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US Embassy Open More B1/B2 Interview Waiver Appointment Slots

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The US Embassy in India on Monday announced that it has added more slots for B1 and B2 visa interview waiver appointments in three major Indian cities: Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai.

B1/B2 Visitor visas are nonimmigrant visas that allow people to enter the United States temporarily for business (visa category B-1), tourism (visa category B-2), or a combination of the two (B-1/B-2).

It is worth noting here that in a bid to reduce the long visa wait times, the US Embassy has made more visa applicants eligible for interview waivers. Not just that the embassy for the first time also sent some of these “drop box” applications from India abroad for adjudication.

B1/B2 Interview Waiver Appointment Slots

Now, the US embassy in India confirmed that those who are eligible for the interview waiver for B1/B2 Visas get the newly open appointment slots which are available at its Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai centres.

Who is eligible for US Visa Interview Waiver?

The US Embassy in India recently announced that anyone who has previously obtained a US visa will be eligible for visa interview waivers for student, business, and tourist visas.

In addition, applicants with expired B1 and B2 visas within the last four years are also eligible for a visa waiver.

According to the Embassy, Students are given first priority for visa interview waivers, particularly during the admission session. Skilled workers are next on the expedited list, followed by repeat B1/B2 visa applicants (whose visas expired within four years of application, making them eligible for interview waiver) and crew.

US Visa Wait Times for Interview Waiver

According to the US Department of State, the current wait time for US Visa interview waiver appointments is 297 days in Mumbai, 233 days in Delhi and 171 days in Chennai for a visitor’s visa.

While the visa wait time for student/exchange visitors in Mumbai is only 78 days, it is 2 calendar days in Delhi and 3 calendar days in Chennai. Similarly, Petition-Based Temporary Workers who qualify for an interview waiver can get appointments in about 300 days.

LocationVisitors (B1/B2)Students/Exchange VisitorsPetition-Based Temporary Workers
Mumbai297 Calendar Days78 Calendar Days296 Calendar Days
Delhi233 Calendar Days2 Calendar Days296 Calendar Days
Chennai171 Calendar Days3 Calendar Days302 Calendar Days

However, the current wait times for those who are not eligible for an interview for a US visa have reached an all-time high of 999 calendar days in Mumbai, 961 days in Delhi, 994 days in Hyderabad, 948 days in Chennai, and 904 days in Kolkata.

US Embassy/ConsulateVisa Wait Times
Mumbai999 Calendar Days
Delhi961 Calendar Days
Hyderabad994 Calendar Days
Chennai948 Calendar Days
Kolkata904 Calendar Days

Check Current Visa Appointment Wait Times

Visa Wait Times to Reduce by Summer 2023

According to a senior US embassy official, the waiting period for the issuance of a US Visa is expected to be significantly reduced by the summer of 2023, with the number reaching around 1.2 million.

Germany Opened Arms for Indian

Ease in Germany Schengen Visa Rules for India

As a result of centralisation of Schengen visa (short term visa) processing in German Visa Centre Mumbai, we are pleased to inform about… relaxation regarding appointment bookings,” the German embassy said in a statement. A short-stay Schengen visa allows one to visit Germany and other Schengen countries for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period. This visa is issued in the form of a sticker affixed to the passport of the traveller. “Appointments can be booked and Schengen visa applications can be submitted in all Visa Application Centres run by VFS Global all over India, regardless of your place of residence,” the Mission statement read. “If the Application Centre closest to your home town is already fully booked, please feel free to check for available appointment slots in one of the other major Indian cities,” it added. The relaxation, however, does not apply to applications for national visas (D-visa category) such as student, employment or family reunion visas, the embassy stated. A Schengen visa application form may be submitted three months prior to the intended travel date. The German Schengen Visa costs 80 euros for adults and 40 euros for minors, while work permits (or visas) cost 75 euros. Visa fee is waived for children under six years of age. Earlier this year, the German National Tourist Office (GNTO) observed a 214 per cent year on year increase in Indian tourists arriving in Germany.

New Visa Fees

VISA CATEGORYVISA FEE IN INRVISA FEE IN EURO
Schengen Visa (Adult)6400+Consultation80
Schengen Visa (Child between 06-12 years of age)
Please note that no visa fee is charged for the child below 06 years of age.
3200 +Consultation 40
** Consultation charges are as per Visa Agents
  • The applicable visa fee in Indian Rupees is as per the current exchange rate. It is subject to change without notice

Along with the visa fees, there is a service charge applicable per visa application 

  • VFS Logistics INR 1518/- (All VFS’s service charges are inclusive of Goods & Service Tax –SGST @ 9% and CGST@ 9%)
  • VFS Logistics INR 1224/- (All VFS’s service charges are inclusive of Goods & Service Tax –SGST @ 9% and CGST@ 9) – If fingerprints have been given within the last 59 months.
  • Optional Service Courier INR 502/-
  • Optional Service SMS INR 107/-
  • Optional Service Premium Lounge INR 2261/-
  • Application Pick Up & Drop Service along with courier Assurance – 1602/-

Mode of payment:

  • Cash
  • Demand Draft (in favor of VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd)
  • We also accept Visa, Master Card and Rupay

VFS service charge, applicable in Thimpu, Bhutan

  • VFS Logistics INR 1224/-
  • VFS Logistics INR 1224/- – If fingerprints have been given within the last 59 months.