VISA Info.


Documents required for VISA(H1-B) Renewal

This is the compiled list of documents which might be needed when you go for Revalidation of your H1-B VISA. Consulate people may not ask for all these documents but it is better to be safe than sorry. * You MUST have these documents.
# Check with the Embassy.

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Documents required for VISA(H4)
* You MUST have these documents.

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US Consulates in India(Addresses and Phone Numbers)

New Delhi:
    U.S. Embassy
    Shanti Path
    ChanakyaPuri
    New Delhi 110021

    Phone: 91-11-6889033
    Fax:   91-11-6872028
Need some help here!!!!!

Calcutta:
    Phone: 91-33-2423611 to 2423615
Madras:
   Phone: 91-44-
Bombay:
   Phone: 91-22-3633611

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Consulate Holidays

Consular offices are closed on all legal holidays of India and of the United States on America.

Holidays of the U.S.A.
   January 1................................New Year's Day
   3rd Monday in January....................Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday
   3rd Monday in February...................President's Day
   Last Monday in May.......................Memorial Day
   July 4...................................Independence Day
   1st Monday in September..................Labor Day
   2nd Monday in October....................Columbus Day
   November 11..............................Veterans' Day
   4th Thursday in November.................Thanksgiving Day
   December 25..............................Christmas Day

Holidays of the India
(Please do not depend completely on this list)
    January

           1 - New Year's Day (Sat)
          12 - Swami Vivekananda Birth Anniversary (Tue)
          14 - Makar Sankranti (Thu)
          14 - Pongal (Thu)
          15 - Pongal (Kerala) (Fri)
          17 - Mauni Amavasya (Jain) (Sun)
          20 - Ramzan-Id (Wed)
          26 - Republic Day (Tue)
          30 - Mahatma Gandhi Commemoration Day (Sat)

   February

          14 - Mahashivratri (Sun)
          28 - Holika Dahan (Sun)

   March

           1 - Holi (Mon)
           2 - Dhulivandan (Tue)
           7 - Ranga Panchami(Sun)
          18 - Gudhi Padva (Thu)
          25 - Shri Ramnavami (Thu)
          29 - Bakri-Id and Mahavir Jayanti (Mon)
          31 - Hanuman Jayanti (Wed)

   April

           2 - Good Friday (Fri)
           4 - Easter Sunday (Sun)
          14 - Dr Ambedkar Jayanti (Wed)
          17 - Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti (Sat)
          27 - Moharram (Taajiyaa) (Tue)
          30 - Buddha Purnima (Fri)

   May

           1 - Labour Day, Maharashtra Day (Sat)

   June

          27 - Id-E-Milad (Sun)
          28 - Vat Purnima (Mon)

   July

          24 - Ashadi Ekadashi (Sat)
          28 - Guru Purnima (Wed)

   August

          15 - Independence Day (Sun)
          22 - Pateti (Sun)
          26 - Raksha Bandhan (Thu)

   September

           3 - Gopal Kala (Fri)
           5 - Teacher's Day (Sun)
           7 - Parushanparvarambh (Jain) (Tue)
           9 - Pola (Thu)
          13 - Shree Ganesh Chaturti (Mon)
          14 - Rishi Panchami (Tue)
          24 - Anant Chaturdashi, Onam (Kerala) (Fri)

   October

           2 - Gandhi Jayanti (Sat)
          10 - Ghatasthapana (Navtatra begins) (Sun)
          16 - Ayambil Oli begins (Jain) (Sat)
          19 - Dassera (Tue)
          24 - Kojagari Purnima (Sun)

   November

           5 - Dhanatrayodoshi (Fri)
           7 - Naraka Chaturdashi, Deepawali, Laxmi Pujan (Sun)
           9 - Balipratipada (Tue)
          10 - Bhaubeej (Wed)
          13 - Gyan Panchami (Jain) (Sat)
          14 - Pandit Nehru Birth Anniversary (Children's Day) (Sun)
          23 - Guru Nanak Jayanti (Tue)

   December

          10 - Ramzan (Muslim Month Begins) (Fri)
          13 - Naga Puja (Mon)
          22 - Shree Dattatraya Jayanti (Wed)
          25 - Christmas (Sat)

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Drop Box Facility

Drop box facilities are available on all the locations. Delhi Consulate accepts drop box application forms from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM.

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Miscellaneous Informations

    I had gone to New Delhi Consulate for my VISA renewal. So I can give you some details about New Delhi Consulate:

    If you want to stand in the queue to get the VISA then you should reach there early in the morning(by 5:30 AM). The queue does not starts at the consulate gate. When I went for my VISA (Nov. '98), The initial queue was on some road which was about 400 meters from consualte gate, then after 6:30 AM they will move you to the road closer to consulate gate(now you are 100 meters away from the consulate window), then at 7:30 AM they will allow you to move towards the consulate window(after checking you with metal detector, and looking inside your bags). The VISA application form will be distributed, which you are supposed to fill before you reach the window. Don't forget to keep a stapler or gum to paste your passport size photo to the application form.

    Your documents will be checked on the consulate window, then they will let you in. Inside they might ask couple of questions and ask for more documents(in my case they did not ask me any questions or to show more documents other than the first five in the above list which I had submitted any way). After they approve, you will have to come out and pay the VISA fee at the Cashier counter.

    From 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM they distribute the stamped passport. Be there early(again you will have to stand in a queue but fortunately that starts right at the Consulate window)!!!. There are more than one window, so check your token to find out which window you should be standing on.

'Njoy and Good Luck!!!

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