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Passport and Notarial Services in Varanasi

Date: July 16, 2014

Dear U.S. Citizens:

The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, will offer off-site passport services for U.S. citizens in Varanasi from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on July 23, 2014 at the lobby of The Gateway Hotel Ganges, Nadesar Palace Grounds, Varanasi.  On this date, a Consular Officer and staff will accept passport applications and notarials.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP to

Documentary and administrative requirements for passport applications may be found on the Embassy's internet homepage at read the requirements carefully, as failure to bring all necessary documents may substantially delay the processing of your application. Please bring photocopies of all your documents.

Payment must be made by demand draft only, in favor of the American Embassy, New Delhi and payable at New Delhi. We will not accept cash or check. Please see the U.S. Embassy website for fee details:

All new passports are now returned via courier.  You must bring a separate demand draft for the courier service in favor of “First Flight Couriers LTD” for Rs. 350.  The demand draft should be made payable at New Delhi.  Any variation from this will not be accepted by ‘First Flight Couriers LTD’. We cannot accept cash for this service. 

The officer will not be able to entertain appeals, document submissions or inquiries related to non-immigrant or immigrant visas.

We look forward to seeing you soon!


                                                July 4th Voting Message

Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2014 U.S. elections!

In order to vote in the November 2014 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2014.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, you must complete an FPCA each year to participate in elections as an overseas absentee voter. 

New Delhi’s voting assistance officer will be on hand at the 4th of July event, to be held on July 5th at ACSA (see invitation here).  

If you can’t make it to this event, you can get voting assistance from the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, between 9:00 A.M. and 12:00 P.M. in the American Citizen Services unit, every weekday except Wednesday, OR drop  off your completed voting forms and ballots addressed to your local election officials, any time between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. at the Gate 6 outer reception area.  We will then forward them to the United States.

If it is inconvenient for you to come to the Embassy, you may send your completed ballot in an outer envelope, addressed to:

American Citizen Services
U.S. Embassy, New Delhi
Shantipath, Chanakyapuri
New Delhi - 110021 

If you have never voted while overseas before, the process is easy ­-- just follow these steps:

1.     Complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)

Whether you are a first-time voter or have voted absentee in past elections, complete an FPCA to receive your ballot this fall.  It allows you to register to vote and request absentee ballots for all elections for federal offices (presidential and state primaries, run-off, special, and the November general elections) during the course of the year in which you submit the FPCA.  Local election officials in all U.S. states and territories accept the FPCA.

The online voting assistant available at is an easy way to complete the FPCA.  It will ask you questions specific to your state and tell you if electronic ballot delivery is possible.  No matter which state you vote in, we encourage you to ask your local election officials to deliver your blank ballots to you electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state).  Be sure to include your email address to take advantage of electronic delivery.  The online voting assistant will generate a printable FPCA, which you can then print and sign.

2.     Submit the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)

See the information at the beginning of this message for options to drop off your FPCA in person at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, or send to the Embassy by mail. 

3.     Receive Your Ballot

After submitting your FPCA, most states allow you to confirm online your registration and ballotdelivery selection.  States are now required to send out ballots 45 days before an election for federal office(President, U.S. Senate, or U.S. House of Representatives) to any overseas U.S. citizen who has completed an FPCA. 

4.     Return Your Ballot

 As with the FPCA, you can return your voted ballot to your local election officials free of charge via the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi or mail it directly at your own expense.  Again, refer to drop-off or mailing instructions at the beginning of this message.

 Your Vote Counts

Many U.S. elections within the past ten years have been decided by a margin of victory of less than 0.1%.  All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline (differs by state). 

Be an educated voter.  Check out the FVAP links page for helpful resources that will aid your research of candidates and issues.  Non-partisan information about candidates, their voting records, and their positions on issues is widely available and easy to obtain via numerous websites such as Project Smart Voter.  You can also read national and hometown newspapers online, and search the Internet to locate articles and information. 

To receive information by email about election dates and deadlines, subscribe to FVAP's Voting Alerts (  FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebookand Twitter.

If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact New Delhi’s Voting Assistance Officer at 011-2419-8000 or at  


Independence Day Celebration at the U.S. Embassy, New Delhi Open to all U.S. Citizens

Date:  Saturday, June 29, 2013

Time:  6:30 p.m. – onwards. Gates will open at 6:15 p.m.  No admittance after 9:00 p.m.

Place:  ACSA Ballfield (entrance at Gate E, the "ACSA Gate," on Panchsheel Marg across from New Sikkim House, in the Chanakyapuri neighborhood, New Delhi)

Price:  Rs.300 per person (children under 5 admitted for free)

ID Requirements:  Valid U.S. Passport

The program includes fireworks, a live band, DJ, a special raffle, Color Guard, National Anthem presentation, and more! Food and drink coupons are available for purchase at the event.

Admission Guidelines:  The celebration is open to Adult American citizens and their spouses and children.

Each guest must bring a valid U.S. passport (or other Photo ID if non-U.S. citizen parent/spouse/child).

Photo copies of passport or photo ID will not be allowed, bring original document only.

Unfortunately, non-U.S. citizen extended family members such as cousins, aunts, uncles, grand parents, etc. are not permitted to attend. 

Security Guidelines:  All attendees are subject to full security screening. Small purses or bags are allowed but they must be thoroughly searched and may delay your entry into the event. Suitcases, umbrellas, coolers, or other large items are banned.

To RSVP:   Please send the following information for each member of your family to no later than Wednesday, June 24, 2013.

 · Full Name (Your RSVP name must match the name on your  passport)

·  Nationality

·  Passport number

·  If you are not a U.S. citizen, your relationship to the U.S. citizen in your group

Tickets:  Tickets may be purchased at the door, but please note all attendees must RSVP in advance.  Advance tickets are available at the ACSA snack cart in the outside lobby of the U.S. Embassy's Consular Section.  (The Consular entrance is Gate 6, also called "Visa Gate", on Andre Malraux Marg, between Nyaya Marg and Shantipath.  The snack cart is open Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 and 4:30 pm.  To enter Gate 6, you must bring your passport.)            


Call +91 96541 00733, 011-2419 8110 or 011-2419 8717

E-mail at or

We hope you will join us!

Watch our Facebook page for contests and more information! 


Festive Greetings and Reminder about Personal Security During the Holidays

Season’s greetings from the U.S. Embassy New Delhi!  I hope you have been enjoying the holiday season and are able to take some time at the end of the year to spend with family and friends.  Unfortunately, many routine holiday activities such as setting up electric lights, lighting candles, shopping in crowded places, attending holiday parties, and cooking feasts can present opportunities for incidents to occur in the home, in crowds, or on the roads.  Whether you live in New Delhi or are traveling away from home, we hope you exercise caution over the holiday season and keep your personal security and safety in mind.

As the New Year arrives, consider taking a moment to enroll in the Smart Travelers Enrollment Program (STEP).  Despite the word “travelers,” even those Americans who live in India full-time can still benefit from registering.  U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at their destination.  By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact them in case of emergency.  

As always, we want to be sure that U.S. citizens in India have quick and easy access to information related to their health and safety as well as information about our services.  To this end, we have created an American Citizen Services India Facebook page:  We encourage you to "like" the page to receive regular updates. 

Updated information on travel and security may also be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  For further information, please visit and consult Worldwide Caution and other consular information sites, including Country Specific Information, for specific countries.  These products and the latest international travel information for U.S. citizens are available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website

Happy Holidays,

Julia Stanley

Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs, U.S. Embassy New Delhi


Town Hall Meeting with ACS on Friday, May 11th 6pm-7:30 pm IST

The ACS Unit at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi will be hosting a Town Hall for American Citizens on Friday, May 11th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Embassy Consular Section in Chanakyapuri.

This is an opportunity for U.S. Citizens to learn more about their Embassy, its mission, and how it can assist Americans in India. Embassy representatives will address areas of interest including security, health, voting, and services available for U.S. Citizens at the Embassy.

If you are an American citizen or a parent accompanying a minor American citizen and would like to attend this Town Hall, please RSVP to the ACS Unit at or call at 011-2419-0110. Please be advised that all American citizens will be required to bring a valid U.S. Passport. If you are the parent of an American citizen child, please make sure your child brings a U.S. Passport and that you have valid photo identification.


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