In response to the looming threat of Cyclone Michaung, both the US Consulate in Chennai and VFS Global Visa Application Centres have announced closures, impacting visa applicants in the region.
Furthermore, the U.S. Consulate in Chennai has also cancelled all visa appointments scheduled for Monday, December 4th, 2023.
US Consulate and VFS Global Announce Closures
The US Consulate in Chennai has cancelled all visa appointments for Monday, December 4, citing the impending cyclone’s potential impact.
🚨All scheduled Consular Appointments for MONDAY, DECEMBER 4 are cancelled due to CYCLONE MICHAUNG and will be rescheduled. The U.S. Consulate General Chennai, American Center and EducationUSA office will remain closed to the public.
ATTENTION U.S. citizens, please monitor our… pic.twitter.com/ljDE6vprhp— U.S. Consulate General Chennai (@USAndChennai) December 3, 2023Advertisement
The Consulate stated that due to Cyclone Michaung, which is expected to bring heavy rainfall and strong winds to northern coastal areas, including Chennai, on December 3 and 4, all consular appointments for December 4 are cancelled.
Consequently, the US Consulate General in Chennai, along with the American Center and EducationUSA office, will remain closed on Monday, December 4.
Simultaneously, VFS Global, a visa consultant firm, issued an important update regarding the closure of its Visa Application Centres in Chennai on December 5, 2023, following the local weather advisory concerning Cyclone Michaung.
Rescheduling of Visa Appointments by VFS Global
Applicants with confirmed appointments for December 4 and 5 will be contacted by VFS Global staff through email or call for the rescheduling of their appointments. The rescheduled appointments are slated to take place between December 6 and December 8.
VFS Global emphasizes the importance of carrying printouts of the appointment letters for both December 4 and 5, along with the necessary documents as per the provided checklist during the revised visit.
Impact of Cyclone Michaung on Tamil Nadu
Cyclone Michaung has significantly disrupted normal life in Tamil Nadu, with Chennai being the worst affected. Heavy rainfall has led to waterlogging in subways and arterial roads, causing disturbances in daily routines.
Chennai airport operations were temporarily suspended, resulting in the cancellation of 70 flights due to non-stop rains.
As the situation unfolds, residents and visa applicants are urged to stay informed and take necessary precautions to ensure their safety. Both the US Consulate and VFS Global will provide further updates as the weather situation evolves.