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U.S. embassy and consulates resume accepting drop box applications for H and L visa renewals who qualify under national interest exception to Presidential Proclamations

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The U.S. embassy in India has announced that the consular sections in its embassy and all the U.S. consulates in India are able to resume accepting drop box applications for F, M, and J visa renewals, and also for H and L visa renewals who qualify under the national interest exceptions of the Presidential Proclamations that had originally imposed visa bans on those particular visas.

This follows the earlier announcement on August 17, 2020 that the U.S. embassy and all its U.S. consulates in India will begin processing student (F-1) and academic exchange visitor (J-1) visa applications on a limited basis.

However, the U.S. Embassy and its Consulates in India will still remain closed for regular immigrant and nonimmigrant services though.

This latest announcement is welcome news to those visa applicants who have been waiting to apply for visa renewals either in India or even those who may have had travel plans to India from the U.S. and were caught in limbo due to the pandemic crisis and the related travel restrictions.

With the ever-changing news and development in immigration and related information, we do recommend readers to check back with our site for any updates regarding this and other developments. And if you have more specific questions, we encourage you to contact our office directly to schedule consultation.