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Mr. James Golsen spoke on the topic, “Doing Business with the US” and made the audience aware about the different
aspects and issues in doing business with the US. He gave complete and proper insights on the challenges and
opportunities in the US for establishing a business. He told about the different steps for the U.S. Commercial Service
business approach i.e. Understand procurement need, identify prospective U.S. suppliers, arrange business
matchmaking and help facilitate transaction.
Mr. James Golsen, Commercial Consul and Principal Commercial Officer, Chennai delivering his speech on “Doing Business with the
The visa presentation was taken over by Mr. Shiraj Wahaj. His session included the different aspects related to the
changes to the visa application process.
Mr. Shiraj Wahaj, Consul Officer, Chennai briefing the audience about the U.S. process
Through this session Mr. Shiraj Wahaj
explained the 3 easy steps to applying for a U.S. Visa: (a) Go to create a user account and fill out the application form (b) Pay the visa application fees: Via
electronic fund transfer (EFT) or via mobile phone or in case at 1,800 Axis and Citibank branches (c) Schedule two
separate appointments online or by phone: One for biometrics collection at an Offsite Facilitation Center (OFC) and
another for a visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. He also enlightened the members that online chat is
available through his ATLAS portal during call center hours. He made the audience aware about their different centers
like Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai.