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Visa Inquires to Stanley

Stanley now handles all telephone and email queries through their new multi-language call center and takes calls from 8:00 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), and 9:00 a.m. to 6:00p.m. on Sunday.  Please direct all your email queries now to or telephone 040-4625-8222 or 0120-484-4644 (for calls from India) and 1-703-520-2239(for calls from the U.S.).

Visitors to the United States require nonimmigrant visas.  Before applying,  know which type of visa suits your purpose of travel.  If you plan to permanently relocate to the United States, please visit Immigrant Visas.

Interview Waiver Program:

Do you qualify for an interview waiver?

How to Apply

Make your appointment through the UStraveldocs website or by telephoning the call center. Create a user account and make TWO appointments; one for finger-printing and photo at a Visa Application Center (VAC) and another for visa interview at the Embassy or Consulate.

 Carry with You to the Interview:

  • Your valid passport and previously issued passports
  • The DS-160 confirmation page with barcode
  • Appointment Confirmation Letter
  • H, L, and other petition-based visa applicants may bring copies of the I-797, I-129 and other petition-related documents
  • F, M students must bring the SEVIS receipt and I-20. 
  • J exchange visitors must bring the SEVIS receipt and DS-2019.
  • Science and technology applicants may require additional processing.  Bring supporting documents to minimize the processing time.

6. Due to security concerns and space limitations, U.S. consular sections do not permit interested parties such as friends, relatives, attorneys or business contacts to attend the visa interview with the applicant.

If an interested party wishes to provide information to a specific consular section concerning a particular visa applicant, they are encouraged to supply this information directly to the applicant. The applicant can then bring this information to the visa interview.

Delivery or Pick Up

Issued visas can be picked up at no extra charge at one of 33 document pick-up locations across India. Delivery can take up to seven business days but is normally much faster. 



Visa Applicants Planning to Engage in Technology-Related Business or Study While in the United States:

If you are involved in technical or scientific fields, your visa application may require administrative processing of approximately four to eight weeks. If you think this requirement will affect you, apply for your visa as early as possible, prepare for your visa interview well in advance and bring to your visa interview the following documents:

  Invitation:  An invitation letter from the sponsoring organization in the U.S.  For graduate students, workers and exchange visitors, this letter should include your supervisor or advisor and details about your work.

  Resume:  A detailed resume/CV, including your professional and academic background, and a list of all your publications.

  Itinerary:  An itinerary of all locations you will visit in the U.S, including contact names, organizations, addresses, and telephone numbers.

  Equipment:  A complete description of any equipment you plan to purchase or examine, including the equipment's use and users.

  Export License:  An export license issued by the U.S. Government for the equipment you plan to purchase.

  Research:  A complete and detailed description of your current and past research, and any research you intend to conduct in the U.S, including a description of the practical applications of your research or study.

  Purpose:  A detailed statement of the purpose of your visit to the U.S.
  Funding:  Information on who is funding your trip.
  Travelers:  A list of all the travelers who will accompany you, including family members and colleagues.

  Position:  Your current job title and a full description of your work.
Further Instructions & Information:

  • All documentation must be in English
  • You should be ready to answer specific questions during the visa interview about your research plans in the U.S.
  • If you do not bring complete information to your visa interview, for example, an invitation letter,  your resume and research summary, you may have your application delayed even further, or may be refused a visa and be required to apply again.
  • Processing of your application cannot begin until you have provided all the documentation requested at the time of the interview.

New Fraud Alert

  • Offers to provide you with a U.S. visa which do not involve appearing at a U.S. Consular Section for a visa interview are always scams.  Any unsolicited offer to provide you with a U.S. visa is usually a scam, whether online or in person. 

    If you are the target of a scam, please report it to your local law enforcement authorities immediately, as the U.S. government cannot generally take any legal action against the offenders.  However, informing the Consulate by email that you have been a victim may enable us to better assist with any later inquiries received from Indian authorities.  Copies of any documents received in the scam may also facilitate such assistance.

Support Documents

  • Applicants may choose to bring in support documentation directly to their visa interview to demonstrate their social and economic ties to India and the nature of their visit to the United States.  Such documentation, however, is not mandatory and Consular officers may or may not choose to examine the documentation. The fundamental rule for applying for a nonimmigrant visa is that every applicant must qualify based on his or her own circumstances and there is never a guarantee that any applicant will have his/her visa application approved. 


  • What Not To Bring

    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!