Current H1B Visa Dropbox Processing Times at India Consulates[Dec 2023]

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 8,500 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, 3,632 entries were submitted for H1B Visa. We will update this article every month to understand the latest trends in processing times across India.

Data Updated as of December 6th, 2023

Current H1B Dropbox Processing Time in India – Overall Insights

As of the latest data until December 2023, we observe that the processing times are heading toward the lowest number of days since 2023’s start. Below are the key insights as of December 6th, 2023.

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

H1B Dropbox Processing Time in Hyderabad US Consulate

As per our community-driven tracker at VisaGrader.com, there were approximately 1,184 experiences shared for the US Consulate in Hyderabad, India for the year 2023. The average processing time is approximately 93 days, which comes to about three months.

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

MonthYear Avg. Processing Time
in Days
January 2023172
February 2023145
March 2023159
April 2023162
May 2023119
June 2023106
July 202342
August 202369
September 202347
October 202345
November 202334
December 202323
Table with information about average Dropbox processing times at the US Consulate in Hyderabad for Year 2023

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

H1B Dropbox ProcessingTime Trend in Hyderabad, India
H1B Dropbox ProcessingTime Trend in Hyderabad, India

H1B Dropbox Processing Time in Chennai US Consulate

In our community-driven tracker at VisaGrader.com, there were a total of 923 user submissions about their H1B visa Dropbox experience at the Chennai consulate in India. The Chennai Consulate’s processing times trends are similar to the other US consulates, where the processing times were at peak at the beginning of the year and trended down.

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

Month – Year Avg. Processing Time
in Days
January 2023149
February 2023161
March 2023126
April 202379
May 2023103
June 202370
July 202349
August 202366
September 202361
October 202334
November 202320
December 202312
Table with information about average Dropbox processing times at the US Consulate in Chennai for Year 2023

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

H1B Dropbox ProcessingTime Trend in Chennai, India
H1B Dropbox ProcessingTime Trend in Chennai, India

H1B Dropbox Processing Time at Delhi US Consulate

In total, there were a total of 846 submissions from the users in our community driven tracker, with their US Consulate as New Delhi, India. The processing times have remained consistent, averaging less than a month.

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

Month – YearAvg. Processing Time
in Days
January 2023166
February 2023188
March 2023169
April 2023103
May 202384
June 202358
July 202360
August 202380
September 202351
October 202325
November 202323
December 202328
Table with information about average Dropbox processing times at the US Consulate in New Delhi for Year 2023

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

H1B Dropbox ProcessingTime Trend in New Delhi, India
H1B Dropbox Processing Time Trend in New Delhi, India

H1B Dropbox Processing Times in Mumbai US Consulate

According to our data in our community-driven tracker, there were a total of 1,255 H1B Visa drop box submissions at the Mumbai Consulate, India. Mumbai consulate H1B dropbox processing times have continuously fallen to their lowest in recent months.

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
January 2023181
February 2023177
March 2023167
April 2023120
May 202395
June 202385
July 202369
August 202346
September 202355
October 202333
November 202323
December 202310
Table with information about average Dropbox processing times at the US Consulate in Mumbai for Year 2023

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

H1B Dropbox ProcessingTime Trend in Mumbai, India
H1B Dropbox ProcessingTime Trend in Mumbai, India

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 59 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 – YearAvg. Processing Time
in Days
January 20234
February 2023287
March 2023118
April 2023181
May 202311
June 202367
July 202363
August 20236
September 20234.5
October 202360
November 202344
December 2023N/A
Table with information about average Dropbox processing times at the US Consulate in Kolkata for Year 2023

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

H1B Dropbox ProcessingTime Trend in Kolkata, India
H1B Dropbox ProcessingTime Trend in Kolkata, India

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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.

40 Comments

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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