Dropbox for US Visa for Indian Students
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Dropbox for US Visa for Indian Students

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Aishwarya
Aishwarya Bhatnagar
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Updated on May 17, 2024 09:57 IST

Dropbox for US Visa for Indian Students: Dropbox for US student visa is another term used for interview waiver. There are a couple of eligibility criteria fulfilling which Dropbox for US visa can be exercised. Here’s an article to answer your queries on Dropbox for US visas for Indian students.

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Getting a student visa in USA can be challenging, but qualifying for the interviews can be even more challenging. What if you qualify for an interview waiver or ‘Dropbox’? If you qualify based on your supporting documents, fulfilment of eligibility criteria and following the correct procedure, you can qualify for Dropbox. Check out the article for all the major details if you wish to study in USA

What is a Dropbox for US Visa?

Dropbox or interview waiver in the USA is applicable for international students who have already been to the US hold a US visa currently or have a preexisting USA visa. The interview waiver is applicable for nonimmigrant visa holders in the US for all visa classifications except for B visa holders in the USA. A couple of procedures to be followed are described in the following sections.

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Who is Eligible for Dropbox for US Visa?

Nonimmigrant US visa holders, like students holding any of these visas like an F-1 visa, or an M-1 visa or J-1 visa or others, except for a B visa are eligible. 

Also, those whose visas are expiring and are applying for it within 48 months of their most recent nonimmigrant visa’s expiration date are eligible for Dropbox.

Once students submit their visa applications to the Embassy, they may automatically be eligible for Dropbox in the USA. Additionally, students will be eligible for an interview waiver, if they also meet the following criteria and they are:

  • Applying within their country of nationality or residence.
  • Have never been refused a visa before (unless refusal was overcome by the applicant or waived after fulfilling additional formalities).
  • Have no potential ineligibility which could pose a threat for rejection.

Applications that are rejected can be called for an interview face-to-face as well. This is completely up to the consular officers if they wish to take this step or not. 

Please note: Applicants are encouraged to check embassy and consulate websites for tracking their information about visa application requirements and procedures. And prepare themselves if any need arises for additional submissions.

Learn more about F1 Visa:

Documents required for F 1 Visa

Reasons for Rejection of US Student Visa

F1 Visa Interview Experience

F1 Student Visa Timelines

Dropbox Procedure for US Visa

Here’s the procedure for Dropbox for US visas for those renewing their visas:

  • Fill out your DS-160 Form, then create an online profile in the U.S. Visa Information Service based on your country. 
  • Applicants will be asked questions to determine their eligibility for the interview waiver. 
  • Based on the responses to the questions in the yes/no format you can either qualify or not qualify. If you do, you will receive a “Dropbox Confirmation Letter”.
  • Students will not be called for an in-person interview, in turn, they will be required to submit all necessary documentation at a specified Dropbox location. 
  • After reviewing your application, consular officers will send your passport stamped if it's approved, or without any stamp if the application has been rejected.

Ideally, this is the procedure for Dropbox for US student visa holders, seeking an extension. If they qualify, they can skip the interview and directly get a renewed visa to stay in the USA. 

Documents Required for US Visa Dropbox

Students who wish for an interview waiver or Dropbox should attach the following supporting documents:

  • Applicant's current and all old passports
  • A completed DS-160 confirmation page.
  • I20 - 2 copies
  • SEVIS Fee
  • Passport(s) - with all existing or preexisting US visas
  • 2 passport-size photos in US visa format

If all the documents are complete and support your application, you can qualify for Dropbox for a US visa. In case of discrepancies, you can be called for an interview. 

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Dropbox Locations for US Visa in India

Applicants can submit interview waiver forms for free at any of the 5 Visa Application Centers (VACs) located in the Indian cities of Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, or New Delhi. These are premium locations and their details are as follows if you wish to drop your passport and supporting documents either via post or yourself:

City Name

Operation Hours

Address

Delhi

Mon-Fri

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Shivaji Stadium Metro Station Concourse Level  Baba Kharak Singh Marg 

Connaught Place  

NewDelhi - 110001

Mumbai

Mon-Fri

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Parinee Crescenzo, 101, 1st Floor A Wing, G Block, 

Bandra Kurla Complex Bandra East 

Mumbai - 400051

Chennai

Mon-Fri

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Good Shepherd, No.82,

Kodambakkam High Road,

Nungambakkam 

Chennai - 600034

Hyderabad

Mon-Fri

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Lower Concourse , Hitec City Metro Station,

L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Limited - HITEC City,

Madhapur, Hyderabad - 500081

Kolkata

Mon-Fri

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Jasmine Tower 31

Shakespeare Sarani (1st Floor)

Kolkata - 700017

If not possible for these locations, applicants can also drop their documents off at any of the Document Dropoff Centers located in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Cochin, Jalandhar, or Pune for INR 850. Check out the details in the table below:

City Name

Operating Hours

Address

Chandigarh

Mon-Fri

10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Elante Offices, Gate 3, Unit B 208, 2nd Floor,

Block B, Plot No 178-178A,

Industrial & Business Park, Phase-I,

Chandigarh – 160002

Punjab – India

Jalandhar

Mon-Fri

10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Aman Plaza, 3rd floor, 310 Lajpat Nagar,

Nakodar Chowk,

Jalandhar, Punjab

144001

Ahmedabad

Mon-Fri

10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Gujarat Chambers Building

Shri Ambika Mills Ashram Road

Ahmedabad - 380009

Pune

Mon-Fri

10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

4th Floor, 93 Avenue Mall, Kalubai Chowk

Fatima Nagar, Wanowarie

Pune - 411022

Maharashtra – India

Bengaluru

Mon-Fri

10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Gopalan Innovation Mall,

22, Bannerghatta Main Rd,

Sarakki Industrial Layout,

3rd Phase, J. P. Nagar, Bengaluru,

Karnataka 560076

Kochi

Mon-Fri

10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

1st Floor Coastal Chambers Opp. Mercy Hotel

M.G Road Ravipuram

Kochi Kerala - 682015

If you qualify for Dropbox, getting your passport stamped with the minimum possible effort will be easier for you. Applicants should check all details first, ensure they are eligible and meet the Interview waiver requirements it is always recommended to go for a waiver rather than attending the interview. If you have queries you can drop in your comments below. You can also sign up for free Shiksha Abroad Counselling.

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