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Immigration & Compliance Law 
H-1B Quota Update and Visa Processing Changes in India
H-1B Quota Update

As of 11/2/11, approximately 50,800 H-1B cap-subject petitions were receipted against the overall quota of 65,000.


The additional quota of 20,000 H-1B visa numbers for beneficiaries with an advanced degree from the U.S. has already been reached.


Unofficial estimates are that the H-1B quota will be reached over the next 4-6 weeks.

US Consulate in Mumbai Moves

The U.S. Consulate General Mumbai will move this month from Lincoln House to its new facility in the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC).


This 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. 


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:

Blanket L Visa Processing in India to be Centralized in Chennai

Blanket L Visa processing will move to the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai on December 1, 2011.

The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai will become the sole acceptance center in India for all applications for intracompany
transfers under the blanket L category as of December 1, 2011.


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.

All other visa processing procedures remain unchanged.

Please note that spouse and children visas (L2) and individual L visas (L1B and L1A individuals) may be processed at all posts in India - Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, and New Delhi.

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Leila Freijy
Law Office of Leila Freijy PLLC
Leila Freijy, Esq.
2701 Troy Center Dr.
Suite 410
Troy, MI 48084
248.287.4115 (fax)

(Of Counsel to Ellis Porter - Immigration Attorneys)

In This Issue
H-1B Quota Update
US Consulate in Mumbai Moves
Blanket L Visa Processing in India to be Centralized in Chennai