What is an OFC appointment for US visa?

What happens in OFC appointment US visa?

What is the Offsite Facilitation Center (OFC)? For faster processing of visa applications, the US embassy has set up Offsite Facilitation Center (OFC). Here, candidates give their fingerprints (Biometric) and visa photographs before their US visa interview. You need to book an appointment to visit the OFC center.

Is OFC appointment different from visa interview?

An OFC appointment does not include a visa interview — this step occurs after your OFC appointment. During your OFC appointment, you will be required to present your passports(s) as well as printed hard copies of your OFC appointment confirmation and visa application.

What is the difference between OFC appointment and Consular appointment?

They’re two different things and generally take place at two different places and time. In the OFC appointment, one need to provide fingerprints and photograph(taken there). Actual interview take place with a Consular appointed by the Federal government. Yes, you may schedule both and that’s the process.

What is OFC appointment for US visa Dropbox?

The text “Schedule OFC appointment” at the appointment booking screen can be confusing, but they have a reason. Technically, OFC Stands for Offsite Facilitation Center and the Visa appointment system is asking you to book an appointment to drop off your US Visa documents at an Offsite Facilitation Center.

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What do you need for OFC appointment?

List of documents that you would need for OFC appointment for H-4 visa:

  1. Confirmation page of Form DS-160 with CEAC bar code.
  2. Printout of the original interview appointment letter.
  3. Payment receipt of the fees paid online before taking the appointment.
  4. Current and old passports.
  5. One photograph as per USA visa specifications.

Can we only book OFC appointment?

Yes you can. There is no compulsion to select a particular interview location. The guidance just recommends you to to a location nearest to you. You can not only choose any of the locations but later if you change your mind you can even reschedule your appointment.

Can I change my OFC appointment date?

The appointment booking system at USTravelDocs.com that points to CGI Federal website provides the option to reschedule/ change or cancel the existing appointment. You can use the reschedule option for OFC Appointment that is for Biometrics collection and Visa interview appointment at Consulate.

How do I cancel my OFC appointment?

Reschedule or Cancel an Appointment

After that date/time, no changes are allowed. You can log into the system using your passport number, date of birth, and country of citizenship. You can select “Cancel or Reschedule Appointment” from the options on the Applicant Summary page.

Is OFC and VAC same?

But according to the new rules, prior to your interview at the Consulate or Embassy, you are required to give the Biometrics information that includes fingerprints and photograph at one of the five Visa Application Center (VAC). The Visa Application Center are also know as Offsite Facilitation Centers (OFC).

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Can OFC and visa interview be on the same day?

Ans: You cannot have a visa interview and OFC both on the same day. However, you can select any combination of OFC and Consular appointments available in their system without worrying about any minimum or maximum gap.

How long is ds160 valid?

DS 160 Form Validity

The DS 160 form is valid for 30 days from the day you start completing it. Therefore, if you start applying on January 1, the DS 160 form expiration date will be by January 31. Make sure you complete the form on time, or else you will need to start it from the beginning.