• Consulates in the United States Restrict Submission of Visa Applications by Representatives
  • July 16, 2013
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • Several Indian consulates in the United States are restricting the filing of visa applications by third-party representatives while others are making changes to their geographic jurisdictions.

    The Indian consulate in San Francisco has temporarily ceased accepting visa applications from immigration and visa services providers and other representatives. Consulates in New York and Washington, D.C. are limiting the number of third-party submissions accepted per day.

    For the time being, visa applicants within the jurisdictions of New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. are advised to file their applications directly or through an employer representative (who must present a company ID or badge). Applicants who must file at the consulate in San Francisco are advised to visit the website for the consulate’s visa services vendor for further instructions.

    Some changes in consular jurisdiction will take place on July 18. The jurisdiction of the Houston consulate will expand to include residents of Colorado, Nebraska and New Mexico. The consulate in Atlanta will assume responsibility for the processing of applications from residents of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee and the U.S. Virgin Islands, all of which previously fell under other consulates’ jurisdictions.

    Processing delays continue at all Indian consulates in the US following a change in the vendor that provides visa services to the Indian government.

    It is not known how long these temporary restrictions will continue.