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US Consulate in Mumbai Restarts All Immigrant Visa Applications After COVID

This development came on the occasion of the 8th Annual Student Visa Day.

US Consulate in Mumbai Restarts All Immigrant Visa Applications After COVID
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On Thursday, June 13, the US Consulate General in Mumbai celebrated the 8th Annual Student Visa Day. This celebration comes at a time when there is a notable increase in the demand for student visas. On the same day, the consulate's team conducted interviews with approximately 3,900 aspiring students.

"Every international student on a U.S. campus represents tremendous accomplishment—years of study and hard work that went into preparing for academic excellence," said Ambassador Eric Garcetti, expressing his warmest wishes for all Indian students. "Today's Indian students, like their predecessors, have enormous potential; the connections you will make, the knowledge you will discover, and the new abilities and opportunities you will encounter are all worthwhile endeavours. Every student represents India with pride. We are moving the U.S-Indian relationship ahead together!"

The consulate general also announced that it has resumed the visa appointments across all categories that were put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The consulate general will allow new appointments as well as appointments for those who were issued 221(g). This will allow applicants to provide any additional documents required for their applications.

The Immigrant Visa Unit of the US Consulate General in Mumbai has reported that all applicants whose interviews were cancelled due to the pandemic were sent guidelines on rescheduling. The goal is to speed up visa processing and reduce the backlog of applications.

A foreign national who intends to immigrate to the US typically needs to have an accepted petition before applying for an immigrant visa. This petition has to be sponsored by a US citizen who is an immediate relative, a lawful permanent resident, or a prospective US employer. 

The sponsor initiates the process by submitting a petition with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on behalf of the foreign national. Then the petition is approved by USCIS, and the pre-processing by the National Visa Centre (NVC) is completed.

Once that happens, applicants can refer to the Consulate's website and the NVC's guidelines for further information. Individuals picked in the Diversity Visa Lottery will receive instructions from the Kentucky Consular Centre (KCC) on how to proceed with visa processing.

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