Sunday, January 27, 2008

Chennai consulate sucks

With no prejudice, and a 1 night stay, I have to say I am disappointed with Chennai US consulate. You did not live up to your reputation!

The first series of experiences related to the visa interview, and the associated hotel stay, that I described in an earlier posting.

And now, the Chennai US consulate people are on their toes trying to annoy me. I had planned a 20 days window to allow visa processing (which takes only 2-3 days in the mighty Delhi). The gentry took 16 days just to let me know that they cannot find the petition information in their system, and need the originals again. Duh!!! Why did you approve the visa in the first place without looking at the petition details???

I was at my brother's wedding fuction, some good kms away (Jaipur, on 18th Jan), when I received a call from the consulate requesting the original documents again. Now I had to wait for 4 days till we got back to Bangalore and drop the petition AGAIN in their local office. I was bound to fly back to US on 24th evening, but thanks to the grossly ineffecient staff at Chennai consulate, I had to reschedule the flights.

How much more inefficient can you be, the greatest nation on the Earth? You cant even live up to your fat promises? What does it take to get a genuine visa stamped in Chennai? I am not going to apply at Chennai consulate again.. it was a big mistake..only because it is closer to our residence in Bangalore these days.

If you are scheduled for a visa restamping, I advise you to stay away from an Indian post... you have better chances at a Canadian/Mexican post. You suck Chennai (consulate)!

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