Indian Consulate in New York will remain open round the year and on holidays

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The Indian Consulate in New York has announced that it will remain open throughout the year, including weekends and other holidays, to address the “emergency requirements” of people.

The Consulate General of India in New York has stated that from May 10 it will remain open from 2 pm to 4 pm during all holidays.

“The Consulate will remain open during all holidays (including Saturday/Sunday and other public holidays) from 2 pm to 4 pm to address emergency requirements of the general public w.e.f. May 10, 2024,” a release issued by the consulate stated.

The Indian mission has advised applicants – “Before coming to the consulate for any emergency service, applicants should call the Consulate emergency helpline number: +1-917-815- 7066 to ascertain the per-requisite of supporting documents for these services and to ensure that they fall in the category of emergency services, which cannot be postponed to the next working day of the Consulate,” the consulate stated.

“This facility is only for emergency requirements of travel documents such as Emergency Visa, Emergency Certificate (for travel to India on the same day), and transportation of mortal remains being sent the same day. The applicant will be charged an emergency service fee for an Emergency Visa. This facility is for people with genuine emergencies
and not for regular consular services.”

Welcoming the initiative, Amit Kumar Sharma, head-Americas, VFS Global on the consulate general India New York’s announcement said, “First, I would like to congratulate the consul general for announcing these two initiatives. The availability of emergency services for 365 days is unheard of. We would like to reconfirm VFS Global’s full commitment to implement every initiative that the consulate general of India in New York or other consulates of India in the US wish to take. These initiatives make people’s journey to passport, and visa more comfortable and convenient. These initiatives will help citizens at large.”

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