Recently, a representative from the United States Embassy stated that by the next summer, the waiting period for applicants seeking US visas will be greatly shortened, and the total number of applications will be roughly 1.2 million.
India is the United States’ top priority when it comes to the issuing of visas, according to a senior official at one of its embassies. By the middle of 2023, Washington anticipates that conditions will have improved to the point where they were prior to the occurrence of COVID-19.
It is anticipated that around one lakh visas will be awarded each month, as is stated by the United States Embassy in India.
Over 82,000 visas were issued by the United States in the most recent calendar year. After the United States dropped its travel restrictions due to the coronavirus, India was one of the only countries that had a considerable increase in the number of visa applications submitted to that country.
The official stated that they anticipate handing out between 1.1 and 1.2 million visas to citizens of India by the following summer.
According to the source, the United States is initiating a variety of efforts in response to the extended wait times for visa processing. These initiatives include increasing the number of staff members as well as the number of “drop box” facilities.
In certain categories, the amount of time spent waiting has already been cut from 450 days to approximately nine months.
It is anticipated that India will move up from third place to second place in terms of the number of visas granted by the United States.
According to the source, India is currently in third place, behind Mexico and China. As a result, the attention is being placed on minimizing the wait times for student visas, particularly for those who are seeking visa renewals.
According to the source, the United States has previously given priority to the H (H1B) and L category visas for Indian citizens, and there has lately been an increase of nearly one million open slots for such visas.
The official also indicated that the wait time for B1 and B2 (business and tourist) visas, which is now roughly nine months, is being lowered.
By using the drop box feature, one can avoid going through the interview process that is normally required to renew a US visa. In general, anyone who have filed for a visa to enter the United States during the last four years are qualified to use the drop-box service.
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