Blanket L-1 visa processing to completely move to the US Consulate General in Chennai
Staring December 1, 2011, the U.S. Consulate in Chennai will become the sole acceptance center in India for all applications for intra-company transfers under the blanket L-1 category. The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi and U.S. Consulates in Mumbai, Kolkata and Hyderabad will no longer accept or process applications for this visa category. The blanket L category includes specialized knowledge professionals, executives and managers.
Please note that spouse and children visas (L-2) and individual L-1 visas (for applicants with an individual L-1 approved by USCIS, form I-797) may be processed at all posts in India: Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, and New Delhi.
This is strictly an administrative/procedural change. It is not a change in the law for Indian companies.
For more, see: http://chennai.usconsulate.gov/tempworkers.html
U.S. Consulate in Mumbai moves to new facility in Bandra Kurla Complex
The U.S. Consulate General Mumbai will move this month from Lincoln House in Breach Candy and the American Center in Churchgate to its new facility in the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC). The new U.S. Consulate General at BKC reflects the expansion in U.S.-India relations, and features expanded space for consulate operations. The number of interview windows for services to visa applicants and U.S. citizens will increase significantly, from 13 to 44.
U.S. Consul General Peter Haas comments “our new home reflects the overall trend of U.S.-India ties. Our relationship with India is growing and modernizing, and our Consulate must do the same.”
Lincoln House will close its doors to the public on November 15 and reopen on November 21 at the new BKC location. The Consulate cannot provide visa services between November 15 and 21. Consular officers will host a webchat on November 9th at 7:00PM to answer specific questions about the shift and its effect on consular services.
The new consulate features state of the art green technology, including high-efficiency lighting, a gray-water recycling system, and a self contained waste water treatment facility.
For more, see: http://mumbai.usconsulate.gov/pr_110211.html