OFC appointment not available

Hi, I am eligible under “IW” (interview waiver) for student visa starting Aug 2021. But an OFC (VFS) appointment to drop off my documents is not available. Under the heading “OFC Appointment”, I see CHENNAI IW as my (correct) option, above which is the constant notification in yellow highlight: There are currently no appointments available.
No calendar opens up.

Is this what others are seeing too?
Since term begins August, I should be eligible for an emergency appointment. Are emergency appointments available for OFC? If so, how do we schedule them?

Same here although for a different purpose. Trying to get appt for immigrant visa OFC, no appts available at any city in India.

any progress for both of you? I’m applying for parents and it’s the same status for a long time. When I called call center they are saying the consulate has not opened any dates so that message is showing up. Is chennai consulate closed?

No change so far. Same message.
Yes, they are closed. Per a tweet from today (link below), until June 4. But my friend at the Embassy in New Delhi says they don’t expect to open anytime soon.

Thanks for this info, I’m not on Twitter and would’ve seen this for few days in main news. Let’s hope Covid crisis gets better and they open the interview slots

Its the same for me but in Kolkata for my mom, who is eligible for dropbox (IW) but they are only showing (VAC) dates for all the cities …and especially for Kolkata they are showing jan 2022 dates. When I called them ,they said dropbox for tourist visa is suspended right now . But i still check everyday incase anything comes up and today suddenly even the (VAC) dates are not available,some different page is coming up…dont know is there a problem with the site. Can anyone please help me on this ,if they have come across any such problem or as any other information?


Any update here? I check 5 times a day starting at around 10am. Have been checking for about a month now and it just shows the same message “There are currently no appointments available.” without showing a calendar. I called the helpline for the embassy and they said they are processing them but do not know how and when the consulate releases dates.

Facing the same issue with dropbox appointment. Are the consulates in India currently closed?

I am facing the same issue. Eligible for interview waiver but unable to get an appointment for drop-off

I am unable to get a drop box appointment at the New Delhi center. Anyone else who was able to recently get an appointment?

I have a same issue for Mumbai IW …no appointments available … is there anyone else who has dates available ?

Am having the same issue. Trying to book a dropbox appointment for Delhi location.
Please share an update if any of you is able to get an appointment.

As of 2nd Nov 2021, no dates are available for all consulates.

Have been checking from last 10 days no dates for dropbox at any consulate. Not sure whats happening.