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US embassy initiatives to shorten Indians' visa wait times

 US embassy initiatives to shorten Indians' visa wait times

The US embassy and its consulates in India have started a number of new programs to speed up the visa application process and reduce wait times nationwide.

For Indian travellers, the wait time is about 500–600 days. The Covid-19 outbreak, according to the US embassy, had a significant impact on its services in India and caused a backlog. Numerous Indian companies were impacted, as were thousands of Indians who depend on the visa to reside and earn a living in the US.

The current wait times for visitors are roughly 1.5 years, compared to 60-280 days for Indians applying for work visas. Indian tourists must wait longer than those from European cities, who often have to wait roughly 20 days. According to estimates from the US State Department, candidates must wait about 30 to 35 days in Asian locations like Beijing and Colombo. However, the wait period in India has decreased from the approximately three years that many candidates had to endure in 2022.

The US Mission has announced that in order to accommodate applicants who require in-person visa interviews, its embassies in Delhi and consulates in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, and Hyderabad would now be open on Saturdays.


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