can just use a username from the email like “abc.xyz”.
  • Password: You need to enter a password of your choice in the password fields that meets standards set by the system and then you need to re-enter the same
  • Email Address Validation: You need to enter your personal or work email that you plan to use for account creation, and appointment booking and click on the “Send Verification Code” button. See the below screenshot on how it looks.
Username in new USVisaScheduling System - Validate Email screenshot
Username in new USVisaScheduling System – Validate Email screenshot
  • You will get an email from the sender that says “Microsoft on behalf of US Visa Processing“. It will be from a Microsoftonline.com domain, do not be confused, it is the right sender and the right email. The email will have a code code. You will need to take this code and enter it in the USVisaScheduling.com website where you see an option to enter the code. It looks like in the below screenshot.
Email from USVisaScheduling with Verification Code - US Visa Processing account
Email from USVisaScheduling with Verification Code – US Visa Processing account
  • Enter the code from the email in the “Verification Code” box on the USVisaScheduling.com website as shown in below screenshot and click on the “Verify Code” button. If the code is correct, the system will verify your email and say “Email address verified” above the email id as shown in the screenshot below.
  • If you did not get an email, check your spam folder first or click on “Send New Code” button to get a new code.
Enter Verification Code - Email Verified Message USVisaScheduling
Enter Verification Code – Email Verified Message USVisaScheduling

Step 4 – Enter Name, Answer Security Questions

In this final step, you will be asked to enter your given name and surname and answer three security questions. You need to enter these details.

The security questions you select and answer are important as you will be asked to enter those details every time you try to log in. So, choose the ones that you remember and take a note of them.

You will get the below security questions on USVisaScheduling.com in three different dropdowns as shown in the below screenshot.

Security Question 1 Options:

  • What is your mother’s maiden name?
  • What was the name of your first/current/favorite pet?
  • What was your first car?
  • What elementary school did you attend?
  • What is the name of the town/city where you were born?

Security Question 2 Options:

  • What is the name of the road/street you grew up on?
  • What is your least favorite food?
  • What was the first company that you worked for?
  • What is your favorite food?
  • What high school did you attend?

Security Question 3 Options:

  • Where di you meet your spouse?
  • What is your sibling’s middle name?
  • Who was your childhood hero?
  • In what city or town was your first job?
  • What is the name of a college you applied to but didn’t attend?
Security Questions for Sign up at USVisaScheduling.com website
Security Questions for Sign up at USVisaScheduling.com website

Step 5 – Account Created, Sign-in

After you enter all the security questions, your name, verify all the details once like user name, email and click on “Create” button at the bottom. You will be redirected to the home page, where you will need to enter the username and password, enter the Captcha Text and click on Signin button. It look like in the below screenshot.

Sign in using the details entered during the account creation step
Sign in using the details entered during the account creation step

You will be asked to enter the answers for the security questions that you selected in the account creation step. You need to enter them and hit continue button. It looks like in the below screenshot.

Security questions asked for validation
Security questions asked for validation

Step 6 – Privacy Policy Acceptance

You will get a screen where they outline privacy policy of CGI Federal and how they are collecting your data, and unauthorized access guidelines. You need to click on the checkbox as indicated in the below screenshot and click on Continue button. This will take you to the dashboard screen of the new USVisaScheduling.com system

Privacy Policy Confirmation
Privacy Policy Confirmation

Step 7 – Update your profile info – select country, language

You will be taken to a new screen, where you need to update your contact email, select the country and language. If you want to use another email, you can use that here under contact email. You need to update/select these details and click on submit button. It looks like in the below screenshot.

Update Profile Page - Select Country Language and Contact info
Update Profile Page – Select Country Language and Contact info

Selection of Country, the preferred language is very simple, click on the search icon at the text box to select the country and language. Currently, you only see India and English here. In future, you may see more countries. This new system is only rolled out to India at the moment, that’s why you see only one option in both of these places. See the below screenshot on how it looks.

Selection of Country and Language in Profile
Selection of Country and Language in Profile

Step 8 – Dashboard screen to Start new Application

Once you complete the profile details and hit the submit button, you will be taken to the main dashboard screen, where you can click on Start New Application to create a new Visa Appointment booking application. See the below screenshot on how it looks.

Start New Application from Dashboard
Start a New Application from Dashboard

The process to create a US visa application to book an appointment can vary by visa type and the questionnaire can be different, so we will create separate guides for the same like H1B Visa Dropbox Step by Step Guide.

If you are stuck at any step, you can contact customer service. Read US Visa Scheduling India – Customer Service Email, Phone


Guide to Existing Users moving from USTravelDocs.com to USVisaScheduling.com

Even though you had an account in the past at portal.ustraveldocs.com, you must sign-up for a new account at the new website USVisaScheduling.com. They have made this mandatory requirement as there are new ways to authenticate your account and new security questions are added for the same.

The steps to migrate your account from the old USTravelDocs Portal are pretty much the same as the steps to signup for a new account. You can refer to the above section of creating a new account. Below are the main differences in each of the steps.

Step 1 – Navigate to the new website USVisaScheduling.com

You need to navigate to the new website at https://www.usvisascheduling.com/en-US/ . This is same as for a new user. Check the Step 1 of the above section of creating an account as a new user for more details on the screenshot and how it works.

Step 2 – Sign up for a New Account to migrate from old system.

Same as Step 2 of the above section of creation of new account.

Step 3 – Use your Existing email id from USTravelDocs.com for new account

This is also the same as if you are creating a new account, but the main difference is you need to use the same email address that you used in the previous portal.ustraveldocs.com for your account to migrate from the old system to new system. You may create the user id based on your email itself by removing the text after “@” system in your email.

  • Email Address Validation: You need to enter the same email that you used in the old USTravelDocs.com system and click on “Send Verification Code” button. See the below screenshot on how it looks.

You will need to validate your email and follow the same steps as like a new user account. Check the step 3 of the above section of creation of account as a new user for screenshots and more info.

Steps 4, Step 5, Step 6 – Set Security questions, Account Creation, Privacy policy

All these steps are same steps like new account creation. Check the step 4, step 5, step 6 of the above section of the creation of a new account as a new user for screenshots and more info.

Step 7 – View & Verify your old account details

Once you agree and continue, you will see the dashboard screen of USVisaScheduling like in the below screenshot with all your details in place. Verify the visa type, you fee payment, etc. You can click on the buttons that say “Schedule appointment”, “Manage Applications”, etc. depending on your situation and perform respective actions.

If there are any issues with your account or something is not right, you should email the support team at support-india@usvisascheduling.com

USVisaScheduling.com Dashboard Screen with Applicant Info
USVisaScheduling.com Dashboard Screen with Applicant Info

Official Instructions: Email from USVisaScheduling Support for Migrating Accounts

Below are the official instructions that are sent as an autoreply to anyone having issues with the new account. If you read them, it clearly tells that you need to sign up for a new account, if you are signing up for the first time.

Thank you for writing to the U.S. visa service desk. We have received your email and will respond accordingly within 1 to 2 business days.

Please note, if you are signing in for the first time refer to the instructions mentioned below:

1. Go to http://www.usvisascheduling.com/
2. Click on “Sign up now”
3. Enter Username, setup the Password and Email Address, and click on “Send Verification Code”
4. Enter Verification Code received on email ID
5. Click on “Verify Code” and set the security questions
6. Click on “Create”

Below is the screenshot of the actual email sent from USVisaScheduling Support.

Auto Reply Email with instructions from USVisaScheduling Support team
Auto Reply Email with instructions from USVisaScheduling Support team

Common FAQs

Is USVisaScheduling.com legit website to book US Visa Appointments?

Yes, it is the official website and it is legit. www.USVisaScheduling.com is the new website starting from end of July 2023 to book appointment in India. For other countries, it is still USTravelDocs.com, only India is using this website at the moment.

When I go to USVisaScheduling it goes to b2clogin.com website, is it spam? or legit?

The redirection is not spam, it is legit. The redirection to https://atlasauth.b2clogin.com/xxxx is part of the authentication mechanism implemented based on Microsoft technologies and the domain is owned by Microsoft. So, nothing to worry.

I am having issues with the migration of my account, whom should I contact

You should email support-india@usvisascheduling.com for any issues.

How was your experience creating a new account? Share your experiences, feedback, or issues in the comments section below.

   

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  1. I am an Indian citizen but currently living in Germany with a long-term research visa (D Type). Now, I have an opportunity from the US, and I need to apply for a J1. But in the CGI portal can’t see the option for Germany, and when the option is coming “from where you want to apply for the visa’, It automatically shows India. I already emailed to support-germany@ustraveldocs.com to transfer my country from India to Germany, but they did not response. As I am working and living in Germany, I need to apply for a visa from Germany itself. I also tried to contact the USTravelDocs customer services in Germany through call and live chat but the chat or call couldn’t connect. As my joining date is 13/05/2024, I desperately want to transfer the country to my CGI USTravelDocs portal.
    What should I do now?

    Reply
  2. Hi,
    My agent has created a profile for me and added my wife as a dependant. Later he created a profile for my son and added my daughter as a dependent. I want to go for the consulate appt together, How can I do this as getting appt for both profiles on same day is next to impossible.

    Reply
  3. Hi I am trying to book the consulate appointment for H1b stamping but Chennai consulate does not show any available slots. Only slot available is in Hyderabad. But my h1b approval notice i797b is showing consulate/poe as Chennai – and my DS160 also reflects the same. So can I go for stamping to any other location in India where the slot is available ? Or I have to only go to Chennai

    Reply
  4. We are trying ro get F2 visa appointment but there seems to be no slots available anytime soon. Do you know if more slots could be added in the next few months? With new Fall 2024 univ admits will more F1/F2 slots be available?

    Reply
  5. I am getting error while booking appointment.. I paid the fee in last year and now trying to book appointment.
    Error i am getting –
    The Given key was not presented in the dictionary.

    I sent around 10 email to visa support team and they just sent the same response every time. Anyone facing the same issue?

    Reply
    • sandeep,
      It seems like some are stuck here. Did you try calling them? There are some users who suggested closing the application and creating a new one from the home page. Also, if you have dependent attached, you could try to do it from their account as well to close and restart a new one.

      Reply
  6. Hey guys,
    I am renewing my current visa and booked an appointment with the new portal. I am eligible for the interview waiver but despite that I had to schedule an OFC appointment and a Consular appointment. I am wondering what is happening. I should have needed to book only the dropbox appointment for submitting the documents. Has anyone else faced this issue and successfully resolved it?

    Reply
    • Not sure if you are facing this issue. But, I was getting into the same problem. What worked at the end was to do ‘Close and start a new application’. I used the same DS-160 receipt and the same payment receipt in the new application. Booked the date through the same workflow, without logging out. This time everything worked and I was allowed to book, only the drop box OFC appointment.

      Reply
      • Hi Harini and Silvia,
        Are you able to book an appointment or fix the issues?
        I am also doing B1B2 renewal for my parents and even application is eligible for a Dropbox, it asked me to schedule an appointment for OFC and Consular.

        Reply
  7. Hi,

    My questions are related to the scenario below:-
    I had deferred my admission from last year to this year.

    Last year, I filled the DS-160, Paid the Visa Fees( F1 Visa – $160), but did NOT book appointment.
    For this year intake, Would I need to fill a new DS-160 form?

    In addition, I moved my Visa account from ustraveldocs to USAvisascheduling.com
    I can see the 3 boxes at the end of the page : Visa Information, Fee Payment and Dependents.
    Seems like all the details were carried over to the new site. But, I am not able to see them. ( Passport no, DS-160 number etc.)

    I am able to click on Schedule appointment and see if any slots are open.

    1. Is there a way to update/check the Profile details in this new portal ? (Passport no./DS-160 No. Address etc)
    2. I paid the visa fees ($160) in March 2023. I guess the visa payment is valid for 1 year before which I have to book my appointment. Is that correct?

    Much appreciated

    Thanks!

    Reply
  8. I’m trying to schedule an appointment for my dad and mom to bring them to the US on B2. Should I create the account under my dad’s name and then add my mom as a dependent?

    Reply
    • Vivek,
      Unfortunately, many have been facing issues with the new system. It is sad that the customer service is not up to the mark. All we can do is escalate and followup.

      Reply
  9. I created different profile for dependent and added to primary profile using “add using UID”.
    when i select payment option ‘citibank’ and submit i get the following error. “A validation error occurred for atlas_Payment_reference……”

    Its been months customer care is of no help. i have only 2.5 months left for the expiry of the MRV fee.
    Someone please help me solve this issue

    Reply
    • You can’t change DS-160, you don’t want to change it otherwise it will have negative impact. Your name in passport should match with DS-160/260, don’t worry about using different name in www.usvisascheduling.com site

      Reply
  10. I signed up with new user details but i am facing the following error when i try to login in the new website https://www.usvisascheduling.com/en-US/ after giving the secret answers . I am getting the following error for the past 10 days, not sure what exactly the mistake. Can i recreate my profile and try it. Any help here

    We’re sorry, but something went wrong. Please try again, and if this persists, contact the website administrator.

    Reply
    • Your profile is fine, its this people’s dumb site www.usvisascheduling.com. What you can do is try using firefox in private mode OR chrome incognito. Check your java to make sure its up to date. These people’s website error msg is useless, it does not give you better details, I have had issue where the error message says “an error has occurred” and that’s all.

      IF you haven’t entered your details such as passport number and dob and all or address then you can create new profile using totally different e-mail address and it will let you create it, again when you create new profile, I suggest you use firefox in private mode OR chrome incognito, that way it won’t save any temp/cache details.

      Reply
  11. Not able to login. Enter my username, password, answered security questions. But clicking on login either comes back to login page or displays an error. Apparently this error has been known for months now.

    Does this mean no one is able to get an appointment?? How does one get an appointment for VISA?? Does the embassy not know, why is this issue not getting fixed.

    Created several ids so far. Can’t get through no matter what

    Reply
  12. I filled ds160 form In the old site but not submitted.
    In the new site, it’s not showing my application.
    1) Whether I need to fill new forms in the new site
    2) or if I submit in old site, it will reflect here

    Kindly advise

    Reply
    • Snandh,
      Not able to understand….
      If the old account has not migrated properly, just create a new one. If you are stuck, call the customer service.

      Reply
  13. Hi,

    I created an account in the new portal and paid my fees on Oct 30, 2023, filled DS160 form for B1/B2 Visa renewal. As per the confirmation from the customer care the receipt number is tagged to my profile which I can see but I m not able to schedule my appointment.

    I still am not able to see any option on the dashboard to schedule an appointment. I can see the following options:

    Start Application
    Creat Group Request
    Manage Applications
    Feedback/Requests
    Messages

    By clicking Start application I filled step by step almost details like
    Applicant details
    Visa Options
    Additional option
    Interview waiver etc
    but further does not show any movement in the system and not able to see option to schedule an appointment. I tried writing to customer care but only have received generic responses. Now they say 2nd Nov -2024 is last day of confirm Visa fee receipt. I m not able to see visa fee receipt clicking option anywhere.

    Pl guide
    thanx
    Harsh

    Reply
    • Take a screenshot of your web portal when you login and create ticket within web portal using feedback/request section and put all details, attach the screenshot (make sure to save it as jpeg, not jpg, you can use pdf as well) and tell them that this is what you see and can’t schedule an appointment. Tell them that your java version is up to date, you have cleared cache and all and tried different computers and browsers and still same issue. Their system is lame, its sets a flag on your account and now you can’t do a da$% thing. I am in same situation, and I am only seeing three options. Usually you supposed to see “close the application and start new one” option. Its so annoying and frustrating that those front end poor people don’t have much info about backend systems and people who manage the backend are clueless, don’t know who designed UI and using what kind of logic but its total garbage.

      Reply
    • Hi, I am in the same situation as not been able to see an option to schedule appointment. Did it get resolved and what are the steps? Thanks

      Reply
  14. Hi,

    This new portal has lot of bugs. I’ve created new account and selected HYDERABAD as a visa OFC & interview location. I saw few slots and scheduled for an visa appointment in Hyderabad. But I have an received an appointment confirmation and email says that visa interview is in Chennai. I went back to website and suddenly visa interview location changed to Chennai where as I’ve selected appointment in Hyderabad. I’ve cancelled my appointment immediately.

    Second time, few appointment slots showed up today for Nov 14th and booked it. I’ve received an appointment confirmation email and OFC date is on 10/29. How can I go for a fingerprints on a past date? Did anyone face same issue? There is no customer service to contact about this issue.

    Reply
  15. I am facing issues to reschedule an appointment and email/call/chat none of them work. I have to get an appointment for immigrant visa at the consulate. However i do no see an option on the website to reschedule it. I am able to schedule an appointment for OFC but where do i get an appointment for Consulate visa Interview. This is so frustrating and crazy. No support at all. Would appreciate if anyone can assist or share a link to schedule consulate visa interview. My mom has to come here for her medical treatment but seems they dont care.

    Reply
    • If you want to reschedule an immigrant visa appointment, you have to use different visa category. Usually NVC/KCC schedule your visa interview and “you” can schedule your OFC (aka fingerprint/bio-metrics) appointment. Now IF you didn’t go for OFC appointment AND visa interview appointment due to personal reason or because your medical was not completed before your visa interview and now its completed then you have to go to your application and schedule appointment sing “class B medical” category and that will let you schedule OFC and VAC appointment. Usually state dept/us consulate should have sent you a letter with guideline. I have similar situation and I was able to schedule both but we had to cancel it and now I can’t schedule it again. And their front support is giving same cookie cutter answer and I don’t blame them but its really frustrating that the back end side team don’t do a dang thing to resolve the issue.

      Reply
  16. HI ,I created a profile for primary and separately for my son (dependent) for visa appointment scheduling. When I am trying to submit a dependent application it displays “Applicant Biodata currently locked”. Could anyone help me resolve the issue?

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  17. HI ,I created profile for primary and separately for my son name (he is dependent) for visa appointment scheduling. when i am trying to submit dependent application its displaying “Applicant Biodata currently locked”. any one have same issue? Provide solution please

    Reply
    • Send ticket from whatever the e-mail address you used to create your son’s profile, attach first page of passport that has its pictures, ask them to remove lock.

      Usually you shouldn’t create separate profile for your son, under primary applicant you can add dependent (and you provide different e-mail when you add them) and go from there.

      Login into your son’s profile and see if you can submit application or continue application to schedule appointment.

      Reply
  18. Hello,

    Thank you for putting together all the information. I would appreciate the assistance wrt the following:

    I paid the MRV Fee for the appointment (haven’t booked yet) while filling my DS-160 (say Application A) alongside. However, I was waiting on my legal team for some clarifications on some questions in the form. My Application A expired and I filled a new DS-160 (Application B) which I submitted. Since the new portal, does not enable me to update to the new DS-160 confirmation#, I am a confused with the next steps. Support team asked me to bring the old as well as the new confirmation receipts but I do not have the confirmation receipt for Application A since it was expired and never submitted in the first place. Could you please advise what steps can be taken on my end?

    Appreciate the assistance in advance!

    Reply
    • Becca,
      If you have not booked anything yet, you should be able to close the current application and create a new one. This way you can use the new DS-160 form. Check for options on that. Do post here, how it goes for community benefit.

      Reply
    • Print your old DS-160 and new one and take both with you. If they have ability, they can see your old DS-160 and confirm that, don’t need confirmation #. This web portal is so annoying. If you haven’t booked any appointment and IF you see option saying close the application and start new one, I would do that, that way it will be clean slate.

      Reply
  19. Hi,

    I created an account in the new portal and paid my fees on Oct 20, 2023. As per the confirmation from the customer care the receipt number is tagged to my profile which I can see and they have confirmed that I can not schedule my appointment.

    However I still am not able to see any option on the dashboard to schedule an appointment. I can see the following options:

    Start Application
    Creat Group Request
    Manage Applications
    Feedback/Requests
    Messages

    But there is not option to schedule an appointment. I tried writing to customer care but only have received generic responses. They have however confirmed that they did receive the visa fee and that the receipt number is now tagged to my profile which I can see.

    Kindly Advise,
    Regards
    M

    Reply
    • Hi, You may need to click on continue application and there you need to confirm the receipt which is tagged to your profile. Once you confirm, you will move to next page where you can see schedule OFC appointment, post this when you go back to home page you will schedule appointment on left hand side menu. Hope this helps.

      Reply
  20. I have tried to create an account but I do get an error “An invalid value is presented for a property”. Can you help me with this

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  21. I have created an account on https://www.usvisascheduling.com/en-US/SignIn for booking my OFC appointment. While creating the Profile I gave my name in camel case as : Vir Pratap
    but in my passport my name is written in all CAPS as VIR PRATAP. The name is the same but in the passport it is completely in capital letters whereas I have provided the name in camel case while filling the application for visa appointment. I tried changing it but there is no option to do that.
    So, Just wanted to confirm if this is an issue while coming for an appointment and does my name have to be in full caps or is it fine being in camel case! In DS160 by default it is in All CAPS so in DS160 the name is VIR PRATAP.

    Waiting for your reply.

    Reply
  22. Is it mandatory that Given name and surname to be given in Visa Scheduler has to be the first name and surname available in Passport?
    or can I use a short name for that?

    Reply
    • Anil,
      You should use the same details to be consistent as this data is again matched with your DS-160 by their systems. If it does not fit, enter as much as you can.

      Reply
  23. Hello Friends..

    I am trying to book a dropbox appointment for myself (H1) and my spouse (H4) together using the new site.

    I have already migrated my account from OLD portal to new portal. How can I bring my wife’s old account migrated to mine so I can book dropbox for both of us together ?

    Searched in lot of places, couldn’t find any reference.

    I am yet to start application. Waiting on the confimation/guidance of how to schedule a joint appointment (H1+H4).

    Thank you

    Reply
  24. The validity of my current stamped visa ended early September 2023. Due to challenges in scheduling appointment for myself and dependent together, based on service desk representative’s advice, I created a separate profile for dependent. I scheduled dropbox appointments for myself and dependent at the same date and time.

    My H-1B extension petition has been approved while my dependent’s H-4 extension petition is still pending with the USCIS. Will my dependent be fine with just my I-797 if her visa application is processed separately or is there a possibility at the VAC to merge our applications and send it for processing together?

    Reply
    • Arun,
      Yes, only your approval is good enough. You do not need the H4 Extension approval notice. That is only applicable when your spouse is in the US for stamping. You could technically go at the same time and do it. You can contact them to see, if they merge, but it should not matter.

      Reply
  25. I’m facing the problem usvisasheduling portal user id from 20 sep 2023 I make already user id but when I try to log in and ask the pages security question when I put answer it’s shows didn’t math ,please help me out from this problem and customer support should b help . But no ans till now …

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    • Did your issue get resolved? I’m having the same error and I’m not getting any response from support email nor I’m able to get a hold of anyone at support number +912262011000. Please help!

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    • Same to me as well call on hold for 60 Min no response. I sent email with PP copy still no response. on line chat no reply . really facing issue with the security answers. Request to sent to support to resent security answers as well
      .

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  26. I had paid MRV fee on the old portal. After tons of difficulty, I was ab;e to see and link my receipt. Due to no appointments available, I tried to change the consulate and closed the application to restart a new one. It unlinked your payment receipt and now I am getting a constant error message ” A validation error occurred for atlas_payment_reference.atlas_total_amount_usd. The value -75.0000000000 of type System.Decimal is outside the valid range(0 to 100000000000).”

    It is because anytime you close and start a new application, it sets a different reference # the profile despite all your details being the same (passport/DOB/Email) so it unlinks the receipt number from the old reference. This is a CRUEL website and whosoever made it, is definitely an amateur in his job. US Embassy is least bothered by this.

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    • How did you link your payment receipt to the new website?
      I’m having the same problem – paid fees when it was the old website, but the new one shows 0 under fees.

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    • Hi Parisha Bhatia … We need to contact customer care to unlink the receipt number?? how it is solved ?? Please explain this is my no 9848714949

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  27. Make sure your following and try creating account:
    Username: The new system requires you to enter a user name for future logins. You can choose a user name of your choice or simply remove the domain name details from your email. For example, let’s say you are using email “abc.xyz@gmail.com”, you can just use a username from the email like “abc.xyz”.

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  28. I am at fee step and have few questions.

    The fee step shows a form which has fields such as recipient, city, state, address zip code etc.? What are we supposed to fill in these fields? My current US address?

    Assuming , I filled my details above, it does finally go to the EFT screen and generated bank account details, ICICI bank, Mumbai. The Account Name is AVEP. I am unable to add the account to my bank and it says invalid account number. I used the virtual ICICI Bank account payee option to add above account.

    Is anyone successful in adding payee generated at USVisaScheduling.com site ?

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    • I am also having same exact issue. Only differenceidms that I filled out my parents India details and address instead of mine as they are the applicants.
      I don’t know how to resolve this. Any help from anyone will be appreciated.

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      • It worked for me. Even though it is an ICICI account, it was not taking the account number starting with AVEP. Tried adding it as other account and did the NEFT. Email receipt came after few hours.

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  29. When I signed up on this new portal it had two appointments an old appointment(Apr 2023) and latest appointment(Sep 2023) showing up on the new portal. However suddenly I am no longer seeing the latest appointment on my confirmation instead it shows old appointment that is from April. This portal is buggy and lacks lot of features.

    I have my visa slot scheduled for today, I am just going to go with the confirmation printout I have taken earlier where it had two appointments. I will update this thread on what happens next.

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  30. Manage dependent has added 2 times my wife names and also not able to delete her name from profile as well as remove button also not working due tộ technical fault , do not understand how I add her it’s really hard for me and try lots of time to get ans from feedback but no response do not understand how I solve my problem? And dependents, it keeps saying email already exists in database. Closed and started the application afresh still same issue. Raised tickets on same site using feedback menu and still no resolution

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    • Did your dependent issue resolved, I am facing same issue . please let me know if they are able to resolve this issue. This is so frustrating.

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      • Hi, I’m also struggling to add my dependent but it keeps saying already exists. tried calling and creating a case, but no reply from customer service. Did you get any updates for you?

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  31. Manage dependent has added 3 times my wife names and also not able to delete her name from profile as well as remove button also not working due tộ technical fault , do not understand how I add her it’s really hard for me and try lots of time to get ans from feedback but no response do not understand how I solve my problem?

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          • Hello bud – I am in horrible situation with this new website, which is absolutely a Joke. Did you hear any word on closed and opened new application? what will happen to paid receipts?
            In my situation I created Family/Group application for H1-B & H-4 after fee activation everything was fine, and it did reflect paid Visa fee amount tried to book slot and then it said ” an error occurred ” didn’t explain what error is then I tried to trouble shoot but nothing positive infact I lost “schedule appointment ” Tab and It’s currently saying continue application when I continue It’s throwing out a wiered error so planning to recreate new application so on safe side trying to understand If I will lose visa fee – thank you

        • Same situation
          Wrote several mails. Tried to contact support call each time wait for hours together but no one answers any call or mails.
          Continue Application and takes to Dependent page, update delivery address and back to main page. There’s no schedule option. Have paid the fees using new site. But that payment is not reflecting on this portal. Very very frustrating. Who created this website, I’m shocked.

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          • This is more frustating website. not sure who created . no validation and no customer support,.. eating lot of time

  32. how can we pay fees receipt for applicants and family members, i can see dependency in my profile but when i try on fee receipt page i can see number of applicants 1, can anyone in same boat?

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  33. If we already have taken a print out of Appointment Confirmation from old portal, can we go for Biometric appointment with it or do we still need to sign up in new portal with all its issues.Afraid that existing appointments will get cancelled .

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    • I had applied for tourist visa in August 2022. The payment was made in August 2022 and I had an appointment date confirmed for 28th October 2024. However, when I login to the new portal now to reschedule the interview, it shows that payment is pending. There is no response from the customer care.
      Please let me know how can I get this resolved.

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  34. Hi,
    In short, my experience has been the WORST. It’s very sad to see how little do they care about legal, law abiding and tax paying individuals like us. So disrespectful. Made payment on 24th July and still unable to schedule appointment.

    Issue: Made payment through old website. After transitioning to new website and making new application, it didn’t retrieve my old receipt number.
    After unsuccessful attempts to get their response via emails, chat and calling their helpline 1 million times, they finally pick up after a month and waiting for 60 min on hold. They said they can see my old receipt but it’s not showing up due to technical issue and it should be resolved soon. It’s been 2 month now but still same.
    Called them again and after waiting on hold for about an hour and explaining my issue, they just hung up.
    I was SHOCKED. Felt so helpless.

    Is there anyway I can escalate this and get this resolved?

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    • Chirag,
      Sorry to hear about your situation. Many users are having issues and the support is not consistent.
      I wish they had an escalation process. At least, one thing you could try is emailing the US Consulate or Embassy expressing the issue. Maybe they can consider. Check US Consulates India Contact info

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    • Same problem. Repeatedly mailed to support but no help. Did ur case get resolved? Mine is exactly the same issue. Dependent name and fees not getting reflected

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  35. Followed all the steps as an existing user and I keep getting the same prompt that the account does not exist. Upon emailing the cust service, just been getting an automated response.

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    • Kiran,
      Was the payment made as the old user or just without payment? Technically, it should work when you signup with the same email. Many had success, including me.
      Keep following up with them, or call them, to get more clarity. Please share your feedback here in comments for community benefit.

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      • Hi Kumar, I am facing issue while claiming the already paid receipt on the old website. I’m trying to reschedule my drobox appointment. Always it gives error an error saying “Could not find a Receipt with given Receipt Number and Payment Date”. I’m entering 12-digit MRV Receipt number and my payment transaction date . No help from Feedback/Help team. Am I doing anything wrong. Pls help.

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        • Rams,
          There are some issues people are facing maybe due to the timing or the system migration. Best bet is to contact them again or write to embassy or try to call them.

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    • Make sure your following and try creating account:
      Username: The new system requires you to enter a user name for future logins. You can choose a user name of your choice or simply remove the domain name details from your email. For example, let’s say you are using email “abc.xyz@gmail.com”, you can just use a username from the email like “abc.xyz”.

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