Immigrants

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September 02, 2021

The OnJuno Indian Consulate Guide: New York Edition

A comprehensive guide to accessing all the services offered by the Indian consulate in New York.

Sorting out visa problems or obtaining overseas citizenship can be a hassle for immigrants in the US. The Indian consulate, however, serves as a home away from home for Indian immigrants and stands ready to assist you with a wide range of consular services.

Is There an Indian Consulate in New York?

Yes, there is! You cannot miss the blue-roofed French Renaissance-style building located in New York’s Upper East Side. Known as the New India House, the building built in 1903 has housed the Indian consulate in New York since 1950. 

With jurisdiction over the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont, the Indian consulate in New York is at hand to assist you with applications for important documents (such as passport and visa issuance), renewal of existing documents, and clarification of any queries you may have.

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Opening Hours

The Indian consulate in New York is open to the public from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM EST on weekdays. It remains closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays.

Mailing Address

Consulate General of India, 

3 East 64th Street (Between 5th and Madison Avenue), 

New York, NY 10065

Email Addresses

Office of the Consul General, Randhir Jaiswal: cg.newyork@mea.gov.in

Office of the Deputy Consul General, Shatrugna Sinha: dcg.newyork@mea.gov.in

For regular updates from the Indian embassy in New York, you can also sign up for their mailing list. 

Telephone Number

The Pravasi Mitra Helpline (PRAMIT) was created to aid Indian immigrants with any consul-related queries and services. You can either make use of these services on the PRAMIT website or reach out on the telephone number: 347-721-9243.

For emergencies, such as the death or other medical emergency of a close family member, you can reach out to 917-815-7066 outside office hours.

Social Media

The Indian consulate in New York has an active social media presence. They can be found on the following platforms:

The Indian consulate in New York also publishes regular newsletters about its activities on its website. In addition to this, it is associated with publications like India Perspectives, the flagship magazine of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.

The consulate also preserves a visual history of its activities in its well-curated photo gallery and video gallery.

What Services Does the Indian Consulate in New York Offer?

Visa Services

The consulate offers information on visas for emergency entry, business, medical, and employment purposes, all of which are valid only for 6 months and subject to the pandemic restrictions in place at the time of publishing.

Applications require basic documents including passport, address proof, photograph, and other documents depending on the purpose of visit. The application form and further details on required documents can be found on the website of the consulate.

The Indian embassy is in charge of obtaining journalist visas for foreign media persons and filmmakers who want to work in India. These foreign journalists will be granted accreditation by the Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Applications for journalist visas can be made through the consulate website.

Other visa services include student visas, tourist visas, transit visas, conference visas, mountaineering visas, and missionary visas, amongst others.

Passport Services

Besides offering general passport information, the Indian consulate in New York offers Tatkaal (emergency) passports.

Applicants residing in the jurisdiction of the Consulate General of India, New York with a valid passport and valid visa status are eligible to apply for a re-issuance of their passport via the Tatkaal Passport Scheme.

Emergency Travel Document Services

Loss, damage, and expiration of an Indian passport is an issue that many immigrants face. In such cases, the Indian embassy in New York can help you acquire an Emergency Certificate. It is a one-way travel document which can be obtained by applying online and by providing the required documents.

You can also apply for an Emergency Certificate if you are under orders of deportation by US authorities and lack the travel documents required to return to India.

OCI Services

One way of keeping in touch with your connections in India is to attain overseas citizenship. A registered OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) is granted a multiple-entry, multi-purpose, lifelong visa for visiting India.

The Indian consulate in New York also provides information and assistance in obtaining an OCI Card. You can apply for OCI either by post or by appointment. Once you have identified your OCI type, you can fill in the online application form

Following this, you must mail in the physical application pack, containing all the required documents, to the correct VFS Application Centre based on your state of residence. Due to the current pandemic situation, applications are accepted via courier only. You can complete the online registration and physical application by following the step-by-step guide on the website of VFS Global.

The consulate’s website also provides information regarding the renewal and reissue of OCI cards. 


Besides visa, passport, emergency, and OCI services, the Indian consulate in New York offers various consular services and clarifies queries regarding the Aadhar card, PAN card, or customs regulations. Immediate assistance for any consular service can be obtained by contacting the PRAMIT helpline mentioned above.

Good luck, and enjoy your time abroad!

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Joann Rachel Cherian
Joann is a freelance content creator and copywriter with a passion for words and a weakness for books. She is usually found taking apart her favorite TV shows or relaxing with a P.G. Wodehouse novel.

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