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U.S. Consulate General Cautions against Visa Scams

The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai reminds Indian citizens and residents to use caution when working with private entities to apply for visas to the United States, as reports of fraudulent e-mails, websites, and print advertisements offering visa services are on the rise.

In particular, one widespread Visa scam e-mail instructs recipients to send money via Western Union to a fictitious person at the U.S. Embassy.  If you have received this e-mail, you have been targeted by con artists.
Many private websites offer legitimate services to assist individuals in applying for visas, but some illegitimate entities claim to provide "visa services" as a cover for scams or identity theft.  Some of these websites may attempt to charge a fee for providing forms and information about immigration procedures that are available to the public at no charge on the Department of State ( and website.

It should be noted that ALL U.S. visas (including work, student and tourist visas) require personal interviews at the U.S. Consulates General located in Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad or the U.S. Embassy located in Delhi. 

Also, please be advised that all official U.S. Government email addresses end in “.gov”.  All emails ending with .com, .net, .biz, or .org are not from the U.S. Government.

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates General do not “locate” or “find” work for individuals.  If you receive correspondence from an individual claiming to be at the U.S. Embassy or Consulates General and offering work in the United States, you are being targeted for a scam.  Be aware that persons born in India are not currently eligible to participate in the Diversity Visa Program. 

To report incidents of visa fraud, please contact the Consulate General Chennai via e-mail at . Images of U.S. emblems such as flags, eagles, monuments, or official seals do not necessarily indicate a U.S. Government website.  A domain name of ".gov" ensures that a website is a legitimate U.S. Government site where the information is free and up-to-date.

Complaints about unwanted e-mails that may be scams can be sent to the U.S. Department of Justice at

Important Announcement

Soon most visitors to the United States will no longer have to fill out a Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record upon arriving at a U.S. air or sea port of entry.  For more information about the I-94 Automation Program please see Customs and Border Protection’s Fact Sheet (PDF: 93.8 KB)


On 11th March, Mission India launched a pilot program in Chennai for single day appointment scheduling for Blanket L visa applicants.  This means that applicants can visit the Offsite Facilitation Center (OFC) and Consulate in the same day.  The program is currently only available in Chennai for Blanket L visa applicants and their families traveling with them on L visas.  In order to make same day appointments possible, Consulate interviews need to be scheduled after 10:00 on the same day and OFC appointments must be scheduled in the morning from 08:00-10:00.  Applicants will not be able to schedule both appointments closer than two hours apart in order to allow adequate time for them to get from the OFC to the Consulate entrance.  To apply for single day appointments, your company will still use the normal website at  This program is another way in which we look to provide better customer service and promote legitimate business travel to the United States. 

Welcome to Visa Services!

The U.S. Consulate General, Chennai processes applications for both nonimmigrant and immigrant visas to the United States.

Nonimmigrant visas are for people visiting the U.S. temporarily for tourism, business, education, medical treatment, or petition-based employment.  The type of visa required depends on your purpose of travel.   

Immigrant visas are for applicants planning to permanently relocate to the United States.


The U.S. Consulate General, Chennai is located on Gemini Circle at the intersection of Anna Salai and Cathedral Road. Applicants with visa appointments should report to the Anna Salai entrance.

U.S. Consulate General Chennai
Gemini Circle, No. 220 Anna Salai
Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600006

The U.S. Embassy, New Delhi provides consular services in the states of Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, and the country of Bhutan.  If you are not in the Delhi Consular district, find your nearest consulate below.

Consular Districts

The U.S. Embassy, New Delhi provides consular services in the states of Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, and the country of Bhutan.  If you are not in the Delhi Consular district, find your nearest consulate below.

The Consulate General in Chennai provides consular services for the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, and the Union Territories of Lakshadweep islands, Pondicherry, and the Union Territories of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. 

The Consulate General in Hyderabad provides consular services for the state of Andhra Pradesh. 

The Consulate General in Kolkata provides consular services for the states of West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur, Meghalaya, Orissa, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, and Assam.

The Consulate General in Mumbai provides consular services for the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and the Union Territories of Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. 

Bangalore (Virtual Consulate, does not process visas)

Important Announcement

  • The Department of State acknowledges the International Civil Aviation Authority Organization (ICAO) deadline, requiring all travelers have a machine readable passport by November 24, 2015. Please note that under U.S. law a machine readable passport is NOT required for visa issuing purposes. So long as an applicant presents a valid passport, a visa can placed in it.

  • Note for all Companies applying for L-1 Blanket visas -

    USCIS has posted a new version of form I-129S, Nonimmigrant Petition Based on the Blanket L Petition.  Effective September 9, 2013 posts will no longer accept older version of the I-129S.  

    The new version adds a section requesting information regarding whether the beneficiary will be placed at an offsite location from the petitioner and an attestation regarding the release of controlled technology.  Additionally, the I-129S instructions have been updated with several clarifications.

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