Embassy work hampered in Chennai

Embassy work hampered in Chennai

Visa-processing operations in various embassies, including the US Consulate General, in the state capital were hit due to heavy rain and flooding during the last one week.

Sources from US Consulate General said that consular operations including non-immigrant visa appointments and non-emergency American Citizen Services were closed since Thursday. It has asked all visa applicants to monitor its website for updates and to reschedule appointments. The embassy further said the appointments can be rescheduled for a future date in Chennai or at other consulates within India or at the Embassy in New Delhi.
“The Consulate General regrets any inconvenience this may cause,” it said.

“My visa process schedule was on Friday. Since the embassy is closed, I have to wait for a few more days to obtain my visa,” an applicant said.

Though the German Embassy in Chennai was tight-lipped about its visa process, it said it has followed the tragic events unfolding in the course of heavy rains and flooding over the last days with great dismay.

“We deeply regret the developments leading to the loss of lives and livelihoods of so many people,” it said, adding “one ray of sunshine in this context is the sincere engagement of the people and the many initiatives to bring relief by volunteers and citizens to the places most needed.”

Huge flooding was also reported around the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission whose services were hampered, with few staff coming to the office since Thursday.

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