Indian citizens who apply for U.S. immigration visas can now check their status online, according to a statement from the U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata. The US Mission in India, a sector of the Embassy of the United States, stated that the US Department of State’s new system will offer better customer service 24 hours a day and continued transparency during the application process.
The new Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) Status Check is available for both immigrant visa (IV) and nonimmigrant visa (NIV) applicants. Individuals need their CEAC barcode, and the interview location for NIV cases or the case number for IV cases, and the CEAC will deliver the status of their application. For NIV applicants, the status will either be “no status,” “ready,” “administrative processing,” “issued” or “refused.” IV applicants will have a status of “ready,” “administrative processing,” “issued,” “expired,” “expiring soon,” “return to NVC,” “transfer in progress” or “refused.”
This initiative is coming at the heels of several other enhancements, including off-site fingerprinting and photography services and the expanded Interview Waiver Program. The combination of these initiatives is an effort to allow more people to apply for visas in the future, streamline customer service and improve travel between India and the United States.