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Appointments and Interviews

Scheduling Appointments

Make your appointment through UStraveldocs Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes before the time on your appointment letter.

To reschedule or cancel an appointment, follow the instructions on UStraveldocs

Find wait times for visa processing and appointments at the Department of State Travel Site.

Apply Early! Although the vast majority of visas are delivered in a week or less, some applications require administrative processing. Please do not make travel arrangements until you have received your visa.

Emergency Appointment

Emergency appointments are granted on a very limited basis for medical and humanitarian emergencies.

If it appears during the visa interview that you misrepresented the reasons for travel such facts will be noted on your case file and may adversely influence the outcome of your visa application. Emergency appointments must still complete form DS-160 on the Department of State website and purchase a valid fee receipt prior to appearing for the interview.

If you have an emergency, please vist UStraveldocs to schedule or send an appointment request. 

Interview Waivers

If you are not a citizen of India or Bhutan, and your country participates in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), you may be exempt from the visa and interview requirement.

If you are 80 years or older and have not been refused a visa in the last year, you may request an interview waiver following this procedure.

Children below 14 years of age are eligible for Interview Waiver Program

Effective immediately, children under 14 years of age are no longer required to appear for a nonimmigrant visa interview at any post in India.  This exemption covers all categories including B1/B2, H4, and L2 visa categories.

Parents having the appointment scheduled together with the child under 14 years of age should submit the required documents during the time of their Interview at Embassy/Consulate.

All applicants must include the following documents when submitting their applications at VAC/VFS office:

1. The applicant's valid passport.

2. A completed DS-160 application barcode.

3. Valid visa copy of the same visa category of either of the parents in which the child is applying. 

Note:. Visa issuance for those not appearing in person is not guaranteed. The Embassy /Consulate may in some cases, after reviewing an application, require the child to appear in person.

Family Interviews

Parents and children should schedule appointments together, even if they plan to travel separately. Each family member needs a DS-160 application barcode, MRV fee receipt and an appointment. 

If children are applying, both parents should interview with the child.  If one parent cannot attend, please bring a no objection letter from the absent parent.

If your children are not applying for visas, please do not bring them to the Consulate General unless absolutely necessary. There is limited space in the waiting room and the added noise makes it difficult for other applicants to hear properly during their interviews.


School groups, P-visa performance groups, athletic teams, and other large groups should apply together. Each group member is interviewed individually, and each member must completely fill out the DS-160. Visit UStraveldocs to make an appointment. 

Indian & Bhutanese Citizens Resident in the U.S.

If you are an Indian or Bhutanese citizen and live in the U.S., you can use a different application process.



Frequently Asked Questions about Appointments Interviews


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    There are restrictions on what you can bring with you.                               Click here to find out what they are.


  • Family Traveling

    Families should apply together-- even if traveling separately!