OFC Appointment For US Visa: Step-by-Step Guide

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Getting a visa that’s to a US visa is no joke. Seriously, appointments after appointments!

One of them is the OFC appointment. Many people do not know what to expect at an OFC appointment. But the good news is that it’s not scary.

It’s a straightforward process, and there is no need to fear. No interview happens here.

So, that’s the misconception you should be clear on before scheduling the OFC appointment. In this blog, we have provided in-depth details to help you understand the following things:

  1. What is an OFC appointment? What’s the need?
  2. Essential documents to carry along with a step-by-step guide to apply for an OFC appointment.
  3. Is there any fees for OFC?
  4. Where Are OFC Centre located?
  5. What To Do If OFC Site doesn’t show available slots?

So, let’s get started.

What is OFC Appointment? Why Is it Needed?

OFC complete form is an Offsite facilitation center. It’s a part of the process to get a US visa. Its main aim is to simplify the entire process of visa approval.

The good news is that there are no interviews during the OFC application. Here, visa applicants are called for biometrics, also known as ten printing (due to 10 fingers), and visa photographs. Generally, OFC appointments take 15–30 minutes, depending on the rush.

Step-By-Step Guide to Schedule Your OFC Appointment

Follow this guide to schedule your OFC appointment effortlessly.

Step 1: Visit http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ 

Step 2: Create an account. Then login.

Step 3: Choose New Application/Schedule New appointment from the left.

Step 4: Select the location and slot when you want OFC Interview.

Step 5: Click submit. You should see a confirmation page. Keep a printout of it with you.

How To Reschedule Your OFC Appointment?

Life happens, and sometimes you may miss a necessary appointment like this one. Fortunately, OFC provides rescheduling. Here’s how you can do that.

Step 1: Visit http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ 

Step 2: Log in to your account.

Step 3: Choose the “Change Your Appointment” option to reschedule.

Step 4: Select the location and slot when you want.

Step 5: Click submit. You should see a confirmation page. Keep a printout of it with you.

All Your OFC Appointment Questions, Answered

What Is The Fee For An OFC Appointment?

There are no separate fees for OFC appointments. You only need to pay once for a visa interview.

How Many Times Can We Reschedule The OFC Appointment?

You can reschedule OFC appointments for a maximum of 2 or 3 times. 

What’s The Maximum Gap Allowed Between The OFC Appointment And The Visa Interview?

As long as the system allows, there’s no need to worry about the maximum or minimum gap between OFC and visa interviews.

What If You Reach Late For OFC Appointment?

In case you reach late for the OFC appointment, the system doesn’t allow you to reschedule your appointment for the same day. Instead, you will need to wait 24 hours and refill the form to get the next appointment date. So, it’s better to be prepared in advance and reach the center on time.

What Are The Documents Required for OFC Appointment?

Here is the documents you should carry to the OFC Appointment:

  1. Original passport.
  2. If your passport was canceled previously or if the previous passport expired, please carry the old passport with you along with the original one.
  3. Copy of your visa application.
  4. Copy of OFC appointment confirmation.
  5. Visa application fee receipt.
  6. Stamped D-160 document and copy.

Are There Any Offsite Facilitation Centers In India?

Yes. There are OFC centers set up in major Indian cities. In the table below, we have listed major OFC centers in India. You can schedule your appointment in any centre regardless of your resident state.

State City
New Delhi New Delhi
Maharashtra Mumbai
West Bengal Kolkata
Tamil Nadu Chennai
Andhra Pradesh Hyderabad

What’s the Process After OFC Appointment?

Following OFC Appointment, you will need to visit US Embassy for your visa interview. Once the interview completes successfully, and you will have to return to the OFC center to collect your passport. Please carry a printed copy of the visa application form to collect your passports.

What to do if a US visa OFC appointment is not available?

Many candidates have faced the issue of slots not being available for appointments. Below we have attached the  statement of US embassy, who addressed this situation.

The main reason seems to be COVID-19 restrictions and low resources.

However, few people often get lucky by regularly checking the site. The trick is not to overdo it, as the account gets locked for 48 hours.

Things To Remember For OFC Appointment

  1. OFC appointment always comes before visa interview. So, if you are required to attend an OFC appointment, please plan accordingly.
  2. Some people do not need to go to an OFC appointment. Such individuals qualify for a used Visa waiver. They just need to submit documents at the Dropbox center.
  3. OFC centers have strict security. You won’t be allowed to carry anything apart from your documents. So, either leave everything like mobile, money, and keys with someone outside the center, or keep it in the locker.
  4. All the documents listed in the checklist are mandatory to enter the OFC center. Without all the documents, you would be denied entry and need to reschedule the appointment, which will delay things.

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What’s Next? Bon Voyage!

Hopefully, with this article, we could remove your fear of the OFC appointment and clarify the process. We wish you all the best for your journey forward toward the USA.

FAQs

Can we change the OFC appointment?

To change the OFC appointment, you will need to reschedule the new slot.

Can OFC appointments and visa interviews be in different locations?

Yes. You can choose an OFC appointment and visa interview at two different locations. For example, if your OFC appointment was in Hyderabad, and a slot is available in Mumbai for a visa interview, you can schedule it there. However, remember that you must visit the OFC center to collect your documents. So, make plans accordingly.

What if I am missing documents during Submission? My options?

In case you miss some documents during submission, you cannot enter the OFC center. So, it’s always better to recheck your documents before you leave your place, as the missing document can cause lots of distress and lead to the rescheduling of appointments.

Can we have an OFC appointment and visa interview on the same day?

No, you cannot have an OFC appointment and visa interview on the same day.

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Anand Patinge

A master storyteller, Anand has enriched multiple entities with captivating designs, compelling messaging, and impactful media campaigns. Beyond work, you can find him feeding stray dogs, exploring art, and watching insiprational documentaries.

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