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last updated on 2011-08-09 by salraf86

Phone Number: 044-4231-6767
E-Mail: ChennaiIV@state.gov
Address: Consulate General of the United States of America
Gemini Circle
220 Anna Salai
Chennai 600 006
Working Hours: 8am-5pm
Best Contact Method: Email takes 2 business working days to reply. You can call them on 044-2857-4242
Approx Waiting Time for Interview After Consulate Recieves NVC Package: It takes approx 4 weeks. NVC schedules the interview once the case is completed and sends the document to the Chennai consulates through DHL. I am not sure if they still mail you packet 3 and packet 4 anymore but i got all my info from the embassy thru the email i provided them. Plus if you do plan on rescheduling it takes 2 business days and you can get a date for which you request or the next available one.
Issues Packet 3?
Packet 3 Contains: In Packet 3 for K-1 visa they will send you:
1. DS-230 Part I (Send 2 pages back to Consulate immediately)
2. Checklist/Applicant Statement (Send back to Consulate immediately)
3. I-134 (Take to interview)
4. Passport photos instructions (Take to interview)
5. Instruction package for visa facilitation office (To prepare for interview)

Check the following web-site for the above forms: http://chennai.usconsulate.gov/immigrantstous/glossary-of-iv-documents-and-terms.html

For Packet 3 for IR-1/CR-1 visa, you may refer to:
Issues Packet 4? Yes
Packet 4 Contents (if known): 1. K1-appt letter
2. DS0230.pdf (form)
3. DS-156.pdf (form)
4. DS-156k.pdf (form)
5. Information for K1 applicants (info)
7. Domicile for IV sponsors (info)
8. Med Exam Cover Letter (info)
9. PHOTO INSTRUCTIONS & Poverty Guidelines (info)

Packet 4 mailed on 28 Feb, arrived only on 15 Mch. They also sent the same documents via email.
Forms to Consulate? All below items need to brought to the Embassy on the day of your appointment, it no longer as to be given to VFS, only after your approval you have to pay RS 380 for the Courier Service which is done at your close VFS center.

1. Passport - copy
2. DS-230 Part 1
3. DS-156
4. Photos - 2 (attached to form DS-156)
5. DS-156K
6. Birth Certificate
7. Evidence of Relationship
8. Police Report
9. I-134 from sponsor (plus bank records, most recent tax return, employment letter)
10. Medical Report
Other Forms (if any)? Obtain the following documents on this checklist with pertain to you. DO NOT send them to this office. The documents are reqd at the time of interview.

1. Passports
2. Birth Certificates
3. Unobtainable Birth Certificate / notarized affidavit from parents
4. Photographs (two color photos..)
5. Marriage Certificates (certified copy) of Petitioner and/or Applicant if one or both were married earlier
6. Divorce decree (notarized), if Petitioner and/or Applicant were married and divorced before this engagement
7. Evidence of relationship (letters, emails, photos, engagement evidentce)
8. Police Records (where the applicant resided.....*** lot of unclear info ***)
9. Court and Prison records
10. Military records
11. Evidence of support -- Form I-134 and most recent year's tax returns
12. Translations in English required.
13. Medical Examination
14. Police certification

In order to get an interview date, the applicant must give an certification that all of the above items that pertain to him / her have been gathered and are in possession to request an interview. (See 'What forms should be send back to the Consulate?')
Direct Consular Filing Offered?
If DCF Allowed: For all or only US citizen lawfully resident in country?
Can fiance(e)/spouse attend interview? No
Visa fee payment "same day" or "in advance"? Same_Day
Did embassy schedule interview or could you walk-in? Embassy Scheduled
Visa issued same day? No
If not what's the waiting period? Sent by mail within two days or upto a week unless you are not under AP
Is the Medical exam same day as interview? Prior to Interview
Cost of Medical Exam? Rs 2800 for complete General Check up and RS 2200 for three vaccination which comes around a total of Rs 5000/- But keep more so that you do not face any problem by going back to get money if anything is needed.
List of doctors? Currently you cannot have medical check up anywhere other than Apollo hospital
Chennai, Tamil Nadu:
The Apollo Heart Centre, 156 Greams Road, Chennai 600 006
Telephone: 91-44-60601066
Please schedule your appointment for 4-7 days before your visa interview.
Email: immigration_cni@apollohospitals.com
Website: http://chennai.apollohospitals.com/united-states-immigration-medical-checkup

Please check the link below for the documents to be brought to Apollo hospital
For each family member, bring
Original appointment letter
Three most recent photographs
All medical records of vaccinations, prior illnesses and treatments. You will discuss your medical history and current conditions – pregnancy, diabetes, hypertension and other conditions and medications taken – with the physician.
Link : http://chennai.usconsulate.gov/immigrantstous/medical-exam.html
How many Passport Photo's Required for the medical? 1
How many Passport Photo's Required at the interview? 1
Estimated waiting time at the consulate on the day of interview? Immigrant Visa interviews are done at 1:00 pm now. The lines are shorter and the wait time is around 20 mins per window, hoping that huge families are not present at the window. I was out by 2:30 pm. Once you enter all your documents are checked when your number is called. If all looks good then you go to second window for finger printing and then finally interview. I got it all done in all most an hour. Plus make sure Your DD is for the exact amount they wont take a penny more and a penny less. You can pay in cash also at the embassy.
Vaccination requirements? No vaccinations required for K1 applicants.
Cheap and good hotels near the Consulate? Hotel Ranjit - this hotel is in a bad state and really bad option but if you dont care its an okay choice
Hotel Palmgrove
Hotel Springs (right next to Palmgrove)
The Park
Taj Coromandel
Additional Info? 1. Come at 12:30 pm not earlier; when you come has nothing to do with when you are interviewed, the call the token numbers at random.

2. Get your Demand Draft from any Nationalized Bank , DO NOT PAY AT HDFC ANYMORE.

PS: All Info correct as of April 25, 2011

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