To Cut Long Waiting Period For US Visas, New Rules For Indians


Citing Thailand as an example, the US embassy said. The country has appointment capacity for B1 and B2 visas (travel and business).
New Delhi: The waiting period for appointments. for US visas is still over 500 days in India, despite efforts to cut the backlog. The US Embassy in India today said Indians traveling abroad. Can get visa appointments at US embassies. . or their destination consulate. Citing Thailand as an example. The country has appointment powers for B1 and B2 visas (travel and business).

To Cut Long Waiting Period For US Visas, New Rules For Indians

“Do you have upcoming international travel? If so, you may be able to get a visa appointment at the US Embassy or Consulate at your destination. For example, @USEmbassyBKK has opened B1/B2 appointment capacity for Indians. Who will be in Thailand in the coming months,” the US Embassy in India tweeted. did To reduce delays in visa processing. The United States recently launched new initiatives. Including scheduling special interviews for first-time applicants and increasing. The strength of consular staff. As part of a multi-pronged approach. To cut the visa backlog, the US Embassy in Delhi and consulates in Mumbai. Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad also conducted. A “Special Saturday Interview Day” on January 21.

The US State Department has also implemented remote processing. Of interview waiver cases for applicants with previous US visas.

The US Mission in India released 2,50,000 extra B1/B2 appointments two weeks ago.

A senior US visa official recently told news agency PTI. That the US is “doing everything in its power” to reduce long visa. Wait times in India, including sending a cadre of consular. Officers to the country and opening other foreign embassies. For Indian visa applicants as far away as Germany and Thailand.

India was one of the few countries that saw a big increase in applications for US visas. After the lifting of coronavirus-related travel restrictions.

Concerns are growing in India about long waiting periods for first-time visa applicants. Especially those applying under the B1 (business) and B2 (tourism) categories. The waiting period for first-time B1/B2 visa applicants. In India was close to three years in October last year.

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