Change in Method of Scheduling 221(g) Appointments in India02 Aug 2022
The U.S. consulates in India have recently altered the method for a visa applicant to appear for a follow-up appointment following a 221(g) refusal. The new process appears to be an improvement over the prior method, which required the applicant to schedule the follow-up appointment via the CGI Federal portal.
Follow-Up Appointment Process
U.S. consular posts are permitting 221 (g) applicants to appear for a follow up interview in one of two ways:
- The U.S. consular post will notify the applicant of the date and time of the new appointment.
- Alternatively, the U.S. consulate may advise the applicant to appear for the follow-up interview on any business day during a specific time range.
The new process appears to be an improvement over the prior method, which required a visa applicant to schedule a follow-up appointment on the CGI Federal website. Under the new system, there is greater clarity and more availability of interview appointments. Hopefully, this will help to clear some of the backlogs that have plagued the consulates since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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