U.S. Embassy: U.S. Embassy to Resume Interviews for Tourist Visas in India

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The United States Embassy announced on Sunday that it is resuming B1-B2 tourist and visitor visa appointments in India from September after the student visa rush ended.
“The U.S. Mission to India is pleased to announce that we are resuming routine in-person tourist visa appointments in September 2022,” the official announcement read on the U.S. Embassy’s social media pages. United. “Previously scheduled placeholders have now been cancelled. Candidates whose mock appointments have been canceled can now re-enter the scheduling system to book regular appointments. Nominations have been open until 2023,” further states. the announcement.
Placeholders were appointment slots for B1-B2 visitor visa interviews given to new applicants who were not eligible for interview waivers. Since the interviews were not actually conducted, the placeholders were not real time slots and will therefore now be cancelled.
Applicants will need to book regular slots through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) scheduling system. Candidates who had received reserved slots had the option of making expedited or emergency appointment requests for interviews. However, if they had no valid reason to request such appointments, the requests were most likely not approved.
The US Mission to India had stopped interviewing for B1-B2 visas since March 2020 due to the pandemic and the announcement of the resumption of tourist visa interviews is a great relief to many Indians who had been forced to suspend their travel plans for several months.
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