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Here's how to apply for specific visas, contact the U.S. embassy in India, and more:


K-1 Fiancé Visa

General process

Looking to apply for a K-1 fiancé visa? The general K-1 visa process looks the same for Indian applicants as it does for applicants from other countries. More information on K-1 wait times, costs, and requirements can be found in Boundless’ K-1 guide. Here’s a more detailed breakdown of K-1 costs and processing times:

Timeline for Indian applicants

Cost for indian applicants

Marriage-Based Green Cards

General Process

If you and your partner are already married, or considering marriage soon, you may be thinking about applying for a marriage-based green card. Similar to the K-1 visa, the marriage-based green card process is standard for Indian applicants. Wait times, costs, and requirements differ depending on where the Indian-born spouse lives and whether the sponsoring spouse is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. More information can be found in Boundless’ marriage-based green card guide. Here’s a more detailed breakdown of the costs and processing times for your specific situation:

Timeline for Indian applicants

Cost for indian applicants

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Immigrating with Children

K-2 Visas

Looking to immigrate from India with your children? If you’re going the K-1 visa route, the K-2 visa may be a good option for your family. The K-2 visa can be used by the children of a K-1 fiancé visa holder to enter the United States and immigrate with their parent at the same time.

Boundless can help you include any unmarried children under the age of 21 on your K-1 fiancé visa application for no extra charge. Learn more about what we do to help.

IR-2 Child Visas

If you’re a U.S. citizen and your child is living in India, it may be possible to sponsor them for a green card through the IR-2 child visa process. More information on the process and requirements can be found in Boundless’ IR-2 guide.

Boundless can help you include your children on your green card application for just $450 per child. Check your family’s eligibility here.

U.S. Embassy Information

All immigrant visa applications in India are processed at the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai:

U.S. Consulate General Mumbai

C-49, G-Block, Bandra Kurla Complex

Bandra East, Mumbai 400051

Phone: (91-22) 2672-4000

For questions regarding family-based visas, applicants in India can contact the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai directly via email at support-india@ustraveldocs.com.

Other immigration matters are processed at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi:

U.S. Embassy New Delhi

Shantipath, Chanakyapuri

New Delhi – 110021

Phone: 011-91-11-2419-8000

Special Considerations

Visa Bulletin Information

If you’re an Indian national being sponsored for a green card by an employer or family member, you may have heard about the Visa Bulletin.

The visa bulletin is issued every month by the Department of State. It shows which green card applications can move forward, based on when the sponsorship petition that starts the green card process was originally filed. It also lets you estimate how long it will take before you will be able to get your green card, based on how quickly the “line” is moving now.

The visa bulletin has separate columns for China, India, Mexico, and the Philippines. The wait time for a green card is often longer—and sometimes much longer—for citizens of these four countries, because their annual demand for green cards exceeds the 7% “country cap” placed on the number of green cards issued per year. This means that practically speaking, there are separate backlogs and green card lines for each of these four countries, which also vary by green card category.Want to learn more about what’s happening with green card backlogs and wait times for Indian nationals? Every month, Boundless releases visa bulletin explainers that demystify this process and show trends over time.

H1-B visas and Employment-based Immigration

Not every Indian national living in the U.S. has taken the family immigration route. It is possible to immigrate to the U.S. through employment sponsorship. The H-1B visa is a nonimmigrant work visa that allows U.S. employers to hire foreign workers for specialty jobs that require a bachelor’s degree or equivalent. This can include occupations in fields such as IT, finance, engineering, architecture or more.

The H-1B is a popular visa for those looking to work (and live) permanently in the U.S.. For more information on H1-B visa eligibility, the application process and other common questions, check out Boundless’ “H1-B Visa, Explained” guide.

Financial Considerations

Moving to the U.S. and navigating a different financial system can be a challenge. Boundless put together some helpful finance tips and resources for new immigrants in the U.S. in our financial guide.

Our financial guide provides information on establishing your financial footprint in the U.S., such as how to conduct banking services in the U.S. and how to build credit and obtain credit cards. You can also find helpful tips for filing taxes and obtaining health insurance coverage as a new immigrant.

Navigating the U.S. Education System

If you’re interested in studying in the U.S. or supporting your child’s education, Boundless put together resources on how to navigate the U.S. education system, including an explanation of how public school is structured in the U.S., how to enroll in specific schools, and more.

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Additional Resources

Boundless India Facebook Page

U.S. Citizens – Embassy Information

Family-based Immigration – Embassy Information

Fiancé Visa – Embassy Information

Civil Documents – Reciprocity Schedule


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