Notice: Extended wait times for consulate appointments

HIGHLIGHTS

The U.S. State Department is currently experiencing exceptionally long wait times, in excess of two or three months, for appointments to obtain a visa stamp in an applicant’s passport at the five U.S. consular posts in India. As of June 8, 2016, the waiting periods for appointments for employment-based visas (such as H-1B and L-1, as well as H-4 and L-2 dependent visas) reported by the specific consulates in India are as follows:

  • New Delhi: 100 calendar days
  • Chennai: 75 calendar days
  • Hyderabad: 93 calendar days
  • Kolkata: 83 calendar days
  • Mumbai: 88 calendar days

Foreign nationals who may travel to India in the coming months and who will need a new visa in order to return to the United States should take these processing times into account when planning travel times.

Mexico and Canada 
Foreign nationals planning international travel this summer should also be aware that the U.S. consulates in Canada generally have very limited availability of visa appointments during the summer months for people who are not citizens or residents of Canada. Anyone considering applying for a visa in Canada should therefore plan well in advance. The U.S. consulates in Mexico will accept appointments for people who are not residents or citizens of Mexico only if they are applying to renew a visa in the same category (e.g. H-1B) in which they have previously been issued a visa elsewhere. The consulates in Mexico will not accept appointments for individuals (other than citizens or residents of Mexico) who will be applying for H-1B visas for the first time.

Those who require a tourist visa to enter Canada should be aware that processing of these visas can take around one month. In many cases, those who have a currently valid U.S. visa are not required to obtain a separate visa to enter Mexico as a tourist.