Consolidation of B-1/B-2 Interview Waiver Appointments in New Delhi

Starting March 2024, the U.S. Embassy in India has consolidated B-1/B-2 interview waiver appointments in New Delhi, leading to limited appointment availability at U.S. consular posts in India. Applicants, however, still can submit applications at designated centers across India. This move aims to streamline the visa process, although it may inconvenience some applicants.

Highlights of the Announcement

  • Applicants eligible for interview waivers still can apply through any of the five Visa Application Centers (VACs) located in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, and New Delhi.
  • For a fee of INR 850 per application, applicants have the option of dropping off their documents at designated drop-off centers in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Cochin, Jalandhar, and Pune.
  • Limited availability in cities outside the capital may result in longer processing times and increased travel expenses for interview waiver applicants who then are asked to attend in-person interviews, as those interviews will be held at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi.


While the move to consolidate B-1/B-2 interview waiver appointments in New Delhi may enhance efficiency in some respects, it will present challenges and added costs for some applicants outside the capital region. If any additional important visa announcements are made, the details will be posted on MurthyDotCom.


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