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News regarding U.S. Embassy in Chennai, India

Nationals of Brazil and China are recipients of a new policy enacted by the State Department that they are now welcome to visit the U.S. The State Department has enacted this new policy because it has realized that more visitors from China and Brazil mean more American jobs.

In Brazil, consular officers have issued 59 % more visitor visas this year than they did last year. This means that 555,000 visitor visas were issued during a period of time in the year of 2012, while only 350,000 visas were issued last year during the same period of time in Brazil. New Consulates were also opened in Belo Horizonte and Porto Alegre.

In China, the consular officers have issued 46 % more visitor visas than they did last year for the same amount of time. The State Department is now also considering adding Visa services in Wuhan, China.

In addition, the wait times for the application processed have also been drastically reduced. In Brazil, the wait times have been reduced to less than two weeks for their visa appointments. In China, the wait times have been reduced to five days (yes, 5 days) for an appointment at the U.S. Consulates in China.

The above is great news for Americans, since these tourists have money to spend at our local businesses, shops, restaurants, etc. We welcome this new policy.

Mumbai, India Partial Reduction in Services Offered

As of March 7, 2011, the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai, India has indicated that they will no longer offer the services of handling H-1B and L-1 visas. Applicants for H and L visas may now schedule appointments at Chennai, New Delhi, and Hyderabad.

For more information from their website, please go to: http://mumbai.usconsulate.gov/applyingmain.html

Anyone with questions about this change can email the US Consulate General in Mumbai at infousmumbai@vfshelpline.com .

As I know from personal experience, many clients go to Mumbai to have their visa stamped and other services. Those that really need an appointment at Mumbai can send them an email to see what the options are and whether any exceptions can be made.