US aims to reduce visa wait times for Indian applicants


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According to the U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs, the U.S. Department of State (DHS) is working to reduce wait times for visa appointments. Indians hoping to travel to the United States. The U.S. Embassy in India processed 1.4 million visas in 2023, with wait times decreasing by 75% for most visa categories. The only category still experiencing delays in available visa appointments is that of B-1/B-2 tourist visaspecifically for new visitors to the United States

“Last year, the embassy in India processed 1.4 million visas, an explosion of incredible numbers… in every category, there is no waiting time, except in one area of ​​travel where there is still some waiting time: people traveling for the This is our first time in the United States for tourism,” said Bureau Deputy Secretary Rena Bitter.

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Waiting times for student visas have improved in 2023, despite increasing demand. The United States Embassy in India processes a significant number of F-1 Student Visaswith one in four international students in the United States being from India.

Apart from tourist and student visas, the Deputy Secretary also spoke about the importance of supporting Indian workers in H-1B Statusand how the new State Department H-1B Visa Renewal Pilot Program will help ease the immigration process and reduce wait times for many Indian workers in the United States

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