Applications for US visa renewal can now be submitted through dropbox

People who need to renew their US visa can now submit applications through dropbox, the US Embassy has said while clarifying that such requests would not be entertained through email.

According to John Ballard, the consular chief at the US Consulate General in Mumbai, the US embassy and consulates in India have prepared to receive a record number of visas from Indian students in 2023.

The US embassy processed over 1,25,000 student visas in 2022.

“It was the most students that we have ever adjudicated here in India and we expect in 2023, we will have even more Indian students that will be coming into apply for visas,” Ballard told PTI.

The US, last month, launched new initiatives, including scheduling special interviews for first time applicants and increasing strength of consular staff.

As part of the multi-pronged approach to cut the visa backlog, the US embassy in Delhi and the consulates in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad conducted “special Saturday interview days” on January 21.

The mission will continue to open “additional slots” for appointments to take place on select Saturdays in the coming months.

The US mission in India released more than 2,50,000 additional B1/B2 appointments. While B1 is a business visa, B-2 is tourism visa.