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Updates: High Priority to K Visas, Drop Box Services Resume at the US Embassy in India, and New Rules Pertaining to Biometrics

As of August 28, 2020, US embassies are authorized to prioritize K visa cases, but the same may vary from an Embassy to Embassy. One needs to check the website of their nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for updates on what services are currently available. Please note the consular officers may revalidate the I-129F petition in four months increments.


Also, US Consular sections across India are now accepting drop box applications for F, M, and J visa renewals and H and L visa renewals who qualify for an exception to the Proclamations at Visa Application Centers across India. These applicants (H-1B, H-2B, L and J) may qualify for one of the national interest exceptions announced on August 12. To check the eligibility for drop box processing, one needs to visit the website of the US Embassy in India. The Department of State may also issue H-4, L-2, and J-2 visas to otherwise qualified derivative applicants who qualify for a national interest exception, such as those seeking to join a principal applicant currently in the United States. Student visa appointments are also available through the Embassies website. Currently, the US Consular sections remain closed for routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services.


In addition, The Department of Homeland Security today announced the imminent publication of a Notice of Proposed Rule making that proposes expanding department authorities and methods for collecting bio metrics that will establish a defined regulatory purpose for bio metrics.

The proposed rule would authorize bio metrics collection for identity verification in addition to new techniques, such as voice, iris and facial recognition to confirm the identity of an applicant. The proposed rule also authorizes DHS to collect DNA or DNA test results to verify a claimed genetic relationship when the applicant or petitioner is unable to provide sufficient documentary evidence to establish the claimed relationship.

We will regularly update the blog as soon as any new information is available pertaining to the US Embassies and New Rule pertaining to biometrics.




This article aims to provide new information concerning US embassies, and New rule pertaining to biometrics. This article, under no circumstances, acts as legal advice; therefore, for any immigration questions, please contact your Attorney or the Ahluwalia Law Offices, P.C. (Team ALO).



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