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All About OFC Appointment for a US Student Visa

All About OFC Appointment for a US Student Visa

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Know all about OFC appointments for a US Student Visa. Understand what is an OFC and what should you expect during an OFC appointment.

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Gurbani Kaur Suri
Updated on:  12 Sep 2023  | Reviewed By: 
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Basic knowledge about the Offset Facilitation Center is a must for US-going students or aspirants.

In this blog, you will read about what is an OFC appointment US visa, documents to be submitted at the OFC, things to keep in mind while visiting an OFC, and the OFCs in India.
Let's understand what is an OFC and what to expect during an OFC appointment US visa.

 


Latest Update: Effective May 30, 2023, the US Department of State will be increasing the fee for US student visas from $160 to $185, as announced in a recent update.

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What is an OFC appointment?

Offsite Facilitation Center appointment is mandatory to visit the OFC. The applicant must book an OFC appointment to submit important documents and biometric data for the purpose of visa processing. Applicants give their biometrics such as fingerprints and visa photos before their visa interview at the visa application centers(VAC).

It is possible to reschedule the OFC appointment in case any emergency arises. The Offset Facilitation Centers also do other services related to the US Visa, including its renewal, cancellation, etc.

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How to reschedule an OFC appointment? 

The following are the steps to schedule an OFC appointment US visa:

To reschedule, click on “Change your appointment” instead of “Schedule an appointment”.

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What are the documents needed for the OFC appointment?

The following documents are required for scheduling an OFC appointment. You need to bring the hard copies of these documents for the appointment. 

  • list items Your passport
  • list items Appointment confirmation copy
  • list items The stamped DS-160 form
  • list items Visa application fee receipt
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What is the fee for an OFC appointment?

There is no separate fee required to be paid for an OFC appointment. The visa fee you pay includes the OFC appointment fee as well.

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What is the OFC fingerprinting and visa photo process?

The OFC fingerprinting and visa photo processing are the stages of US admission involving the OFC. Collecting biometric data at the OFC involves a very simple process of scanning your fingerprints. You are required to submit your documents there.

Your photos will be captured at the office for verification and documentation purposes. The next step after data submission at the OFC is the visa interview. You will be visiting the OFC once again after the visa interview to collect your passport.

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What should I keep in mind while visiting an Offsite Facilitation Center?

An Offsite Facilitation Center has strict security rules since it deals with bulk personal data. You will not be allowed to take your bag or smartphone inside.

The process is very simple and is handled by a third-party company, and there will be no US embassy officials. 

  • list items Ensure that the details you submit are perfect. A small mistake, such as a slight variation of home address in your passport and D160 form, your surname in all but one document, etc., will lead to your visa getting canceled.  
  • list items There will be select dates for OFC appointments. So you can expect a small crowd on the day, and plan to reach on time.

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Where are the OFC locations in India?

In India the major metropolitan cities such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Kolkata have OFCs. The applicants can select the nearest center.  

The following table shows the address of Offset Facilitation Centers in India.

 

City Center Address

Mumbai, Maharashtra

Trade Center, Gr. Floor, G Block, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Bandra East, Mumbai – 400051 Trade Center, Gr. Floor, G Block, Bandra-Kurla Complex

New Delhi

S – 1 American Plaza, (Hotel Eros Managed by Hilton), International Trade Tower Nehru Place, New Delhi 110019

Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Good shepherd, No 82, Kodambakkam High Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600034

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

1-8-384/385, Gowra Grand, S.P. Road Begumpet, Secunderabad 500003

Kolkata, West Bengal

Jasmine Tower, 31, Shakespeare Sarani (1st Floor) Kolkata 700017

 

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What is the process after an OFC appointment?

After the OFC appointment there will be a visa consulate interview, where you will be interviewed by an official from the US embassy. The applicants must schedule the interview waiver appointment earlier. It is to be noted that the applicant schedules in-person interview prior to the OFC appointment.

Important things to remember:

In addition to the information provided before, you must be aware of the following things regarding an OFC appointment:

  • list items Your OFC appointment can be scheduled only when your visa interview is scheduled.
  • list items You will not be able to attend your visa interview until you present the required documents, biometrics and the photos taken at the OFC.
  • list items Double-check all the required documents before visiting the OFC center. If you fail to furnish the required documents, you will not be allowed to enter the facility and you will have to reschedule your appointment.
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Concluding Remarks

An OFC appointment is a very crucial stage in the US visa process. In the OFC appointment, your live photo is captured, biometric data is collected, and visa documents are verified. The visa consulate interview will take place only after the OFC appointment. An applicant can schedule the OFC appointment only after scheduling the visa interview, and it is possible to reschedule the OFC appointment.

We hope that this article has solved your queries regarding OFC appointments. If you still have any doubts or questions, you can post them in the comment box below to get a prompt answer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to bring to my OFC appointment?

To schedule an OFC appointment, you need the following documents:

  • list items Your passport
  • list items Appointment confirmation copy
  • list items The stamped DS-160 form
  • list items Visa application fee receipt

You must bring the hard copies of these documents .

What is OFC full form?

OFC is elaborated as Offset Facilitation Center. Collects the biometric data and other relevant documents of an applicant prior to the visa consulate interview.

How do I schedule an OFC appointment?

The following are the steps to schedule an OFC appointment:

What is the fee for an OFC appointment?

There is no additional fee for an OFC appointment. It is included within the visa fee.

What happens if I miss my OFC appointment?

You can reschedule the appointment after 24 hours from the earlier date. You can reschedule the appointment if any inconvenience arises. 

Is OFC and visa Appointment the same?

The OFC appointment and visa interview are not the same. OFC appointment is to collect the necessary data. The visa interview is the next step after the OFC appointment.
 

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