usa visa new rules to cut for wait time apply for appointments in other countries
The US announced a number of measures to reduce the visa wait time.
New Delhi – The US Embassy in India announced today that visa applicants will be able to apply for appointments in other countries. This is an attempt to reduce the backlog. At some Indian centres, the waiting time for a US Visa can be as long as 800 days.
Today, the US Embassy said that Indians who apply for a tourist or business visa can apply at consulates and embassies in India.
“Do you plan to travel internationally? You may be eligible to apply for a visa appointment at the U.S Embassy or Consulate in your country. In Thailand, for example, @USEmbassyBKK opened B1/B2 appointments capacity for Indians. The Indian Embassy in the USA tweeted “sic”,
The Embassy cited Thailand as an example and stated that Thailand has the ability to issue B1 or B2 visas.
The US also announced other measures to reduce the backlog of visa appointments. These include increasing the strength and organization of special interviews for first-time applicants.
Many of the US embassies staff were fired during the Covid pandemic. This was due to the low number of applications. After the lifting of travel restrictions related to coronavirus, India was among the few countries that saw an increase in visa applications.
The US announced it would hire more employees by the summer of this year.
A dropbox is a place where people can submit an application to renew their US visa. Because their biometrics have been submitted to the US government, they won’t be required to appear in person for another evaluation.
According to John Ballard (consular chief at US Consulate General Mumbai), the US consulates and embassy expect to receive record numbers of visas from Indian students in this year’s US embassy.
To aid first-time applicants, the US Embassy in Delhi and the consulates of Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata have started to conduct “special Saturday interview days”.
Two weeks ago, the US mission in India released over 2,50,000 additional appointments for B1/B2