The United States Embassy in India announced on September 5, 2012 that it is implementing a new visa processing system throughout India that will further standardize procedures and simplify fee payment and appointment scheduling through a new website at www.ustraveldocs.com/in. Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs, Julia Stanley, announced at a press conference that the United States is committed to providing all visa applicants with an efficient, transparent, and standardized application process and that Worldwide, the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs is instituting significant changes to the visa application process under the Global Support Strategy program. Beginning September 26, 2012, U.S. visa applicants will be able to pay application fees via Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) or with their mobile phones. They can also pay in cash at more than 1,800 Axis and Citibank branches. Within one hour of payment, applicants will receive an SMS message, letting them know that their receipt has been activated and that they can proceed with scheduling their appointments. Appointments can be scheduled through the new website or by calling the call center.
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