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Applying In Person:

NORI application is a three stage process. It is available only to J 1 visa holders.

The Ministry of Human Resources Development has launched a new portal - http://nori.ac.in for inviting online application for NORI. The online application on the portal has commenced from 27th February 2016. The Ministry will continue receiving physical form of application for the next 90 days from commencement of the new website. Post 90 days, physical application will not be accepted for the purpose

Supporting Documents: Please carry originals of all the supporting documents to be presented to the Consular Officer (photocopies of which are to be attached with the application). In case you are not able to present the original documents at the counter, please bring notarized copy of documents being attached to the application. Ensure that notarized copy is legible, otherwise Consulate may ask to see the original. However, the passport and the document (which is to be attested) should be presented in original.

Fees : A non-refundable fee of $ 60 (sixty ) for Stage I and $ 25 (twenty - five) for last stage. Each applicant for Miscellaneous Services has to give a separate money order/cashier's check of US $3 (three) drawn in favour of the Consulate General of India, New York for Indian Community Welfare Fee (ICWF) w.e.f. October 01, 2012. If you want to receive the attested documents back through mail, either send a trackable pre-paid return mailing envelope (USPS 'Express Mail' or FEDEX etc.) or enclose a money order/cashier's check for $ 25 (twenty - five) payable to the Consulate General of India, New York.

Fees should be paid through Money order or Cashiers' cheque drawn in favour of the 'Consulate General of India, New York'. Personal cheques, credit cards or other banking instruments are not accepted. Cash is accepted at the counter only if applying in person.

Applying by mail

Mailing Address:

Consulate General of India
(Consular Wing)
No. 3 East, 64 Street,
New York 10065.


Please apply only to the Jurisdiction of Consulate General of India, New York. (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands)

In order to enable the Consulate to issue a "WAIVER CERTIFICATE", for the purpose of immigration (conversion of J1 Visa to H1), it will be necessary for the applicant to obtain clearance directly from the authorities concerned in India, namely:

1. The State Government (Department of Home)

2. Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Shastri Bhavan, New Delhi

3. The concerned passport office from which the application obtained passport to come abroad.


1. The applicant should fill in details in the enclosed "Bio Data" and "Affidavit".

2. Four copies of "Bio Data" and "Affidavit" should be notarized. All the copies of the Bio Data and Affidavit, original passport and Miscellaneous Services Form should be sent to the Consulate for attestation with a fee of US $60.00, in the form of a certified check or money order payable to Consulate General of India, New York .A self addressed stamped envelope may be sent for returning the three sets of attested documents and passport. Applicants also need to send one USA address.

3. The applicant should then send one set each, directly to the authorities in India, with a request to grant NORI (No Obligation to Return to India) certificate.

4. After the NORIs have been obtained, the applicant should forward his/her passport and copies of the clearance along with Case Number (Case Number should be obtained by the applicant directly from the U.S. Department of State) to the Embassy/Consulate with a fee of US $25.00 and a self addressed stamped envelope for return mail. The Consulate will issue WAVIER CERTIFICATE and forward it to the U.S. Department of State under intimation to the applicant. The concerned U.S. Authority will notify the applicant directly regarding its acceptance which usually takes 46 weeks.

It should be clearly understood that the responsibility of getting the clearance from the authorities in India rests with the applicant. The Consulate General of India will not be in a position to undertake the job of reminding the authorities.

PERSONAL CHECKS/CREDIT CARDS NOT ACCEPTED; CASH is accepted only at the Consular Counter.

Address: Consulate General of India, 3 East 64th Street
(Between 5th and Madison Avenues), New York, NY 10065.

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