Current H1B Visa Dropbox Processing Times at India Consulates[June 2024]

Once you’ve determined that you’re eligible for H1B dropbox, and scheduled your appointment to renew your H1B visa, there are many things to remember until your passport is stamped. This may include planning your travel with appropriate dates, seeking permission from your employers, etc. All of this can go smoothly if you know how long it takes to have your visa stamped in your passport after you submit the passport and other documents at dropbox drop-off location.

With over 12,300 visa holders sharing their US Visa Dropbox experiences at our sister website VisaGrader.com Dropbox tracker, we have summarized the data and put up trends of how much time it takes at different consulates in India.

During the 2023 year alone, 3,800 entries were submitted for H1B visas. In 2024, so far until June, we have received close to 2,215 entries from our community of users. We will update this article periodically to understand the latest trends in processing times across India.

Data Updated as of June 25th, 2024

Current H1B Dropbox Processing Time in India – Overall Insights

As of the latest data until June 25th 2024, we observe that the processing times are heading toward the lowest number of days since 2024’s start. Below are the key insights as of June 25th, 2024.

  • H1B Dropbox Processing times continue to trend downwards at all consulates in India in the last 12 months. This indicates that the delays are reducing, and US Consulates are performing much more efficiently.
  • Current H1B Dropbox Processing times range anywhere between one to two weeks across consulates in India.

H1B Dropbox Processing Time in Hyderabad US Consulate

As per our community-driven tracker at VisaGrader.com, for the US Consulate in Hyderabad, India, the current average processing time in June 2024 is approximately 17 days. It has come down from 44 days from May 2024.

Below is the table that lists the average processing times in days for H1B Dropbox submissions at the Hyderabad US Consulate for the last 12 months.

Month YearAverage Processing Time in Days
2024 June17
2024 May44
2024 April53
2024 March116
2024 February108
2024 January101
2023 December136
2023 November128
2023 October153
2023 September162
2023 August154
2023 July128
2023 June143

Below is a graph showing the H1B Dropbox Processing times trend in Hyderabad, India, for the last 12 months.

H1B Dropbox Processing Times at Hyderabad India - June 2024
H1B Dropbox Processing Times at Hyderabad India – June 2024

H1B Dropbox Processing Time in Chennai US Consulate

In our community-driven H1B visa Dropbox tracker at VisaGrader.com, there were 2,060 user submissions for 2024 as of June 2024 with Chennai Consulate in India listed as their consualte location. The current processing time at Chennai for H1B dropbox cases stands at 15 days as of June 2024.

The Chennai Consulate’s processing times trends are similar to the other US consulates, where the processing times were very high last year and they continue to come down this year since then.

Below is the table that lists the average processing times in days for H1B Dropbox submissions at the US Consulate in Chennai.

Month YearAverage Processing Time in Days
2024 June15
2024 May20
2024 April44
2024 March69
2024 February85
2024 January100
2023 December139
2023 November117
2023 October142
2023 September196
2023 August159
2023 July99
2023 June214

Below is a graph showing the H1B Dropbox Processing times trend in Chennai, India, for the last 12 months.

H1B Dropbox Processing Times at Chennai India - June 2024
H1B Dropbox Processing Times at Chennai India – June 2024

H1B Dropbox Processing Time at Delhi US Consulate

In total, there were a total of 163 submissions from the users in our community driven tracker, with their US Consulate as New Delhi, India in 2024. The current processing time for H1B dropbox at New Delhi Embassy stands at 14 days, which is consistent with other consulates.

Below is the table that lists the average processing times in days for H1B Dropbox submissions at the US Consulate in New Delhi.

Month – YearAverage Processing Time in Days
2024 June14
2024 May31
2024 April54
2024 March74
2024 February103
2024 January101
2023 December143
2023 November135
2023 October80
2023 September127
2023 August207
2023 July186
2023 June147

Below is a graph showing the H1B Dropbox Processing times trend in New Delhi, India, for the last 12 months.

H1B Dropbox Processing Times at New Delhi India - June 2024
H1B Dropbox Processing Times at New Delhi India – June 2024

H1B Dropbox Processing Times in Mumbai US Consulate

According to our data in our community-driven tracker, Mumbai consulate H1B dropbox processing times have continuously fallen to their lowest in recent months. The current processing time as of June 2024 stands at 15 days similar to other consulates.

Below is the table that lists the average processing times in days for H1B Dropbox submissions at the US Consulate in Mumbai, India.

Month – YearAvg. Processing Time in Days
2024 June15
2024 May31
2024 April35
2024 March88
2024 February110
2024 January78
2023 December106
2023 November111
2023 October106
2023 September158
2023 August114
2023 July163
2023 June131

Below is a graph showing the H1B Dropbox Processing times trend in Mumbai, India, for the last 12 months.

H1B Dropbox Processing Times at Mumbai India - June 2024
H1B Dropbox Processing Times at Mumbai India – June 2024

H1B Dropbox Processing Time in Kolkata US Consulate

As per the data in our community-driven tracker, there were few user-submitted entries for the Kolkata consulate, skewing the data a bit. On average, it took approximately 13 days to process H1B Dropbox submissions at the Kolkata consulate in India.

Below is the table that lists the average processing times in days for H1B Dropbox submissions at the US Consulate in Kolkata, India.

Month – Year Average Processing Time in Days
2024 June13
2024 May7
2024 April104
2024 March76
2024 February126
2024 January112
2023 December17
2023 November238
2023 October260
2023 September5
2023 August6
2023 July186
2023 June365

Below is a graph showing the H1B Dropbox Processing times trend in Kolkata, India, for the last 12 months.

H1B Dropbox Processing Times at Kolkata India - June 2024
H1B Dropbox Processing Times at Kolkata India – June 2024

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What do you think of the H1B Dropbox processing times trend in India? What was your experience? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

48 Comments

  1. Can I create a second account since i cancelled my application in first account since its i am unable to book a new appointment from 1st account for H-1B Dropbox.

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  2. Hi,

    I dropped off my documents for H1b at Bangalore on 4th April, the status changed to Delivered to Post on 8th April, and when I tried to check my status in “https://ceac.state.gov/”, it said, “Your search did not return any data.”
    Any idea how long it is going to take to update the status on “https://ceac.state.gov/”?

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  3. Hello, I have a similar question. I’ve scheduled Dropbox appointments for H1 and H4 visas for myself and my family. Initially, I couldn’t find any available appointment dates at the Delhi center, so I opted for a date at the Chennai center instead. I understand that I can drop my documents off at any center on the same date and time (May 20, 2024), but I’m curious if there’s any difference in the approval time depending on whether I drop them off in Chennai or Delhi, as I have only 3 and a half weeks of vacant time.

    Secondly, I recently changed my status from J1 to H1 visa while in the USA. When I was scheduling my visa appointment, I was granted a visa interview waiver. I’m a bit concerned because someone mentioned that when you change your visa status, you might still need to go through the visa interview process. Is it okay to have received the waiver in my situation?

    Thank you in advance for any guidance.

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  4. My wife had an appointment for H1B drop box for 13/02/2024 in Mumbai. She is flying back on 1/03/2024 and still the passport has not been delivered. There is no status on the website. We have mailed to the embassy and are waiting for reply.
    Will she get the passport in time?

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  5. I dropped for H1b stamping on January 11, 2024 at Chennai drop box, along with my wife for H4 stamping. Today is Jan 25, status still showing “ Application received “ last updated January 18th. Is this normal or delayed. My travel is scheduled for Feb 6 and I’m worried if I will receive my passport by then .

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  6. Is this page trying to say 1 application on an average might take ~150 days in month if we drop documents in March?
    Or does it mean in 1 day those many applications get processed?

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    • Hello Raja,

      I am not sure if I understand your question correctly. The above data represents the historical timelines based on user contributed data at visagrader.com. In most cases these accurately represent the timelines. These are average times and not exact times. Also, depending on your situation, things might go smoothly when compared to others. You can also see that as consulates ramp up their processing, the time it took on avg. to process each application has come down drastically over the last few months in 2023. Hoping to see that these will continue to trend down in the new year.

      Best,
      H1BGrader Team

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  7. I stay in Hyderabad, and have to take H1B drop box appointment here, however there are no slots available except Chennai, that too in Feb.
    Can i go ahead and schedule it for Chennai, and possible for drop the documents in VAC Hyderabad ?

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  8. Hello,
    My husband is on H1 and I am on h4. We both submitted our visa extension application on sep 15th. My husband’s visa was issued by oct 3rd. At the time, my status was showing as approved. Now its Jan 2024 but since dec 22nd, my visa status changed to application received. I emailed senators office and they only gave me vague update saying its being processed. What else can I do? I am very worried, its been 4 months.

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  9. Hi, I dropped off my documents for H1B dropbox at Hyderabad on 20th December 2023(location for VAC is Chennai on appointment confirmation), when i tried to check my status in “https://ceac.state.gov/”, it didn’t bring up any results in Hyderabad, or Chennai. But when i selected Mumbai it shows application received! please advice.

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    • Hi,

      I dropped off my documents for H1b at Bangalore on 4th April, the status changed to Delivered to Post on 8th April, and when I tried to check my status in “https://ceac.state.gov/”, it said, “Your search did not return any data.”
      Any idea how long it is going to take to update the status on “https://ceac.state.gov/”?

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  10. My son’s H1B visa drop box appointment missed. Is there any way to get an appointment for Dropbox. He has booked the ticket back to US on 20th Jan 2023. Any way to get it stamped by that time. He is an H1B visa holder. This is for restamping.

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  11. 1. When I filled my H1b application, I was dropbox eligible but i had chosen New Delhi as my consulate/preferred site.
    Can I do dropbox in Chennai? As those are the only dates available

    2. My job starts Feb 15th, there are no slots atm till March. Is there anything I can do? Any chances that slots may open up in other centers?

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  12. Hi All,

    I have a Dropbox appointment on Jan 24 2024 at Chennai for H1B stamping. I don’t see any slots opening for other centers other than Chennai which is full till Feb .

    Do you think USCIS will release any more slots in other centers in late dec or Jan ? As of now no appointment slots seen for mumbai Delhi Hyderabad Kolkata

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    • Abhishek,
      To clarify, firstly USCIS does not release slots, it is US Department of State. Coming to your question, Yes, they do release slots as some capacity opens up. It can be random and hard to predict how many they will release. They will update everyone, if a large set is released.

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  13. As dropbox processing in centralised in Chennai, do u think USCIS will be able to deliver the dropbox processing commitment in 7 to 10 business days from Jan 24 onwards, as they say while taking odciment at the dropbix window?

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  14. My husband is on H4 and I am on H1b status. Because of limited stamp appointment dates, he got his appointment on Jan 18 and I got on Jan 25. We are traveling back on feb 27. Will that be any issue with the stamping process.

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  15. My son has an appointment on 16th Jan in Chennai and ne needs to be back by 27th in the US for his project and has booked tickets accordingly Can his visa be expedited in any manner? Kindly advise asap

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    • I think submitting the Dropbox on Jan 16 he should get his passport back within -3-4 days and he should be good to fly back on 27. I had Dropbox at Kolkata last year and
      I received my stamped passport within a single day . You never know.

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  16. My son has an appointment at chennai on 6 th Jan 2024 .
    Can he drop his passport in Mumbai on the same date and time ?

    He has a ticket to travel back to USA on 15th Jan 2024 for his job :

    a) will he get his passport back in normal course ?
    b) can he request for an expedited appointment via an interview ?

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    • Ajay S,
      Yes, he can drop in Mumbai.
      a) well, this is hard to say due to various factors. You can see the above processing times average. Factor in some buffer and then ask him to plan.
      b) Well, unless, he falls under certain criteria, he cannot request expedite appointment. He would know, ask him to check with consualte.

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